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Any reviews of current menu at LUPA?

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Hi all,

planning a trip to NYC and Lupa is one of my reservations, we are a party of two.

I read many past threads on Lupa which recommended dishes, but they were all almost 3-4 years old. Does anybody have some recommendations on the current incarnation of the menu?

Thanks

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Have been a huge fan of Lupa for more than 8 years. Unfortunately, the last 2 times I went this past year it was quite mediocre bordering on bad (overcooked pasta, sloppy service etc). I asked a friend who knows the partners and apparently the Dentons sold it. So...my advice is to skip it. Locanda Verde is quite good, also Gemma at the Bowery Hotel. Emilio Ballato's is a hidden gem, but pricey.

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    Lupa
    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    Emilio's Ballato
    55 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: NigelTufnel

      Totally agree. So disappointed our last 2 visits, used to love it passionately. Now it all makes sense.

      1. re: NigelTufnel

        This is the team at Lupa:

        http://www.luparestaurant.com/team.cfm

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      2. Recently ate at Lupa for old time's sake. (My wife and I were hungry and walking home in the rain.) It is apparently still popular. We shared with broccoli rave with ricota, which was very nice. The small dishes tend to be tasty. Saying this, our distracted waiter apparently couldn't pay attention to our order and some 20 minutes later, two dishes, entirely unrelated to our orders were set down in front of us. We had them taken away, and when the plates we actually ordered arrived 20 minutes later, the pasta was overcooked, and considering my dish was with garlic and oil and hot pepper surprisingly bland. My wife's bucatini all' amatricana was not made with Bucatin.i but with some thin flat pasta. To make up for their errors and our inconvenience, the restaurant was so gracious as to offer us free desserts, we declined.
        Closing thoughts, I had eaten there soon after it opened a few years ago as I knew Jason Denton from Ino. Over time, I found the place's growing popularity and its affectations, it's pseudo "Roman" antics, too distracting. I think what the restaurant gained in popularity, it lost in quality, more important, sincerity. We won't be returning. (I was unaware the Dentons sold it, but I understand Batali was one of their partners. Perhaps it does, the worst of its excesses reflect his pretensions.)

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: rwordplay

          I agree completely. When Lupa first opened years ago we went often. We went back a couple of weeks ago and were disappointed with most all dishes, save the prosciutto platter. What long ago was different and delicious now is neither. Great wine list, however.

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          Lupa
          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        2. I went there recently and did not experience any decline in quality. As far as the menu is concerned, it does not change much, so what was there a couple of years ago is pretty much what you see now, and in fact there have been a number of mentions, if not a dedicated thread, about Lupa much more recently than 3 or 4 years on CH. I would keep your reservation. There is a reason why they are so difficult to get.

          1. Lupa used to be my favorite restaurant but not anymore.
            I went there with 2 girl friends late December. Everything was mediocre except one pasta dish. We left one entree unfinished because it was quite disgusting.
            I don't recommend the restaurant anymore.

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            Lupa
            170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

            1. Went last late summer for a quiet lunch, and the food was as good as ever. Salimi, bucatini all'amatriciana, pasta with mussels, an amazing and amazingly well-priced wine list, including great amari and digestivi. Might it be that what was indeed once so special seems less so now now when there are many similar trattorias?

              1. I've been to Lupa twice in the past couple of months and I experienced no declines. My favorite dish is the spaghetti aglio e olio (spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes). It's a simple dish, so it might not be the right dish if you want to feel like you're enjoying a fancy, luxurious vacation meal. But it's the best spaghetti and olive oil I've ever had.

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                Lupa
                170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                1. Lupa has been a favorite of mine for a while. I had lunch there on Jan 3, and everything I ordered was as great as ever. I had the tuna with cannelini beans, the gnocchi and the bavette cacio e pepe. All 3 were as good as the first time I ate there years ago. Keep your reservation (assuming your trip isn't already in the past - I see your original post is from August).

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                  Lupa
                  170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012