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170 Thompson St., nr. Houston St. (Greenwich Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-982-5089 | www.luparestaurant.com
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (ANTIPASTA; ENTRÉE)USD 6-35; USD 18-26
FAMOUS PLATESRicotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel; spaghetti alla carbonara; heritage pork belly with chili and stone fruit
DRINKS AND WINECocktails; wine; beer; full bar
# OF SEATS65
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAYSpring St. (C, E); Houston St. (1); Prince St. (N, R); Broadway-Lafayette St. (B, D, F, M); Bleecker St. (6)
Channeling the rustic mood of an Italian villa, this restaurant comes complete with brick archways, richly colored wooden tables, and yellow lighting that echoes its warm and fun atmosphere. Keep it casual at the bar, where regular wine tastings are held, and candles flicker amid the stemware. Or opt for the more buttoned up back room, which offers a softer, more polished dining experience.
A few families mixed in with the post-work set, along with Village and SoHo residents.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
This spot is casual, so we’d wear nice jeans or slacks, a cropped-sleeve blouse, and flats.
GO HERE WITH
Large groups; family; a date; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
With stunning flavors and fantastic wines that are offered at such very reasonable prices, wining and dining here is a steal.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
It's consistently crowded and noisy, especially during the dinner hours. And with so much demand for its fare, reservations can be difficult to secure unless made at least a couple of days in advance.
GOOD TO KNOW
Ciao bella! Walking into this Roman villa snapshot may seem like a delight, but unless you speak fluent Italian, the menu might seem a bit daunting. The good news: if you don’t know the difference between formaggio and fagiolini, the menu provides a helpful glossary to enlighten. The 400+ bottle wine list is fantastic and covers all regions of Italy, giving customers the chance to tour the boot-shaped country right at their tables. Lupa was started as a joint venture among Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Mark Ladner, and Jason Denton. A special USD 29 per person late night menu is offered on Sunday through Thursday from 10:00pm to close at midnight: diners can select an antipasta, pasta, desert and glass of wine from a limited menu (the regular menu is offered during this time too).
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