Fine Dining at Lincoln

Fine Dining at Lincoln

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Since the overhaul of Lincoln Center three years ago, I have wanted to visit fancy schmancy Lincoln Ristorante, the Jonathan Benno glass-fronted restaurant tucked underneath the sloping lawn of grass on the plaza. Surrounded by ballet, opera, and philharmonic theaters, the cuisine is Sicilian. Mom and I splurged before a Saturday evening at The King & I with a prix fixe menu. Some of our plates, shown below, were a little strange, but it was a festive, celebratory evening (as evenings always are when we have the opportunity to admire and listen to Kelli O’Hara).

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For antipasti, I ordered a signature Sicilian dish – a whole grilled sardine with pine nuts, currants, castelvetrano olives, puffed couscous and harissa. Mom could not even cast her eyes in the direction of my plate, she was totally grossed out when a took a fork to this lil’ swimmer.IMG_3499 copy

She ordered some olive oil poached tuna with a five minute egg, red onion, celery and a fried green tomato.
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My entree was totally delish – strozzapreti pasta that turned such a pretty coral color because of the inclusion of Maine lobster, plus fennel, orange, and Calabrian chili.Lincoln

When this dish was put in front of Mother, she said, “Ummmm, excuse me??? Can you please tell me?? Ummm…. what is this? These brown shavings? Ew. What?” Truffles, Mother, truffles. Welcome to life.
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Yummy. For dessert, a cold, flat disk of semifreddo with candied almonds, honey meringue, dark chocolate, and panna montana (not Hannah Montana).LincolnAt intermission of The King & I, Mom and I stepped outside to de-thaw from the air conditioning and came across a packed plaza filled with hundreds of people quietly sitting in front of a movie screen showing Carmen against the front entrance of the Met Opera. It was such a gorgeous New York night, and look how Lincoln glitters after the sun goes down!Lincoln

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