Test Drive a 2013 Lincoln MKZ, Get Treated to Dinner at Red Medicine


There are a lot of freebies and promotion deals to be had in our wonderful city, but I can’t say I’ve run across the offering of an entire dinner in exchange for the test drive of a car, before. And now, we have.

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New York: Lincoln Yields First-Rate, First-Class Modern Italian

Exterior of Lincoln

One of my strategies to eating around New York on an indispensible budget is to do lunch well – especially if the dinner entrees of a desired restaurant tend to hit a higher price point. Lincoln, however, was not to fall under that game plan. Sam Kim said, “It’s THE opening of Fall [2010].” So I secured a reservation three weeks prior to opening and four before I boarded for JFK. It is a special place that, upon approach and even closer look, was designed to seamlessly blend into Lincoln Center. It is successful, indeed – etymologically and aesthetically, inside and out. It’s a masterpiece complete with a sloped, grass-covered roof that doubles as a lawn.

Capesanta In Padella | Sea scallop, sunchokes, almonds, sunflower oil

I had two dinner companions, and we all agreed that the feel of the space was uniquely pleasant. Beautiful. “It’s like how an airport is supposed to feel,” my friend Robbie said. The pristine, glass-encased kitchen highlighted the excellent service we received all night in an impeccably casual, yet elegant, ambiance. Through the glass walls, I admired Jonathan Benno – previously Chef de Cuisine at Per Se for 6 years – as he sent out each dish. The servers’ pace was expedient but never hurried.

We were artfully presented with thin crisps – seasoned with things delightful and elusive to my memory – before a perfect selection of three varieties of bread. The butter, made with 83% Vermont buttercream, was some of the best I have ever had. Our appetizer, a perfectly seared sea scallop with almonds and sunchoke smear, was a delicious departure and made me excited for more.

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