Fordham Is My School: Live From GSE at Lincoln Center

Live from GSE, our Student Ambassadors are pleased to present the second installment in our “Fordham Is My School” series. Matt and Ali provide information about Fordham’s three New York area campuses, including fun places to see and things to do for students.

Matt and Ali on Lincoln Center:
Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus is located in the heart of New York City. Though the majority of GSE students are aware of this, many of you may not know exactly what types of social activities are offered around campus. Let us shine a light on some of the fun and exciting activities, shopping, restaurants and night life offered close to Lincoln Center, and help you take advantage of your location and time at Fordham. Go exploring!
The Lincoln Center campus is just steps away from some of the finest dining in the world. There are many dining options, depending on the type of food you’re in the mood for whether you want to sit and relax or just want to grab a bit and go to class. Whether it’s Italian, Indian, salads, sandwiches, diners, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Sushi or any other cuisine, you will certainly be able to find something enjoyable. Below are some of the numerous establishments that provide tasty, inexpensive fare. Remember to show your Fordham ID card when you get the check because many restaurants give a 10% discount to Fordham students!

Alan’s Marketplace (directly across from Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus)
Deli, sandwiches
27 Columbus Ave
(212) 265-5886

Dallas BBQ
27 W. 72nd St.
(212) 873-2004

Rosa Mexican0
Mexican *Try the pomegranate margaritas and guacamole!*
61 Columbus Ave – At 62nd St

Avery Fisher Hall
Stop for lunch or a snack at any one of the handful of restaurants at Lincoln Center, including the Avery Fisher Hall espresso bar, which serves pastries, coffees and sandwiches beginning at 5pm. Enjoy northern Italian cuisine at Panevino Ristorante, also at Avery Fisher. It’s open Monday through Saturday, for dinner only, and for lunch when matinee events are scheduled at Avery Fisher. Call (212) – 874-7000 to make reservations.

If you are holding tickets for a show at Lincoln Center, consider dining at the Grand Tier Restaurant. The Grand Tier, which features a contemporary American menu and has a fantastic view of the opera house and the Lincoln Center plaza area, is open Mondays through Saturdays for preshow dinner and intermission services. Lunch is available for Saturday matinees. The restaurant’s Revlon Bar serves Sushi, panini and crostini. For reservations, call (212) 799-3400.

If you are attending the opera at Lincoln Center, make reservations to dine at the Promenade Cafe. The Promenade opens for dinner 2 hours before performances and features an American bistro menu. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (212) 877-1652.

For an extensive list of restaurants surrounding the Lincoln Center area, please click the links below (**Restaurants are in order from least to most expensive**)
West 50’s
West 60’s
West 70’s

New York City’s cultural center is located at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, of which our campus is a part. It runs from West 59th Street and Columbus Avenue all the way to West 66th Street and Columbus Avenue. The epicenter of Lincoln Center is located across the street from Fordham’s Law School between West 62nd and West 65th streets. Here you will find the historic Metropolitan Opera House and the New York Philaharmonic, which put on some of the most spectacular musical performances in the world. Lincoln Center is conveniently accessible by the #1 Subway at either the 66th St/Lincoln Center or the 59th St/Columbus Circle Stations, or by walking north on Columbus Ave. after class. If you would like to learn more about specific events and shows at Lincoln Center, please visit the website.
In addition, Lincoln Center provides a great opportunit for the cash strapped graduate student, by offering a FREE performance every Thursday night at 8:30, at the David Rubenstein Atrium located between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets on Broadway. The event is called Target Free Thursdays, and includes performances from national and international recording stars as well as students from the Lincoln Center performing arts schools. It’s first come, first serve, so try stopping by sometmie after a Thursday evening class tot ake advantage of this wonderful opportunity. To learn more, please visit the website.

For jazz enthusiasts, there is Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at the corner of West 60th Street and Broadway (Columbus Circle) in the Rose Hall. Here you will find some of the greatest jazz performances in New York City as well as student discounts. By showing any valid student ID you are eligible for discounted tickets, some as low as $10 each! To learn more about these discounts and performances, please visit the Jazz at Lincoln Center website.

Stroll through Lincoln Square (centered around the intersection of Broadway and Columbus, between 65th and 66th Streets), and you will notice that the area doesn’t offer oodles of shopping. However, there are several places where you can purchase gifts, art prints and souvenirs, such as the Metropolitan Opera Shop, where you can browse DVDs, CDs, souvenirs, gifts, American Ballet Theater items and even autographed photos and programs. The opera shop is located in the Met lobby and is open Mondays through Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at noon. One of the city’s largest Barnes and Noble stores, where many talks, events and lectures are held, is also located in the Lincoln Triangle, at Broadway and 66th Street.

Shop at the Time Warner Center, located at nearby Columbus Circle on the southwest border of Central Park. Just steps away from campus, this huge upscale mall features more than 40 shops and boutiques, including Borders Books & Music, Bose, Cole Haan, Dean & DeLuca, Eileen Fisher, J. Crew, Sephora, Swarovski, Whole Foods and WIlliams Sonoma. For an extensive lists of shops, restaurants and other information about the Time Warner Center please visit their website.
What would New York City be without its nightlife? It’s not called the city that never sleeps for nothing. A great place to stop in after class or before a show is P.J. Clarke’s. It is the typical NY Saloon with locations all over the city, with one conveniently located on Columbus Avenue near 63rd Street in the Empire Hotel. Clarke’s has reasonable prices for drinks and traditional pub food with a professional clientele. It’s a great place to relax and escape school and work for a while with friends. To learn more, you can visit its website. There are also a few upscale bars located in the area. Bar Boulud is modeled after an old wine celler and is located on Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets. It is billed as a wine bar and bistro, serving some French delicacies and houses a full bar. Its prices are a bit more expensive than a typical NY bar, but you may just see a celebrity.

Jazz at Lincoln Center has a club of its own, dubbed Dizz’s Club Coca-Cola. here you will find a full bar with the added bonus of live jazz performances while you sip your drink and mingle with friends. For more information and performance schedules, visit the Dizzy’s Club website. If you aren’t in the mood for jazz, but want to share a laugh with some friends, then you can stop by Comic Strip Live Westside. Comic Strop Live has been known to have some of the biggest comedians perform as well as up and comers. It’s located on West 72nd street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue and can be accessed by taking the 1 train to the 72nd Street station. To learn more, you can visit this website. As we know, New York City is filled with countless nightlife spots and the above are just a tiny sampling of area nightlife. To check out more local nightlife hotspots around Lincoln Center visit this helpful website that enumerates the different bars in the area.

We hope you find this information helpful when exploring your home away from home, and that you take advantage of what New York has to offer besides the wonderful world of Fordham! So grab a friend, classmate, or loved one and try something new around Lincoln Center.


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