Lincoln Ristorante

New York

As only a restaurant on Lincoln Center's campus could be, Lincoln Restaurant is dramatic. The solo venture from Per Se's former chef du cuisine is housed in a glass-walled space with a sloping roof that is covered in walkable green grass. As artful as the acts staged at The Met Opera, some would say. Elegant Italian-inflected flavors are crafted in the open kitchen, from veal chop with Roman gnocchi to rare sirloin with black truffle sauce and bone marrow soufflé. Even modest dishes like eggplant Parmesan are loaded with impressive flavor. A carefully curated wine list, starring Italian vintages, is navigated for you by a knowledgeable staff. As after any grand performance, we're betting you'll shout encore.