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About Lusardi's Restaurant

cozy Italian restaurant in a classic European decor, gracious staff serving superb northern Italian fare

1494 Second Ave
New York, NY 10075
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm

Cross Street:
78th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 249-2020

Website:
http://www.lusardis.com/

Parking Details:
Muni meter on street, parking garages on 77st and 2nd Ave and 79th Street and 2nd Ave

Executive Chef:
Claudio Meneghini

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Wine

Lusardi's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
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Authentic (6)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Casual (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Fun (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great as always -- excellent food, service, ambiance.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Consistent good food and excellent service. I love the John Dory fish and eggplant appetizer but all the selections are good.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Lusardi's never disappoints -- outstanding as ALWAYS! Amazing cuisine (truffle risotto!!), perfect service, and perfect ambiance. Equally special for dinner for two or a family and friends gathering. We adore this restaurant!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had a family dinner and loved everything from start to finish! The food was so
delicious. The wine was fabulous, we ordered 3 bottles! The service was
outstanding. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Menu has a seasonal aspect but all items are fresh tasting and well prepared. Typically close seating and smaller tables. A standard New York scene. Waiters are responsive and well mannered. Atmosphere is best described as brisk.

Tags: Casual
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Lusardi's never disappoints. The service is friendly and always professional. The food is excellent and the ambiance is just right for a lively, somewhat elegant (but never stodgy) neighborhood Italian. Specials are sometimes pricey and out of line with dishes on the printed menu. Ask before you order. Otherwise this restaurant is just right.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience5
service5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Consistent good food and service. I enjoy the John Dory fish but everything is excellent.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I asked for a quiet table and they attended to it. Although a little pricey, the food and service was worth the price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great spot for good food and ambience. We were visiting from Chicago and will definitely return on our next trip to NYC.

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Dinner with an old gal friend (not old, but friend of long-standing). Waiters are charming and very attentive. Food to die for. Always a treat here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We dine here often and always find it to be very good. All aspects are consistently very good..

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food4
ambience3
service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

For 35 years Lusardi's has been serving fabulous food in a lovely setting. The front of house staff are as good as anywhere, including restaurants that cost twice as much, and the wait-staff are consistently attentive without being intrusive. One could just as easily be in Florence or Venice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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food5
ambience5
service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This was our first visit to this local restaurant and we were very impressed with the quality of food and service! Our waiter and sommelier were friendly and knowledgeable and offered impeccable service. One of the specials of the day, burrata with asparagus and roasted pepper was delectable. The waiters kindly customized our daughter's dessert without our asking, when they learned that we were celebrating her birthday. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Nice Italian restaurant. Quiet enough to have a conversation.

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food4
ambience3
service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Pleasant, inviting, delicious.

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Louisville)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Classic white table cloth Italian restaurant. The food and service is outstanding and the ability to have fresh truffles on your risotto is just amazing. It is a great spot.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My family and I have been to Lusardi's several times and enjoyed it immensely each and every time. The most recent time was for our daughter's birthday, and they treated us very well, making us feel welcome, even recognizing us from the last time. And, our daughter received a glass of champagne, on the house! Food was delicious starting with the truffle salad and ending with scrumptious desserts. We love this restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent as always

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We always get a consistent experience. I especially like the John Dory fish and the eggplant appetizer (Crespelli). My guests enjoyed their veal selection too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Overpriced wine list and slightly above average food. I'm my opinion not worth the price point for what we ordered.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food3
ambience5
service4
value2

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Any restaurant that has been around as long as Lusardi's has in the discerning Upper East Side neighborhood is high quality. Lusardi's brings one back to a past when being a waiter meant a true customer service professional - dignified. And the menu is authentic with delightful specials. They really care how your night goes and check up without interrupting table conversation.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent as always in every way! From the moment you walk in the door you are treated like family. Imer is an amazing host, and his staff are pros (esp. Luis!) and run like clockwork. They know their stuff and are a lot of fun to boot. Be sure to start with a drink at the bar with Veronica, and get ready for what will be a tremendous meal and overall dining experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

good lobster and good mixed salad
pasta and vegetables very good
wish they had biscottis rather than cookies

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food4
ambience4
service4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Dependable standby restaurant excellent for all family functions as well as business dinners. Attentive service, comfortable seating arrangement, broad menu of many Italian specialties with some innovative additions. Excellent wine list with many fine moderate priced selections.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

After more than 30 years, Lusardi's remains at the top of the list for high quality food, served professionally but not intrusively, in a lovely environment. We first went to Lusardi's in the early 1980s for special occasions, as it was on the higher end of our budget. With a bigger budget now, it need not be reserved only for special occasions, but it certainly still is an excellent choice for them. And, unlike some places in our neighborhood that push food out too quickly in order to turn tables, Lusardi's management understands the meaning of "leisurely dinner" at which one can actually have time to enjoy both the company and the dinner. We wile certainly back, and you should be too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Amazing food,service,ambiance and staff!
Very accommodating for food allergies.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Lusardis consistently delivers great quality, with good service at an affordable price. I like the St Peter fish and the eggplant appetizer, however, all their offerings are great.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on July 20, 2017

De los mejores restaurantes Italianos. Excelente Menú y excelente el servicio
Muy recomendable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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service5
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on July 20, 2017

As usual I had an outstanding experience at Lusardis. It is my favorite restaurant in NYC.

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food5
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service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Always very very good food. Service is good but not great....place is fun, rarely is there a bad plate.... fish is great

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food5
ambience4
service4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Excellent attention and customer service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

A few reasons I picked this place, it was my birthday, wine list, and not very heavy food. The owners are very friendly and knowledgeable of great wine, the food was amazing and the wait staff was awesome!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Very enjoyable food and service fabulous
Great wine list
Desserts just ok

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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food5
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vip
 (México)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Excellent food and superb service. Very friendly and very reasonable tab

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The food here was good but it was overpriced for what it was. At those prices, one expects close to perfection and there were some small misses amongst the dishes (seasoning too strong in one dish, crabmeat cocktail was very light on crabmeat and heavy on lettuce shreds). There are many other options in the neighborhood one can find either the same food for cheaper, or better quality Italian.

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food3
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service5
value1

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Started with a very mediocre basket of bread, then an uninteresting salad. Pasta was good, veal was very good. Sevice was very uneven; had to beg the waiter to bring back our bottle of wine. There must be better Italian food on the UES.

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Old classic high class friendly Italian. A local eatery that is as special as its Upper East Side clientele

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food was a more than welcome pleasure. My grouper was moist, perfectly seasoned and with a hint of the unusual. My guest's pasta was exceptional and the other main course, simply but perfectly prepared.
Was moist pleased to see the exceptional ability of the kitchen.
Service was gracious without being overbearing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was absolutely wonderful, leading me to order much more than I anticipated...we ate everything. Air conditioning was not working, so the room was fairly warm, but even that was not enough to detract from the food and service.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We are visiting from the UK but had to visit this restaurant as my maiden name is Lusardi. We were not disappointed and met Mauro Lusardi whom I'm already claiming as a cousin ! Delicious food, excellent wine and service was impeccable. I have recommended the restaurant to my family and their friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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food5
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