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Lupa for a birthday dinner?

belma79 Jan 7, 2013 12:09 PM

Hello everyone. A quick question for you. I'll be visiting NYC later this month with my husband and I'm thinking of going to Lupa for dinner on my birthday (it will be on a Tuesday). Would you say Lupa is a good birthday/celebratory spot? Note: we're splurging the Saturday before at Gramercy Tavern and also doing lunch at Per Se, so I'm looking for something that's vibrant and buzzy, without being too 'fancy'? (I'm also keen to try their Cacio & Pepe, a dish I usually love. I've also been to Babbo, and although I know they can't compare, am a fan of Mario Batali.) Any thoughts, especially on if we can do any 'better' would be much appreciated. Many thanks!

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    rrems Jan 7, 2013 01:35 PM

    I think Lupa is a fine choice. I actually prefer it over Babbo.

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      H Manning Jan 7, 2013 01:44 PM

      Lupa is fine, especially for cacio & pepe. For something newer and more creative try Perla.

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        Pan Jan 7, 2013 03:00 PM

        Lupa has been too salty for my taste the last 2-3 times I went, but before that, I mostly liked it a lot. They do make good cacio e pepe - if anything, occasionally, it's _too_ al dente! Get a bunch of appetizers, and make sure to have the tartufo for dessert. Get reservations in the back of the restaurant if you want a more sedate atmosphere.

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          kanekim212 Jan 7, 2013 03:24 PM

          agree with everything said so far. it is a bit salty sometimes but most of the times outside the really busy hrs and days it's been pretty solid for me. love the wine list and usually that helps with the salty pastas. highly recommend!

          1. belma79 Jan 8, 2013 12:29 PM

            Thanks everyone,really good to have your input! I didn't realise there were different rooms at Lupa. I would actually like something quite bustling and buzzy. Should we stick with the front room in that case, and not the back room? Thanks!

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            1. re: belma79
              Lacrosse_Gastronomic Jan 8, 2013 12:33 PM

              The front room is livelier.

              1. re: belma79
                rrems Jan 8, 2013 05:19 PM

                Though I prefer the quiet coziness of the back room, if you want bustling you must choose the front.

              2. belma79 Jan 9, 2013 11:07 PM

                Thanks everyone!

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                1. re: belma79
                  ttoommyy Jan 10, 2013 05:57 AM

                  I vote for Lupa too. Just an FYI: they are participating in restaurant week (which is more like 3 weeks) which should be underway when you are here, but for lunch only. $25 per person.

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