170 Thompson Street, West Village, New York City, New York, 10012
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Foodies, Relaxation
Expert review of Lupa
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).
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.
Bustling Roman trattoria transported to New York, with foodies and Italian-food-loving families mingling and seeming to have a good time.
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.
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.
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:
- Bar, Restaurant
- 170 Thompson Street, West Village, New York City, New York, 10012
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily 12pm-12am.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible