lupa in decline?
is there any truth to the impression one gets from the comments on menupages that lupa has been in decline for the past year or so? Not to rehash prior posts, but does anyone has a fresh opinion on whether there are superior restaurants in roughly the same neighborhood and price range as lupa?
Not sure about similar restaurants but I just ate there last night and it was great. The tasting menu has never worked that well though. Too much food, a little scattered, and very very heavy. If you stick to their amazing antipasti and specialty pastas (Bucatini, Bavette, etc.) I don't think you can do much better for the price.
I have heard very good things though about Crispo and Casio E Pepe in the East Village is yummy as well.
i had a fantastic dinner there a few months ago. i really don't think that you're going to find better food at that price in the area.
cacio e pepe is great, but i don't think it holds a candle to lupa.
while i love crispo, lupa seems to have a bit of an edge. the service is definietly better and i think the food is a bit better, somewhat more adventurous maybe?
I certainly haven't noticed a large scale decline. However, they can occaisionaly be inconsistent from one night to another. Even so, it will probably always be one of my standby's.
I never trust menupages (or citysearch) reviews. I feel like the people on there tend to have much more of an agenda - either they are competitors, the restaurant themselves, or frankly, kind of strange sorts of people whose view of reality doesn't really jibe with mine. I get the sense that many reviewers on there are younger and less experienced with dining out than people on here.