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Jan 25, 2013 01:19 PM

Lincoln Ristorante for brunch this Sunday

We're more downtown types and rarely find ourselves dining uptown. This Sunday though we are having brunch at Lincoln after all the great things I have read here about this restaurant. Having never been to Lincoln (or Lincoln Center for that matter), may I ask what your opinion is of dress code for brunch? Would dress pants, button-down shirt and a sweater be OK? Or do you think a jacket would be required? Also, if anyone has a recommendation on a particular dish, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.

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  1. You're right on track. No jacket required. As best I recall, spagghetoni, uova pomodoro and branzino were especially well received. It's very quiet before noon, picks up thereafter. Great choice.

    1. Dress pants or nice jeans, button-down shirt and a sweater would be fine for lunch. Jackets are not required for either lunch or dinner though most men wear jackets for dinner.

      For lunch I liked the carbonara, mixed roasted mushrooms, eggplant parm, and sorbets, but have found the menu to be quite good across the board.

      I do hope you enjoy your first visit to Lincoln restaurant and Lincoln Center.

      1. @burton and @ peter j

        Thanks to both for your quick replies. I appreciate it.
        I can't believe I'm 51, have lived in the NYC metro area all my life and have NEVER been to Lincoln Center!

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        1. re: ttoommyy

          That is kind of remarkable given your inclination to hit Lincoln in the first place. Good to see you're arranging for an inaugural visit in great style. If only you could combine it with an outdoor opera screening or romp on the tilted lawn...but I suppose it's the wrong season for that.

          1. re: burton

            That's the thing...not an opera fan in the least. Oh well.

        2. No jacket required at all. In fact, I've seen people in Levis and leather jackets and they look just fine.
          This is NY. It is much more relaxed.
          Bon appetit!

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          1. re: arepo

            Still, I'm of an era and mind that would never wear jeans to this type of restaurant but at the same time do not always want to wear a tie and jacket. Somewhere in between is always what I strive for and it sounds like that will be just fine. Thanks arepo.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              I too would not wear jeans (at least not to dinner) but there will be many at lunch that could be dressed "down".
              If the branzino is on the menu, it is excellent.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Jeans and a sport jacket look good in any restaurant.
                Anyway, even dress codes in golf have changed. I'm from an era that used to require jacket and ties. But interestingly, I went to a jacket and tie place once but Bill Cosby was allowed to just wear a sweater, no tie. Where is the fairness. Anyway, I'll be wearing jeans tonite at Jungsik

            2. Just want to report that brunch was excellent. I never really paid much attention to the posts about Lincoln; not really sure why. Then last Friday I decided to hit their web site and was wowed by the menu. So glad we went. I had the BEST carbonara I've ever had in the US. We lucked out and had a table that had a view of the kitchen and outside. Thanks to all for your replies.

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              1. re: ttoommyy

                Glad you enjoyed your first visit. The carbonara is indeed very good there.