Lugo Caffé
Lugo Caffé

Lugo Caffé

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lugocaffe.com/
  • Phone: 2127602700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Fri: Breakfast; 8:00AM-11:30am AM
    Lunch\Dinner 11:30AM - 10:00PM

    Sat: CLOSED (until after Labor Day)
    Sun: CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Russo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Lugo Caffé caters functions for large groups or intimate gatherings. Our chefs have created an exclusive menu of Italian cuisine to meet your tastes. Our Events Coordinators will happily work with you to make your event lively and special.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private dining room that seats 35, 2 outside patios that seat 48 each, a 50-foot bar and our main dining room can be used for buy out parties. Our whole restaurant accommodates groups of up to 150 for sit-down meals and approximately 300 for a full buy-out with cocktails and hors d' oeuvres.
  • Private Party Contact: Natalie Tucci 2127602700
  • Entertainment: Located in the sports and cultural hub of NYC - next to Madison Square Garden and Penn Station - Lugo Caffe is the perfect place to catch a game after work. Enjoy all of your favorite sports on any of 4 large plasma screens.
  • Special Events: Lugo Caffé's friendly and professional staff can accommodate any event for any occasion. Contact us or stop by to see our facility. Please visit our website at www.lugocaffe.com to view our menus or email us at info@lugocaffe.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 33rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
  • Public Transit: Subways: 1,2,3 / A,C,E takes you straight to
    34th St. / Penn Station



    Subways: Q,R,W,B,D,N,F,V will take you to 34th
    & Broadway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lugo Caffé is near several garages and open-air parking lots. The most convenient is right inside 1 Penn Plaza, next to Lugo Caffé, with vehicle entrances on both 33rd and 34th Streets.
A word from Lugo Caffé
Lugo Caffé captures the convivial charm of the Italian café culture. Since the 1950’s of Fellini’s Rome, the world over has been captured by the dream of ‘la dolce vita’. As the cornerstone of Lugo Tailored Lifestyle, Lugo Caffé brings that very dream to life. Lugo Caffé is the perfect place for socializing and sharing authentic Italian food and drink. Such specialties as homemade pastas, grilled pizzas, salumi & formaggi with an extensive wine list will make us your choice for dining in Midtown West.
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Lugo Caffé reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (46)neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (39)vibrant bar scene (35)great for outdoor dining (25)fit for foodies (22)special occasion (13)hot spot (12)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (7)romantic (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Love Lugo
    jetblu2001VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This place is fantastic! I was very surprised. Great Job guys! I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed!
    VickiVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I don't often have high hope for restaurants near tourist attractions of transporation hubs. They usually are overpriced and lack quality. Lugo Caffe surprised me! The food was delicious! I had scallops and shrimp with a risotto crisp and it was very good. My fellow diner has teh chicken piccatta taht he said we delicious, and it looked nicely prepared, too. Despite its' location, right outside of Penn Station, I thought this was a winner! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BloomierVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It's right by my office and the service is quick. Tables r too close together and it can be noisy so it's not ideal for a business lunch sometimes. My table of 2was too small for all the dishes- app and pizza.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Hit!
    jetblu2001VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always a hit here had lunch with a friend. Jessie our service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice Near Penn Station
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Was looking for a place near Penn Station to meet a friend for dinner, and this was perfect. Although the noise level inside was high, it was a good evening to sit outside; nice variety on the menu and food and service were both good. It is right across the street from Penn Station, so it was easy to catch the train. A good choice for the area; definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Ohsogood
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food and service are awesome and right across the street from the Garden.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very noisy, service good/fast, small portions vs cost, (2) meatballs great but $15, sea bass tasty fishy, scallops/shrimp tasty but very small size....$8 Stella's Drafts... Best thing about it was short distance to MSG...don't think we'd go back...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • poor A/C.. uncomfortable too hot!!!
    tequila
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food was very good especially the snapper. Good service. Great lunch pizza
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great eatery
    justbiz
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was excellent. Meatballs were to die for! Individual pizza were huge and tasty. The two negatives were that the beer which our party was interested in trying was out! Additionally, the air conditioning was poor and made what would have been a great business lunch slightly less enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attending Event at MSG
    FoodThoughts
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food is always good but was shocked that they ran out of veal and Pellegrino. Waiter tried hard to make it right and comped most of the meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit!
    RichE
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Took my two older children here for dinner. The calamari was delicious. My daughter ordered the tricolore salad because she was avoiding the other salad which was all arugula. Her salad ended up being all arugula anyway! But she actually enjoyed it and said that the dressing kept it from being too bitter. Ate the whole thing. The gnocci was tender and pillowy. The meatballs are enormous and they are without a doubt the best any of us had ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business lunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Central location near Penn Station. Great place to meet for lunch. Nice atmosphere, though can get loud inside. Good menu options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient and consistently good
    MinimumVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    As there are few restaurants in the midtown area near Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, this is a welcome find. Consistently good Italian lunch and dinner menus in a nice, albeit energetic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location
    Pattikate
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great for quick drink and appetizer and so close to Penn Station! Perfect meeting place for commuters...and it is delicious with great wine list and delicious tidbits
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lugo is my go to!
    meredithP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I go to Lugo all the time. It has great food and the atmosphere is great for chatting and catching up with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • evie1234
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Nice to go somewhere where you know that both the total dining experience is enjoyable and the wait staff and hosts/hostess appear to care about your visit. I love to visit Lugo's whenever I am in the City. And unlike other mid town restaurants, it is affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place near Penn Station
    aksounaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Grabbed a light bite before jumping on the train. Good wine selection-server was very helpful in choosing one. Delicious watermelon salad. Felt the pastas were on the pricier side. If you dine inside, it can get noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't forget the meatballs!
    FoodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My wife and I stopped into Lugo Caffe ...our usual go to place before an event at Madison square garden...just across the street the other night. We make it a point to always try something new each time..this time it was the eggplant parmigiana appetizer paired with the must have meatballs! The eggplant rating right up there with the best we ever had! Done to perfection in its own little baking bowl! The filet mignon special and salmon entre..also done to perfection. The dessert...the apple cobbler...also not to be missed! Bravo Lugo Caffe!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced drinks and noisy
    WontbebackVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Having dinner with friends before a show at MSG. We asked if 3 pizzas (which were delicious) would be enough for 4 and were told yes. Actually, it was enough for 6. Wait staff need to properly advise diners when asked about portions, ingredients, etc. Finally, $18 for a Bacardi and coke is ridiculous. The rum was the standard white, not some special aged type. Noise level was so high we were screaming at each other. Will not be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dab
    Toscanova
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Service is always good. Great place to meet for business lunches. Food average.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very very noisy. Sit in back room so you can hear your dinner guests.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • location good
    rcinnycVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    recommended if you need to have a meal near MSG or Penn Station.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely lugo
    Sportsandfoodnut
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Had reservation for 6 30 but didn't get sat until 6 45. It was very got but when we sat down in the dining area it was better. Food was good and for sitting us late and it was my girlfriend's birthday we received an appetizer and glass of champagne for free. Very nice touch and that made the overall experience go from good to great!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD - LOUD
    Cheryl
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The restaurant is very convenient to MSQ and the food is great. The only problem is that it is very loud and hard to have a conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but overpriced
    Nick
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The waiter pushed me to order a side of meatballs for my entre and the side cost as much as the main dish which doubled my cost
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suprisingly good!
    JC4Ever
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We were a little hesitant with this restaurant, being so close to MSG, that it might be a tourist trap. Well, we were pleasantly suprised!!! The place was crowded before a MSG show, and it is a loud place, but the good food prevailed. Starting with a nice antipasto for two, then a tomato/watermelon salad...all was fresh and apporpriately sized. We then tried two pastas, rigatoni bolognese that was tasty, served with mini rigatoni, and orrichetti broccoli rabe and sausage. Both portions were not too small and not too big, pasta was aldente and the flavors were good. Overall, we would go back to this suprisingly good italian cafe.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    redwriter
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Chose this restaurant because of it's proximity to Madison Square Garden, for that, it doesn't get any better. The food and service were good, however, like in most NYC restaurants, the noise level was annoying and made conversation very hard. Was happy to be done and get on with the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location, mediocre food
    KirklandCoupleVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Chose the venue because of the proximity to Madison Square Garden and that was perfect. The service was very good and the staff were very courteous and outgoing. However - the food was disappointing. Our waiter suggested the chicken parm as the best dish to order. It was dry and clearly overcooked, the sauce was flavorless as was the cheese. Fortunately the waiter also suggested ordering pasta to go with it (it comes as just the chicken and nothing else with it) and the spaghetti was OK, not great, but better than the chicken parm. We will choose another venue should we return to an event at MSG.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music is way too loud
    DDLNVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Went this week for a business lunch at 11:45. For the first 15 minutes it was fine, but then they turned up the music like we were in a club and it became almost unbearable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just good. Which is great.
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Everything about Lugo Caffe is good. Good food, good service, good atmosphere, pleasant hosts, attentive manager/owner... It's just all good. J
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch/Dinner with my Wife
    DataGuy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We must have missed the crowd because the place was nearly empty at 3pm. We were given our pick of outdoor tables. While it was a bit noisy given the street traffic it was good people watching and we could still talk to each other while dining. The cheese and meatballs were great. At times the waiter was a bit too attentive with filling my water glass. It was overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    beachlover
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food is very good, the service is great, the location is excellent, but the noise level is way too high.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but Loud and Hot
    NYFoodie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Really enjoyed the food. I had the Four Cheese Pizza and my date had the Seafood Pasta. Wines were great, too. It was very loud though, and could barely talk to my date. The AC was broken and it was unbearably hot, so this really put a damper on my evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food for lunch
    Fjoef
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I had the meatballs for appetizer and they were amazing. Melted in you mouth. Then had the pizza marguerite and arugula salad both fresh and delicious. If you want to talk it is loud. Find a different table as I requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jb10quail
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Very good food. So noisy you cannot converse with dinner companions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice italian resto front of MSG
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Coming from Montreal for the Canadians-Rangers sunday game, I really appreciate that they open the restaurant a sunday. Nice place, nice food, nice service = 5*. A long list of wine glass and bottles. Very good Fettucine Vongole and a perfect cheese plate to finish the wine before the game. We lost but it was also a very nice game, 3-2 in Overtime. I love NY and I put Lugo Caffé in my pref list for the next stay. See you soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great MSG area hotspot
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Needed a lunch spot for a work meeting - picked this place- the atmosphere was great. Huge place, lovely decor- great menu. Get the mozerella sampler- WOW. The pizzas are soo good and perfect size. The pasta were unique, tasty, and great portions. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business lunch - near MSG
    CloudDiner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Bright and airy Lugo Caffe is a remarkably vibrant place to grab great lunch!! Whether it is a business lunch or meeting a friend Lugo is an excellent ambience, with glasses clinking, people deep in their conversations, sounds of a busy but efficient restaurant. The host, and waiting staff are friendly and very efficient. If you have an hour for lunch this place can definitely be in your restaurant bookmark!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • table4two
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We only ate there because it was directly across the street from MSG, but we would never go there again. However, if you like dining in a loud, over-crowded, cafeteria style restaurant then you'll love this place!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place near the Garden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We went to Lugo Caffe before a concert at the Garden. Everything was great. Special note for the outstanding service. The manager walks the floor non- stop and is on top of everything. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.