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Luna in Little Italy Gone?

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thursday Dec 22, 2007 06:42 PM

My husband (born and bred NY-er) practically grew up at Luna, but when we visited the city in September, we couldn't find it. Mulberry was setting up for Sen Gennaro, so it was madness down there...but has it disappeared? He was crushed.

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    CornflakeGirl Dec 22, 2007 07:54 PM

    Tell him not to be! I dined there about 13 years ago and it was terrible then.

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      stuartlafonda Dec 23, 2007 05:58 AM

      It is long gone, for a couple of years now it has been an empty storefront. I agree with cornflake girl, it was never particularly good and sadly not much better then most of the Little Italy joints. It did have some some old time character and characters, but not much else.

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        Renguin Dec 27, 2007 10:07 AM

        I had forgotten about that place, it was like a cafeteria food! i guess par for the course on mulberry st.

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          stuartlafonda Dec 27, 2007 12:17 PM

          Passed by yesterday and it is now a souviner shop, with no trace of its previous life as a restaurant.

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          DaSarge Apr 29, 2012 07:59 PM

          I just called them now (April 28,2012) and they said that while they HAD closed for about two years, they are now re-opened and they are across the street from their original location. Ciao, Bella!

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            legsdiamond12 Aug 10, 2012 07:11 AM

            Have to disagree with those expressing negativity towards Luna's. I used to love it, and it was my go-to place for NY Italian; I had stopped eating veal parmigiana on principle, but would make an exception at Luna's because I thought they had the best veal parmigiana I had ever eaten. I haven't been in the area in years, and had heard rumors that it no longer existed, but I'm sad to see that the rumors I heard here and there have been confirmed. Luna's was there forever, it seemed; my father used to eat there on occasion for lunch when he worked on Church St. back in the late 50's/early 60's. It was also the "headquarters" back in the day for "Crazy Joe" Gallo, the brilliant but sociopathic gangster who inspired one of Bob Dylan's more memorable songs (Gallo was shot down in Umberto's, which was directly across the street if I remember right-- but Gallo, although his name became inextricably linked to Umberto's, only ate there once-- his first and his last time). And my oldest friend had his pre-wedding dinner there.

            Not saying it was the best Italian restaurant ever, but it seemed a venerable ol' institution that served great Italian food, and plenty of it, and had a wonderful atmosphere and historic feel.

            And it disappeared in favor of what? A shop selling knick-knacks? It's almost enough to make one weep (I mean, not quite...but you get the idea).

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              DaSarge Aug 10, 2012 07:31 AM

              I just called there and although the telephone rang and rang, it did NOT come back with the dreaded "intercept message" of:"I'm sorry, but the number you have dialed is no longer in service> Please check your listing"... To the best of my knowledge, Luna's is STILL there, and the telephone number is 212-226-8657. Try it and maybe you'll have better luck than I did. It was at about 10:25AM when I called, so I really doubt that anyone was there to answer the phone. Now, as for having been closed, it's true that they WERE closed, but that was for remodeling. The restaurant was so old that the kitchen could no longer pass the required safety inspections. They needed a lot of things; but a new menu was NOT one of them! They are still open, and most likely always will be.

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                legsdiamond12 Aug 10, 2012 07:57 AM

                Thanks for the update, DaSarge. Knowing that they're still open is good news, and might actually motivate me to take a ride back into Manhattan (something I haven't done in years, although I had previously been going back and forth into Manhattan since the days of my infancy).

                1. re: legsdiamond12
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                  DaSarge Aug 10, 2012 10:31 AM

                  My favorite was the veal and penne with a vodka sauce. I hope you have a great time!!

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                    legsdiamond12 Aug 10, 2012 10:42 AM

                    Thanks.

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                  stuartlafonda Aug 16, 2012 10:48 AM

                  Slow down. The Luna Restaurant we are discussing was on Mulberry Street north of Canal, east side of the block, next door to Ferrara (not the Ferrara on Grand) at 110 Mulberry. It is now a souviner shop, I assure you of that. If you still doubt me, google the street view. The Luna you called is on Mulberry north of Canal on the west side of the street at 115. It is not, I repeat, not the same Luna. The old joint with the broken uneven floor that was really two narrow storefronts joined by a walkway at the back that served the longest hero sandwiches that I have ever seen is gone. Who knows what happened to the old women in black that would sit at the round table at the back peeling garlic by hand, all day long. Luna, gone but not forgotten.

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                    legsdiamond12 Aug 17, 2012 11:04 AM

                    I should've known it was too good to be true. It's been more than a few years since I've been to Mulberry Street, but I had heard from people who have been recently that it was no longer there. I liked to think that maybe they were mistaken, that it was impossible for such a venerable institution and landmark to close down, but...sadly...I was wrong.

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