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Where To Eat Near Lincoln Center

December 10, 2015 - by Irvina Lew
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Restaurants are just one of the many draws of the area around Lincoln Center, that stretch of Manhattan's Upper West Side famous for attracting avid concert and theater goers, dance and opera buffs, film and library lovers, and tourists from around the world. From the kindergarten set at Young People’s Concerts to seniors at matinee and evening performances, everyone wants to dine, drink, or “get a bite” nearby, before or after the show. Among the many options, here are our picks for the ten best places to eat around Lincoln Center.

French Near Lincoln Center: Bar Boulud

Acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud dominates the corner of 64th and Broadway. Bar Boulud offers an authentic array of charcuterie and top wines; Boulud Sud features a Mediterranean menu and décor; and Épicerie Boulud provides light bites à la française. 1900 Broadway, 212-595-0303, barboulud.com

Prix Fixe Near Lincoln Center: La Boîte en Bois

La Boite en Bois

La Boîte en Bois is reached down ten steps and beyond lace curtains, which open into an intimate neighborhood brownstone. Among the petits plaisirs, there are escargots, traditional fish soup Marseillaise, house-cured salmon, and welcoming prix fixe lunch and pre-theater menus. 75 W. 68th St., 212- 874-2705, laboitenyc.com

Bistros Near Lincoln Center: Café Luxembourg

Cafe Luxembourg

Café Luxembourg is an authentic, casual-yet-substantial, street-front French bistro. At breakfast, enjoy croissants; there are also classic omelettes, French onion soup, steak tartare, steak frites, and gluten-free options, all only a short walk up Broadway or Amsterdam. 200 W. 70th St., 212-873-7411, cafeluxembourg.com

Italian Near Lincoln Center: Lincoln Ristorante

The serene and spacious Lincoln Ristorante is part of the Patina Group, a culinary empire named for Joachim Splichal’s first award-winning Los Angeles restaurant. Here, chef Jonathan Benno earned a Michelin star for his authentic, contemporary cucina Italiana. 142 W. 65th St., 212- 359- 6500, lincolnristorante.com

Haute Near Lincoln Center: Nougatine & Terrace at Jean-George

Nougatine & Terrace

Nougatine & Terrace at Jean-George is chef Jean-George’s more-casual, less-extravagant sister restaurant, where French cuisine is equally exquisitely sourced, prepared, and served. Its multi-course prix-fixe lunch facing Central Park ranks as one of the best values in town. 1 Central Park West, 212-299-3900, jean-georgerestaurant.com

Bar Food Near Lincoln Center: P.J. Clarke’s

P.J. Clarke’s is a New York institution, with a saloon atmosphere to match the historic images on its walls. At the marble oyster bar or at tables with red checked cloths, homemade potato chips are devoured with seafood and burgers, tuna tartare, and a free-range chicken pot pie. 44 W. 63rd St., 212-957-9700, pjclarkes.com

Mexican Near Lincoln Center: Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano

At Rosa Mexicano, the menu stars three starters to share: a great guacamole prepared tableside (with warmed tortilla chips), queso fundidoa cheese melt on corn tortillas and crispy tortilla nachos. These arrive with or without braised chicken or beef. There are many classics to follow on an upscale entree list. 61 Columbus Ave., 212-977-7700, rosamexicano.com

Chinese Near Lincoln Center: Shun Lee West

Shun Lee West

Shun Lee Westwithin a chic, black-lacquered space accented in redobliges with haute Chinese food from dim sum to shredded beef, Peking duck to crispy prawns. Their adjacent café serves similar fare, but faster and for less. 43 W. 65th St, 212- 769- 3888, shunleepalace.net

American Near Lincoln Center: The Smith

Smith Restaurant

The Smith is as American as s’mores! The staff smiles amidst crowds, dons red flags in gluten-free zones, and serves large, perfectly prepared portions of jumbo shrimp, lobster rolls, mac 'n' cheese, pork chops, and braised ribs. 1900 Broadway, 212-496-5700; thesmithrestaurant.com

Farm-to-Table Near Lincoln Center: Telepan

Telepan

Telepan is located within an elegant, double-width, westside brownstone, decorated with large photographs of delectable produce. Bill Telepan, who recently earned a Michelin star for his sophisticated Nouveau American farm-to-table cuisine, also offers an attractive prix fixe lunch and Sunday brunch. 72 W. 69th St., 212-580-4300, telepan-ny.com

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