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Jane201 Sep 30, 2012 07:14 PM

Looking for moderate dinner for 4 before 8PM Nutcracker in early December.
No Indian, already will have done that earlier in the trip, thanks.

  1. famdoc Oct 4, 2012 07:43 AM

    There are a number of food venues in the Lincoln Center campus, including Lincoln, reviewed by others here. Here's a link to Lincoln Center's guide to those venues:

    http://lc.lincolncenter.org/visitor-g...

    We had a light supper last night at Indie, a small-ish small-plates place inside the Eleanor Bunin Film Center. The menu consists of salads, sandwiches and small plates. We were seated at 6:45 without a wait and, when we left at 8:00, there were only a handful of parties waiting to be seated.

    While tapas are a great way to sample a variety of foods in a Spanish restaurant, the trend towards "small plates" or "tapas-style" dining in NYC is, I'm afraid, a way of maximizing how much a restaurant can remove from our wallets. With that in mind, I'll tell you that Indie prepares nice salads, tasty sides and acceptable small plates. Unless you order 2 items per person, however, you're going to leave hungry. We had a poached trout that is served with a mustard sauce and a choice of a side (I had a farro salad, my wife a radish salad). The portion of trout was, perhaps, 3 ounces and was fairly tasteless. It might have been poached at some time in the past, but was barely lukewarm on the plate. The farro salad was enjoyable and the greens and radishes in my wife's salad were fresh, crispy and well-dressed. We felt the need to share another dish, however, and chose the marinated octopus salad. There were generous chunks of octopus in it, along with cucumber slices tossed in a vaguely chili-like vinaigrette.

    Although there seemed to be more than enough staff on the floor, we experienced delays in getting our order taken and getting the attention of a wait person for our additional order.
    All-in-all, Indie is acceptable for a light meal before a performance, but, it's chief advantage is as a stand-by if you don't book a table elsewhere.

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      downtown1234 Oct 1, 2012 08:46 PM

      I always go to Fiorello's after the opera. From the outside, it looks like a tourist trap. Food is solid and full of diners from lincoln center. Pasta Bolognase is fantastic. Also, for desert, try the chocolate mouse and whip cream. They literally bring out a pot of both mouse and whip cream and scoop it onto a plate for you. To honest, it could feed 4 normally people. I usually go with my wife and we force ourselves to not eat the second half of it as it it just too rich. The first half is thoroughly enjoyable.

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        UES Mayor Oct 1, 2012 03:51 AM

        Lincoln! You will love the space and food-and oh so convenient!

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          arepo Oct 1, 2012 04:36 AM

          Lincoln is far and away my favorite place but no way is it moderately priced. No way!!

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            arepo Oct 1, 2012 05:02 AM

            If you don't object to walking 5 blocks from Lincoln Center, Manhattan is a walking kinda town, there are 2 fine possibilities around 68th.
            La Boite en Bois at 68th & Columbus is a charming, small Parisian walk-down and very popular with the Lincoln Center crowd .
            Telepan is also quite popular at 69th bet. Broadway and Columbus.

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              H Manning Oct 2, 2012 08:33 AM

              Lincoln now offers 3 courses for $60 and you can select any dish from the menu.

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            von_levi Sep 30, 2012 09:33 PM

            I probably go to Bar Boulud 75% of the time for pre-opera meals. Out of all the places surrounding LC, it's the best combination of value and quality. Sometimes I go to Cafe Luxembourg.

            No offense to the other posters, but I think that Fiorello and Ed's Chowder are terribly overpriced and not all that great.

            Atlantic Grill is fine, but nothing interesting.

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              saregama Sep 30, 2012 08:15 PM

              Bar Boulud (french, great food, pre-theatre $45 menu), Rosa Mexicano (nice mexican), Atlantic Grill (seafood & sushi, $40 prix fixe)

              At TWC - Bouchon Bakery, Landmarc and a Voce ($33 prix fixe)

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                famdoc Oct 3, 2012 07:52 AM

                A Voce's prix fixe is lunch only...not available for dinner.

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                arepo Sep 30, 2012 07:43 PM

                Atlantic Grill for seafood or Ed's Chowder House in the Empire Hotel both across the street.
                For Asian Shun Lee is only a block away.
                Fiorello's across the street for Italian.
                Bar Boulud for a people watching happening kind of place, right next door to Fiorello's.

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