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Lupa is an ideal spot for that early-in-the-week dinner in Greenwich Village that you sort of want to cancel but can’t.
Great food, great service. Highly recommend to anyone interested in delicious Italian food in NYC. We bought a bottle of wine after describing our taste to the wine connoisseur on staff.
I love the food and the people and the ambiance. Great fun to be here. Go go go
The food was great and so was overall service, but we felt rushed by one server who kept asking us if we are done, even when we clearly just got our food and was just starting to enjoy. When we were having desserts she came back again and asked again if we are done (was at least the fifth time in the course of our meal), to which we said no, but then she still took away our unfinished, rather full, dessert and walked away. We complained this to the other server who was also helping us for the night, to which she apologized so we eased up and got up. Overall other staffs were friendly. If we get another attitude or service like this again, however, not sure if I would visit this restaurant again.
I love Lupa! Every time I have had the opportunity to go I never leave disappointed. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting. Amazing food, great atmosphere, knowledgeable staff.
Get there ASAP!
Lupa is a jewel. A lovely space with great ambiance. The food was more than amazing and the staff couldn't have been more helpful or delightful. A very good time was had by all.
Nice atmosphere with good pasta :)
So sad to see this once-fine restaurant lapse into lackadaisical mediocrity. Our service was inattentive, the “sommelier” repeatedly upsolf and overpoured us, and the kitchen is sleepwalking through the menu.
Everything was delicious! And we sat by the window, which we loved. The only negative is that the bathrooms are a bit “tired.” They need some updating. But we will def be back!
Always a terrific experience.
Been coming to Lupa for years on my annual long weekend to NYC. Steak was excellent,pasta was perfect, and front outside table was a bonus! We will be back next trip.
My friend and I had lunch at Lupa during Italian restaurant week. We both enjoyed our meals very much. I had a risotto-like appetizer which was very good. For my entree I had linguine and clams with tomatoes and a spicy Italian sauce. Also very good. It annoyed me that I had to ask for fresh pepper for both courses. The staff was not very attentive, but they were courteous.
Lovely Lupa. Waiter was wonderful, as was maitre de who seated us at the two top outdoor table because we took their advice to arrive a few minutes early and request that outside table. From the time we ordered to the time we finished we had a delightful time. I ordered the salad with strawberries and toasted almonds which was delicious. My husband ordered the risotto dish which came with vegetables and that was also very delicious. We ended up sharing our two appetizers. Then we each had brazino and it was amazing. Broiled to perfection it came sitting on a bed of flavored oil the beans and my husband who generally doesn’t like beans was blown away at how delicious it was. We can’t recommend the brazino
fish enough ... make sure you visit this place. We will definitely be returning.
Lupa was highly recommended by lots of friends, but we were a little disappointed in the pasta dishes we ordered. My husbands oxtail ragu was filled with gristle and my fava bean and bacon pasta was tasteless :( great vibe and service though!
I have been a costumer for a long time ( over 25 years) and I have to tell that food back then was tasting much better, every dish was perfect. With foccacia you did serve home prepared olives, but the most important is the food itself. So, I am kind of sad that I don't find it as excited as I was before. I just hope, that somehow it will improve anyway. Thank you!
Really enjoyed our seat in the back. We helped close the place because we didn’t realize how fast time went!
Always a favorite.
I just returned from Italy and can confirm that the food here is authentic and I can't stop thinking about my next meal there--hopefully soon!
Server Amanda was great, food was good although did not wow us. Table was tight next to the kitchen area.
Lupa is special. I travel to New York at least 4 times a year and have not been able to get in until now. Well worth the wait! Such amazing food. Loved the glossary. Really tight and intimate but made for such a great New York dinner. Food cam together and piping hot. You must eat pasta when here. The Bavette was simple and exquisite! The parpadelle pork special delicious. The octopus was a must have. And we had the cheesecake for dessert. Not too large. Perfect to share!! Will always come back!
We love everything about Lupa! Food is amazing, service is perfect, always a great time! Very cute and quaint place.
Great food and wonderful, friendly service. Love the atmosphere and selection of pasta dishes. Will go back!
Service was not attentive to needs and had a bit of an Attitude. It’s a raining Thursday, Was just looking for a nice dish of pasta but even that was not on point or portioned correctly.
Great food. The cacio e pepe was fantastic. Since it was just my husband and I, we ordered a few pastas to share and created our own “tasting menu”. He ended with the lamb which he agrees was the best entree we’d eaten in Manhattan. I highly recommend this place if you’re a pasta loving foodie.
Loved the restaurant and the food but my goodness I know this is New York but the tables are so close I could hear the conversation of the people next to us very clearly and they weren’t talking loud. And the bathrooms were more like a bathroom in an airplane than a restaurant. Service was great food was unique and authentic.
Must try for Modern Roman Italian cuisine
A neighborhood gem with excellent and innovative food. Transforms ordinary ingredients to tasty bites.
We live in St. Louis, and we were visiting NYC. This was our first visit to Lupa, and the experience was not as a great as I anticipated. The food is good, the service and wait staff are great. I am a big fan of Mario Batali and I expected outstanding food but -- it was good not outstanding. The place was crowded, and the table we got was near the back and the ambience was not ideal. Given that there are so many amazing places in NYC, we have had better experience dining out at other resturants, that we are not likely to go back or recommend Lupa.
It was fine - not extraordinary but fine.
The location is charming, the staff relaxed and friendly, the food excellent. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Every dish was excellent and every wine delicious and well selected. We fully intend to eat here again.
Pur Perfect Italian Restaurant in NYC. This time just 4 points as sauce was with too much Pfeffer and service was not so reactive as last 2-times. However I highly recommend this restaurant.
In from Toronto for the weekend so no stranger to good Dining. Lupa is a hit . Just south of Washington Square in an area with its fair share of local gems the food , the service , the vibe were all on mark . Our server , Caroline , was a gem in her own right and made great food and good wine all taste better . Things usually do taste better when your having a good time in my experience . So not to confuse this establishment with some of the " see and to be seen " places in abundance in NY NY .....Lupa is better in my opinion , as it lacks the pretensious atmosphere found in some other highly regarded restaurants where to eat there is to make you feel as though they are doing you a favour taking your money. ( ie...i left my tuxedo at home thank you !! ) No LUPA seems to emphasize good food with good drink , good atmosphere and a good time. Some might ask, " what else is there really ? " To me , not much. We will be back. Until next time. Cheers Lupa and thank you " Sweet Caroline". Ciao K+C
The food is excellent. However, our service was not. We did not receive the complimentary appetizer as the other guests did. We were not told the specials by our waitress and our pasta took an hour to arrive. I’ve been here before and have not had better experiences. Perhaps the private party in the back was causing a delay, not sure.
The server was very pushy. Hurrying us to make decisions. Insisted we order all courses at once, then the courses came too quickly and plates were plonked down on the table. No grace or finesse.
The Gnocchi was TERRIBLE. It was like rocks on a plate. The marinara sauce tasted like out of a can of Chef Boyardee. I have had this fish in the past at Lupa and it was exquisite. WHAT HAD HAPPENED ???? The burrata and Saltimbocca were delicious.
The entire meal was spoiled by the staff pushing us to finish and leave.
We will think long and hard before returning to Lupa.
Our dinner at Lupa did not disappoint in any way. Our server was fantastic and gave us good advice on what to eat and choices for wine. The scallop crudo was so fresh and sweet! The spaghetti carbonara was the best I have ever had - the speck is made in house and added so much to the dish. We had the lamb that night and it was cooked to perfection and was a great main course. If we lived in NY we would go there often.
Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Amazing food, great wine. Nice ambience for either a date, special occasion, work dinner, or casual night out with friends.
As usual the food was amazing. The service is always top notch. I could eat here everyday!
It’s hard to give an overall rating because there is such a disparity between the highs and lows. The food was overall excellent, and each of our pasta dishes was superb. The special of the day - the lamb shoulder - was the highlight of the night. The problem with our night was largely circumstantial but still might speak to an operational problem with this restaurant. We made a reservation for 10 PM on a Saturday night, and despite this being the most crowded night for most restaurants, it was very disappointing to wait 35 more minutes before being seated. After asking for help from the sommelier to choose a wine, and waiting perhaps a bit too long for his help, we didn’t taste our first bite of food until 11:15. I understand just how badly a kitchen can get backed up and sympathize for the situation, so we weren’t too bothered. But what didn’t sit right with us was at the end of our meal (which ended past 12:30), we were being pretty obviously rushed to leave despite us not being finished with our not-cheap wine and dessert. Again, we understand that staff need to get home and we didn’t want to delay them from ending their day, but this seemed exceptionally inconsiderate since we had waited so long to eat. This restaurant is reasonably priced for its food, but Lupa should keep in mind that hundreds of dollars in one night is a luxury that not many can afford, and should treat each experience accordingly, and not just another Saturday night to turn tables.
My only complaint is the music. It’s a beautiful Italian restaurant, there should be beautiful Italian music playing, not today’s hits.