I remember first visiting Lincoln Center in the mid-60’s as a child with my Father who was an architectural engineer/contractor who had to see the new construction of this famous arts venue as it was being built. It is currently home to the Chamber Music Society, The Film Society, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, The School of American Ballet and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
With its base in Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera is one of the World’s most renowned opera companies. Try to catch a performance while you are in NYC. Performances first began in 1883, with the first opera performance in Lincoln Center in September 1966.
I have attended performances of the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic. Make sure to get ticket for a concert during the Mostly Mozart Festival, a summertime tradition, or for the Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet during the Holidays.
Don’t miss the new, award winning, Hypar Pavilion with its sloping 7,200 sq. ft. green lawn and restaurant below. It is located between the reflecting pool and the north end of the Plaza.
The restaurant there is called Lincoln. It is a very sleek, contemporary restaurant serving modern Italian cuisine. “Our philosophy is simple: to source the best local ingredients and prepare them with authentic Italian methods and spirit. While our location beside Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool and Henry Moore sculpture is exquisite, with panoramic views and a grass lawn roof, the heart of our restaurant is the central open kitchen.” The sloping roof is a wonderful architectural detail.
Another dining option is famed chef Marcus Samuelsson’s American Table Café and Bar located in the lobby of Alice Tully Hall across the street from Lincoln. It offers a new take on American classics in a very sleek and contemporary setting. It is at 1941 Broadway at 65th.
Lincoln Center is located on the Upper West Side between 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.