Lugo Cucina
Lugo Cucina

Lugo Cucina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lugocaffe.com/
  • Phone: (212) 760-2700
  • 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
143 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (56)good for groups (55)neighborhood gem (49)vibrant bar scene (47)hot spot (33)fit for foodies (29)great for outdoor dining (24)notable wine list (17)special occasion (16)late-night find (13)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (7)romantic (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great pre MSG stop
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Glad to find a good restaurant near the Garden. Meatball appetizer cannot be missed! Big, yummy, juicy meatballs. Very tasty arugula salad with gorgonzola, apples and cranberries. Delicious pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. Their bread is to die for! Ate way too much but it was great! Server was just ok; think she had too many tables. The place was packed. When we asked about changing our reservation time, the guy at the front was very unfriendly and bordered on being rude when he barked at us that he could not do it. Jeez - just asking!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CantinoriVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Excellent place before a Knicks or Rangers game. Fast service and lots of good selections.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    ChrisL
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Took 2 customers to lunch...and both loved it. Outstanding food....great location near Penn Station
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This restaurant is too loud at lunchtime and tables are extremely close.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was a fun find
    DSCZVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The staff were really nice Their signature martini was delicious as well as their appetizer meatballs
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • close to garden
    Monty
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Soo. Noisy put cotton in ears service was bad. Had to find waitress food average. Expensive Quantity of food little
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely for breakfast
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food here is consistently good - try the frittata and the yogurt parfait. Service is friendly, and you can sit for a long time without having any sense of being rushed. Perfect if you're meeting someone coming into Penn Station.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CONVENIENT TO PENN STATION
    TwiggyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Lugo's location, around the corner from Penn Station, makes it ideal if you are meeting someone who has arrived on Amtrak and has luggage. It seems to be well known, probably by people who work in the Penn Plaza vicinity. The menu is fine and varied, and I enjoyed my orichiette with broccoli rabe and sausage. My lunch date ate every bite of her spinach ravioli, and devoured most of her apple crostata for dessert. Lugo provides a pitcher of ice water on the table, a nice touch for those who like to keep hydrated. We never had to look for the waiter; he always appeared when needed. What isn't so great is the noise level. We shouted at each other for most of the meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    lsteidz
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food here was excellent and the portions were the perfect size. The noise level was a little high, but it was right before a Knicks game so that was to be expected. Definitely would go back here again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for pre-MSG event
    Schwane
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Directly across from the Garden you can either get a table or eat at the stand up tables. We were lucky to get an outdoor table which is much less noisy than inside. The bar is great. Carrie the bartender rocked and bought us shots before the Motley Crue show!!! Food was very good….got pizzas and meatballs and calamari.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient location
    Sinkaput
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Very good Pasta and Pizza, accross from MSG I go often. I unfortunately order pan seared red snapper last time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice spot
    Mfeliciano
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Lugo Cucina has always great service, food, wine selection. Would recommend the restaurant all the time. Kudos to all that work there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
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  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JTNJVIP
    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.
    • Food
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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.
  • AC52
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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
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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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reichersVIP
    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
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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
    • 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