Originally Posted by gdl203
Went to Lupa for lunch on Saturday and was stunned by the appalling mediocrity of the food and service. Literally as close to airplane food as I've had at a restaurant in a while. If this wasn't a Batali place, first prices would be 40% lower, then it would have closed already. Full of asian tourists with their noses in their guidebooks... sad, and to think that it has a 25 on Zagat
Lupa is dreadful and the service at all Batali restaurants besides Del Posto (which I figured would be the most obnoxious, too bad the food isn't spectacular) is atrocious. Staffed by clueless young dipshits who try to pass themselves off as experts on Italian cuisine...it's embarrassing. Try sending back a horribly undercooked, crunchy pasta at any of his places without being lectured on how pasta is prepared al dente in Italy. Manzo and even some of the quick lunch spots in Eataly have been far better in my experience, two or three dishes from Babbo and Del Posto aside.
Anyway, I recently went to Il Buco Alimentari and had a great meal. Some will inevitably be disappointed if they made too much of the NYT review and then went nuts trying to get a reservation, but it is certainly better than the vast majority of rustic Italian that has completely saturated NYC.