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
123 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (49)good for groups (45)neighborhood gem (41)vibrant bar scene (37)great for outdoor dining (29)fit for foodies (26)hot spot (15)notable wine list (13)special occasion (13)great for brunch (12)romantic (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A perfect place to go before a concert at MSG - food is great and so convenient.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perfect for those who work in the area or are msg bound!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Before Madison Square Garden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great stop for awesome food before heading to a Madison Square Garden Event!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect MSG Dining!
    TLM7VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our third visit to Lugo Caffe, and every time has been a charm! I would recommend this restaurant for people who want a great meal, great atmosphere, great price all before a show at MSG. I have eaten on the Italian riviera and Lugo Caffe brings me back every time! The Italian specialties are on the mark, especially the grilled calamari over a white bean salad and the shrimps and scallops a la plancha style. The pizzas are perfect for starters, the pastas are all winners, especially the Bolognese. I love a Salumi platter and Lugo Caffe's was a crowd pleaser. The 8oz. Beef with the crispy polenta was divine! Another perfect meal at Lugo Caffe! Thank you to Lauren and her team for our wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reichers
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    very buzzy but so loud it was hard to have a conversation. staff nice. food was fine but nothing exceptional.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect pre MSG event spot
    Gact
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Bustling (not quiet) spot with solid food and good service (quick if you ask them to be).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food located accross from MSG
    JSeven
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was good. The drinks are a bit pricy. Noise level was up there. Overall good experience and so close to MSG when you have an event at MSG
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really not worth going to.
    Napa123VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The service was terrible and rude. The food was fine but really nothing worth ordering. The meat and cheese platters (a large part of the menu) didn't even come with something to eat the meat and cheese on ie, a cracker or a piece of bread...even the cocktails were terrible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre Concert Dinner
    Annie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner prior to the Petty Concert at MSG on Wednesday evening. The restaurant bar was really hopping as we arrived for our 5:45 reservation. Service was very prompt and pleasant, our server was friendly and helpful. The Lugo Appetizer platter was excellent and very generous, with enough meats, cheeses and veggies to share around the table. We enjoyed delicious martinis, cosmos and wines, which were refreshed quickly. We ordered and enjoyed a variety of pizzas and the spinach ravioli, which were all very tasty, and good sized portions. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    dindin
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It was a great day to sit outside at Lugo Caffé for lunch. 3 of us shared 4 dishes (salad, pizza, meatballs, chicken parm). It was the perfect amount of food. The pizza special was great. The meatballs and chicken parm were good but not as good as I've had here in the past. The service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Air conditioning wasn't working. Dampened high quality of food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and good food
    aksounaVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    As you know, the Penn Station area has a dearth of good restaurants. Caffe Lugo has become my go to place in the neighborhood. Great service-food comes pretty quickly after you order. Terrific salads and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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