In this week's New York, Adam Platt heads to Lincoln Ristorante, chef Jonathan Benno's much-touted $20 million Italian restaurant. There, he finds a "dazzling postmodern dining palace," but with expectations raised, is disappointed by the inconsistencies in service and food. In the end, he says, "Lincoln may become a culinary destination one day. But right now, it feels more like a place for the midtown cultural hordes to stop and gawk (and complain about the prices) before moving on to a night at the opera or ballet."
Elsewhere, Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld round up the best grocery sacks to give as gifts stuffed, of course, with goods from the city's best larders. Butternut squash is in season, and so is this killer roasted-squash recipe. And Amos Barshad looks at how Four Loko stacks up against other "starter booze," like Zima and Mike's Hard Lemonade.