Treat Yourself

With Fashion Week in town, there may be no better site for celebrity sightings than the restaurants near Lincoln Center. This Upper West Side neighborhood is more than just a home to the performing arts; it’s surrounded by some of the top restaurants in the city. From gorgeous décors to one-of-a-kind menus, these places guarantee a five-star experience that will keep you coming back for more.

Asiate, for instance, offers a modern approach to traditional American cuisine. Located inside the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this restaurant takes pride in adding artistic touches and flavorful ingredients to each and every dish (80 Columbus Circle). Not to mention the superb service, stylish décor, and absolutely stunning views you have to see tobelieve. Thiscommendationisarecipetoameal you’ll never forget.

Fans of Italian cuisine will want to check out Lincoln Ristorante to enjoy freshly prepared, Italian cooking at its best (142 W. 65th St.). Menu options include an impressive wine list along with a variety of authentic pastas, savory meats, and sauces all seasoned to perfection. But make sure to save room for dessert! (Trust us on this one.) And thanks to its great location, guests can admire Lincoln Center’s iconic reflecting pool and Henry Moore sculpture without ever leaving their seats.

The Smith Bar and Restaurant provides a more local scene, attracting after-work colleagues and late-night partygoers (1900 Broadway). The menu features a selection of familiar bistro dishes, including Crispy Fried Calamari, char broiled steak, and perfectly cooked hand cut fries. Signature cocktails are made with fresh fruit and herbs, while a variety of hand crafted beers are always on tap. This fun, electric atmosphere promises to make even the worst hangover totally worth it.

And finally, if you’re in the mood for something a little more fancy, Marea is the place for you (240 Central Park S). Known for its sophisticated ambiance, attentive service, and close proximity to Lincoln Center, this high-end Italian restaurant’s menu covers everything from fresh seafood to house- made pasta dishes. Oh, and that wine selection isn’t too shabby either. Buon Appetito, indeed!