We recently had dinner at Lupa, 170 Thompson St, New York. Friends had said that this was a younger sister(less expensive) version of Babbo..same chef. Reservations were difficult to get, but finally, we
got one for 4 people. My husband and I arrived a few minutes early, walked in to a long, dark, narrow room, dominated by the bar. The bar was very crowded- three deep- and very very noisy. We were told that it was the policy to never seat part of a party..we had to wait for our friends. There was no where to stand and it was very uncomfortable...finally our friends arrived and we were seated right next to where we had been standing, at a table which had been empty! Not a good beginning...but the food...that was certainly worth waiting for.
Well, the food was awful. The salad was so salty one could not eat it, the "classic" veal dish was deep fried meat, and tough as nails. The noise level made it impossible to talk to anyone. We decided to leave and have coffee somewhere else. They couldn't find our coats and we had to burrow in among other coats in a dark hallway looking for ours...