New York City is fortunate to showcase countless excellent restaurants – so how does one decide where to go? Well, should you be on or near the Lincoln Center campus, the answer is clear, Lincoln Ristorante. Chef Jonathan Benno creates a dining experience to complement the exceptional cultural offerings of this artistic environment.
Walking out into the Lincoln Center plaza following a performance, one notices the prominent glass façade. The structure is striking, yet welcoming. And it integrates beautifully with its surroundings. Light pours in everywhere and the atmosphere is airy.
Lincoln prides itself on presenting modern Italian cuisine, using the finest local ingredients. The menu, which rotates, focuses on a specific region of Italy. In this instance it was Friuli-Venezia Giulia, influenced by the cuisine of Slovenian and Austro-Hungarian origins.
Once inside, Restaurant Director Misha Mariani and his team deliver a beautiful standard of service: warm, attentive, elegant and informative. Following an inspiring afternoon reveling in the classic Balanchine productions of the New York City Ballet, it is delightful to relax into a thoughtfully choreographed meal. No detail was frivolous and no question about the menu (or lovely wine list) went unanswered.
New York City is a compelling destination any time of the year, particularly in the Spring. And a trip to Lincoln Ristorante should be a given for those who not only admire stars on the stage, but Michelin stars…
Banner photo by Jason Varney.