We were in NY on Saturday and had a lovely dinner at Luca, on the Upper East Side.
We had been there once before, thanks to an article in the NY Times.
Dinner starts out with good bread and fried olives, which are small and crunchy.
Antipasto, which serves four ($28) is delicious. It has items such as grilled calimari, chicken livers, polenta with cheese, braised fennel, some great little cake (risotto?), and many others things, all of which are tasty. So many antipastos are tasteless.
So far, we have never gotten beyond their pastas for an entree. My husband loved the one with lamb ragu - it may be called bigatoni, I'm not sure. I enjoyed the spinach ravioli with butter and sage and a friend had their special with seafood, which he loved.
My husband gets their granita for dessert - they have many flavors, including grapefruit - but I wanted a sweet. I had the warm ricotta cheesecake tart with caramel sauce - heavenly!
This is a friendly, pleasant place with moderate prices, so I thought I would share it with you. If it were in Philly, I would keep it a secret!