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Lupa Osteria Romana

170 Thompson St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Houston St.
212-982-5089

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

71% would go back.

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Passion in every dish!!

By serenity0055 on 1/17/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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460 out of 941 people found this review helpful.

value in the village

By stellaparone on 12/2/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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397 out of 819 people found this review helpful.

Yes, but ...

By spinario on 8/18/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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390 out of 803 people found this review helpful.

the best pasta ever

By emily1 on 8/14/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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329 out of 692 people found this review helpful.

Book a table in advance!

By newyorkbrit on 3/29/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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321 out of 619 people found this review helpful.

Delicious Italian Food, Real Italian Feel

By colpo on 2/17/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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267 out of 502 people found this review helpful.

Good food! Great NY local!

By gds3rd on 1/2/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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222 out of 419 people found this review helpful.

Why all the fuss???

By cgnyc on 9/24/2003

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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197 out of 410 people found this review helpful.

Divine meals

By William on 9/19/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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

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241 out of 468 people found this review helpful.

a little bit of Tuscany in New York

By wilylon on 5/6/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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