Always a winnerHad the bone marrow and the pasta of the day, which was with shrimp nd calamari. Great as always.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentWe went there twice for dinner food is very good
The music is good too.
For dessert I recommend coconut gelato it 's delicious.
I def will go back.t6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat NYC RestaurantVery energetic atomosphere with great food! Pasta was perfect and service great. Highly recommend it!!6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMPre-Theatre gemSince the reservation was so early, it was very quiet with only 3 tables of diners so we got a lot of attention from the servers. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. The food was exceptional - bucatini alla amatricciana and gnocchi .
In fact, we went to Eataly the next day to try another of the Balali/Bastianich food establishments and loved that as well! Great job, Mario Batali!6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't wait to go backThis was my first time to Lupa and I can't wait to go back. We had the Chef's Tasting menu which I highly recommend. 6 courses was only $60. We added the wine pairing for $50 and it was totally worth it. The server made amazing selection wine selections that perfectly matched the food. The manager came by several times to fill our water glasses, to clear dishes if necessary and to ask us how are food was tasting. I noticed that he was doing that with every table. It was great to see such teamwork from all the staff and it really brought a positive dining atmosphere. We never had to ask for anything. Everyone completely anticipated our needs.
I highly recommend this restaurant. Next time I'm in NYC, I'm definitely going back.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food at LupaWe went to Lupa with our son and his girlfriend to celebrate their two birthdays (early and mid June) and Fathers Day (a week early). We shared two salads as appetizers, my son had a pork roast, his girlfriend had a pasta dish (can't remember what it was) I had lamb chops, and my wife had the market fish (sea bass). Everything was deliciously seasoned. Were able to enjoy the dinner in a relaxed setting and have a pleasant conversation for a while after eating - the serving staff did not try to hurry us along in any way. A perfect dinner.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe really enjoyed the serviceWe really enjoyed the service and the meal. Great portions - not too big or small. Also, we needed some help with choosing a wine and the sommelier helped us out. He was knowledgeable without being pretentious. The wine was delicious. We would definitely go back.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe portions were small, butThe portions were small, but delicious. We both loved the gnocci and saltimbolca. At first the waiter was rude and abrupt, but he got nicer after my friend said something to another waiter.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMA perfect evening!!I had an amazing experience from hostess to the dessert.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat nightI took my parents and their friend, and all of us lovedcit. SErvice was stellat, the food amazing, and a great wine selection. Looking forward to a return visit soon6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA little bit of Rome in the VillageWent there with my boyfriend for a late dinner and it was really good. Very thin slices of prosciutto to start with was great, then we each had a pasta (carbonara and amatriciana) that were good but mine a little bit salty. We had seconds too but to be honest that was not needed as pasta would have been enough.
I will definatelly go back.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMLove LupaThis was my third visit to Lupa and each time has been a fabulous dining experience. The atmosphere is relaxing although the restaurant seems a bit too dark even at lunchtime. At a later dining time the restaurant was more frenetic but at lunch and at an early dinner time Lupa is very relaxed (although we were given our check without asking for it). However, the food was fabulous. The portions are just the right size, so well seasoned. Delicious. It is a food learning experience where questions about the food are encouraged and there is a glossary on the back of the menu.
I have seen celebrities there, locals and tourists. Casual, or dressy, I highly recommend Lupa for a comfortable and absolutely delicious meal.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazingAlways a good experience. Neve had a bad meal and we have been coming here for years. Just a great little place!5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMBest service we've ever experiencedThis restaurant was recommended to me by my boss who used to live in NYC (we live in Chattanooga, TN). Honestly we went because we wanted some nice Italian but mostly to have a talking point with my boss! haha! Turned out to be the absolute best dining experience my boyfriend and I have ever had. Having both been servers in past lives we were stunned at their professionalism and attention to absolutely every detail. Eating in any restaurant ever again will pain our souls. I wouldn't rate a anything 5star just for their service alone. Likewise it must be noted that Lupa is an overall stunner. I will remember the spinach and asparagus salad, the ricotta gnocchi and the hazelnut ice cream FOREVER! I'm swooning just thinking about it!5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent FoodEverything my wife and I had was delicious. Highly recommend the freshly prepared pasta.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMSweet find.This restaurant is bigger than it looks from the front, because it has a back room. The food is excellent. Fresh produce is used, and organically grown. Heritage meat. The staff is knowledgeable and pleasant. If you're a foodie, this is an excellent place to go. They have an extensive wine list, and a sommelier who knows what he's doing and is helpful without being a snob. I had the special of the day, which was a porterhouse pork chop cooked simply and served with grilled radicchio and asparagus. It was superb. The waiter was charming and easily picked up on a running joke that proceeded throughout the meal.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMNeed a LUPA in LAWe've been dining here for years and it never disappoints. Having moved to LA we always make a special trip to Lupa when we are in town. We need a LUPA in LA!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday @ LupaFrom the food to the wine to the decor and service, Lupa is delectable!!!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely surpriseI started with the beet salad with a creamy ricotta and topped with arugula. It was sheer ambrosia. For a main I had the chicken seated on a crouton of creamy liver pâté. My husband started with freshly sliced prosciutto which was the best I have ever tasted, sliced very thin, not chewy, not too salty, followed by spaghetti carbonara, perfectly al dente and made without cream as in Italy . The meat in the pasta cooked perfectly, small bites were not hard or fatty. The Tartufo dessert was a ball of ice cream glazed with chocolate, clearly homemade sitting on a bed of sauce made of nuts and berries reduced down to a oozing base for the ice cream. Divine. we went with the wine stewards choice of red Nero D'avola but it was not impressive.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways Great! Delicious IttalianAlways Great! Delicious Ittalian food served in an a charming setting. I go as often as possible and Lupa never disappoints. Pastas are served hot, as they should be. And, they are cooked to perfection! Try the Babette Casio peppe.. It is never as good anywhere else!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMfirst timerI'm from Chicago and wanted to experience Lupa before leaving NY. Made a reservation for Sunday lunch and had a great experience. I had the braciolle(spelling?) and it was great. Very freindly service.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spot, delicious!Very happy with this little gem from Mario Batali. Great menu, well priced, perfect ambience. Even better that we can reserve by open table rather than have to call in. Ordered the large meat platter to start... Can't go wrong with that. The 3 pasta dishes were superb: had the olive oil and black pepper, spicy tomato sauce and the tagliatelle with snap peas and pecorino cheese. Main was ok, pork belly was tender and rich, but I love my pastas. Dessert was outstanding. Chocolate gelato and orange sorbetto were perfect together. We added a cheese platter and biscotti. Recommended!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food, excellent serviceWine steward really worked to get us what we wanted in the price range I gave (less than $75) and nailed the white (the red was good but not outstanding). My food was not warm but they immediately replaced it. So 1.5 thumbs up.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing foodie adventureWhile we may have disappointed the sommelier, we opted for the chef's choice and wine pairing. The food was adventurous, flavorful, plentiful, and expertly served. I would highly recommend. I will return. Excellent balance of variety and value. Thank you people of Lupa!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat but too late.This past weekend my boyfriend and I dined Lupa for his 33 birthday. The food, ambience and service were excellent. My only complaint was that our reservation was at 10:00 pm. I made the reservation 30 days to the day at exactly 10:00 am(when they being taking reservations).. I find it highly unlikely that they couldn't fit 2 people in for a 9:00 reservation. Although I called multiple times to try and switch the time, the answer was always no.
I will defienelty come back to Lupa, but only if I can get an earlier reservation. During a two hour tasting menu, the last thing I want to do is yawn!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways amazingEvery we time are in nyc, we make a point of going to Lupa.
The food, wine and ambiance are always great, it never disappoints!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic experience.Just an exceptional intimate restaurant with fantastic food. Worth the experience .. and do share the dishes so you get to experience a bit more of the fabulous food.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMemorable EveningMy husband and I dined at Lupa for my birthday. We had the tasting menu, which was a great value for both the quality and quantity of food. Every course was just delicious. We loved the pasta dishes and the pheasant and the pork were the best. The dessert was wonderful as well. And I must say, the service was impeccable. The staff did not miss a beat, and it was crazy busy in the restaurant. Speaks well of it's popularity because it was Monday night! If you are looking for a great Roman dining experience - go. You will not be disappointed. Next time we are in NYC, we will definitely return.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect Mother's DayTook my wife along with my son and his girlfriend (both @ NYU) for Mother's Day Lunch. Wonderful welcome upon arrival, seated a couple of minutes early of reservation time. The food was outstanding; the Saltimbocca, although prepared differently than I have had anywhere else (not a bad thing!), was extremely tasty. Salad were fresh, light and delicious.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe Love LupaWe go to Lupa each visit to NYC. Fantastic Italian food. Beautiful antipasto selection (just have the waiter bring you her favorite). Impeccable pasta. Great wine list. It is very loud, especially if it's in mid-dinner and the bar is packed. They could do something to lower the level. Still, this is one of our favorite restaurants on the planet.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM12 out of 10Literally one of the best meals I've ever eaten this past time. We've been there before. It is without fail, one of the tastiest meals you can get in NYC. My friend said you have to get the Tartufo and we did. after one bite and we had to put our spoons down and savor the moment. it was amazing. can i say Yum-azing?!!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent!we had a wonderful, casual, low-key dinner with perfectly executed salads (spinach, escarole and sliced snap peas with fresh sauteed artichoke hearts spooned on top--mmmm) and pastas made with fresh seasonal ingredients. Great service and a great sommelier who helped us navigate an interesting wine list.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLupa Never Disappoints MeAs always, the food was great and the service attentive but unobtrusive.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMTasting menu with pairingsTasting menu with pairings very good. Large portions and pours. Outstanding service. Back room a little dark and drab, prefer the front/bar area.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect PastaI've been to Lupa many times over the years. The dishes are always really well-done, mostly simply, with top-notch ingredients. The star is always the pasta. Even in Italy, I've never had pasta as perfectly prepared as at Lupa. From the simple salt & pepper spaghetti to the more elaborate braised meat dishes, they're always a hit. I was disappointed this time when they didn't have a pasta with braised meats in a red sauce, I'll always choose that if it''s available. I also wish they'd bring back the parsnip flan. Nonetheless, I'll keep going back whenever I get to NY.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe menu is a bit intimidatingThe menu is a bit intimidating and literally comes with a glossary of terms. The waitress wasn't super knowledgeable about the menu which was annoying. But the pasta, specifically the spicy pasta was amazing.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful experience.We had a wonderful experience. Thaw food was amazing, and the wine help was spot on and much needed. My only complaint was that our 3-top was almost on top of the radiator (when it was 66 degrees outside). My companion was a bit roasted despite asking that they turn down the heat. Avoid the back corner and you'll be very happy here .4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went at 4 PM because weWe went at 4 PM because we had 7 PM Broadway show tickets, so it was nice and quiet. One of the best Italian meals ever! We had the escarole salad, Bavette (essentially cacio e pepe), Gnocchi, and Saltimboca. They were all outstanding. Couldn't resist the gelato for dessert, which was excellent. For wine we had the Montepulciano Solonio, which was delightful. We will definitely be back on our next trip to NYC.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThey only criticism we hadThey only criticism we had of this extraordinary eatery was the lack of waiting space, and the tendency of the staff to equate the front Bar Area dining with the experience of the back room. There are a number of places where my wife and I prefer or don't mind sitting in the Bar area, this is not one of them. Thought along the perimeter of the front room, at least a table away from the traffic aisle, would probably be fine for an intimate dinner for two, certainly that would be difficult along the main aisle. We will certainly return and further explore the menu.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMMy son and I had a great timeMy son and I had a great time at Lupa. The staff are
so good. Very attentive, engaging and funny. We loved it.
The food was spectacular. Mario you're rockin it!!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThrow yourselves on the mercyThrow yourselves on the mercy of the chef and the sommelier: go for the tasting menu and paired wine flights: you will not be disappointed.
Pours were generous, and of unusual variations on classic Italian grapes that I would not have chosen for myself. A Sangiovese based rose and a Sardinian Moscato-based dessert wine were stand outs.
Our server was charming, unobtrusive and efficient.
Ambiance and noise level are those of a busy osteria , but we were easily able to carry on our conversation at normal speaking levels.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI LOVE LUPA! It is alwaysI LOVE LUPA! It is always delicious and dependable.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat wine list however weGreat wine list however we needed help finding something specific to our taste because everything is in Itialian. The food is what you would expect from a great chef. Service was a bit pretentious but helpful, overall it warrants a return visit.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe place to experience aThe place to experience a fabulous authentic Italian meal. Delicious quality food that is well-priced.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't say enough great thingsCan't say enough great things about this restaurant. The food is consistent and thoughtful, and the service is always impeccable.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe liked that it was sparseWe liked that it was sparse with people and prices were good. There could have been more quail in that dish though we liked what we had.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMDidn't live up to my expectations.The food at Lupa was very good, but it was extremely noisy and very crowded - which I really did not like. We chose to wait for a table in the back room, which was much better (still noisy, but not as bad). I thought the prices were high for what the place was like and what the food was like. I wish I had chosen another one of the "Batalai| restaurants instead of this one.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food but this timeDelicious food but this time the menu was alittle to adventuous for us4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service!Excellent food and service! Would definitely return.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMA really true to form concept.A really true to form concept. Simple and straight forward. I really appreciate the adherence to the concept. No deviation. Only issue we had was they tucked us back in a corner next to a radiant heating element. Maybe they did this because we had a nine year old with us. Not sure but other than that I would highly recommend for any one looking for a great food experience.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AM