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170 Thompson St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Houston St.
Passion in every dish!!
By serenity0055 on 1/17/2005
This place is charming. Thank god for the glossary because it can be a bit confusing. Service was extremely attentive and kind. Each dish that came out was bursting with flavor!!! A great little spot to enjoy a fabulous affordable meal.
value in the village
By stellaparone on 12/2/2004
Who cares if it's noisy?? Newsflash: every restaurant is! The food here is absolutely fantastic, and better yet, you won't have to pay an arm and a leg for it! Decor is quaint, service is knowledgeable and friendly. Mario Batali can do no wrong and Lupa is proof. If you can't get in otherwise, try your luck at the bar.
Yes, but ...
By spinario on 8/18/2004
A food lover's paradise and possibly the best restaurant value in New York. Glorious pastas--e.g., gnocchi, cacio e pepe; amazing salumi, of course; and some fantastic secondi, especially those with fish or pork. Great and imaginative wine list. Then, there's the catch: this place is impossibly noisy and crowded, with reservations that don't always mean much. Our solution is going at lunchtime. We have, alas, sworn off dinner at Lupa, but it's the best lunch in the city.
the best pasta ever
By emily1 on 8/14/2004
Lupa is like a birthday present that never gets old...they've been around for a while but the charm has not left. If you can get a table outside consider yourself lucky. Indulge in the house made charcuterie (the testa is impeccable) and consider sharing 2 or 3 of the fresh pastas (the gnocchi tastes like little pillows from heaven). The prices are great and the service is very friendly, this is the closest to Italy that I've come.
Book a table in advance!
By newyorkbrit on 3/29/2004
This is where it's at, for down-to-earth and mouthwatering Italian food. Beyond all doubt, make sure you try ALL the appetizers over time, they're a choice of excellent or stunning.
Delicious Italian Food, Real Italian Feel
By colpo on 2/17/2004
To anyone who was similarly misinformed, Lupa does take reservations and credit cards. With the certainty of a table, we were left to enjoy a wonderful Monday meal. Excellent obscure wine list, featuring a rich, smoky Pugliese red served in a caraffina. Slight slip in authenticity with service of puffy foccacia cubes as table bread, neither Roman nor the best compliment to the food (we prefer casareccio if you're asking). The food was great, including the escarole-red onion-cheese salad that was well-dressed, the linguini-like pasta with black pepper and pecorino, the cauliflower "farotto" (especially good and creative) and the special housemade lamb sausage with peperonata (excellent grade on the condiment there). Super place, will gladly return and order completely different things. But, note to management, please do offer a dry crusty bread option - goes better with your food.
Good food! Great NY local!
By gds3rd on 1/2/2004
Very well done and esquisitely prepared food. Very good service. Decor inside is lacking maybe overshadowed by the excellent food. Don't recomend taking the kids. No kids menu...definitely no kids price or discount. Overall good dining in the BIG APPLE!
Why all the fuss???
By cgnyc on 9/24/2003
Lupa was SUCH a disappointment! Despite its well-known lineage, the food just does not measure up to all the hoopla. The food was OK, nothing great. The pastas took a ridiculously long time to come to the table, and the rest of the service was a bit too indifferent. The shtick of "Pretend we are in Rome and this is how we do things in a Roman Osteria" made me feel like I was in some Hollywood theme restaurant. All these things could be overlooked if the food were that good, but it wasn't.
By William on 9/19/2003
This was my last meal in New York before heading back to the UK. After having eaten and dined in many different restaurants and food outlets I have to say this was the most divine meal I have ever had, and the service is second to none
a little bit of Tuscany in New York
By wilylon on 5/6/2003
I had dinner at Lupa about a month ago with my girlfriend. I liked the ambiance, tuscan style tables, a bit rustic, but still classy. The place had a nice homey feel to it. Lupa also had an inviting little bar up front. I found the restaurant to be romantic, yet unpretentious. Excellent wine selection,fairly priced, with some very interesting, hard to find choices. I found the food to be inventive, and freshly made, a real cut above the usual.I especially enjoyed the veal saltimbocca, which had an interesting crust, and flavorfull sauce perfumed with fresh sage.Appetizers were excellent also, all being"home made".The dried sausage and eggplant selections were a perfect accompaniment to a good glass of red tuscan wine.Desserts were well prepared also, and again very inventive.This was ,all in all, a great dining experience, and i would certainly return.
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