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Hidden gems around Lincoln Center

Would appreciate suggestions for local hangouts around Lincoln Center for out of town foodies on a binge.

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  1. i lived around Lincoln Center for six months in 2008/9...i didn't find any gems, hidden or otherwise...Cafe Ronda is ok...there are some passable Italian places, decent bistro food at Cafe Luxembourg, etc...but i'd highly suggest binging in a different neighborhood...(there is not a single restaurant on the UWS that i'd go out of my way to eat at)...

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    Cafe Ronda
    249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

    Cafe Luxembourg
    200 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: Simon

      things are changing now though...we have a Luke's Lobster, Grand Sichuan, Shake Shack and Ditch Plains. Graffit recently opened and Bar Boulud is expanding. Grandaisy & Levain both have some excellent baked goods and Screme & Grom both serve a fine gelato. the neighborhood is picking up. don't count us out just yet.

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      Grom
      2165 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Grandaisy Bakery
      176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

      Levain Bakery
      167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

      Bar Boulud
      1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      Shake Shack
      366 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

      Screme
      2030 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      Grand Sichuan
      307 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

      Luke's Lobster
      426 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      Gastroarte
      141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

      Ditch Plains
      100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

      1. re: coasts

        the Grand Sichuan is a piece of good news...yet i think it's food is weaker than the other branches (i re-ordered from there 3 times when i was housesitting nearby in mid-March)...while it's a good thing if you're in the 'hood and want takeout, it still isn't a reason to go to the area for food...ditto Shake Shack...

        i wanted to like Bar Bouloud and went there many times when i moved nearby in 2008...but while their charcuterie is yummy if you're in the mood for that, i found the cooked food to be very lame...overly prissy and not worth re-ordering...

        Hope things get better for my friends who live in the area, but i can't imagine anyone would ever commute to this hood for food in the near future...

        1. re: coasts

          Would you consider TWC in the neighbourhood? If so, there are several restaurants, including Per Se, where I have given up trying to get a reservation.
          Any restaurants in TWC that can be recommended, besides Bouchon Bakery?

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          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          Bouchon Bakery
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: towkay

            bring you 401K to eat at PerSe...

            1. re: towkay

              TWC is within easy walking distance of Lincoln Center. You can try eating at the Per Se Salon, where you can walk in without reservations. The menu is abbreviated and a la carte, but the food is as excellent as it is in the main dining room.

              Landmarc TWC isn't bad, though it's not what I would call a "hidden gem", either.

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              Landmarc
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          2. re: Simon

            Picholine is a gem. Only it has been around for 18 years.

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            Picholine
            35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

          3. Salumeria Rosi
            Fatty Crab
            Bar Boulud
            Bettola (for pizza)
            Hummus Place
            Jacques Torres
            Bouchon Bakery

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            Bouchon Bakery
            10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

            Hummus Place
            305 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

            Bettola
            412 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Jacques Torres
            285 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

            Bar Boulud
            1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

            Salumeria Rosi
            283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

            Fatty Crab
            2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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            1. re: gutsofsteel

              Also:
              Graffit
              and a little further north:
              Recipe
              Osteria Cotta
              Ditch Plains

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              Recipe
              452 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              Gastroarte
              141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

              Ditch Plains
              100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

              Cotta
              513 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

              1. re: boredough

                Graffit is a great recommendation, especially for post MET. They close at 1.00am.

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                Gastroarte
                141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

              1. Graffit between Broadway and Columbus. Molecular gastronomy from a Spanish chef. There is a Tapas area, and a dinner area. Some of their food is very very good. Loved the updated spanish omelet (served in a martini glass), and the Not your Average Egg. Friends said that the Fake Truffles (edible earth) and the "Roots" dish was very good. I didn't love the meatballs.

                The seafood entrees looked delicious, and my friend ordered the special and loved it. I had the suckling pig entree, which was good, but not great.

                The desserts were incredible and fabulously well-presented. I had the deconstructed cappuccino dessert as a dessert at brunch and am still dreaming about it.

                The room is fabulous. If you are in a rush, there is plenty of seating at the bar for tapas, but if you want more of a leisurely meal with real waiter service, do the dinner. The chef is there and visible most nights, and the service is great.

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                Gastroarte
                141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

                1. I like Epices for an interesting, not terribly expensive meal near Lincoln Center. Both the Brik and the B'stilla were delicious last time I was there, as was a seafood risotto.

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                  Epices
                  103 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

                  1. Telepan is good, 69th east of Columbus.

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                    Telepan
                    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

                    1. The OP doesn't specify low cost; it even specifies a binge. Telepan is excellent. Picholine and Lincoln are excellent. Jean-Georges is overrated, but not bad.

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                      Jean Georges
                      1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

                      Telepan
                      72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

                      Picholine
                      35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

                      Lincoln
                      142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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                      1. re: beaulieu

                        Really enjoyed the dinner at Picholine. Great food & ambiance for fine dining, and perfect for pre MET performance. You are in safe hands with their sommelier for wine pairing!

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                        Picholine
                        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

                      2. Whym on 9th Ave betwn. 57 and 58th.

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                        Whym
                        889 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                        1. I can't believe no one has mentioned Dovetail yet... Easily my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood...

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                          Dovetail
                          103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024