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Searafina - Ludlow - Serafina Ludlow, New York, NY

Serafina Ludlow

3.6
3.6
242 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Situated on a popular corner in the Lower East Side, in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. Our cozy bar provides a great space to enjoy unique cocktails. The beautiful mosaic pizza oven produces over 20 Serafina pizza varieties, or choose from signature dishes like our Focaccia di Sofia, Tartufo Nero, and other delicious dishes like our homemade pastas, grilled fish and meat, and fresh salads.


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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Pizza Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 358-9800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Serafina Ludlow is the perfect spot to host a private party. take over the entire restaurant and/or the downstairs Lost & Found Lounge and design the space according to your exact wishes.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (212) 358-9800
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Cross street
    North East corner of Ludlow and Rivington
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    F, J , Z & M Trains at Delancey
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 242 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

242 Reviews
  1. LiliM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant was closing the next day and only was serving pizza without sending a notification

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  2. LianaS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the unlimited cocktails dinner is so worth it such a good deal for nyc

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  3. SoraiaA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food & service, serafina never disappoints!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Really truly the worst service I have ever experienced. Every thing we ordered had to be told to multiple staff members because it would never come. And they weren’t even busy…. So understaffing was not the issue.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    No focaccia and no pizza. We had one round of drinks and they brought the 2nd after we had our bill. Food not worth the price. Our waitress was good but overall operations lacking. Would not return and now I know why they had space available.

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  6. MJMJ

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was not good, service was late, and it was expensive.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thomas was an amazing server and made our brunch so memorable!! Highly recommend this place.

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  8. dawns

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We chose Serafina because of the menu. Our party had particular food preferences. So to find out that the menu on the website is not what was available was unacceptable. Tried to order the pizza on the website and was informed that it was out of use for an extended amount of time. Probably a stupid NYC law. Totally understandable that it could be out of the restaurants control. But, you need to update your website!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waiter ignored us empty restaurant terrible slow service took 40 min to get check with only 2 other tables

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, staff is amazing and attentive! Will definitely return!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is great. The vibe is elegant and the food was great. Try their cocktails! The guy at the bar Frank was awesome. His recommendations and the drinks he made were great. He's the best there ! Make sure you go. Food wise id recommended the Spicy Penne Al La Vodka or the Limoncello Pasta. I'll definitely be back.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and our server was super sweet. They made sure we always had a drink in front of us as well! Overall a really great experience and I would definitely come back.

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  13. Kaykay

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant gave me and my partner an amazing experience Jason was such a sweet server and recommended great options for us I really can’t wait to come back

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had an amazing time at Serafina Ludlow. I really appreciate the intimate ambiance and kind, efficient service. Not to mention the food! Make sure to try their Tartare, bresaola and Lobster Ravioli. So looking forward to dining there again!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Had a great time, I had the Carbonara and calamari, the service was quick and on time and the staff seems to be very competent, will totally come back here, also they have an awesome happy hour and a all you can drink for $40! For 90 min !!! With an entree awesome deal!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We ordered margaritas at 8:30 and didn’t get them until 9:45. I went in and asked the server multiple times for them and still didn’t get them until finally she brought them once we were already getting the check. Horrible service.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down one of the best places I’ve been to for bottomless brunch! There spicy pene is just amazing and to die for!

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  18. HollyL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience - I booked the $40 unlimited cocktail special and it was such a great deal! Our server was great and very attentive, making sure we always got our drinks refilled. Both the drinks and food were great!

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  19. Melanie

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I’m normally not the kind of person to leave bad reviews. If I have a bad experience I just won’t return. But I was disappointed with the service at Ludlow. I found the 3 hours bottomless brunch for $70 pretty affordable, considering we were a large group celebrating my birthday. I had made reservations 2 1/2 weeks prior and live a few blocks away, so I spoke with a host in person and they offered seating for us downstairs since we were a large group. When we arrived, we were sitting in the main dining area. Everyone was already seated so I didn’t mention anything. Upon sitting down, several of my friends and I had to swap out our cups because they were not clean (not scratchy or foggy but literal lipstick stains on it still). Our food came out very quickly but small portions considering the brunch is 3 hours. The pitchers would be filled after waiting around & us finally asking, not as attentive as I was hoping for. Lastly the brunch rules on their website said the pitchers would stop being refilled 30 mins before the reservation. Our brunch was supposed to end at 4:30 and by 3:30 they removed almost all the pitchers but one. By the time we asked multiple times we got one pitcher by 4pm. I won’t be returning, neither any of my friends. Maybe this is a great intimate setting for small parties and dinner, but if you cannot cater to large groups, I think people would rather the transparency…I know I would have.

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  20. Kacemo23

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for the Pouring Paradise. It is a great value & cannot be beat. I would definitely do it again! I'd been to Serafina on the UES a few times, but not for years. The Ludlow location fits in nicely with the neighborhood & feels a bit younger & cooler than its uptown counterpart, which makes sense. Our waiter was very friendly, attentive, and made great suggestions.

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  21. elliceel

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Upon arrival at the restaurant, we weren't greeted by our server or briefed on the menu on what menu items qualified for the $40 special. The server rushed our party to order, couldn't make menu recommendations, and did not refill our water. The drinks for the special are SMALL, I'm glad they were unlimited. Don't get the Kentucky Mule. It tasted like a well drink at a sh*tty dive bar. It felt like the tables which participated in the $40 special got terrible/lackluster service. If you'd like to eat at Serafina, I'd recommend the location in Manhattan Valley.

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  22. DebbieD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Quiet noise level. Food was delicious.

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  23. carolineo

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is just ok but bottomless is super good and great price

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  24. HappieF33t

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I overall had a good time here. I’ve previously visited Serafina restaurant but at other locations. My only complaint was that I arrived at 3:45pm for my 4:00pm reservation, I requested that we order off of the regular dinner menu (as opposed to the brunch menu). I put in a spicy margarita drink order at 3:57-3:58pm and the waitress failed to tell me about the happy hour for the spicy margaritas. I only knew about it because the waiter who covered her informed us. It would’ve been very helpful for the waitress to speak to us and inform us about the happy hour, especially since it was literally two minutes after I ordered the drink.

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  25. AnaMichelle

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Soooo I was definitely super disappointed my first time going to Serafina in ludlow. I work in midtown and I usually go to their location for coffee which I love, and when I saw their location in ludlow had bottomless brunch I was super excited, I made a reservation to celebrate my partner's birthday there. I love the food from here so it worked. Sad to begin with, they have so many rules around this brunch. My mom who is diabetic and was driving that day couldn't drink so I only reserved bottomless brunch for me, my partner, and my sister. 1. Apparently if one person doesn't participate in the bottomless brunch no one can and vice versa so she either had to do bottomless brunch or the whole table couldn't, what's that about? 2. They only have slotted times for bottomless brunch 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3, etc. 3. Your drinking time is literally the slot time you reserved so you have to start drinking at literally 1:30 or your slotted time in order to get your moneys worth. After I was seated and I arrive at my reserved time, the waitress didn't come out to see me till maybe about 10 minutes after mind you my time is already running. I ordered right away because again my time was running, so did my partner. We asked her for straws, we never saw her again after taking our order. Then Jason the bus boy came with our food. Awesome young man, so sweet, we asked him for straws and he immediately came out with some. After waiting for our waitress Abby J. for about 30 minutes we decided to leave. What is the point of it being "bottomless brunch" if I only had a tiny plastic (gross and cheap) cup of whatever they consider a bellini. And yea, It was a Saturday but there were literally empty tables, I would understand if the place was fully booked. She was inside hanging out in the A/C and we couldn't even get a "is everything ok?". Atrocious service. I honestly don't even wanna go back to the Midtown location with how bad it was. They gave Serafina a very bad name.

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  26. IDAMISN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Server was not on point, kept forgetting to bring things. We waited a long time to be served.

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  27. AyannaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This spot was very close to Brooklyn bridge. Servers 10/10. Food 10/10. This is the perfect location for a date night, solo dates or out with friends! Calamari is really good.

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  28. Mkay

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    me and my friend were celebrating our birthday. We both arrived with our majority black party around 8:15 and were waiting patiently to order. Somehow, the only two non black people at our table who arrived later than 8:15 got their drink and appetizer order taken and brought to the table before any of us were even asked if we were ready to order. A server had to come back twice and NOT ask if we were ready to take care of the two only non black guests at the table, whose birthday it was not.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was solid, service was not great. Waitress seemed disinterested in serving us and restaurant was not busy.

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  30. StreetT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an enjoyable experience. We didn’t feel rushed while having brunch

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  31. Nate

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were great! Servers did not come around as often as expected but were very kind.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant is beautiful, and accommodated our group wonderfully. However, the food was subpar, especially for a city that’s known to have such good Italian food. Felt like the sauces were bland and the raviolis felt store bought. Multiple people at our table also felt like their dishes were underwhelming, especially for the price.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Basement dining area stinks upstairs looks better.

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  34. Emma

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous spot with delicious pasta and fantastic cocktails - including their fab happy hour specials!

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  35. Jules

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Serafina Ludlow LES is an AMAZING restaurant. The food is delicious, the prices are fair, and the staff is so friendly. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone for good Italian food. I came here with a large group for a birthday and they made accommodations to seat us downstairs, it was very nice. I had the gnocchi pesto and it was so delicious the way it melted in my mouth.

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  36. EdShaker

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will definitely be back! Great experience all around, starting with the service. Pasta choices had nice variety and were perfectly done (bolognese was superb!). Noise level on a Friday night gave it a nice vibe, but could easily have a conversation at the table.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a large group for lunch on a Friday, they were super accommodating and we had a great meal.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, great vibe, wonderful service! Loved the music.

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  39. AngelinaJ

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Serafinas and the food is amazing truffle focaccia

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  40. EmilyC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just had my birthday dinner here and the hostess was super accommodating - Tue table was lovely, the food was good and came out quickly too! A lovely experience - thank you :)

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Serafina Ludlow does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Serafina Ludlow also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 358-9800.

Serafina Ludlow is rated 3.6 stars by 242 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Serafina Ludlow

98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Additional information

  • Cross street
    North East corner of Ludlow and Rivington
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Pizza Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    F, J , Z & M Trains at Delancey
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 358-9800
  • Private party facilities
    Serafina Ludlow is the perfect spot to host a private party. take over the entire restaurant and/or the downstairs Lost & Found Lounge and design the space according to your exact wishes.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (212) 358-9800
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