Lupa has very good food, but it's not worth the hassle. Please suggest restaurants that maximize taste and minimize hassle. If they're not fashonable, if their chef is not on the Food Network, if their wine list isn't "AMAZING," FINE!
In general I am tired. (If you're not, feel free to dine at Lupa and ignore the following NYC tirade). I'm tired of brunch places that make me wait over an hour for basic eggs and pancakes. [I go to basic coffee shops now and the breakfast experience is much more relaxing and the pancakes are terrific.] I'm tired of waiting 45 minutes at the bar even though I've made a reservation. I'm tired of being asked "Is your party all here?" and being lectured "We can only seat complete parties." I understand their need to maximize table usage, but the food BETTER MATCH the hassle. It rarely does. [Nowadays, I generally go to less fashonable restaurants.]
Lupa's food would be a great find if there were no wait. I arrived at the suggestion of he maitre d' ("No reservation available at 7 PM but come on by...we'll do everything we can to seat you...after all we don't book all of our tables.") THEN, upon arrival "45 minutes to one hour." THEN, the food, (cacio e pepe, gnocci, some sides, two desserts) was just OK.