by Lucy Foster

grand tier restaurant

  Grand Tier Restaurant, at the Metropolitan Opera House on the Upper West Side between W. 62nd & 65th Streets and Columbus & Amsterdam Aves. New York, New York. Open two hours before performances for opera ticket holders only. Reservations suggested: (212) 799-3400 If you are looking for a memorable experience and are an opera lover (or trying to be an opera lover), this unique and beautiful restaurant is on the  Grand Tier level of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. This restaurant has museum-size Chagall paintings hanging in extravagant bright yellow, green and blue amidst modern crystal chandeliers. Add to this massive windows that look out beyond the Metropolitan Opera’s balcony with a splendid view of Lincoln Center Plaza and its warmly lit fountain. This restaurant is an ideal setting for a night at the opera. The restaurant is only open for pre-curtain and intermission dining and you must have a ticket for that performance to eat there. The restaurant serves pre-opera full-dinners, but you can also have your various courses of dinner over two 20 minute intermissions. Intermission dining works as follows: before the opera, you order your meal. At intermission you are shown to your table, where your first main course is served and waiting at your table. At the later intermission, you order dessert. The desserts have been reviewed as the best items to order, surpassing the dinner options. The restaurant accepts all major credit cards. Food served is expensive.


Photo: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2006