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?
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.
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:
Late night availability.
Known locally without being mom & pop-ish.
Overall 4 out 5 stars for us.
243 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022
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.