I have not been to the first two in the Village but have read some good things. We are having dinner mid-week with out-of-town friends who do not have a huge budget. Food is the main thing in this decision..do not care about scene. House wine will be fine for them. Willing to eat early. No boring red-sauce-only places need apply. Would like to try Lupa but will nver get res. with such short notice...please send help and report recent experiences for these and any others you great hounds might think of.