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Lupa

4.6
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5330 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Lupa specializes in high quality, moderately-priced Roman fare with a New York edge. Lupa is a fun, boisterous and unpretentious trattoria with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.3
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MichaelK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lupa is one of my favorite 'GO TO' restaurants. I have been at least 20 times over the years. I had a friend in from out of town and did the pasta tasting with the wine pairing and was disappointed for the first time in many years.
Pasta was not fabulous as usual, portions seemed a bit smaller and the flavors were not as 'harmonious' as the past. wine pairing also didn't stand up. Whites were a bit light and reds were way off, extremely light and without the tannins and length of finish to stand up to the spice forward red pasta selections. Pours were small and not worth the $49 price point based on pour size and wines selected.
Who serves sorbet in late October for a dessert??? Apple? Poor finale.
I'll definitely go back, but order off the menu for both pastas and wine. I know what they are capable of and this was an off night.

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vipAlessandro
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great place to eat italian pasta. good value

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vipCarolynG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A little too close to our neighbors despite plexiglass. Tables outside felt very tight considering CoVID. Would have been better to get a table inside, but towards the front of the restaurant where it was open air and more socially distanced. Food was good and service was great.

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Ave8tor
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to Italian restaurant in Manhattan. The food is always spectacular.

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vipruth
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. If you sit outside, try to be under the tent rather than on the sidewalk

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

There was not enough social distancing. I love Lupa but would probably not eat there again until the pandemic is over.

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vipBurtL
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was my first time at this restaurant and the food and wine was great. Service towards the end faded a little bit but otherwise a very good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Giving five stars for the food alone - this was one of the best meals I’ve had all year. Cacio e Pepe was perfect, and the cocktails were very well made. The service was not good unfortunately - first a 20 minute wait to order, then a rush to get us to pay at the end because they wanted to seat another party. But with food like this, it was still a five star night.

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Oysterfanatic
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is my go to place for cacio e pepe and carbonara. They hit the right notes, from the olive oil they serve with the bread, to the crisp saltiness of the foccaccia. Clearly in my top 3 Italian spots in the city

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vanessanyc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Even after 20 years, Lupa never ceases to satisfy and sometimes amaze. Nothing like long sunday lunch here, even outside on Thompson Street due to Covid. The food is really wonderful -- as good as anything in Rome — and all done correctly.
Our waiter was great but maybe overworked as he disappeared for long periods -- once carrying our not yet opened bottle of prosecco! But he had good advice & was charming.

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SarahJane
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, the wine is excellent, and the staff are impeccable and lovely.

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vippapper
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustic Italian Osteria where the simplicity of good wholesome food, home made pastas, and an unbelievable wine selection ( best wines by the glass selection in all of NYC) make for an unforgettable meal. Be sure to come during White Truffle season and order the white truffle papardelle.
Chef doesn’t disappoint. My absolute favorite NYC Italian restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They did a nice job with Covid safety
Food was great
Drinks were really nice
Excellent service from the entire team

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vipRickyLam
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It has been a while back to Lupa. I am very impress with the restaurant service and foods.

Definite will go back again!

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JosephS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One of the best if not the best Italian restaurant in NYC

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vipmeeka
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pasta Tasting🍝 is the way too go. Every dish was amazing

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Bobo
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was impeccable and service was terrific. Despite limited options, our server moved us from a noisy birthday party to a quieter corner. All outside. Go Lupa!!

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vipcpindc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the escarole salad, Nonna's meatballs, bavette cacio e pepe and sirloin steak. They were delicious. I will definitely go back to try other things on the menu.

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DeirdreF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We are frequent diners (until Covid). This was our first time back since pre-Covid and so excited to return to our favorite place. Service was horrendous. We bought a nice bottle of wine that was never poured after the first glass. The waiter never returned. I had to motion him over to ask for grated cheese...which was never brought over. And the place wasn’t busy. You can look up my history. We spend good money everyone time we come. Huge disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Wine list wasn’t updated. Quality of the food was not as good as I remember it but the staff and service was great!

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vipStephanieE
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I've enjoyed Lupa in the past, so I'm not sure what happened, but wow was it bad! Our pasta was so undercooked it tasted like cardboard. We waited an incredibly long time to get our food while our server disappeared. We finally asked a different server to check on our food. So, the food was awful and the service bad. Perhaps it was just a bad night, but we won't be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tremendous experience!

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sarahb
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lupa makes the best of a challenging situation with COVID restrictions... comfortable outdoor seating, same attention to good service and wonderful food and wine. We came last seating and while they were cleaning up and taking down tables and chairs around us we did not feel rushed and the work around us was discrete.

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TracyF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around lovely experience from end to end. Very nice outdoor set up and well protected should you be there on a rainy night

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sedats
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

They do not have enough stuff. Stuff is not trainer well.

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NickD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cacio e pepe. Maybe the best in the city! I will be returning soon!

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vipJunL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lupa is my favorite restaurant, period. So it’s hard to give them a 3 star. I understand it’s hard to manage it during pandemic. But the social distancing is not there even they put plastic particles to separate tables. They are just way too close. I feel like we were sharing a table with another couple. Also it’s a busy street. Pedestrians walked right behind you even touching my chair accidentally. Too crowded.
But everything is still coming down to food, which is the reason I love Lupa so much. My wife’s pasta was way undercooked so we chad to send it back. My amatriciana, which I ordered every time, was two notches down from usual quality, a bit watery. My daughter’s Ragu pasta was good.
I hope it’s just one off due to Covid. Looking forward to better experience next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Table a bit small. I guess due to the pandemic, the menu is a bit short.
We tried the pasta tasting menu, it was great, especially the carbonara.
Ordered ginger potato, calamari, octopus salad and meatballs as starters. Not fan of appetizers, the portion of Fritto Misto a bit small for three, which I assume the waiter could have told us in advance. Finger potato’s are nice, crispy and well cooked. Don’t like the octopus salad, a bit more on the salad side than octopus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there during COVID for a friend’s “bachelorette”/10 person dinner, and it could not have been a better experience! The staff was super nice, friendly and attentive, and could accommodate our group/seat us all at one table. At the end of the night, they even tossed in a dessert and lemoncello for the group. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful little date spot. Food was delicious and ambiance was super cute

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vipJimAndBob
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent! Thank you.

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ShellyC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great-socially distanced with plastic partitions.

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Shar
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend the Bolognese. Finishing the evening with a Limoncello was sublime.

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vipMaryC
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An oldie but goodie. Excellent all around. Pastas were perfect.

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devinf
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great time at lupa. wait staff was awesome! also espresso martinis were flying off the shelves like it was going out of style. 10 of 10 would recommend.

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royc
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were never told the specials. We heard other tables being told
Food was very good but the lamb chop portion was small for $40

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vipSweetLou
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an early reservations and was able to chose a great outside table away from the street noise. The on-menu calamari was terrific and the entrees of pasta and crispy cod were delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and social without being intrusive. A wonderful evening out in this pandemic world.

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vipMLM12
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were spectacular. Great neighborhood spot.

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vipfreq7
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lupa ALWAYS delivers!
Great Food Wine and Service
At a fair price!

Bravo

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BB14E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful evening at Lupa.
Outstanding food.
Always willing to accommodate us.
They set up a very comfortable outside setting.
Really enjoy a touch of music on the street.

FAQs

Lupa does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Lupa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 982-5089.

Lupa is rated 4.6 stars by 5330 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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