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.
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.
Crispo is a great choice.
Others to consider:
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.
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.
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.