THE METROPOLITAN OPERA’S gRAND TIER Restaurant Opens ALONG WITH A new season of american ballet theatre

Introduction of $49 / $24 Prix Fixe Menus and “Verona Dinner”

Coinciding with American Ballet Theatre’s spring season opening on May 18th, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera House will offer Florentine-inspired menus from renowned Chef Umberto Montano of Alle Murate. And in a nod to the current economic climate, The Grand Tier Restaurant will offer prix-fixe menus this season for the first time, priced at $49 for adults, $24 for children.

Montano’s cuisine will be available exclusively in New York at The Grand Tier Restaurant through the rest of the summer. Montano collaborated with Executive Chef Jeff Raider to create the menus, which blend sophisticated Italian cuisine with age-old techniques.

In a repeat performance, Chef Raider is continuing last year’s successful dessert and ballet pairings– desserts that match the performances. The light-as-air confections reference and pay homage to ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Sylvia, Swan Lake and Le Corsaire.

“We encourage ballet lovers to extend their cultural experience beyond the theatre into the dining room,” said Chef Raider. “It’s a lot of fun to enjoy dishes that have relevance with the performance.” These desserts can be enjoyed during dinner pre-curtain or make for a perfect intermezzo, ordered to eat during intermission.


Additionally, a 3-course “Verona Dinner” menu will be offered during ABT’s performances of Romeo and Juliet July 6-11th. Signature dishes and wines will be offered from Verona, the northern Italian city where the classic Shakespeare tale takes place.


Menus are included below, including both the ballet pairings and the prix fixes.


The Grand Tier Restaurant is open to all Lincoln Center guests. Once reserved only for Metropolitan Opera ticket holders, The Grand Tier’s cuisine now also accommodates ticket holders at Avery Fisher Hall and the New York State Theater. Located on the Grand Tier level of the Metropolitan Opera House, The Grand Tier boasts impeccable service, a view of two breathtaking Chagall paintings and a wall of windows overlooking Lincoln Center’s fountain. The restaurant opens two hours prior to the performance Monday through Saturday. For reservations, guests can call (212) 799-3400 or visit


American Ballet Theatre’s 2009 season at the Metropolitan Opera House runs through July 11. Tickets (priced $19-175), are available at the Met box office or by phone at 212-362-6000. For more information, please visit ABT’s website at



Press contact for The Grand Tier Restaurant: Tanja Yokum,, (646) 338-4151.

Press contact for American Ballet Theatre: Rebecca Kim,, (212) 477-3030, ext. 1119.



Dessert and Ballet Pairings


Le Corsaire (May 26-30)

Almond Financier

A Mediterranean cake made with almond flour and caramelized

butter, with a mango compote and crystallized ginger.


All Prokofiev Celebration (June 1-6)

Apple-filled Blinis

Russian-style crêpes filled with apples, served

warm with crème fraîche and drizzled honey.


Airs/La Sylphide (June 15-20)

Chocolate Drambuie Mousse

Inspired by the ballet’s Scottish setting, this mousse

is served with a spiced shortbread and chocolate sauce.


Swan Lake (June 22-27)

Valrhona Chocolate Swan

A dome-shaped mousse with “chocolate feathers,”

with espresso cream.


Sylvia (June 29-July 4)


A classic Greek pastry made with walnuts, honey

and phyllo, with cherry compote.


Romeo and Juliet (July 6-11)

Moscato d’Asti Zabaglione

A sumptuous Italian dessert made with

Moscato d’Asti zabaglione and wild strawberries.



Prix Fixe Menu

$39 Per Person / $49 with Glass of Wine


First Course Selection

Asparagi /Green Asparagus

Goat Cheese, Crostini, Roasted Pepper Vinaigrette


Minestrone Soup

Ditalini Pasta, Parmesan Cheese, Pistou


Main Course Selection

Salmone in Padella/Seared Salmon

Wax Bean & Pickled Pepper Salad, Herb Pesto


Pollo Ruspante Ripieno/Herb Stuffed Free Range Chicken

Sautéed Spinach, Natural Jus


Dessert Selection

Panna Cotta alla Menta/Mint Panna Cotta

Strawberries, Almond Streusel


Torta al Cioccolato/Chocolate Tort

Fresh Berries, Chocolate Pearls

Children’s Prix Fixe

$24 Per Child


Main Course Selection

Chicken Tenders

French Fries


Penne Pasta

Marinara Sauce


Dessert Selection

Warm Brownie

Vanilla Ice Cream


Fresh Berries




About Patina Restaurant Group

Patina Restaurant Group ( is the nation’s leading multi-concept operator in the premium segments of the restaurant and food service industry. On the East Coast, its portfolio features New York City’s world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, Rock Center Café, The Sea Grill, Brasserie, Brasserie 8½, Café Centro, Naples 45, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera and La Fonda Del Sol. Other East Coast properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante at the Epcot World Showcase in Orlando, FLA and Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA.


On the West Coast the portfolio includes the renowned, Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot at the Maguire Gardens, Zucca Ristorante, Pinot Bistro, Catal and three other restaurants in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District®, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pinot Brasserie in Las Vegas and catering and food service in museums and cultural centers throughout California.


About American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre, America’s National Ballet Company®, is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. Founded in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people and is the only major cultural institution to do so. It has made more than 30 international tours to 43 countries and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.