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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.
New York, NY 10012
Hours of Operation:
Sundays - Thursdays: 11:30am-11pm;
Fridays & Saturdays: 11:30am-12midnight
Between Houston and Bleecker Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available at a public garage at 223 Thompson Street, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets.
B,D,F,V or A,C,E to West 4th St.
6 to Bleecker St.
1 to Houston St.
R or W to Prince St.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for Easter on Sunday, March 31st! We are offering a 4-course menu prepared in the traditional Roman style! Reservations now available by phone only: (212) 982-5089
The Sala di Ricezione is an intimate, banquette-lined space decorated in warm earth tones. It is available for both lunch and dinner events and can accommodate parties of up to 30 guests. A prix fixe menu is offered for parties of this size.
Lupa Ratings and Reviews
Honestly I’m from Rome and i don’t understand why they pretend to be roman..the waitresses the chef and the receptionists are nor romans and not even Italians and the owner is bastianich..zero roman blood.however the food is good..they have been wisely instructed...
The hostess was rude and dismissive, our server was very good, somolier spent more time chatting with staff at the service bar than paying attention to what was going on at guests tables. It was obvious that there was a new chef (1 month)!as the food was not on par with our previous experiences there. Very dissapointed but will still give Lupa another chance based on all of the excellent meals we’ve had there in the past.
I've had some excellent meals at Lupa. This time I saw a main dish of branzino on the Restaurant Week menu; asked the waiter if they were cutting corners on the menu, and he assured me that they were not--nice food. So since I wanted the branzino, I ordered the menu. The first course, a duck salad, had a harsh vinegar dressing, and the dessert, a chocolate goo, was not great chocolate and rather undistinguished. The branzino was nice, but I would NOT recommend ordering from the Restaurant Week menu there. A dud.
AMAZING food, wonderful server (Idria?), good ambience. Only issue was we had an 8:30pm reservation, and a show to attend at 10pm around the corner. We weren't seated until close to 9:00pm. When I asked the hostess about our table around 8:50, she said "give them a few more minutes" and that was it. An apology for the wait or a drink on the house would have been a nice gesture. Aside from that, wonderful experience.
I so very much wanted to like this place.
I had heard amazing things about the cacio e pepe, carbonara, and amatriciana dishes in the past (all three of which we ordered), but all three were beyond disappointing--the lack of flavor was almost laughable. I mean, and I'm still shocked as I type this, but they were just NOT good AT all-- a few bites were taken of each, and then soon abandoned! And get this, we had only ordered the amatriciana AFTER trying the initial cacio & carbonara orders; they were terrible, but we gave the benefit of the doubt (things happen!) and pretended to "just want to try the amatriciana too," which ended up to be equally disappointing. The cacio e pepe was bland, and then (possibly even worse) the only flavor offered by the amatriciana and carbonara was the pervasive taste of old, almost freezer-burned guanciale--which was supposed to be the "hero" of both dishes. Good lord, could that not have been further from the truth; you know it's bad when your tomato-based and egg/cream-based pasta dishes both have the same haunting, vaguely meaty aftertaste.
In fact, the only halfway decent part about the three dishes was the pasta itself--it was cooked al dente, with a good texture and no offensive flavor of its own (the sauces, however, were another matter). We also ordered 3 sides, or "contorni": the mushrooms (unremarkable to the point I almost forgot they were on the table), broccoli rabe (actually revolting to the taste--it was left untouched), and pomegranate brussels (yummy only due to the sugar of the pomegranate). The best thing on the table was my sister's orecchiette w/ duck ragout (mouthwatering in comparison to the rest of the orders); it was the special of the night, which leads me to believe it was good because the ingredients were presumably fresh (see note about the upsetting guanciale). THAT IS SAD THOUGH--1 SUCCESSFUL ENTREE OUT OF 4?! For a such a reputable restaurant with famous roots, this was shocking. I mean, truly.
We had the 3 course lunch. The appetizers were bland and very small. The duck in the duck salad consisted of 3 strips with no flavor. The two main course dishes consisted of a tasty fish and the shoulder of a pig, which was all fat with virtually no meat. The cheesecake dessert was tasteless. The total bill (no wine) came to $78.
You forget about it. But it is still great, and it is still hard to choose, because so many dishes appeal. The assorted cured meats are so much more interesting than they sound. I had a special rabbit ragout with garganelli and saffron that hit every note. Everybody left happy they came, and at $200 for 3 you want to believe. We did, we do, we will.
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