Best Eats Near Lincoln Center

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March 15, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Dine near NYC's iconic Lincoln Center.

The Leopard at des Artistes
Italian · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

Hailed as a “worthy heir to Café des ­Artistes” , this Lincoln Center–area Italian occupies a “spiffed-up” space where Howard Chandler Christy’s “gorgeous” murals make it “hard to keep your eyes” on the “lovingly prepared” plates; it’ll “stretch your budget” , but the “Hermès” -clad crowd hardly blinks.
Bar Boulud
French · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

An “interesting” part of Daniel Boulud’s “empire” , this “civilized” bistro opposite Lincoln Center is known for “beautifully presented” French fare, “as-good-as-it-gets” charcuterie and “interesting” wines; the casually “elegant” space is joined by “swell” sidewalk tables for prime people-watching.
Lincoln Ristorante
Italian · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “calm oasis” on the Lincoln Center campus, this Italian “showstopper” rolls out a “marvelous” menu in a “sleek” , glass-walled space built around a “gleaming” open kitchen; “polished” service and ultra- “proximity” to the various concert halls are part of the “superb” package, but be prepared to spend “many Lincolns” for the privilege.
The Smith
American · West 60s · $$$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Don't expect an intimate conversation” at this “million-decibel” mini-chain that supplies “basic” but “appealing” American grub to “under-35” throngs out to “eat and be merry” ; “especially popular for brunch” , they're routinely “bustling” thanks to “good value” and “upbeat” vibes.
Rosa Mexicano
Mexican · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

You “can’t beat” the “famous tableside guacamole” and “potent” pomegranate margaritas at this “upbeat” chain, a “tried-and-true” source for “sophisticated” Mexican cuisine; tabs run a “bit high” , but the “festive” atmosphere makes for a “fun scene” that’s “especially good” for groups.
Italian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Excellence abounds” at Michael White’s Italian “star” on Central Park South, where the “adventurous” seafood and “heavenly” housemade pastas “never fail to wow” ; the “impeccable” service matches the “sleek” , “convivial” setting – as well as the “power broker” prices (lunchtime set menus are a comparative “steal” ).
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Sushi · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“First-class” fish in “creative and classic” combos makes for “dazzling” sushi at these Japanese “go-tos” by the brothers Bromberg; you’ll also find brasserie favorites (like “surprisingly good fried chicken” ) at some locales, and while the SoHo original is more “minimalist” than the rest (minus the Hudson Eats counter), all will cost you a “chunk of change.”
Atlantic Grill
Seafood · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Still going strong” after many years, these “steady” “local favorites” reel ‘em in with “creatively prepared” fish, “extravagant raw towers” and “surprisingly good” sushi; sure, they can “get crowded” at prime times, but the “comfortable ambiance” wins over most, ditto the “divine” brunch (an “amazing deal” ).