Whether you’re craving high-end Italian or just a killer burger, there’s something for everyone at restaurants near Lincoln Center. Plus, with many offering pre-theater prix fixe menus, you’ll be safely ensconced in your seat well before the opening curtain at the New York City Ballet. Read on to see our favorite restaurants near Lincoln Center, whether you’re coming from Lincoln Center Out of Doors or just a stroll through Central Park.
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Best restaurants near Lincoln Center
Housed in a sleek freestanding building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lincoln’s architectural ambition is matched only by its refined cuisine. Now helmed by Chef Shea Gallante, diners can expect hearty Italian restaurant preparations with an emphasis on farm-to-table sourcing.
This romantic space, outfitted with walnut-wood columns, showcases the former tenant’s beautiful and historic oil murals. Chef Vito Gnazzo executes a Southern Italian menu that includes dishes such as buffalo ricotta gnocchi and traditional Sicilian couscous with shellfish ragout.
Superchef Daniel Boulud combines the foods of Spain, Italy and many more at his most international restaurant. But the restaurant’s cooking also plays to his strengths: It’s polished, elegant and still fundamentally French. Don’t miss the pre-theater, three-course prix-fixe; a relative bargain at $63.
The first of a chainlet that has since expanded to Miami and LA, this bustling Columbus Circle spot boasts a truly astounding number of fish varieties. Options are divided by Atlantic or Pacific Ocean habitats, so bring along friends and eat your way across the globe. Did we mention they bottle their own sake in-house?
Boasting dreamy views of Central Park, this Time Warner Center steakhouse is a carnivore’s paradise. Chef Michael Lomonaco stacks his menu with six different cuts of prime dry-aged beef, as well as the incomparably tender, true Japanese 100 percent Wagyu New York strip steak.
This David Rockwell–designed Mexican restaurant has vivid terrazzo steps, a two-story blue-tile water wall and backlit pressed roses that brighten the first-floor bar. The guacamole, an excellent bar snack, is deservedly famous, but don’t miss out on the equally addictive enchiladas suizas made with roasted chicken and creamy
With a menu as sophisticated as its crowd, this upscale seafood restaurant specializes in teetering shellfish towers (with the sizes named Ballet, Opera and Symphony, naturally) and innovative sushi rolls. The weekday dinner prix fixe is music to theater-goers’ ears. Pun intended.
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Inside the 75-seat dining room off the lobby of the Walker Hotel, Society Cafe serves market-to-table American fare. The menu changes regularly, as every dish centers around fresh ingredients from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket. On a recent visit, the cocktail list included options like the Kitten on the Keys with chartreuse, sparkling wine and thyme ($14) and the Boogie Woogie with bourbon, rosemary-infused Aperol, grapefruit and honey ($13). Start with appetizers like the Portuguese octopus with fingerling potatoes, Jersey artichokes and green goddess dressing ($18) or the Cherry Lane Farms tomato salad with gooseberries, stone fruit and pecorino ($17). For your main course, you might try the housemade coq au vin ravioli ($18), lamb loin with spiced cauliflower, mustard greens and apple crumbs ($36) or the Long Island duck with chamomile, radish, almond butter and cherry jus ($37). Society Cafe also serves breakfast and lunch daily and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Venue says: “Free live Jazz featured in The Parlour at Society Cafe every Friday and Saturday Night from 8pm – 10pm!”