Neighborhood Guides

Lincoln Square

The center of dance, theater and opera in Manhattan, Lincoln Square is the perfect neighborhood for people who love to be surrounded by the arts.

At a Glance

Named after and defined by the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln Square is home to the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera among many other cultural institutions. The neighborhood blends the prewar architecture and history, style and class of the Upper West Side with newer, modern construction. Great subway access at Columbus Circle and proximity to Midtown make this neighborhood popular with young professionals and empty-nesters looking to be in the center of it all.  


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The Mood

With shops and fine dining at your fingertips, Lincoln Square is upscale and cosmopolitan.

Heart of the Neighborhood

Lincoln Center, with its beautiful fountains and grand plaza, is always bustling. It's filled with students and tourists during the day and theatergoers in furs and tuxes by night.

Neighborhood Quirk

From the middle of the plaza at Lincoln Center, you can see Marc Chagall's iconic murals decorating the lobby of the Met Opera House.

Best Perk

Lincoln Square offers incredible access to renowned cultural institutions, but also has great access to green space including Central Park and Riverside Park.

Biggest Downside

There's no getting around it - Lincoln Center is expensive. The median asking rent for one-bedroom is upwards of three grand.

By the Numbers

Boasting many of the city's most iconic buildings, including 15 Central Park West and Trump International Towers, Lincoln Square is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan.

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Food & Drink

Lincoln Square is famous for many of the city’s most expensive and top-rated restaurants like Per Se and Boulud Sud, but the neighborhood also offers plenty of down-to-earth local haunts.


Comfort Food, Southern, American (Traditional)

If you want to splurge before the show, you can't do any better than the New Americana menu at Telepan.

Ella Kitchen & Bar

Tapas/Small Plates, American (New), Mediterranean

This casual and affordable tapas place is a welcome alternative to Lincoln Square's spate of opulent, Michelin-star restaurants.

Pasha Restaurant

Comfort Food, Southern, American (Traditional)

Pasha is a long-time neighborhood standby that serves up hearty Turkish cuisine in a white table cloth meets Ottoman empire ambiance.

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