Lucciola

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400 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Lucciola, located down the street from Central Park, where the most fireflies can be found in the city: an homage to Bologna, its cuisine, its cinematic history...a city of dreams brought to life here in New York City.

The dishes, the atmosphere and the overall concept of Lucciola, was specifically inspired from the film Fest di Laurea, directed by Pupi Avati. We portray Avati's nostalgic and romantic mood of Bologna in our restaurant. From the decoration within the film, we were struck by how simple lights, illuminating a courtyard reminded us of fireflies, which brought to our name, Lucciola.

Our restaurant is dedicated to the lead actor in Avati's film: Nik Novecento, who embodied the values of Bologna from his passion, soul, courageousness and kindness.

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Complimentary specials

Happy Hour

Enjoy our happy hour! Starters and Salads 50% off , house red and white wine for $10, Spritz and Negroni $10

Happy Hour

Enjoy Happy Hour! 50% off on starts and salads, $10 for house red, house white, spritz and negroni

1 Free Tomato Bruschetta for the table !

1 Free Tomato Bruschetta for the table ! Just one for the table, not for each person at the table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

such a great dinner and vibe, wide wines offer and great pasta and pizza

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vipalberto
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Fabulous atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food.
Zucchini parmigiana OMG, and tagliatelle bolognese unbelievable. Comprehensive wine list. A truly gem to try

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid honest food and great great wines for any pocket

AF
vipAnnF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cozy and lovingly run, Lucciola is a nice addition to the neighborhood. Authentic Italian with some expert touches.

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vipLainee
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went because it was jazz night. Group was great and the food was very good. It was our first time here and we will be back.

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vipalberto
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!
Had such a great time! Had the Bolognese home made pasta that was to die for, zucchini parmigiana. Good wine list and we were lucky to hit the jazz night !

A gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cacio Pepe ever! Maybe a bit too al dente for me but so rich in flavor and cheese! The wine specials are so so great

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vipG2G6
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Total disappointment. We were the only diners at 8:00 pm for dinner. Empty restaurant. Now I know why. Everything from the food to the service to the attitude was outrageously bad. The menu sounded great, their story sounded great, but the "truffles" were tasteless, the buratta was not really buratta, the bruschetta were stale, the pasta overcooked, the cacio pepe sauce tasteless and gluelike, the brocolli overcooked and amateurishly presented, the steak not seasoned. What a waste.

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vipteresab
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I like Lucciola and Michele, the owner is very accomplished. I want the restaurant to do well and stay in the neighborhood.

However, the branzino that I ordered was not fresh. Very disappointing!!!

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vipRenee
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal at a neighborhood place on the upper west side. Beautiful restaurant, great service and food.

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vipAnnemddc
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

cozy space, friendly wait staff (Matteo is very helpful!) and solid food. Will be repeat visitor.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for the “Italian” meal, this place is more. This is the Italian experience. Ingredients strictly superior and elegant location. Michele and Alberto great people!
Good vibes and buonissimo “delicious” food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food I ever had in New York, amazing wine selection! Tiramisù is incredibly creamy and done at the table in front of your heart shaped eyes LOL!

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viploiss
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Salad came not dressed and I had to put my own oil/vinegar on it. Don't like that. Bruschetta was very bland and had no character or herbal flavoring. Pasta had way, way too much sauce on it and I had Pescatore and there no no clams in two of the shells.
I, unfortunately, would not recommend this. Sorry

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vipdiningguru
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding. Real Italian food, real Italian hospitality. Pasta fresh and delicious, great desserts, too.
PK.

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vipkovalevnyr
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My pasta was delicious. My wife's was overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipLWCS
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice Valentine's Day dinner at Lucciola. The truffle bruchetta was novel and excellent. The cacio e pepe was a bit on the peppery side, which I liked very much, although my companion was not as enthusiastic. Nevertheless we agreed that the pasta was cooked perfectly. Branzino was also excellent. Good wine list, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and delicious food and unexpecet jazz night! Loved the ford as much as the vibe and jazz was such a great classy touch! They will pour wine into your glass at the table from a gigantic wine bottle, 6 Liter, my first time ever, great wine and impressive idea! Definetely outstanding Italian food and fun dinner time

PB
vipPeterB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpectedly good with a limited menu. Servioce was good wine selection was good.

CW
vipChrisW
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu is small. Food was solid, but not spectacular. Setting is cute and intimate.

RT
vipRTSV
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not great!

Food was the big disappointment. Appetizers of bruschetta and caprese were fine with the focaccia = meh. The pastas, however, seriously lacked luster. Served on wooden "boat" trays (cleanliness ??) my bland, watery duck Carbonari was like eating something in a cafeteria. Plus the flourish of shaved truffles did nothing to enhance the dish's flavor. Large black slices reminded me of tasteless church wafers.

In terms of ambience the room is small and lighting romantic. Only problem? It is full of plants and greenery which give the room a wet and dank aroma.

Overall impression … not impressed (albeit waitress was wonderful).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food an ambiance were magnificent. It's a small restaurant nestled In a quaint area of NYC. They have outdoor seating in the summer which I look forward to going to. My only complaint, is that the food comes out quickly and I felt rushed. Other than that, it's 5 stars.

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vipalberto
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Octopus, bolognese, Tiramisù to die for

FN
vipFoodieNYC
New York Area
42 reviews