Photo of Lupa in New York, NY, US
Photo of Lupa in New York, NY, US
Photo of Lupa in New York, NY, US
View all
photos

Lupa

Italian Restaurant

$$$$
Lupa84
pasta • tartufo • cacio e pepe • prosciutto

Login and Start Mapping!
Log in with Facebook

Lupa has 28 Tips

Guest
That's you
Write a comment or add a photo...
  • Photo of Kristen Clark
    2 years ago
    Bucatini. Cacio e Pepe.
    Like
  • Photo of Eduardo De La Cadena
    comida típica yshuarlocro
    Like
  • Photo of Ruth Reichl
    3 years ago
    This is elemental food, the perfect union of pasta, eggs, and pork. Maybe the bartender will take pity and pour me a glass of wine on the house.
    1 Like
  • Photo of Ruth Reichl
    3 years ago
    I could eat at this crowded osteria every day of my life and be happy. What more could anyone want than a platter of the home-cured salumi, the great roasted vegetables, and a bowl of perfect pasta alla carbonara?
    Like
  • Photo of Anthony Bourdain
    3 years ago
    I love all of Mario Batali's places — Lupa is probably my favorite of his. There are so many good Italian restaurants out there.
    Like
  • Photo of Julianna  Miller
    3 years ago
    Delicious, date night Mario Betali
    Like
  • Photo of Alex Miller
    4 years ago
    As good as Babbo, but half the price.
    Like
  • Photo of We Heart New York We Heart New York
    Always packed, always spot-on. Everything a modestly priced modern Italian restaurant should be. Whatever the special is, order it.
    Like
  • Photo of cel1958
    2 months ago
    This restaurant is scrumptious! Without a doubt it is one of my favorite in this country. I recommend the saltimbocca and the spinach salad with a white wine. For desert Lupa Tartufo! Exquisite!
  • Photo of G8rJohn
    2 months ago
    Friends from Atlanta recommended Lupa to us and they were right to rave about it. It's in a delightful neighborhood. The atmosphere intimate yet vibrant. Staff was friendly, attentive and accommodating. I enjoyed an expertly prepared Negroni, which was particularly refreshing given the heat and humidity of the day. We enjoyed the Spinach and the Misticanza Alla Romana salads which both were large enough to share. We had the Spaghetti con Pomodoro and the Wednesday special, whole roasted fish. The pasta was perfectly prepared with a slightly spicy sauce of crushed tomatoes. The fish was an expertly prepared Branzino which was seasoned to bring out the delicate taste and texture of the fish. I asked for a glass of medium dry white wine to pair with the fish. Our server offered me the opportunity to taste a couple of samples prior to pouring, but the first sample was so good I went with that. We topped off the meal with the best lemon sorbet I have ever had. It had the right balance of sweet, tart and bitter. I could have eaten several more! Finished the meal off with a nice expresso that was far better than anything you get from one of those ubiquitous mermaid themed coffee shops. If you are in New York don't pass up a meal at Lupa. It's an easy subway ride from midtown. And in New York terms, prices are very reasonable!
  • Photo of nonobanana
    2 months ago
    We have been here twice now, once for lunch and once for dinner and both times were very enjoyable and delicious. The decor is charming and it is not noisy like so many other New York restaurants. Everything that we ordered was delicious and the wine pour is generous with a good selection of wines by the glass. Super friendly staff and very knowledgeable as well. I asked about a wine with which I was unfamiliar and the waiters description was spot on. It was perfect. They take reservations and it is probably a good idea to make one.
  • Photo of martin_mickey
    2 months ago
    I was in New York for a few days and this was the best meal I have. Great pasta, great desert, friendly staff and cosy space. Nothing to complain about.
  • Photo of JuliaBoh
    2 months ago
    Arriving in NYC and didn't make a reservation for our first evening was a selfmade problem. We originally wanted to dine at Carbone, which is just a few steps away from Lupa. Since we didn't get a table there, we decided to visit lupa because of its good reviews. We arrived there at 8.30pm and the waiter said we should get a drink at the bar and wait for 30min. We had a negroni and a margarita. The drinks were quiet good. But after waiting for 50min, we kindly asked the waiter if our promised table is ready. Unfortunatley he forgot us and gave our table to someone else, so we had to wait another 30min. After that we were really hungry and also jetlagged that we really looked forward for our dinner. The menu promised a delicious one. We both had pasta as a starter (spaghetti alio e olio and : spaghettt with cheese and pepper). You could eat it for sure, but it tasted horrible and not tastefully. So we skipped that course and hoped the main dishes will be better. We both had beef and tasted one bite. No taste, awkward consistency and nearly cold. Fortunately we also ordered a bottle of red wine, which was really good and helped us not to be completely desperate by that experience. So we left the restaurant after ate quiet nothing, but paid way over value. Worst experience in NYC ever! Can't recommend that restaurant to anyone. We honestly don't understand how anyone ever could be satisfied by the Food served here. Also the couple at the table next to us didn't ate their dishes. We weren't the only ones beeing disgusted by that Food. We are really sorry for can not write anything better, but this evening was just horrible. But we also have to add that the friendly female waiter was very attentively and kind. She offered us to take a different dish, but we didn't accepted that offer. Even she knew the quality of the restaurant and just looked at us very pitying.
  • Photo of Ppp514
    2 months ago
    Celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary in NYC, with endless choices of restaurants, we finally chose Lupa. Unfortunately our experience wasn't what we expected. The positive is that the place is very nicely decorated, cozy and charming. The menu and wine menu are great and prices reasonable for NYC. However, for our main dish, we ordered a skirt steak, which ended up coming covered in a mustard and goat cheese sauce. This wasn't specified on the menu. My wife and I are extremely repelled by the smell and taste of goat cheese, and were upset that it wasn't written on the menu or told to us by the waiter. We told our waiter this, he proceeded to return it (we only took one bite) and didn't bring us a replacement dish or anything. Actually the next thing the manager / sommelier did was bring over the bill. We still had a half bottle of wine left to drink and we weren't even asked if we wanted dessert or coffee. We were completely shocked. I understand mistakes like a sauce on meat can be made, but you can at least try to correct yourself by re-doing the dish or completing your service with coffee and dessert. And of course the dish was on the bill which we paid. Needlesss to say, our anniversary dinner was a disappointment. Expected more from a Mario Batali restaurant, and with all the options in NYC would have wished we went somewhere else.
  • Photo of Ana T
    2 months ago
    We had been in Lupa for lunch and it was a great experience. Try "lamb mezzelune". Fantastic! Very tasty! We had also tried "pesce al cartoccio" and "skirt stak". Great Wine list also! The restaurant is good for lunch and dinner.
  • Photo of pji
    2 months ago
    OK so it is a BATALI place which means you will eat well. Totally great food but setting is a bit tight... not cozy....tight. Also would have loved a few more fish options even though the arctic char was beyond delicious.
  • Photo of FEEDMEMORE27
    3 months ago
    I was craving great pasta and was going to hit Babbo without reservations to see if we could eat at the bar. We passed Lupa, another restaurant in the Mario Batali empire, and decided to give it a go. What a pleasant suprise. We shared 3 pastas and they were all excellent. Also shared a zucchini flower app stuffed with ricotta with a red pepper sauce- also excellent. That and some good wine and we were happy campers.
  • Photo of Gina C
    3 months ago
    We recently went to Lupa to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We honeymooned in Italy and so we wanted Italian food that allowed us to reminisce about our amazing trip. We ordered the 6 course Roman tasting menu and it was excellent (65$/person).The artichokes were super fresh and flavorful, there were 2 types of pasta dishes, a meat dish-braised oxtail, which was so tender it immediately fell off the bone without using a knife, cheese selection and a dessert. The chef was very accommodating in terms of making sure all the cheeses were pasteurized for me. The service was great, everyone was extremely friendly and overall the restaurant was quite cozy. I will say if you plan to do the tasting menu allow time. We were there for about 2 hours, sometimes waiting up to 20 min between each course. We didn't mind though because it gave us time to digest between courses. My husband had a glass of red wine with his meal and it was authentic Italian wine. My only complaint is that they played Reggae music the entire time. This type of music definitely did not fit the atmosphere of the restaurant. That being said I would definitely go back to this restaurant. I had high hopes given this was Mario Batali's restaurant and it did not disappoint!
  • Photo of Brainwave
    3 months ago
    I ate at Lupa last night. The place is small and cozy. Really loved the setting. The service was also excellent. The food was very disappointing. The appetizers, a lobster special and buffalo mozzarella with eggplant were average. We ordered two pasta dishes, a carbonara and a dish with sausage. Both were so salty that I couldn't taste much. Not what I'd expect from a Mario Batali restaurant.
  • Photo of dickyhell
    3 months ago
    The food when it turned up was good, the wine list authentic Italian and good value. We could not understand why they were playing grunge at volume 11, they did after asking turn it down a bit. It was just shockingly out of place with the style and ambience of the restaurant. It was 1 hour 15 minutes from ordering to getting food on the table. They were very helpful with Gluton Free fir one of our party. Good menu, nice staff and the place was very busy. Pity about the music.
  • Photo of thewoodman11
    3 months ago
    Met some old friends for lunch while visiting the City. Mario Batali's place didn't disappoint. The summer melon panzanella was simply outstanding. Pasta lunch special with short rib ragu was very good but not to the wow factor as the salad. Service was very good as was the overall atmosphere. Nice place for dining in Greenwich Village.
  • Photo of Stephanie C
    3 months ago
    Had lunch here today with my boyfriend, his sister, and a friend visiting from the UK. We shared the sardines, I had the pasta with short ribs and my BF had a pasta and duck special. Our companions had salads, pasta with sausage, and lamb chops. Everything just delicious, service was great. Looking forward to a return visit.
  • Photo of jose antonio n
    3 months ago
    This little osteria romana is located in a quiet street between Washington Square and SoHo. It's very cosy. Everything was very tasty ( pasta , saltinbocca, tartufo) . And the staff was really frienly . Remarkable.
  • Photo of MarielaAlvarez-Sosa
    We really enjoyed the food here but it took a long time for us to sit even with reservations on a Thursday night. The pasta was excellent though and the ambience was nice although too loud for us. The service was very good. It's worth the trip if you are in the mood for real Italian food.
  • Photo of Debbie B
    3 months ago
    We though that food and service at Lupa was not exceptional. Still, it was enjoyable. We liked the linguini and the pork, vegetables were very good. I'm not sure that I'd return with all the competition among so many top notch nyc Italian restaurants.
  • Photo of Robert M
    3 months ago
    Just excellent in all respects. On a Wed. night (a relatively slow one), the place was reasonably full but I got in w/o a problem to the communal table. I had the pasta tasting memo w wine pairings, a good mix of traditional and somewhat esoteric dishes. Server was knowledgeable about the wines as well as the dishes, pointing out how one wine differed from the previous. By Manhattan standards, the value was good.
  • Photo of Schipa
    4 months ago
    How fitting that one dines in Lupa under a passage (badly translated) from Ovid’s Fasti about Lupa the wolf, as the poor sheep are crowded into a dark cave with frightful sounds, waiting to be fleeced. And fleeced they are. Italian food is about joy, pleasure, conversation--none of which is possible in this dark, joyless, deafening cave where the object of the evening seems to be to get as many people in and out as quickly as possible. The waitstaff is dressed for the part, but have no idea how to play it. Or perhaps they do--wolves in sheep’s clothing who after a quick forced smile, snarl out abrupt, peremptory service with the distant attitude of a bureaucratic functionary serving a great and important Master. That would be Mario, the great and powerful Oz who is not even behind the curtain. The food is up and down. When you can easily count the number of gnocchi or rigatoni lavished on your plate (six of each), it had better be ravishing. Mine might have been if I could have actually detected even a tiny fragment of the sausage that was advertised as completing my gnocchi’s ravishment. Perhaps it should be called gnocchi with essence of salsiccia; in any case, mine was gnocchi with essence of tinned tomatoes. The caccio e pepe was a greasy hot mess--more Hunan noodle hot pot than the airy Roman dish that is supposed to be dressed only with pecorino, pasta water, and a bit of charred peppercorn. The octopus with lentils and sardines with citrus and ceci were both good ideas and interestingly presented. Other sides were so salty that one wonders if it was there only to disguise something slightly off. The scallops with peaches and guanciale were fine, maybe even more than fine. Certainly the best dish of the evening. However, I think the chef mistook the translation of saltimbocca to mean “salt in the mouth”, since it was so salty that it was inedible. We decided to forgo desert given the scolding looks we got for sipping rather than gulping our wine. And since we liked the bottle of Girolomo Russo 2014 from Sicily so much that Lupa sells for $80, we decided to stroll one block to Thompson Wine and Liquor and see if we could fine another bottle. Lo and behold, $22.28. Same hazelnut and dark cherry flavours and we could pour it for ourselves without splashing it on the table or on our coat sleeves while being gracelessly leaned over. Beware ye sheep. Homo homini lupus est.
  • Photo of MrsB6410
    4 months ago
    We ate here in 2005 and were keen to return. Pre-booked a table for the Sunday night and so glad we did. We sat at the back of the restaurant which was a bit quieter than the front. The wait staff were all very friendly, knew the menu very well and did not rush us. The sommelier was as excited about the wines as we were and her advice was spot on. We ordered from the specials and the regular menu. My husband had rolled pork which melted in your mouth and Piselli alla Romana with Ham & Cipolline. He followed with the olive oil cake for dessert. Absolutely delicious. I had Bucatini All'Amatriciana - a bit firey exactly how I like it - and gelato to finish. We also had entres. Left with a doggy bag and very full stomachs. So happy that this restaurant is still here.

Browsing History

Your Recently Viewed
Manage History

Similar places people viewed in New York

  • Ben's Pizzeria
    Italian Restaurant
    pizza • pies • comedy cellar • louis ck
  • Grotto Azzurra
    Italian Restaurant
    pasta • potatoes • braciole • pork
  • La Contrada
    Italian Restaurant
    table
  • Rafele
    Italian Restaurant
    cheesecake • pasta • arancini • bread
  • Double Zero
    Italian Restaurant
    cheese plate • vegan pizza • farro • plant based

You may also be interested in

Browse Italian Restaurants in Nearby Neighborhoods

Is this your business?

You can claim your business and update business information.

Claim this Business
“A travel gem - I will be planning all of my trips with it alone.”
Download Citymaps to see how it can help you today.
Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy
3.33.7-0