Lupa

Price guide: Mid-range

170 Thompson Street, West Village, New York City, New York, 10012

Price guide: Mid-range

Lupa

By Shandana A. Durrani, your New York City expert

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#25 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Foodies, Relaxation

Expert review of Lupa

Italian superstar from celeb chef Mario Batali.

I can’t mention Italian food without recommending at least one of celebrity chef Mario Batali’s eateries. Batali has revolutionized the scene in recent years, but while Babbo is deservedly his flagship it’s also very difficult to get a reservation there and the check can end up being wildly expensive. Luckily, Lupa gives one the taste of the Batali magic in a more reasonable, less formal environment (and reservations are easier to snag).

Food and drink: 

I love the Italian-tapas style plates of artisinal salumi and delicious veggies (my favorite of which is the crisp brussels sprouts with pecorino), followed by classic pastas like the excellent Roman-style Cacio e Pepe, linguini with clams, and meat or fish dishes like pork shoulder and skate with sweet braised fennel. The wine list is also great and the sommelier on duty is always happy to lead you through the choices.

Ambience: 

Bustling Roman trattoria transported to New York, with foodies and Italian-food-loving families mingling and seeming to have a good time.

Service: 

In line with the family-style food approach, the service here is less formal than Babbo and waiters are more than happy to answer any questions.

Location: 

West Village.                                                                      

Price advice: 

It may be down to earth dishes and small plates but things can add up fast so keep your eye on how much your table is ordering.

Tables to book: 

No reservations but all the tables are about the same. In the back there is a small alcove where I like to sit for a quieter meal.

More information on Lupa:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
170 Thompson Street, West Village, New York City, New York, 10012
Telephone:
212-982-5089
Website:
http://www.luparestaurant.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 12pm-12am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

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