Lugo Cucina

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After 11 wonderful years in New York City, our lease is up and we have concluded our last service. Thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited us over the years.

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Lugo Cucina captures the convivial charm of the Italian café culture. 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, located directly across the Street from Madison Square Garden, and Penn Station. Ideal for an after-work or pre-concert dinner and drink.
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
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3.9
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
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ShariH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made this reservation quite some time ago, unfortunately got to the restaurant and it was closed for good!! Very disappointed that I was not told of the closing and had to find someplace else right away....

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vipKefranci
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED! PLEASE REMOVE FROM OPEN TABLE

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vipJames
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

RESTAURANT IS CLOSED. PLEASE TAKE OFF YOUR APP SO NO ONE ELSE HAS TO DEAL WITH THIS ANNOYANCE

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vipkerryP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Showed up for our reservation and the restaurant was CLOSED! Nobody called or notified us that they lost their lease.
Then I just got a seated confirmation from Open Table. No Open Table-we were NOT seated.

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Molly
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant was closed after confirming the day before

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant has been closed since March 20th! OpenTable needs to update more regularly!

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vipJessie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Worst meal ever in NYC. Pasta was chewy, not al dente. Seafood not very fresh. Service seems chaotic. Not sure how it got good reviews before.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Undercooked scallops overcooked shrimp. Service was great.

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vipHerbH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Had 6:15 reservation to make 7:30 show across street at MSG. Were not seated until we complained that others were being seated ahead of us. Were served the appetizer and then waited over a half hour and still no entrees. Waiter said he had been checking for 20 minutes and the chefs response was "it will be ready when its ready". Finally walked out without having our dinner. Finally had to buy dinner and eat standing in the arena. This was an unpleasant way to start our night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lugo's is my go to restaurant for a clent lunch. They are closed now, i assume, for renovations?

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SusanM
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service! Good food. We enjoyed our meal and would recommend.

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vipSalF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food in a casual clean environment with friendly helpful wait staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place was way too loud, they tried to seat us at a communal bar table and i had to beg for a real table. Our pizzas were cold and very average and worst of all they didnt bring our beer and wine until we were almost done with dinner! It was crazy!

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Ginger
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was great until dessert time- our server was socializing with another server and someone else saw us looking around and offered to take our dessert order. Then we had to request our check twice. Since we were on our way to see Billy Joel, time was important. The table next to us had the same problem.

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JoeP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went here for drinks and dinner before a concert at MSG. Very conveniently located for that. Everything was great... service was good.

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AdrienneL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have been to lugo cucina a number of times ....the meat and cheese platter is always wonderful ....I tried a veal dish and didn’t like that it was fried ....it didn’t say on menu. I would definitely go back but would stick to a pasta dish in the future. Great location. Right near the garden.

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vipdogmom
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were disappointed in this meal. We ordered a margherita pizza as an appetizer. It arrived with a burned crust - all the way around. We each ate two pieces, not eating the crust, leaving 1/2 the pizza uneaten - a first for us. My husband ordered the oriechette and I got spaghetti with a meatball. He normally loves oriechette but found this bland and not at all to his liking. My spaghetti was okay but nothing special. We opted not to order dessert after just a so-so meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome the food was so good the fettuccine carbonara was the best I ever had we will definitely go back the next time we're in manhattan

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was there last night and have been here many times for office party’s and business lunches the food is always good. However last night they were short staffed and it was obvious. There were 3 servers trying to take care of everyone . Not fair to the servers or clientele. Meatballs that are usually mist and delicious were dry and bland
Seabass was good and great value.
I will be back get some help for your staff:)

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vipMadeleineW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the burrata and the penne vodka and it was very good! I’m picky so that says a lot !!

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vipEstelle
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Pizza was cold and tasted frozen. Service was just ok

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sophie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always go to Lugo Cucina when getting off the LIRR before to our play in the theatre district. After our main course, we can't resist the 3 scoops of any ice cream flavors you like!
Food is wonderful, the staff very friendly and service is perfect. The bread, the wine, the main course, the desert - all add up to us coming back time after time. Love the feel of this restaurant - not over crowded at table like other NYC places.

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vipFrankC
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very disappointed, used to go there plenty of times, service was horrible, pizza was fair at best

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Someone started reaching over and clearing the table before we were all done. It was quite abrupt.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I try to come here anytime I'm attending an event at the Garden, & it's always been enjoyable even when the service was slow as that was usually due to it being busy, which is understandable. Food has always been good.
This time though (4/8/19), was easily my least enjoyable experience, & ironically it was the least busy I've seen it. I guess the Pennsy has taken a bit of business away from them.

Our server was very aloof, & I was left with an empty drink for 10 minutes before I was able to make contact requesting another. It seems after a misunderstanding where the server was under the impression we were only ordering appetizers, he was no longer attentive at all. Regardless, this isn't an excuse to dismiss a table. He did not return to our table after taking our order (aside from when I initiated contact for a 2nd drink, a wine, which I had to pour myself) until it was clear we were finished w/our appetizers & to ask if we wanted the check. By then, we did not want to spend any more money there, & went elsewhere for dinner. We were a two top that ordered 3 substantial appetizers, & were planning on ordering two more entrees, two more rounds of drinks, & possibly even dessert. Ironically, he tried twice to pick up my credit card slip before I had signed it. I still left an 18+% tip as I typically leave 25+% for good service.

The appetizers we did have were good as always, and the back waiters were competent and pleasant. Servers should never give up on a table, as there are always opportunities to take care of their guests, & increase their checks. I will be back as I've mostly had good experiences there. If you haven't tried it, it's still worth a visit. You can't beat the convenience, & if you're looking for a sit down spot as opposed to the chaos over at Pennsy, then give this place a try.

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jenniferb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Being close to the garden, I was skeptical but the food was delicious. I would go back and recommend.

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vipOnePenn
New York Area
228 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great lunch
Juliana made menu suggestions and all was great
Great meatballs and the cheese plate a must have

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vipMikeRD
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice interior, close to MSG. Service was a little bit slow. The bread was a little stale. It was an okay meal but not stellar. Last visit was better. Still a good place to go given closeness to MSGarden and a decent menu. Not a foodie experience

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vipAllenwcole
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Waiter wanted us to rush. Didn't deliver apitiser
Food was good but the hurry up and order killed the mood

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RFLF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Billy Joel concert

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here because of its location, we enjoy it here because Dave treats us like royalty. Want to enjoy solid food, near MSG with ownership that cares?? Then Lugo is the spot. Wonderful as always!

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vipNJFoodie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This has been our "go to" spot for events @ MSG. Last Saturday was a disappointment. Food was so bland (chicken, steak and pork chop). Service was poor. Server seemed generally cranky and he kept forgetting things. The whole thing was just "off". Time for a change next time we're in town for an event.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On behalf of my mother and me, I would like to thank David and his staff. You guys really made my 80 year old mother feel like a Queen on her birthday. We can't thank you enough. Food and service were simply fantastic!

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LarryR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and the location was great. Service was a little slow.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and a nice place for lunch. It is a little noisy.

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IFLYAA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a great lunch and dinner spot for all that work and/or visit the Penn Plaza/Station area. There are not many options around and we always make reservations if dinner is the plan. Long waits if you don’t. Some nights there is live music but the extremely loud nature of this after 5 spot makes it almost impossible to benefit from it. Bar is always lively and the food is very good.

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vipRossella
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, I thought the restaurant was pretty good. Not many options near MSG.

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vipSaleya
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The location and service make Lugo Cucina worth going to if you need a restaurant near Penn Station. However, the food is very mediocre. I had eggplant parmigiana which was dry and tasteless. My friend had spaghetti which was overcooked and soft. These are two easy dishes to prepare well. I'd go again but solely for the convenience waiting for a train.

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vipOpentablefan
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Took two hours for a simple meal. Waited an hour between appetizers and main course. Even then, only 3 of our four meals arrived. The three of us were almost finished when the 4th meal came. The food is good but this place doesn’t know how to manage their kitchen. This has happened before but we gave them another chance. Never again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food, friendly staff, but kind of loud during happy hour as expected but definitely would recommend.

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Lugo Cucina is rated 4.1 stars by 1669 OpenTable diners.