I made a return visit to the Lincoln this week. I was thoroughly impressed on my first visit and left feeling the same way the second time. This restaurant is a pleasure and I expect to see a Michelin star coming at them very soon.
The design of the restaurant is stunning. Gorgeous woodwork is juxtaposed with glass walls that frame the courtyard of Lincoln Center. This is as New York as it can get. The setting is simply outstanding.
We arrived without a reservation and were seated quickly. The sommelier came by to introduce himself and offer us the wine list. I selected the Prosecco from Cima di Conegliano. At $13 it is not cheap by any means, but fairly priced based on location (and Manhattan). The wine was delicious. It was crisp, there were some notes of apricot and spice. The wine was a great way to start the evening. We were surprised with a lovely amuse bouche and got ready for our meal.
To start off, we selected the Trippa Brasata ($18). I am a huge fan of tripe and ate as much as I could during my recent trip to Italy. This dish was delectable. It consisted of tripe, spicy sausage, chick peas and tomato sauce. I think even a squeamish person would have enjoyed the dish. The tripe was sliced very thin and had none of the chewiness that people can be put off by.
For my main dish, I chose the Bigoli Veneti alla Peverada ($28). Basically a duck ragu accented with golden raisins and rosemary. This was a nice dish, I was a bit worried about the sweetness of the raisins, but this turned out not to be an issue. While this was a perfectly fine dish, I think next time I’ll order something else.
That something else may just be the Cotoletta di Maiale ($36). Simply “wow”. This was made of a heritage pork chop, perfectly cooked. Pink and flavorful, perfectly textured. It came with a jus that just made the dish outstanding. Not to mention the Chanterelles, simply gorgeous. This is one of those dishes you wish you were eating at home so nobody saw you lick the plate.
The overall experience at the Lincoln was great. It is more quiet and more sedate than say Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud; less expensive than Per Se and I had no complaints upon leaving.
The Lincoln is located at 142 West 65th Street, New York, NY (212) 359-6500
November 24th, 2011