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Lupa's fully booked, what else?

We're headed to NYC in a month. We were planning to go to Lupa but it's booked solid and all they could offer was either 5pm or 11pm or walk-in. Any suggestion for something closely or remotely similar? Was thinking of Barbuto, Crispo ar Apizz. Any other options? Thanks a lot for you help.

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  1. You can't go wrong w/Crispo or Apizz. I wasn't very impressed with Barbuto. Peasant is another favorite of mine, although pricier than the others.

    1. Crispo is a great choice.

      Others to consider:
      Bar Stuzzichini
      Pepolino
      Bar Pitti
      Giorgione

      in no order, but for quality and authenticity of food, Pepolino wins hands down.
      Not much of a scene, though, it's a little off the beaten path.
      Giorgione is a scene and the food is better then you'd expect for a sceney place.

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      1. re: il Trifulau

        Went to Pepolino tonight and it was fabulous as always, especially the polenta and truffle appetizer. I have never had a bad meal there and the waiters are the nicest and most gracious in New York. I love that place. And I am always stunned how inexpensive it is given the quality of the food. Especially being from Los Angeles I appreciate the place - there is simply no place in Los Angeles where you could get food of that quality at that price.

        1. re: omotosando

          I've said it before and I stand by it:
          Pepolino is quietly among the top 5 Italian restaurants in New York City.

          ...probably closer to the top of that list than the bottom.

          1. re: il Trifulau

            Take it easy with the top 5 in NY stuff. Maybe top 5 Italian below 14th Street, that would be more accurate in my opinion.

            1. re: nyccouple

              I have to agree with you. I like Pepolino fairly well, but might drop it into the top 5 below Canal. Pretty good, sometimes very handy, certainly worth a try, but not exactly stellar.

      2. Crispo, an absolute must.

        1. A Voce.

          1. I tried to book a reservation at Lupa at lunch and they told me they were booked, when I called back for another day they said they were booked but you can go in as a walk in, and that they reserve a number of tables just for walk ins. This was lunch, so not sure if this holds true for dinner.

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            1. re: michele cindy

              It is true for dinner also. Unfortunately the typical wait on a weeknight is 45 minutes to an hour.

              1. re: rrems

                I sanction rrems Crispo suggestion.

            2. if you want to stay in Batali's camp- try OTTO. It is alot like Lupa food wise (more or less)

              1. With my experiences at Lupa, i've never had to wait too long for a walk in at Lupa when it's booked.

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                1. re: davisready

                  you could give Del Posto a try. if you eat on the enoteca side of the restaurant, they have a great $45 tasting menu.

                  Crispo is a nice alternative and i might also suggest that you give Bellavitæ a try.