Food Porn: Lincoln

As promised, here’s some super close-ups of this evening’s offerings at Lincoln, Jonathan Benno’s highly anticipated new restaurant that opened tonight.  The food was, as you’ll see, beautiful, and pricing was comparable to other high end spots throughout the city (the previously reported approximations of $120/pp are about right).  I will say though that the menu (found here) is much more versatile than typical Italian can sometimes permit – and the thought that this spot is meant to compete directly with Marea is, in my opinion, askew.

Also, the evening wasn’t without its share of additional interesting restaurant news:  I have it on very good authority that another well respected Italian spot will get reviewed this coming week by the NY Times.  Scroll down to find out more.

And without further ado…

So, here’s the pay off:  a very reliable source has shared with me that Del Posto, Mario Batali’s GINORMOUS food cathedral in Chelsea will face Sifton’s scrutiny this Wednesday.  As has been very well reported, Batali has long had high aspirations – and has made adjustments to this end – of being the first four star Italian spot in NYC in quite some time.  However, with how fastidious Sifton has proven to be over his first year (see reviews of Marea and SHO Shaun Hergatt) I’m not sure even the Eataly deity can pull it off.  We’ll see Wednesday.

As for me, a full review of Lincoln to follow in coming days.

Cheers friends.

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