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Luna Piena Ristorante Italiano

243 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022 40.75732 -73.968408
nr. Third Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-308-8882 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

lunapienanyc.com

Hours

Daily, noon-11:45pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.

Prices

$14.75-$28.75

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

43rd St. to 63rd St., York Ave. to Fifth Ave.

Profile

Luna Piena thankfully lacks the rushed pace of so many restaurants, both downtown and in this East Fifties section of Manhattan. Paintings and wine bottles line the walls of the narrow space, and a large garden area in back combines with a strong wine list to beckon a youngish, after-work Midtown crowd. Appetizers and salads are market-fresh; a pile of baby spinach with strawberries, caramelized almond chunks, and sliced Pecorino cheese is inventive, too. The kitchen makes most of its own pasta, from pappardelle and cavatelli to gnocchi, fettuccine, and bucatini—all are light and airy. Alas, the preparations can be a letdown: Italian sausage and broccoli rabe served over bucatini is plain and uneventful; similarly, a duck breast with wild mushrooms in red wine sauce—although atop a mound of tender pappardelle—is strangely flavorless. 

Recommended Dishes

Calamari alla griglia, $15.95

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