Lugo Cucina
Lugo Cucina

Lugo Cucina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lugocaffe.com/
  • Phone: 2127602700x
  • 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 2127602700x
  • 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 Cucina'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 Cucina
Lugo Cucina 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 Cucina brings that very dream to life. Lugo Cucina 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 Cucina reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (55)good for groups (54)vibrant bar scene (49)neighborhood gem (47)great for outdoor dining (32)fit for foodies (32)hot spot (27)notable wine list (19)special occasion (19)great for brunch (11)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)romantic (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Lamb shank - WOW!
    2brothersfromChicagoVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The lamb shank special was incredible. Served on a cutting board. It's huge with a nice level of heat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Going back
    HarryHoudiniVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Everytime I go to Lugo I complain about the noise. After this past time where it was nearly impossible to converse without shouting I will never go back. Especially after I ordered off the Gluten Free menu and realized that they charge more off the GF menu. I've never seen that before. Obviously they are busy but there are better choices around them.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    GeomanVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great food , convenient, good value , always reliable .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lugo Was Great
    AngieE
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We totally enjoyed our food. Everything was delicious. Everyone was friendly, from the girls who greeted you at the door to the bartender and waiters. The manager Tony, was very professional and made you feel welcome. We will be going back and have been telling our friends about Lugo as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but noisy!
    fanoflaut
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My fellow guests and I found ourselves shouting over the music and the bar scene, but the food was excellent and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JTNJ
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have been here about five or ten times. Every time previously, the food was ok, but service was always poor. This time the food, service, everything was horrible. I often chose Lugo pre-MSG, and now I won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great find in the west 30's!!
    Polly
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Tucked behind his and her's Vespas in front is this wonderful Italian restaurant in a not so famous for foodies neighborhood! Felt like we were in Italy somewhere fancy! You would never know that Madison Square Garden is directly accross the street!!! We will defenately go back there again!! Particularly before an event nearby at the Jacob Javitz Center or the Garden!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jderwin26VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Lugo was excellent!! We went on a Thursday night and the bar was packed when we arrived. It seems like a popular place for happy hour and appetizers, though we were there for dinner. My dad and I split a charcuterie board, which was huge and absolutely delicious. The fresh baked focaccia was amazing as well. We both ordered the bolognese for our entrees and it was incredible. I can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great spot if attending a MSG event. Food is good (meatballs are great!) and quick, friendly and helpful service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • zumbaloveVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food was great. However, we had a 7:00 reservation and arrived at five min. to 7. We were not seated until 7:20 and were told that it would be a 5 min. wait. It turned out ok, but we did rush thru the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food...very noisy
    ALLANVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    To say the place has "energy," is an understatement. It's very loud. If you want great food and attentive service, this is it..if you have business to do or want to hear the person across the table, not your place!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for breakfast
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    No one seems to have discovered this place yet. But the food is delicious, reasonably priced, and the servers are friendly and professional. Try the frittata, with a choice of three ingredients. Filling and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food and location are the main draw, but the wait staff needs more enthusiasm and attentiveness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect for lunch - close to Penn S
    AnnieDVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    perfect for lunch or snacks when you have to catch a train. good food and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Across from MSG
    Cropover90
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Perfect place to go before an msg event. Good service and pricing. A bit noisy but nothing one shouldn't expect.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staple Restaurant
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I take staff members, clients, or vendors to Lugo at least a few times a month. The restaurant has one thing going for it that it can't beat: Location. Being in One Penn Plaza puts it under 50 floors of office space and over Penn Station. Lunch and evening times are always really busy. This results in somewhat perfunctory and rushed service, and a bit of an elbow-room issue. The noise level is at the top end of "acceptable for conversation" but that's mitigated by both its convenience and the quality of food. Recent changes to the menu only increased my opinion of the staff. The gnocchi, chicken marsala, and pizza are all quite tasty and well-known. Well over half of the guests share a meatball appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AnitaVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Good choice for the neighborhood. Friendly staff, but it can get noisy inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was very overpriced and not that good. The service was friendly and pleasant. The bar was very nice. I'd go back for a drink but not to eat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lainie321
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Love the place however acoustics are tough for a conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LynnVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great location for MSG, but very noisy. Food was good, but we both found our dishes too salty.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Always great service and amazing food. Love the meatballs. This is our go-to place for our corporate lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Before Madison Square Garden
    JohnG
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    dindinVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Go-To Spot
    MariaVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Location and a strong menu including personal pizzas and a good variety of pasta dishes makes this my "meet for lunch" place. Add to it a good wine list and it turns into a good dinner spot. the post-work environment can be very boisterous making it tough for conversation -- so lunch is best if quieter is preferred.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great all around
    jetblu2001VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I was here for the Billy Joel concert I heard about their meatballs so I had to try them. WOW!! love this place I'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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.