Best Restaurants Near Lincoln Center

Best Restaurants Near Lincoln Center

Ask about the best restaurants near Lincoln Center and expect a lot of different answers. There are countless five star eateries in this section of the Upper West Side … so finding great food is easy. The hard part is choosing! With so many great places to eat, consider this list subjective! But few will be able to dispute the quality of the Lincoln Center restaurants we’re listing below.  Let’s eat!

The many restaurants near Lincoln Center represent the diversity of New York City’s food scene. You can truly enjoy any type of cuisine that’s on your mind. With that being said, this list also represents our top choices, so we’ve included links to each restaurant’s Yelp page and website so you can also  choose the place that will help you make your evening unforgettable.

And if you’re on a budget, check out this list of cheap places to eat near Lincoln Center.

My Favorite Restaurants Near Lincoln Center

P.J. Clarke’s

We’ll start our list of the best restaurants near Lincoln Center with a New York institution since 1884. P.J. Clarke’s restaurant on the Upper West Side is also steps away from Lincoln Center. This classic American joint has been around for a long time. The decor is decidedly retro and features checkered table cloths and rustic wooden floors. Old-school saloon and American restaurant with great mac and cheese.

P.J.’s is best known for serving delicious comfort food in hearty portions. Their mouthwatering burgers are nothing short of heavenly. They also have a great raw bar with generous oyster, lobster, fish and shrimp plates. Zagat spotlighted their excellent lobster rolls in an article from 2014. Another one of their stellar menu items is the Maryland jumbo lump crab cake served with a side of tartar sauce and also a side of coleslaw. P.J. Clarke’s always offers an outstanding experience for food lovers.

The New York Times calls P.J. Clarke’s “the Vatican of Saloons”, and Nat King Cole called one of their favorite comfort foods “the Cadillac of burgers”. The “Cadillac” is prepared with double smoked country bacon, onion, American cheese, and butter pickles. He also considered Clarke’s burgers to be the very best in town.

Visit P.J. Clarke’s restaurant near Lincoln Center, located at 44 West 63rd Street.

P.J. Clarke’s on Yelp.

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Warm and charming interior with checkered table cloths.

Restaurants Near Lincoln Center

Try their crab cakes!

http://pjclarkes.com/location/lincoln-square/

The Smith

This New American joint is one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants near Lincoln Center, consistently ranked as one of the “top ten reserved” restaurants on Open Table. It’s also among the top 100 grossing restaurants in the entire country!

I recommend getting a side of smashed garlic potatoes and their grilled shrimp scampi for your main course. Their mushroom pasta entree is also excellent.

There are three additional NYC locations (in the East Village, Midtown and NoMad). Their first restaurant to open was their East Village location in 2007. The Smith’s restaurant near Lincoln Center is located at 1900 Broadway (between 63rd and 64th Streets).

The Smith on Yelp.

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Well lit interior with an open sidewalk cafe during the warmer months.

Restaurants Near Lincoln Center

Their steak is fantastic!

http://thesmithrestaurant.com/location/lincoln-square/

Lincoln Ristorante

Modern Italian restaurant near Lincoln Center. Fabulous grub and a stunning interior. Their desserts are outstanding and they also offer a pre-theater menu beginning at 5pm. Lincoln Ristorante opened in the fall of 2010, which was a very expensive project on the campus of Lincoln Center. Their menu includes fresh ingredients from local farmers, and they also visit the nearby Tucker Square Green Market on a regular basis to keep their options optimal for the season.

Located at 142 West 65th Street.

Lincoln Ristorante on Yelp.

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Walls of windows and not a bad view!

Restaurants Near Lincoln Center

Apple cake with salted caramel gelato

https://www.lincolnristorante.com/

Cafe Fiorello

This Italian restaurant near Lincoln Center also has some of the best pizza on the Upper West Side. You’ll love their mouth-watering thin crust pies. Two show-stoppers include the gooey margherita and pizza bolognese (with meatball, sausage and wild boar ragu). Great breakfast and a popular weekend brunch, too. Located at 1900 Broadway (between 63rd and 64th Streets).

Cafe Fiorello on Yelp.

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try their chicken parm!

http://www.cafefiorello.com/

Boulud Sud

Fancy Mediterranean and French food by Daniel Boulud. Lots of wonderful fish entrees! Definitely try their dover sole and Mediterranean sea bass, if possible. Also, if you’re a fan of truffles, they can help you get your fix. Located at 20 West 64th Street.

Boulud Sud on Yelp.

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Elegant interior with colorful artwork. Are those Van Gogh? I think they might be.

Restaurants Lincoln Center

white truffle gnocchi from Boulud Sud

https://www.bouludsud.com/

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Mike Mishkin

Mike Mishkin

Blogger & Native Upper West Sider
Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking iPhone photos for @ilovetheupperwestside.
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