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Feb 2, 2012 02:13 PM

Ciano or Lincoln Ristorante

I have to take my 62 year old mother out, who is a Babbo & Maera fan.
But I...overslept and wasn't able to make a reservation at Babbo. Oops.
I personally didn't like Maera and don't care for other Michael White establishments.
I find it a bit too much on the heavy side...

I'm looking for an alternative where I can book something - two weeks ahead.
So places like Del Posto, Locanda and Scarpetta is probably out.

I looked around and it seems like Ciano or Lincoln Ristorante sounds like a safe bet.
We're looking for strong pasta and probably also good selection of secondi, in an "upscale" environment.

Which would be the better choice? Ciano or Lincoln?
And if you don't like any of these, what other alternatives do you recommend?

Your thoughts will be super appreciated!

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  1. Ciano is more rustic than Lincoln, and Lincoln more closely resembles a Michael White restaurant than Ciano.

    Given your preferences, I think you would enjoy Ciano more than Lincoln.

    45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    6 Replies
    1. re: peter j

      OTOH, one of the main reasons I personally prefer Lincoln to all the Michael White places is that the food at Lincoln is lighter. So if that's one's objection to the Whiteries, Lincoln might be just the ticket.

      I agree that Ciano is slightly more rustic than Lincoln. I'd say that difference should probably drive the decision here: whichever myamada thinks his or her mother would prefer.

      1. re: Sneakeater

        What do you think about Maialino, Sneak?

        1. re: Daniel76

          Thank you every body for your replies!

          I personally will probably like Ciano, because I do like 'rustic'! I do love places like Peasant. However, this being mother, I think we'll go with Lincoln.

          I did think about Maialino, but that's another place that is near impossible to get primetime reservation with short notice.

          Thanks all! :)

          1. re: myamada

            @Myamada. I think you are making the right choice based on your mother's preferences. The cuisine at Lincoln is definitely not rustic--but rather focuses on clean simplicity and natural elegance. I am sure the service staff will make your mother feel very special. The best time to go is between the theater rush--either post 7:30pm or before the theater lets out at around 9:30 or 10pm.

            142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

            1. re: myamada

              Aside from the difficulty of getting a prime time reservation at Maialino on short notice, it has an even more casual and rustic feel than Ciano.

              Although I'm not a fan of the dark, slanted ceiling at Lincoln, the overall ambiance does have a somewhat more formal feel, and the cuisine at the two dinners we've had there was excellent.

              Lincoln photos:


            2. re: Daniel76

              Love Mailalino.

              Tell you what I mean by "too heavy." Out of all the Michael White restaurants, the only one I really like is Osteria Morini. Because there, the heaviness is inherent in the kind of cuisine it serves. In the other places, it seems to me like the fat is ladeled on. No sea urchin goes without some lardo; no crabmeat without some bone marrow.

              This is especially problematic, to me, at Ai Fiori. That restaurants purports to serve what most Americans think of as a light, healthy cuisine (Mediterranean). But every dish has a heavy fat component that you wouldn't find, in my experience, on the actual Riviera.

              What brought that rant on is that Maialino is another place that comes by its "heaviness" honestly, because Roman is a heavy cuisine. Anyway, although I haven't been in a while, I really like it.

              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010