Lincoln is the restaurant that Lincoln Center has always longed for — and the most elegant and beautiful dining space in Manhattan. The knockout dish on both of my trips to Lincoln was the gnocchi! On my first visit, I enjoyed the potato gnocchi with lobster in a veal/lobster jus and white truffle. Chef Jonathan Benno’s gnocchi don’t just melt in your mouth, they disintegrate, much more like potato than pasta on the palate. Neither dense nor fluffy, the gnocchi are just perfect tender morsels. On my second visit, I had the small plate of potato gnocchi in butter, with white truffle shavings (the white truffle was an addition and not on the menu) that simply blew me away! Such simple ingredients, yet the aromas, textures, flavors and presentation were in perfect balance. This dish is pure ecstasy!