Lupa

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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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4.5
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, staff and location. Busy, but worth the effort

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual!

AD
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Chanterelle pasta was terrific and the bucatini amatriciana had a very rich delicious sauce.
Cheesecake was moist and really good. The focaccia could have been better, too dense and perhaps a little stale.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable dining experience!

AS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Make sure to reserve at least days in advance. Great food and cocktail options. Can be a little cramped with a larger party and space is quite loud.

MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was amazing ~ except the music :( the music was pop/oldies (think Come on Eileen and Love Shack). Which is awesome and fun for happy hour but ruins the mood for a romantic candle lit dinner date when you’re spending $200+. Ambiance is important and the music totally threw it off. Easy fix though for such a fabulous establishment!!!! I will definitely be back for another dinner date and hope it was just a one time thing that the pop music was playing.

TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and the atmosphere is just like being in Italy. Loved the music too!

B
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chef is not the same but they try to continue the tradition.

TR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific, Lupa never disappoints. Whether your in the mood for Fine food, Italian, or neither, it always delivers as expected or better

L
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

So so.... food was mediocre. Lovely bread and wine. Braciola was terrible Almost inedible. Tough. Gelatinous. The spaghetti aglio olio was good. Lovely place but won’t return. Food was not enticing

m
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

First time back here since the demise of Mario Batali...the prosciutto is not as airy and delightful as we remember it being before--wonder if it is not being sourced from papa Batali in Seattle any more...the saltimbocca seemed smaller and less special than before--quite similar but not as magical as I remember it. Still great staff, great space and great wines...hard to beat, but the magic seems to have faded. . .ah well. Bon appetito!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the best

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pasta!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was very average and not worth the wait or price

t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food excellent
Service attentive
Nice evening
A little too noisy

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Buena recomendación, el cordero, la pasta muy buenos.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday dinner with my boyfriend. Lovely atmosphere with a great wine list and sommelier, great for quaint dinners, dates, or special occasions. Would recommend.

PJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lupa has been a consistent favorite over the years. Excellent staff, really top-notch pastas, and an occasional dish that doesn't really shine--but never, ever less than good.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to Italian restaurant in NYC for the last couple of years. Food is great. Setting is neighborhood friendly and intimate.

JJ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant ever. Everything here is so good. I don’t think I’ve ever had a dish here that I did not like. I can’t wait to come back again.

V
Caribbean
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Dinner with family

MI
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I love Lupa, but the mussel and squid starter was minuscule and horribly overpriced.

P
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The dishes we ordered were outstanding! We cleaned our bowls and would definitely go back. Our waitress seemed distracted. We had to ask for bread. No grated Parmesan or coarse black pepper was offered. The table next to us had to ask and then we got some as well. Other than that minor annoyance we enjoyed ourselves.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Lupa for an anniversary dinner and loved the food and wine. The customer service was very impressive and staff was very friendly and accommodating. We will be back soon!

ES
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very friendly and attentive. The food was amazing.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable great service

DM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This is not a one-time-visit bashing because a server was rude to me or some such nonsense. I have had - HAD - many very enjoyable dining experiences at Lupa...and maybe with the Battali changes and executive chef changes, it can/will never be the old Lupa again. Those changes occurred just about the time a period began when i did not have occasion to visit Lupa which continued until this past Sunday. Wow, what a difference! Service perfunctory, not great, again, like it used to be but passable. Its the food that was noticeably different, I mean "bad". Certainly inferior to what I had come to expect from Lupa over the past years. The squash flowers appetizer with acciughe was clearly re-heated, not made fresh; I dont care what any restaurant response might say otherwise. the baccala appy was ok; kind of bland yet over-dressed. I ordered two mains: a pasta dish and the sunday menu, i.e, brasciola, which when I visit on Sundays I ALWAYS ordered. The pasta - cacio e pepe - is a Lupa classic and which many of my friends that i hosted over the years ordered at one time or another at my urging - myself being a convert way back when - and simply raved about. Not this time: oily - like slathered in oil - and if cacio was in the dish, well, you wouldnt know it from the taste, rather lack thereof. Sub-par. The braciole was, in a word, horrible. Brown marsala-like sauce? dry, tasteless meat...yech! So i called it a night, had a Limoncello and tried to forget the dinner by having a couple of drinks at the bar, the highlight of the evening, actually. So why didn't I return the food? or strenuously complain? Maybe because i knew it wouldn't change the quality of anything they might have brought back. Or because I sensed the casual indifference of the server (I actually questioned the braciole and got, like, a non-response) . A few first-timers I chatted with seemed satisfied but they have no frame of reference to know just how far the quality at Lupa has fallen.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service and inattentive waiter who was forgetful
Food was ok but has gone downhill over the past 2 years

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!

t
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The music was loud and awful. The tables were cramped. I just wanted to leave almost as soon as we sat down. An awful dining experience. Will never visit that restaurant again.

T
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the deconstructed zucchini blossoms. The Ciliegiolo was a delightful discovery .

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy!! Better than advertised

AC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was bland. Took forever to get our items. When we did food had no flavor. They need to start tasting their food before they send it out. I told the waiter our appetizers were disappointing and he did nothing to make it up to us. Terrible experience.

BG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Beautiful restaurant in a rustic way, but unfortunately they didn’t want to put the AC on despite our complaints, and it was so hot my husband and I were very uncomfortable.
The chef must love vinegar- the salad was so full of it we had trouble eating it. Although the pasta was well prepared it wasn’t that tasty and the squash blossoms were just not a good value. The bronzino came with a bread salad which again, was so full of vinegar we couldn’t eat it. The dessert was delicious, but it takes a lot to ruin sugar.
We were very disappointed overall. They did take our dessert off the check, which was nice, but not enough for me to go back or recommend it, sadly. I wanted to like it.

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lots of hits and a few misses. We started with the trio of dips and saganoki, as did most everyone else at the restaurant it seemed. The the babaganoush was the only thing that disappointed, was missing something. Everything else was amazing. Entree proteins, lamb and chicken, were delicious but the sides were just ok.

G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food very good overall, but the pasta was too spicy: ask the cook to go light on pepper!!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great from all of the staff.
Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and wines.

CL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

I ordered the veal. It was hard as a rock & tasted like a fried egg or spam. I sent it back & ordered pasta which was ok.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great spot for Italian. Very tight quarters and very loud. The crispy duck is perfection.

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