I was lucky enough to be back in NYC recently for a day of eating. FE and I hadn’t been to Lupa for a while, mostly because we were spending our time at newer places, i.e. ABC Kitchen, Upland. There’s only so much eating one can do in a day!
Lupa did not disappoint. We’ve been eating there for about 8 years, and the food and service are consistently great. We shared the veal saltimbocca, which was delectable as usual. The irony of this is that I don’t really like veal, nor do I like prosciutto. Go figure.
I had the cacio e pepe pasta, and FE had the bucatini l’amatriciana. Both were stellar. Lupa is a great place for a leisurely weekday lunch, right by the open front on a nice day. We rolled out for a long walk afterwards.
It was back to our favorite restaurant of all time (really), Union Square Cafe. We were lucky enough to snag a dinner reservation in the dining room on a weekend night. We started with the complimentary whole wheat sourdough bread with homemade butter and olives, as well as the polenta. I was skeptical about ordering the polenta because it seems like such an ordinary item to order in a restaurant. However, this polenta may have been the best thing I ate on this particular day. It was creamy, and it was obvious that the pesto and roasted tomatoes on top were made with a lot of care. I could have eaten an entire meal of this.
FE had the burger, which tasted great. Even the pickles were tasty. I had the chitarra pasta, which was made with heirloom tomatoes, ricotta, and calabrian chiles. The flavor of this dish was indescribable, but I’ll give it a try – crunchy, delicate, and subtle, all at the same time. I can’t see myself ordering anything else next time we return.
Even though I was full, I had to order the black forest tart for dessert. It didn’t disappoint. I’ll admit that their chocolate pecan tart is still my favorite, but this was a good summer substitute. I ordered it sans caramel and with mint chocolate chip ice cream, instead of the fior de latte.
I’m already planning our return.