It hasn't exactly been four score and seven years, but a restaurant we've been anticipating for awhile has finally opened today in McPherson Square. Lincoln, a presidentially inspired concept from the folks behind Hudson Lounge, had its first service at lunch today showcasing executive chef Demetrio Zavala's menu of seasonal small plates. Eater got a look inside at this design-heavy new restaurant.
Owner Alan Popovsky's Lincoln draws much of its design inspiration from our nation's 16th president: one million pennies bearing Honest Abe's mug create a tiled effect on the floor, while antique wood floors are meant to evoke the log cabins of the former president's youth. An oversized white leather chair presides over the dining room, mimicking the Lincoln Memorial, and the mixology program makes use of Mason jars and copper cups.
The seasonal menu features basics like chicken pot pie and NY strip with salads and sides like braised brussels sprouts and tuna tartare. But even here the restaurant calls back the man behind the Emancipation Proclamation: some of Abe's favorite dishes are on the menu, including oysters, gingerbread and chicken fricassée.
Lincoln is open seven days a week and plans to start serving a Sunday brunch soon.