170 Thompson St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Houston St.
By mlilley16 on 2/28/2010
Definitely over-hyped. The food was good, wine was cheap, but nothing incredible. Had the "bit of everything" app - most parts were tasteless, except the cauliflower For dinner, two of us had the chicken fra diavlo, which was good but almost highly peppered. The sage butter ravioli was by far the highlight and the bucatini was over-simplified. The wine was great - super reasonable - and there is definitely a great atmosphere - which, along with the wine makes the experience worthwhile.
By TheForestEnds on 3/5/2009
The food was not bad but to be honest, I feel a bit led on by the place. My first bite of ricotta gnocchi transported me back in time to when I was 8 and eating Chef Boyardee. Yes. I said it. And I mean it. It had the same blandness of flavor and lack of inspiration as my former childhood staple. The portion size of the gnocchi was dwarfed by the enormous white bowl it was served in. However, the bread served was excellent, as well as the brussel sprouts and the prosciutto di Parma I sat at the bar for a bit, waiting for my guest, and I spoke with the bartender. He was very warm and knowledgeable, and this was reflected in his selection of a glass of Barolo that pretty much blew me away. Being a Batali restaurant, needless to say, the wine list is very well tuned.
By achtung180 on 4/27/2008
We've been meaning to try Lupa for awhile now but don't like how it gets overly crowded. We opted to try the restaurant on a late Sunday afternoon and the place was not crowded at all. The meal went down hill when the waitress brought over the wine bottle and the entire bottle fell from the tray and onto my lap. The waitress was apologetic and the manager came over saying we'd have something sent over to our table. The entire meal passed and we got our check, nothing was comped, we didn't have anything "sent over to the table" and we had to ask the manager to get our dry cleaning billed paid for. To top it all off the food was mediocre. With service and attitude like this why would anyone go to Lupa?
By shulerg on 1/5/2008
After hearing so much about this place, we booked a table for 4 on New Years eve in the afternoon to kick off our celebrations. From the moment we walked in the restaurant it was nothing but disappointment. The staff were extremely dismissive & as we were waiting for our table we were ushered into a corner near the coat check only to be moved every 2 mins by the waiting staff walking through. Clearly the restaurant is too small for the amount of people they book for. My girlfriend was spoken to by the maitre'd in an extremely rude way. Really not acceptable. Don't believe the hype about LUPA as the food is average, overpriced & the service is awful. Get yourself to 202 instead, amazing food & service to boot.
By Tomclash on 8/12/2007
If you like tasteless, soft pasta, bland fish, snobby, disinterested service and a limited menu you'll love this restaurant. Upon hearing that I did not care for my meal I was asked if I wanted something else, but never offered a menu or an apology. Having worked in several restaurants in my life and eaten in virtually every Italian one of consequence in NYC, I was taken aback by this development. There are hundreds of NY Italian restaurants better than this one. Don't waste your time and money.
By WVfoodsnob on 12/26/2006
The food was good, not great, but the ambiance was lacking. For a better "baby Babbo," try August on Bleeker... the chef came from Babbo, and the food, decor, and service are perfection.
By Enricolon on 12/5/2005
I have been to several of Mario's Restaurants and to date this is his best yet. The staff was great very knowlegable and tended to our every need. Everything from the Bandolino Wine , the White Beans and Chard, the Papardelle Pasta with Chicken Ragu, the Vino Santo and the Biscotti. Thank you, you all do a great job.
By nicolassa on 11/14/2005
I used to like this place for it's vibrant food. On my last visit however, the special was undercooked, thick, rubbery papardelle doused with very overcooked tasteless duck ragu, unedible. A pricey seafood first was terrible, ugly and dry. It used to be very good. What happened to the chef??
By chipper on 7/19/2005
Lupa gives the novice to authentic Italian dining an affordable entree. The ambiance is casual and friendly. The menu is in Italian but the staff is knowledgeable and eager to be of assistance. There a plenty of Italian standby dishes, such as the spaghetti aglio e olio, but there are exotic offerings as well. The salad of tripe and spinach and appetizer of raw pickled sardines spring to mind. The pasta is heavenly, the ricotta gnocchi with fennel sausage is a must as was the orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sweet sausage. The pork shoulder combined the smokiness of Memphis barbecue with the sweet and sour flavors of which Roman cooking is so fond. The wide wine selection and dessert offerings only enhance the smart and diverse epicurean experience. Known as “Babbo on a budget,” this restaurant belies its affordable prices with amazing fare.
By aklein on 4/12/2005
I took a group for a $60 price fix Easter dinner and it was terrible. The service was slow, the food tasteless. Lupa clearly shows how Mario has expanded too far. We left hungry, out hundreds of dollars and went to pick up falafel sandwiches --- on Easter.