After another long and productive day, I was impatiently anticipating the moment I walked into my own private sliver of NYC. Mid-commute, I received an SOS text from my dearest friend who'd had a more taxing and stressful day than I. Conveniently, she was in my neighborhood so immediately I diverted my trip home to meet her at Lincoln Ristorante in Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.
I'm the unofficial trainer to this friend, so naturally we were both mindful of making choices that were healthy, which wasn't a problem as we selected dishes from the light Antipasti and Piccoli Piata sections of the modern Italian menu created by Chef Jonathan Benno. We shared three remarkably light, satisfying and stunning dishes:
INSALATA AI FRUTTI DI MARE
GRILLED SQUID AND OCTOPUS, WATERMELON, HEIRLOOM SQUASH, CUCUMBER, BASIL
CRUDO DI SALMONE
CITRUS CURED ALASKAN KING SALMON, CAULIFLOWER, CAPERS, MARCONA ALMONDS, LEMON, BLACK GARLIC
ROASTED BEETS, WALNUTS, SMOKED RICOTTA SALATA
The minimal modern design of the space provided the perfect canvas for the artistry of each dish, and a soothing environment for an impromptu nibble. This evening out reminded us that despite the difficulties that arise during the course of our days, we are still so fortunate to be able to enjoy a lovely evening like this. To be able to walk out of Lincoln and take a moment to look at Henry Moore's "Reclining Figure" sculpture in Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool was a moment for which to be thankful.