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“Small neighorhood jewel” 5 of 5 stars
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Lusardi's Restaurant
1494 2ND Ave, New York City, NY 10021-1346 (Manhattan)
(212) 249-2020
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Ranked #887 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: 78th
San Francisco, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Small neighorhood jewel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

A friend who lives in the area recommended Lusardi's and even though the temperature was a frigid 16 degrees, we journeyed 20 blocks uptown to this special Northern Italian restaurant. The service was attentive; the food was perfectly seasoned and presented. Luis selected a rich red wine to accompany my salmon and pasta. My only suggestion is to spread the the tables out a bit. They were so close together that we could hear the entire conversation of the three
people sitting right next to us.

Visited January 2013
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
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100 reviews 100 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Charming in every way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We met a friend for dinner and it was so wonderful.
(I had already made reservations for Christmas Eve for our family gathering) but
wanted to check it out...absolutely enjoyed every minute. The service is spectacular and the food is divine. Very low-key, old world ambiance and we're looking forward to the next
visit.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“A True Evergreen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

A true evergreen … great food; highly professional service; extensive, but reasonable wine list.

My wife was early so had a glass of wine at the bar. The bartender was delightful.

Our 8:00 PM reservation was honored within 10-minutes when we were shown to a nice table toward the rear of the restaurant. A very nice dark bread and a very tasty oil were served shortly after we were seated. The waiter arrived shortly thereafter with menus and a wine list. He recited the specials and gave us time to consider our choices.

Two of us ordered the special appetizer appetizers: thinly sliced Italian sausage on a bed of fresh vegetables; a creamy buratta cheese over a bed of tomatoes. The others ordered from the menu: Insalata Bianca, a fresh salad of endive, fennel, mushrooms, artichokes and hearts of palm, shaved parmigiano cheese and lemon dressing; and, Insalata Piemontese, a salad of fresh greens, fresh pear, walnuts, truffle oil, lemon, and truffle cheese.

For our principal plates were varied our choices: a Bronzini (Mediterranean sea bass) served on a bed of greens; a special for the evening, gnocchi stuffed with butternut squash; spaghetti with clams; and, Coniglio Alla Cacciatora, chunks of rabbit cooked with white wine, tomato sauce, fresh herbs, pearl onions and chanterelle mushrooms, served with fresh polenta. Each diner was impressed with the quality of the food and with its preparation. Don’t look for the exquisite three-dimensional presentations of the trendier restaurant. Lusardi’s depends on its cooking and the quality of it ingredients.

Desserts were shared: cream caramel and tiramisu. Almost more than four spoons could handle.

Our Argentinian waiter was attentive and professional. One of the owners recommended a very appropriate Sicilian wine, Nero d’Avola. The price was so reasonable that we had two bottles.
While the restaurant was full, there was no cacophonous, tunga-tunga music assaulting the diners… only the sound of mature customers enjoying a lovely dinner. The pace held at a lovely rate with no pressure from bus persons attempting to pick up plates before all diners at the table had completed their dish.

If you are an adult looking for a lovely Italian restaurant, don’t miss Lusardi’s. Trendy yuppies looking for the next "in" trendy restaurant, should search elsewhere.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My sisters and I dined at Lusardi's last weekend. It was really crowded and we had about a 30 minute wait for our table in spite of having a reservation, but it was worth the wait. We all loved our entrees! The only negative comment is that we noticed that a group who sat down after we were seated were waited on first and got their food before we did. We felt this was rude but again, the food was top notch!

Visited November 2012
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

Excellent food, wine & wonderful service. The grilled calamari appetiser is worth the visitball on is own!

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