IN WITH THE NEW
The most anticipated restaurant opening of the season takes place today: it’s Lincoln Ristorante, part of the newly redesigned Lincoln Center complex.
This restaurant has been eagerly awaited for several reasons. Lincoln has major design impact; it is covered by a sloping lawn roof and overlooks the reflecting pool and the Henry Moore sculpture in front of the Vivian Beaumont Theater (design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro). It has an impeccable culinary pedigree; the head chef is Jonathan Benno, who was the chef de cuisine at Per Se for five years. And, last but not least, it cost $20 million; it is ambitious, to put it mildly.
We ate there last night, as part of the friends and family tastings that took place over the last couple of weeks. The experience was extraordinary, and I expect Lincoln to have a major impact on the restaurant culture of this city (big statement, I know).
The creators of Lincoln thought big from the start, and they have made a restaurant that is decidedly not a neighborhood place, but a destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. So far, they seem to be doing everything right.