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Posted by Upper Eastsider on 01/10/2012
We and our friends have eaten at Lusardi's for as long as we can remember and it is consistently excellent. All homemade with the freshest ingredients. Fabulous meat, fish and pastas dishes. A favorite fish is the John Dory and the best homemade gnocchi, light as feathers. You will not be disappointed. The noise level is good. You will find a less hip crowd and a more sedate Upper Eastside clientele, but do not let this fool you. It is first rate in every way.
Posted by New to the block on 11/21/2011
My daughter just moved to the area and we were looking for a good restaurant. We stumbled upon Lusardi's and were peasantly surprised by the hospitality and the great food. We have been back 3 times since October. Between the three of us we have sampled most of the menu and have not been disappointed yet. Finally the signature Lisardi's wine is excellent and a fine addition to the pleantiful menu.
Posted by G.B on 05/20/2010
This spot has always been my go to spot for family when they come from out of town. It has been on the decline for the last 18months and I am finally driven to talk about it. We were a party of 5. The bill came to $500.00 and for that price it should be excellent. The grilled calamari was rubbery and seemed undercooked. Polenta appetizer special was mediocre at best. Salad was decent. We had two Branzino dishes that were both dry and overcooked. The veal scalopine was over breaded and had a strange flavor that was bland bland bland. Almost tasted like a "candied breading" The chicken entree had no detectable flavor as well but salt salt salt. The kicker was the dessert and apertifs. We ordered black sambuca. We are regular drinkers of Black sambuca...this black sambuca was green!!! it was not black sambuca but some generic replacement. We questioned the said sambuca and they rudely brought the bottle over. displayed the label for us as 3 other waiters hovered to view the "people who do not believe it was black sambuca"..they poured..it was green. Never going again. We felt completely ripped off and they were rude too boot. Finally finished with this rogue italian establishment!!!
Posted by anonymous on 11/19/2009
I'm so tired of these "older-fine" restaurants that are beyond disappointing. Many decades ago I worked as a line cook for a 4-Star Frenchie in the City so I'm familiar with fine food preparation. The dishes are so "old-world" nothing is ever different and frankly I thought some of the veggie's were canned. I personally think the waiter's must have Union jobs some where else, because the service is deplorable. I have never ever considered Italian food as Culinarie Challanged. It's so "uncreative and disappointing"--pasta?--what is cutting edge about this, really? Rude waiter's and lame food--great recipe for memorable dinig exp. going, going, outta here
Posted by Mike D on 08/18/2009
I can some up my dining experience as a good an elegant dining experience in a well established NYC Italian restaurant. This restaurant may not please the young and trendy crowed as this is a more traditional fine dining restaurant. Expect to find an older clientele vs. the village or Soho crowd. Food and wine are reasonably priced considering the quality. I would go their again on a return trip to NYC.
Posted by Early bird on 01/05/2009
Time to carpet the floors. Time to redecorate with better artwork and lighting. Need to bring in some tableside preparations with alcohol stoves and salad prep tables. The scent of fine cooking should fill the air and flames should be accenting the food preps. Filet a Branzino at the table......prepare a Caesar salad and let us see you mash the achovies. Knock down the kitchen wall and let us see the hub-bub. Give us a more sensual experience throught the glass. The talent is there just bring it on.
Posted by Horrified on 05/16/2008
Been here many times over the last 20 years. Both the waiter, the owners everyone was rude and not caring. We were with a total of 7 people and two of us didn't even get our main dish until everyone had finished. When they brought the food to the other 5 people the server had no idea who got what dish. I could understand this if you were in a pizzeria but not at a restaurant with these high prices. At first the waiter said there was an accident in the kitchen - then he said I never ordered. Complete disaster. No one cared or seemed concerned. After a while we never saw the waiter and had to chase someone for the check. No one asked if we wanted anything else. We were totally treated as if we were invisible. When we talked to one of the owners outside after dinner he said these things happen. He didn't even apologize or seem to care.