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About Luna Piena Ristorante

Luna Piena serves a large selection of simply prepared pastas, chicken, veal, and seafood dishes.

243 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 308-8882

Website:
http://lunapienarestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
E & V trains to 53rd Street/Lexington Avenue and 6 train to 51st Street.

Executive Chef:
Luigi Scarpelli

Private Party Facilities:
We look forward to you joining us here at Luna Piena for your next party. We have three private rooms that can accommodate parties of 15 to 75 guests.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Daily 12:00PM - 1:00PM 4:00PM - 7:30PM

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Luna Piena Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (11)
Casual (7)
Good for a Date (7)
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Cozy (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

I have to say I Realy like this place food is outstanding service was very good as well

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

amazing food , fun staff , great service , priced appropriately . would recommend to anyone wanting a meal with drinks for under 40 bucks

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Neighborhood gem...always good

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

I was part of a group of three. I found my house wine selection excellent and the service overall outstanding. I ordered lentil soup and chicken parmesan. The accompanying pasta was a bit too mushy, but overall the combination of pasta and chicken parmesan was very tasty. I truly enjoyed it. My wife ordered pasta vongole and was very disappointed. She said her pasta too was mushy and the clam sauce was very bland — very little clam taste and virtually no seasoning. Our guest ordered salmon which she barely touched, but the fish looked fresh and nicely prepared to me, and the accompanying vegetables looked well cooked. So overall, I give the food quality a “good” rating using an adjusted average of three persons. But we all agreed the service was truly extraordinary and the bread was very tasty. The garden is very attractive. We did not realize there was pretty nice live music up front. I will definitely come back.

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

Amazing homemade Italian. Had awesome meals before the Marathon and it helped me complete it! Each person at the table enjoyed their meal - all is homemade and the service was perfect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Try eggplant parmigiana
Try ravioli zucca
Ask for desara eat at bar

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I always enjoy dining at LP. The staff is friendly (and remember me), the food is good, the room is pretty. Be aware that there is often live music and the garden (when full) can be loud... so location of table is important. Alas, twice I have ordered and the wrong food arrived. The staff was very accommodating on both counts - with the bill and with a complimentary round of drinks. I will return and recommend LP to others - but more attention needs to be paid to special orders.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I love lunch menu at this place food is very fresh and they have fix menu 15$ lunch appetizer and main corse

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love this place food is outstanding ask for sam

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very good food service and very confortable the service is good and the ambient is great

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very good food. Wide variety of starters and main entrees ordered. All very good. Reasonable prices for Manhattan

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

As an appetizer, Luna Piena offers great grilled calamari !

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of my favorite place for brunch ! Service is very friendly and attentive ! Food is always yummy

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Enjoyed the garden for a quiet brunch. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food was delicious and well presented. The wait staff friendly and accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

this was my second meal, 4th visit. it was hard not to have the same thing because it was so good but i made myself. i hope to go back because there was a special that someone else had and she gave me her leftovers. i forgot it at my father's and well - let's just say he got them... I also need to try more desserts.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

When we checked their menu on the Open Table site we saw they offered a daily menu very reasonably priced. The text was "daily menu" and did not see any exclusion for the week-end. The menu given to us at the restaurant also showed Daily Prix Fix (spelled Prefex) Menu did not mention "excluding Sunday or week-end or Monday-Friday, etc." . The server told us it was not possible to order from this menu during the week-end. We had to order from the regular menu or the brunch special menu. The Food served was at best "passable". These are the reasons I checked "I do not recommend" this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The back patio is enclosed but gets beautiful light. We happened to dine while two very large groups were there, so probably a bit noisier than usual. Our dishes: a very fresh fish, mushroom ravioli with a rich creamy sauce, surprisingly deep flavor on a good ol' spaghetti with homemade meatballs. The skirt steak was just right med-rare, but surprised that it came out as slices of steak instead of a whole piece. Served by a nice but very novice waiter. We'd be happy to return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The food was above average. Both the fish and pasta meals were exceptional. Our waiter was a little hard to understand and not friendly. Once he delivered our meal he never came back - even to ask if we wanted dessert. We had to flag someone down to get the check.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was fabulous! I had the butternut squash, outstanding! Others had the pasta seafood special, which they loved.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great lunch with delicious food..this local spot was perfect for a birthday lunch for my friends. The lemon sorbet was amazing.

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

This was one of the most disappointing dinners My family has ever had. I never write reviews but feel compelled by how badly we were treated.

The service was horrendous.

We had a 730 reservation and the restaurant was busy but not overbooked. After placing our order (straight off the menu, no modifications) It was three appetizers (2 salads and a Caprese) and four main dishes (chicken parm, 2 branzino and one plain pasta with butter ... super basic items off the menu). The apps came ... but then nothing else. After about another 45 min of waiting and asking the wait staff several times the status of our main dishes (and a table of dirty dishes from apps that they never cleared), they would not give any updates (and we still had to ask for our table to be cleared).

we asked the manager to come over. She was not at all helpful except to say casually "sorry that happened" but didn't try to solve the problem. The food took another 15 -20 min to arrive. No additional drinks were offered (let alone asked if we needed anything?!)

The manager then proceeded to disappear and was no where to be found when it was time for our bill. They gave us $10 off, which was a joke. (The meal was several hundred dollars). The waiter then apologized and said it was supposed to be 10% off which it clearly wasn't. We asked for the manager and the waiter said sheepishly that he didn't know where she went. This is a Friday at 930pm now and the manager can't be found?!

We have been going to this restaurant for years and it was a quaint neighborhood spot that was reasonably priced. Admittedly, we have not been in awhile and expected we would get the "old" experience. The food is overpriced for what it is and well the service is what I just described.

So disappointed.

DO NOT GO. Save your money and time. There are plenty of other restaurants in the area that are happy to serve you and you can have a better experience.

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

I have been going to Luna Piena for years - my office was down the block, and it just gets better and better. My most recent meal with a friend included an excellent mushroom soup which we both loved, burratta with prosciutto, arugula and mango, and a seafood pasta with homemade linguine. The menu and food seem to get better with each visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Fabulous as usual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We did not receive bad service but the table next to us waited an hour for their check and we noticed another table get up and leave after the waiter told them that they had not been waiting 20 minutes for their drinks.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

One of my favorite place to get brunch ! The staff and food is airways great !

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Be careful what you order if you're a vegetarian. Even after discussing with our waiter there was still much confusion. And I would also suggest you check the "specials" prices before ordering.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Very comfortable restaurant with very good food. We started at the bar for happy hour and enjoyed our wine with bread, olives and oil. Yum. At dinner I had a very tasty chicken parmesan with pasta. Others at my table had the fish of the day and pasta vongole. All was very good. The back seating area under a glass roof is very nice. Nothing here is spectacular, but it's a very nice place to come and I will be here again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The linguine with clams is wonderful. They also have no problem with substitutions. I've been here several times with friends - we all order different things and absolutely everything is top notch.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I was not very happy with the chicken marsala that I ordered. Even though the chicken was thin it was kind of tough. The waiters were nice and attentive.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Loved the meal. Requested garden area...pretty but a little warm even with the fans running after a mild summer day. I imagine it would be perfect on a fall evening.
Food was delicious. Our party enjoyed both seafood and pasta items.
Very attentive wait staff. Will return. Great neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food tastes horrible and the service was terrible. The water sprinklers in the garden got broken twice during our lunch. My coat got soaked the first time and we had to move to another table inside. Even with that, they still charge the food and 20% service fees. Will never go back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I love Luna I use to came when Luigi use to Manageer let me tell you new staff hi have ther know outstanding I love servers

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

I just love this place . The staff is always friendly and they play great music.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Food was ok. Nothing special. Didn't like that they added 20% service.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Fabulous food and service. Lovely garden.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We found this lovely restaurant on-line and it had good Yelp reviews. Warm staff...generous food...nicely prepared and tasty. Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

I've been going for years. Always good. The waiters are helpful and the wine list is interesting and there are plenty of wines that are reasonably priced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I went to Luna Piena this past Friday. My friend said her meal was inedible. We sent it back for another entrée which was as bad. The only thing the restaurant offered us was one scoop of gelato on the house for both of us. I should have asked not be charged for her meal but have never had this situation before. I left a note with my name and phone number with my credit card slip but didn't hear back from them. My entrée was gummy but edible. Very disappointing. The waiters were sympathetic - just nothing they could do.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Food was excellent as was service. Delightful dinner experience. Would most certainly return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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