It's a challenge to build a restaurant in the middle of a legendary institution and have it fit in seamlessly, but that’s what Nick Valenti and Joachim Splichal’s Patina Group have done with the help of architect Liz Diller at 50-year-old Lincoln Center. The glassenclosed Lincoln, an Italian fine-dining venture with a reported $20 million price tag, overlooks the center’s reflecting pool. Chef Jonathan Benno, the former chef de cuisine at Per Se, serves an array of masterful dishes such as spinach lasagna verdi filled with pork, veal and beef and topped with béchamel and tomato sauces. Sides can be as simple as a pan-roasted array of wild mushrooms or as esoteric as heirloom varietal broccoli spigarello. 142 W. 65th St., 212-359-6500

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