Lupa
Lupa

Lupa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.luparestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (212) 982-5089
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sundays - Thursdays: 11:30am-11pm;
    Fridays & Saturdays: 11:30am-12midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Cruz Goler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Join us for Easter on Sunday, March 31st! We are offering a 4-course menu prepared in the traditional Roman style! Reservations now available by phone only: (212) 982-5089

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Houston and Bleecker Streets
  • Public Transit: B,D,F,V or A,C,E to West 4th St.
    6 to Bleecker St.
    1 to Houston St.
    R or W to Prince St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at a public garage at 223 Thompson Street, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets.
A word from Lupa
A Greenwich Village favorite, this collaboration between partners Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich, and Mark Ladner specializes in high quality, moderately priced Roman fare with a New York edge. Lupa is a fun, boisterous and unpretentious trattoria with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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Lupa reviews from OpenTable diners
391 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (262)neighborhood gem (202)notable wine list (162)special occasion (144)romantic (134)hot spot (96)great for lunch (66)good for groups (50)vibrant bar scene (41)late-night find (34)great for outdoor dining (16)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Pasta -Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Our pasta choices were all melt in your mouth good. They do such a wonderful job here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below average Italian with poor service
    Chiquismv
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food was only OK. One of the starters we had was really nice (spinach salad) but the rest of the feed was just average. Staff is poorly trained and crossed over our faces to pour water several times. Would not rush back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Date Night
    karacooks
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I visit NYC on business about 2x a year; every time we go, we pick one night to have a really nice, splurgy dinner out. This time Lupa was our choice and it turned out to be a good one. When we arrived, the front dining room was full and the bar was packed. It was super loud and we were a little concerned. However, we were seated in the back room which was much quieter and more conducive to conversation and a calm, relaxed meal. Having never been there before, we asked our waiter for his recommendations and he took the time to go through the menu with us, describing unfamiliar items and letting us know which were his favorites. Once we made our meal choices, he recommended a wine to go with the meal. All of his recommendations were spot on. Of our meal, the saltimbcoca was absolutely the best thing we got. The combination of the veal and the prosciutto was good, but add in the braised escarole and it was simply amazing. The grilled bass was good, but not nearly as flavorful as the saltimbocca. We were very pleased with the food and the service at Lupa. I know I'll be recommending it to friends when they go to NYC to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THIS is service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We had a small problem with one of our main courses. The manager made it right and then some. Great food, great atmosphere and superb service! Go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food-Way Too Crowded
    EasygoingNewYorker
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We live in the neighborhood near Lupa and are sorry to strike this from our list of favorite restaurants. It is so crowded and noisy, we won't go back….but it's a shame because the food really is fantastic. If you don't mind being knocked by waiters every time they pass in order to have a great meal, this is the restaurant for you. PS: I am generally an easy-going diner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Is Lupa Losing It?
    Magnolia
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I was long overdue for a meal at Lupa, and I was looking forward to taking a professional acquaintance from out of town there--the perfect cozy spot for a blustery cold night, right? Wrong. Even though the restaurant was virtually empty when we arrived, we were seated close to the door, and each time the door opened, we were treated to a blast of cold air. The tables for two are too small to hold the generously sized plates. Waiter? Inattentive. Food? Stunningly subpar. (Salad sodden with balsamic, burnt saltimbocca.) The bill? Glad we checked, as we were charged for a drink at the bar we did not have. In other words, yeesh. Come back, Lupa! Miss ya.
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  • True Italian
    freedom325
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I lived in Italy for a year and so I now I'm particular about Italian food - Lupa is one of my favorites Italian restaurants in the US. It has very authentic with just a little New York flair. They use amazingly flavorful ingredients like great olive oil. I think I've liked pretty much everything I've tried here, but some items that stood out were the beets with pistachio, fried artichoke hearts, carbonara, cacio e pepe, straciatella pasta, flank steak and the tartufo dessert (it's like a better version of bacci candy with ice cream and fudge instead of candy).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mabel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This was an overall great dinner. The waiter was very helpful with suggestions regarding tastes and portions, and the food was very good. Been here in the past, but it is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food very friendly staff excellent service Would recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food with one exception
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    only thing that kept me from giving 5 stars is the pork cheeks were underwhelming
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pumpkin
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great atmosphere, excellent food and friendly service - thoroughly enjoyed our exprience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not professional service
    Angie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I have lunch/dinner at Lupa at least twice a month. I love the food. This visit was very different than any other experiences. On 2 separate occasions food was removed from in front of me before I was finished eating by a very pushy staff person. Both times, I informed the staff person that I was still eating and to leave my plate. He did not apologize but just kept hovering. I have spoken to the manager before, always to complement him on the amazing food and service, and wanted to pass this information to him about this experience, however, we were with dinner guests and I didn't want to ruin the experience for them - they later commented to they too noticed right away this pushy staff person. It's a shame. Please train your staff properly. Guests eat and tip well so they can enjoy their meal. Unfortunately, I'll be looking for a new spot and will no longer recommend to friends.
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  • Rose624VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I enjoyed this restaurant. The food was great and the service was excellent. The skate fish was perfect. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Dinner
    foodfinder
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in NYC. We spent some time reviewing restaurants to find the perfect place. We found it! The food was delicious and the service was great to. When making our reservations we noted that it was our anniversary and they brought our desserts out with a candle and said happy anniversary. How special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No faults
    CRDehnertVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Food was amazing. Pasta- one of the best in the city. Had octopus that they cooked perfectly. Service was attentive, nice, and not over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    2todine
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Makes us feel like we're back in Rome. A great welcome, food prepared perfectly and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a wonderful place
    Barbini
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We each had a pasta and a main dish, skate, sea bass, lamb chops. The pastas were all excellent as were the entrees. The waiter was charming and attentive. Wines were also tasty. What more could you want?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disaappointed
    gabe
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We sat at one of the 2 tables by the door, extremely unpleasant. Everyone waiting for a table hung over us, literally inches away. We complained to the host, who gave us a complimentary desert. Good management. Nonetheless, it didn't not make up for the unpleasant experience. In defense, the host said we're a small restaurant, needing to use all our space. Can't imagine we were the first to complain about this situation. The restaurant has a small out door area that is covered in plastic. It could be heated for people to wait there instead on in the laps of these 2 tables. By the way and perhaps this fact is coincidental but we were tourists as were the folks sitting next to us were. As to the food, it was okay but not exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always So Good
    TomCVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Another excellent dinning experience. The tagliatelle being bland but the cacio e pepe & Braciola Alla Cacciatora more than made up for it. Service was right on & great casual energetic vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the great ones
    Grateful4GreatDining
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Lupa = extraordinary food filled with flavor, texture, subtlety, and richness. Service was exquisite: present, available, informed and understated. Ambience is remarkable - the restaurant was full, people sitting close; music was Led Zeppelin (YES!), and yet we had no trouble carrying on a comfortable conversation, nor were our neighbors were in on ours, or us theirs. They have the best sound design in the city- music floats above the crowd providing a certain energy without driving it. Primi was an exquisite pasta with a sauce full of favor; secondi chosen from daily specials, each rich, plentiful, and distinctly noteworthy. Wine also exceptional. Not inexpensive, but price was more than reasonable for quality and not a budget buster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rude hostess
    Excellent
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I arrived at Lupa 5 minutes before my reservation and the hostess was very rude. She didn't offer that I wait at the bar. Few minutes later she did the same to another lady. Finally when it was time to be seated she gave us the worst table crunched next to another couple when there were so many other tables available! And when I requested another I got attitude from her. I will never go back or recommend lupa!
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  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We came from out of town to visit NYC and Lupa topped our list of places to visit. It was an incredible dining experience. All of our expectations were exceeded. Food was fantastic, service was impeccible, and ambiance was lively. You knew you were in a special place from the moment you walked in. Would strongly recommend Lupa to anyone looking for an authentic Italian dinning experience in NYC. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth going out of ur way!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went here for dinner on the recommendation of 2 foodie friends. We were not disappointed. Pastas & sauces super fresh & service was on point. Enjoyed wines as recommended by our server too. Best was dessert in the heavenly form of Lupa Gelato, a chocolate & hazelnut experience of epic proportions. U need to make room for that! The only thing we didn't enjoy was the 80's soundtrack. Wasn't conduscive to fully enjoying the meal; however, we had reservations on the earlier side & so were able to actually hear the music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • got snookered on wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was very good. Ordered 2 glasses of wine per server's recommendation. Left a bad taste for our experience that the wine was $25 PER GLASS and we were not informed of the price. Don't mind spending $50 or more on wine - but for a bottle, not glass.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Cacio e Pepe
    vlas
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We come here for the Cacio e Pepe but everything else is delicious too. One of our favorite restaurants in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overzealous Busboys
    jas3girl
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I've been to Lupa many times throughout the years and last Thursday was the least pleasant of all of the times I have went. Waitress forgot to take our order or notify us of the specials for 30 minutes. Busboys were uncomfortably lurking and asking us if they could take plates that still had food on them/wine was poured into already full glasses. The mostly MIA waitress was suddenly very attentive when dropping off the check and waiting for our cards to go down. Felt like the staff was formerly employed at the Olive Garden in Times Square. Very tacky experience taking away from delicious takes on traditional roman fare. Would only recommend to a tourist at this point in Lupas game.
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  • Pasta is amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    They had a pasta tasting which we considered but then decided to do our own. And it was great! We picked 4 dishes and they split them for us and brought them out when ready so it was a smooth service and a very delightful dinner. Overall another Batali gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service!
    DeeDee
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We were from AZ and just not sure where to find an authentic Italian meal. This got good reviews on Open Table so we gave it a try. Lupa's did not disappoint! It was worth the subway ride across town. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    SouthernGirl
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Lupa was recommended by a local friend. Glad we went! A memorable evening! Almost perfect in every way!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    Vane
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great place for a date or couple's celebration. The food was DELICIOUS and they have great wine. Of course the oliva oil cake and the dates are a must
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and awesome service.
    Iluvny
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was exceptional and the device was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pasta and service
    JVSF
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Fresh pastas made in house - the pumpkin capellaci and cacio e Pepe were delicious! Roasted Brussels sprouts were a bit overdone. The saltimbocca was good but next time I'd order a starter and pasta. Great wine list although I'd prefer to pour myself. Olive oil cake was just okay though the spiced poached pears were tasty.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night
    Mere
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    It can be a bit intimidating to look at the wine and food menus and not be able to know what you're looking at, since everything is in Italian and it's an Italian wine list (which I am not familiar). Ask the staff and they are MORE than happy to help you. Everything they suggested was wonderful and we didn't leave a bite of anything on our plates! This is my 2nd time to eat at Lupa and I will be going again on my next New York visit! Everything is so fresh and simple, but made to perfection. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must try!
    sannVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Been wanting to try this restaurant for years and dinner here the other night with a girlfriend did not disappoint. Service from the moment I got into the restaurant till the end of my meal was on par. The food was amazing! We got the bucatini, gnocchi, and the pork and veal sausage. The suggested wine from our server was also delicious! Overall, I would come back again and definitely recommend Lupa to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian hideaway in the village
    BiztravelfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Lupa came highly recommended and we weren't disappointed. Primi course pasta mussels and jalapeño was a spicy delight. Main course dishes were all winners for table. Typically close quarters for village restaurant but noise levels were tolerable and conversation was easy across the table. Waiter handled diary allergy issues with ease and immediately checked with the chef to guide one of our party through the menu selections...without drama, eye rolling or huffiness.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Night!
    Canuk
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We are from out of town and this is the second time we dine at Lupa. It was just as great as the first. I don't think we will ever get tired of going there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely dissapointed
    FoodiegrlVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I made a reservation here for a very special occasion, my husband's arrival to america after a year of being apart for the visa process. After being promised on the phone the back room where there are nicer tables, when we actually got there the hostess said that it was against policy to guarantee that and shoved us in a corner. There was no sort of apology or accomodation whatsoever. To top it off the food was sub par. I have been there several times before, but I definitely think the quality has gone down. We didnt even bother to get dessert we just wanted to get out.
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  • Delicious food!
    NYFrequenter
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great food and service but quite small. Table next to us was nearly touching us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lupa Consistantly Great
    CondesaVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was our first dinner at Lupa and we are really pleased. The front room is very busy and a bit loud but we were seated in the back room which was quiet and relaxed. My green salad was full of bright flavors and the pasta special was cooked perfectly. I couldn't pass up the tartufo dessert which was out of this world. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Roman food!
    Natalie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Delicious Roman food. Eclectic dishes. Caci e Pepe was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.