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UES or Lupa?

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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  1. 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. 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

        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

            Have you tried Sfoglia on 92nd and Lex yet?

        1. 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.

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

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