Lincoln - Food, Friends and Fanfare !

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world – colors, food, music and interesting people. You have days where you meet the most random quirky people and others when the city is filled with quiet.  We catch ourselves getting caught up in annoyance and frustration, and then something happens which makes us realized “WOW take this mood down a notch”. I caught myself doing that yesterday on the subway as I was so tired and a guy walked into the subway with a guitar.  My first reaction was “I just want 10 minutes of quiet” and then he started playing “My Girl” and I just started singing with him and my heart filled with happiness and I felt relaxed once more. It’s important to embrace little things that happen like that.

One of my favorite places in New York is Lincoln Center, and I had the pleasure of being on the Upper West Side twice this week. I had to attend an award ceremony with work and my goodness it was one of my most beautiful nights of the year. The pictures above show a night filled with music, food and great people.  The evening started off with a cocktail reception and it was nice wandering around discovering who from my company would be around. I haven’t done as much networking outside of work lately, and this night made me realize how I exciting it is being around people from different backgrounds, fields and perspectives.

I managed to sneak the beverage I wanted instead of the standard red/white wine.  I have a new-found love for bourbon, and if you haven’t been to the Brandy Library I highly recommend it – I love how they set the tone for the experience by saying “Hey we serve hard liquor, this isn’t a place for babies”.  Bourbon, soda and lime…..it tastes better than it sounds, believe me.

The table was blue on white with a gorgeous flower display in the centre. They started off the dinner service with a beautifully presented vegetarian dish – quinoa, avocado and tomato surrounded by a pumpkin jus. For the main course they served a fresh halibut  and then a berry tart for dessert. Given I am on this crazy gym challenge it was definitely my Day 20 treat.

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So Mozart, the program is called Mostly Mozart as they throw in some Beethoven. Three of Mozart's symphonies and 2 Beethoven were The table was blue on white with a gorgeous flower display in the centre, due to the waiter loving my “Despicable Me” cover. They started off the dinner service with a beautifully presented vegetarian dish – quinoa, avocado and tomato surrounded by a pumpkin jus. For the main course they served a fresh halibut  and then a berry tart for dessert. Given I am on this crazy gym challenge it was definitely my Day 20 treat.

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I also made it to Lincoln Ristorante, located right next to the Lincoln Center. The entire restaurant is surround by glass and the light within the main room enables great people watching, as all the locals and tourists rushing to catch a show. As the name suggests the inspiration is Italian. Chef Jonathan Benno has worked here since its inception. Jonathan worked before in Per Se and French Laundry, and given this is his first solo effort as a head chef he does not disappoint. The presentation of all plates and the colors were vibrant and the flavors reflected amazing seasonal choices.

The menu for dinner  had Antipasti and then a variety of fish, meats and chicken. We opted for a light antipasti of Salmon, Octopus, Rabbit sausage (not what I expected and the plate above with the orange swipe of color) and finally a beetroot salad.  I have to say the portion sizes were perfect and if you go pick the octopus salad for sure.  I would go back just for that.

If you do not have room for dessert do not worry as the Chef completes the service with a lovely plate of chocolate and toffees home-made in his kitchen. They do an amazing brunch also, so check it out!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend whatever you are doing!  I promise a recipe will follow!

Jeanette xx