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Posted by Kevin on 05/30/2011
The small plates are great. A friend of mine who was visiting from Europe, however, was not particularly impressed with the bean soup.
Posted by AlexF on 04/17/2011
We went there only once so far - but will definitely comeback. The food is excellent. The place does get a little too busy for us and even with reservation you might have to wait to be seated. Dont skip the first course as the dinner portions (at least pastas) are pretty small. But everything we tried between 4 people was truly excellent!! Service was average which considering how busy they were was actually really good.
Posted by DINNERAT 8 on 02/05/2011
I love Lupa, have been coming for years, so I brought an upper eastside friend who never ventures downtown and what a disappointment it was. I have been having the gnocchi since the restaurant made its debut, and was touting it to my friend so when the dish arrived I offered her a taste, she said, "what's the big deal? It tastes like chef-boy-ar-dee." I was taken aback and then proceeded to 'dig' in and to my surprise the best gnocchi in NYC tasted like it came out of a can. But disappointed yes, and embarassed as I brought a friend, yes! My friend had the caccio and pepe which was good but better somewhere else. Either the chef is new or he had a very bad day
Posted by JBL on 09/24/2010
Recently visited Lupa with my sister who was in from out of town, and while almost all of the meal was delish, one bad aspect ruined everything. My sister ordered the spicy chicken dish, only to discover while eating it that it sat on top of bread that was covered in pate. Now, it wouldn't have been bad had the menu mentioned that, but, on a menu that has a complete glossary, there was no mention of the liver at all. To have such a polarizing ingredient not listed is just insane! To top it off, when my sister asked the waiter about it, he simply said, "well, can't you just eat around it." Seriously? After being informed that it would take another 20 min for a liver-less chicken, my sister ordered a pasta dish (which she really didn't want) and, which turned out to be $3 more expensive than the chicken. And, of course, this A-hole waiter didn't comp anything for the problem, and charged us for the more expensive dish. Of course, we took $3 off the tip so he screwed himself. Anyway, as I said rest of the meal was great, and I wouldn't even be writing this here had the restaurant responded to my email about what went down. But they chose to ignore it. So, would I go again, yeah, eventually. But be warned , there's liver in the chicken, and the waiters can suck.
Posted by Visitor on 04/19/2010
Went there with my wife and daughter to celebrate my wife's birthday. Don't EVER go when there is a shift change of servers. Ours was very annoyed we must have been her last table. She was rude, condescending and utterly uninformative. I had 3 servers within 20 minutes. Not help with the menu, no apologies, nothing but a very irritated staff avoiding my table. Food may have been good..but it was overshadowed by a most horrible eating experience. They should fire most of the staff I encoutered!!!!
Posted by igglesfan on 04/15/2010
Batali does it again, amazing meal with my family. Had spaghetti with sausage and the duck special, all incredible as was my chocolate dessert. What puts it over the top is the incredible wine list that accompanies it. Wow, just wow.
Posted by sbooth on 03/27/2010
amazing gnocchi...really, probably one of the best things I have had all year, and the market fish scabece was awesome....all our plates were great. the only issue was we had to wait about 1hr for a table at the crowded bar, but we didn't have a reservation. the food was worth the wait, i can't wait to go back and order the gnocchi for myself (I kept sneaking bites off of my brother's plate!)