The Ultimate Guide to Lincoln Center

Located within the Upper West Side, Lincoln Square is a Manhattan neighborhood known for just one thing—Lincoln Center. But there’s more to the area than its hallmark performing arts center. Here’s how to spend a day in Lincoln Square.

Walk in John Lennon’s Footsteps: The Dakota

Developed in the late 19th century, the Dakota is one of Manhattan’s most prestigious apartment buildings. Here, the likes of Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein and Judy Garland made their homes in New York City. Famed Beatle John Lennon lived in the building with Yoko Ono until 1980. Enter Central Park directly across the street to see Strawberry Fields, a quiet and shady patch of the park that honors Lennon.

Immerse Yourself in the Arts: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Named after Lincoln Square, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts covers more than 16 acres. It hosts the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Enjoy a Fine Dining Experience

While restaurateur Daniel Boulud is best known for Daniel on the Upper East Side, the French chef has a strong presence in Lincoln Square. Designed to resemble a wine cellar, Bar Boulud serves brasserie staples like steak frites, coq au vin and a formidable wine list. Nearby, Boulud Sud focuses on Mediterranean dishes, like cauliflower tabbouleh folded with za’atar and chopped figs and rye-bread tartines. For a more casual experience, the fromagerie at Épicerie Boulud offers charcuterie, bread, pastries, salads and sandwiches—all perfect for a pricy picnic in Central Park.

Dine at a Neighborhood Eatery: Columbus Avenue

Columbus Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares in Lincoln Square, is a veritable Restaurant Row for Italian eateries. On 71st Street, an outpost of Nolita hot spot Parm is reviving the love for Italian-American cuisine. Go for their signature chicken and meatball parm sandwiches. A few blocks down, Il Violino is a neighborhood staple for simple, regional dishes that opened in 1993. Regulars swear by the bolognese. And next to Il Violino, Francesco’s Pizza is a classic New York experience. Order pizza, pasta and calzones over the counter at this no-frills local favorite.

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