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Dinner last night at Luna Pieta. A recommendation of a big-hotel concierge. Horrifyingly average. Good service, nice people, pretty space but the food was just... blah. Not overtly bad, but...

Am I biased? This reinforces my feeling that UES (which, I admit freely, I do NOT know well) is a wasteland of "cute little French" and "cute little Italian" that have everything to do with safe/predictable and not much to do with deliciousness.

Can anyone educate me to the contrary?

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  1. I, too, was recommended to Luna Piena (note correct spelling) by a large hotel concierge. The restaurant is not destination worthy, by any means, but the food is good/service is friendly, etc. I've always enjoyed the homemade pasta w/ bolognese sauce.

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      I found Luna Piena Ristorante this past weekend while desperately looking for a 10pm dinner reservation via CHOW HOUND on our annual weekend visit to Manhattan for the holiday season.

      I thought it was terrific & the people friendly & attentive without being pushy.
      The space was cute & there was a mix of party goers, families, & locals in addition to us out of towners.

      It was exactly the type of restaturant we were looking for:
      Good food.
      Good portions.
      Casual.
      Good decor.
      Good service.
      Moderately priced.
      Late night availability.
      Known locally without being mom & pop-ish.

      Overall 4 out 5 stars for us.

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      Luna Piena
      243 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

      1. re: r0cc00

        Luna Piena is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant - NOT a destination restaurant. Wouldn't travel across town for it because just about every neighborhood has an equivalent, but if you're in walking distance at one of the midtown east hotels, it's a lovely find at a reasonable price.