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UES or Lupa?

Crysti Jun 27, 2006 06:11 PM

I'm coming to NYC for a week in July and one of the nights we want to eat Italian. So thanks to suggestions from this board, I made a reservation at Lupa for July 19. Now my guy tells me he would prefer to eat at an Italian restaurant on the UES since we're already going to spend a considerable amount of time in Greenwich Village. I want to remain firm in my choice of Lupa. It's really THAT good, right?? So I pose this question to all New Yorkers: What would you suggest?? I only get to NYC once every few years so I want this trip and my meals to be memorable.

Thanks in advance!!

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    ChowClown Jun 30, 2006 02:40 PM

    Lupa is great. Don't miss it...

    1. erica Jun 28, 2006 06:29 PM

      If he insists in staying in UES, you can have an excellent meal in a downtown-ey setting at Spigolo; not sure why others did not mention this place on Second Avenue in the low 80s.

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        Crysti Jun 27, 2006 11:57 PM

        Thanks to everyone I'm going to keep the reservation at Lupa. And to answer Chris Z's question, yes he wants good food. I'm assuming we can always eat lunch on the UES. Thanks again, you guys are great!

        1. sgordon Jun 27, 2006 11:54 PM

          Lupa Lupa Lupa! Obviously he doesn't much care about food if he's more concerned with location.

          Lupa is spectacular - get a big plate of the house-cured meats to start and you'll think you're in heaven. You never knew head cheese could be such a delicacy.

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            ChrisZ Jun 27, 2006 08:04 PM

            Does your boyfriend want good food?

            1. wleatherette Jun 27, 2006 07:59 PM

              Go to Lupa! I was there last night, and it was DELICIOUS.

              1. Tal Jun 27, 2006 07:39 PM

                Go to Lupa. You'll be mad if you don't.

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                  chips and salsa Jun 27, 2006 06:37 PM

                  There is one other option I can think of - Lydia Bastianich's (Mario Batali's mentor) Felidia - 243 E. 58th St. It's not as good as Lupa, but it is quite good.

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                    jonasblank Jun 27, 2006 06:28 PM

                    I think I would rather gouge my eyes out than even *go* to the UES for almost any reason, but it certainly isn't known for Italian food, at any rate. And Lupa *is* that good.

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                    1. re: jonasblank
                      Deenso Jun 27, 2006 07:44 PM

                      Okay, I just have to ask (since I live on the East Side, in the 80s, what have we done to offend you?

                      1. re: Deenso
                        Tal Jun 27, 2006 07:58 PM

                        you have too much traffic.

                        1. re: Deenso
                          DonnyMac Jun 27, 2006 10:03 PM

                          Have you tried Sfoglia on 92nd and Lex yet?

                          1. re: DonnyMac
                            Deenso Jun 27, 2006 11:12 PM

                            No, not yet. It's on my list.

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                        Lucia Jun 27, 2006 06:19 PM

                        Definitely keep your reservation at Lupa. The food is great, and there is a bustling scene that's very NY. I don't think there's anything comparable in the UES, but that's not my area.

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                        1. re: Lucia
                          rolypoly Jun 27, 2006 06:26 PM

                          I'd keep Lupa as well.

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