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#31 Ron Johnson

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 04:19 PM

How accessible is the bar for walk in diners, say midweek?


Hit or miss. The place is pretty consistently crowded no matter the night, but I've been able to snag a bar stool on more than one occassion. It's worth trying.

#32 omnivorette

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 04:45 PM

How accessible is the bar for walk in diners, say midweek?



In my experience, it almost always a zoo.
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#33 juuceman

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 04:45 PM

How accessible is the bar for walk in diners, say midweek?

this past Monday night, pouring rain, we went at 9 and were quoted a 45 minute wait for a table for 2; gave the bartender, who maintains a separate list for seating at the bar; waited ~15 minutes in the cramped front near the host stand and were seated..

I never have reservations for Lupa, we usually go around 9 on thurs/fri/sat, give our names and go across the street to the bar on the corner with a table promised in 45-90 minutes.. once you get past the quoted time wait they'll often tell you to come back sooner and check-in..

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 11:14 PM

If you like to eat early[before 6;30],there's usually no problem snagging a stool or two,,and it's a lot less crowded.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 02:59 AM

Late afternoon lunch:

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Tagliatelle with turkey rag├╣ and radicchio. I didn't want to wait 15-20 minutes for the dried pasta primi so took the special instead.

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Pork shoulder with a rose petal glaze, cucumber salad.

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Spiced dates with mascarpone cheese.

If I had a quibble, it would be that there could have been just a smidgen more mascarpone as this was a bit sweet.

Overall, not bad. I need to come by more often.

#36 Wilfrid1

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 04:28 PM

A late lunch at the bar over the holidays was very pleasant. The testa was better than I'd had before - not mushy - and generously served. Pennette were sauced with trippa a la Romana. Wishing to avoid alcohol, I took the bar-tender's recommendation of chinotto, a soft drink made with some kind of citrus fruit and herbs. Perfect for my palate: a bit like coca-cola if it had been invented by a Campari fan.
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Posted 02 January 2007 - 06:34 PM

A late lunch at the bar over the holidays was very pleasant. The testa was better than I'd had before - not mushy - and generously served. Pennette were sauced with trippa a la Romana. Wishing to avoid alcohol, I took the bar-tender's recommendation of chinotto, a soft drink made with some kind of citrus fruit and herbs. Perfect for my palate: a bit like coca-cola if it had been invented by a Campari fan.

Chinotto is actually the name of the citrus fruit. I would guess that Lupa would have the little San Pellegrino bottles of Chinotto. I love this "non-alcoholic amaro" but they are hard to find here in the NorthWoods.
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#38 Ron Johnson

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:05 PM

We also had a nice leisurely lunch here over the holidays, and it was really top notch. Scotto-ditto, braised pork, and hanger steak were all very well prepared and flavorful. Sides were also very good: brussel sprouts with pecorino and olive oil and a large baked gnoccho. The wine list is a lot of fun as well.

#39 Wilfrid1

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:06 PM

Thanks, SL: yes, it was the San Pellegrino.
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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:10 PM

We also had a nice leisurely lunch here over the holidays, and it was really top notch. Scotto-ditto, braised pork, and hanger steak were all very well prepared and flavorful. Sides were also very good: brussel sprouts with pecorino and olive oil and a large baked gnoccho. The wine list is a lot of fun as well.


I love the brussel sprouts - they are absolutely amazing.

If anyone likes sardines, I highly recommend the sardine small plate.
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Posted 11 April 2007 - 11:12 PM

One of the better,albeit simple,meals that I've had in a while at Lupa last week.Puntarelle with anchovy dressing,one of my late winter faves+ spaghetti with ramps,one of my early spring faves.An interesting white wine by the quartino from Paolo Scavino;lotsa minerals and funk,and I liked it.
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Posted 12 April 2007 - 12:56 AM

One of the better,albeit simple,meals that I've had in a while at Lupa last week.Puntarelle with anchovy dressing,one of my late winter faves+ spaghetti with ramps,one of my early spring faves.An interesting white wine by the quartino from Paolo Scavino;lotsa minerals and funk,and I liked it.


Ramps are in??

#43 juuceman

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 03:38 PM

Has anyone else found the newish hostess to be one of the most useless and bitchy people on earth??

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 03:39 PM


One of the better,albeit simple,meals that I've had in a while at Lupa last week.Puntarelle with anchovy dressing,one of my late winter faves+ spaghetti with ramps,one of my early spring faves.An interesting white wine by the quartino from Paolo Scavino;lotsa minerals and funk,and I liked it.


Ramps are in??


Had a dish of stir fried pork with ramps and chiles at Chinatown Brasserie yesterday. First I've seen of 'em this season.
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#45 Wilfrid1

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 03:51 PM

There was a ramp touch to the lamb dish at Tocqueville. Isn't the answer that these aren't local ramps? Where from, though, I dunno.
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