Luna Piena Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 243 E 53rd St

    New York, NY 10022

    Map & Directions
  • 212-308-8882

About Luna Piena Restaurant

Hours
Monday 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Tuesday 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Wednesday 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Thursday 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Friday 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Saturday 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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I thought Luna Piena was outstanding. Located on a block with tons of restaurants covering several ethnic cuisines, Luna Piena may not have been my first choice originally. But I purchased a Restaurant (dot) com certificate ahead of time and I'm quite glad I did. We started out with some free bread (a nice assortment) and olives with lentils (awesome!), and we split a bottle of pinot grigio. I ordered the gnocchi, and while it usually comes with a cream-based sauce, I asked for arrabiata sauce instead and I was so pleased! The gnocchi were perfect - soft, light and pillowy - and the sauce...I just wish I could bottle it and take it home. I honestly would have eaten it with just a spoon if I didn't like the gnocchi so damn much. My friends were pleased as well - a nice linguine with clams dish (loved that it came with cherry tomatoes) and eggplant parm (not on the menu but they were more than accommodating). When it's all said and done, this place is a must-return to spot for me, with or without a Restaurant (dot) com certificate. But if I can save $25 in the process, why not?

2
★★★★★

I thought Luna Piena was outstanding. Located on a block with tons of restaurants covering several ethnic cuisines, Luna Piena may not have been my first choice originally. But I purchased a Restaurant (dot) com certificate ahead of time and I'm quite glad I did. We started out with some free bread (a nice assortment) and olives with lentils (awesome!), and we split a bottle of pinot grigio. I ordered the gnocchi, and while it usually comes with a cream-based sauce, I asked for arrabiata sauce instead and I was so pleased! The gnocchi were perfect - soft, light and pillowy - and the sauce...I just wish I could bottle it and take it home. I honestly would have eaten it with just a spoon if I didn't like the gnocchi so damn much. My friends were pleased as well - a nice linguine with clams dish (loved that it came with cherry tomatoes) and eggplant parm (not on the menu but they were more than accommodating). When it's all said and done, this place is a must-return to spot for me, with or without a Restaurant (dot) com certificate. But if I can save $25 in the process, why not?

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We chose this restaurant from Restaurant dot com. It had almost no restrictions and it was in an excellent location, which was important as I was coming from out of town and I don't really know my way around. My wife ordered chicken parmesan and I had a roasted pork dish which was the special for the night. I was also in the mood for some fresh pasta. I can honestly say it was one of the finest meals I have eaten in a long time. My wife even ate most of the pasta side dish and she nevers eats pasta. I would absolutely refer this restaurant to both locals and those coming in from out of town. I would also mention that our server Chiago was excellent also.

2
★★★★☆

We chose this restaurant from Restaurant dot com. It had almost no restrictions and it was in an excellent location, which was important as I was coming from out of town and I don't really know my way around. My wife ordered chicken parmesan and I had a roasted pork dish which was the special for the night. I was also in the mood for some fresh pasta. I can honestly say it was one of the finest meals I have eaten in a long time. My wife even ate most of the pasta side dish and she nevers eats pasta. I would absolutely refer this restaurant to both locals and those coming in from out of town. I would also mention that our server Chiago was excellent also.

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I have been to this restaurant on many occasions and recently celebrated my husband's 65th birthday there. Everyone had a time of their life! The food was excellent and the service from Luigi and his staff was of an extremely high standard. Luigi and his group made everyone feel so welcome and at home. I will definitely use this restaurant again for a similar event.

2
★★★★★

I have been to this restaurant on many occasions and recently celebrated my husband's 65th birthday there. Everyone had a time of their life! The food was excellent and the service from Luigi and his staff was of an extremely high standard. Luigi and his group made everyone feel so welcome and at home. I will definitely use this restaurant again for a similar event.

Pros: Excellent service

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I went here with my closest friend recently. The most amazing food, excellent service. Luigi is just the best at what he does. It was so good we went back the following day!!! This place is definitely a MUST!!! Do not miss it.

2
★★★★★

I went here with my closest friend recently. The most amazing food, excellent service. Luigi is just the best at what he does. It was so good we went back the following day!!! This place is definitely a MUST!!! Do not miss it.

Pros: Great food., great service, great price!!!

Cons: At some point you have to leave

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We wanted a place near their hotel (East 50s), and Zagat led us here. The "terrace" is more an air-conditioned area with a semi-permanent tent covering. Pretty casual - a mix of families, older people, and a ladies' night on a Sunday night. The food was tasty and quite reasonable. I had the eggplant parmigiana appetizer (huge!) and the Luna Piena salad (arugula with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts). Mom had the bucatini - excellent tomato sauce, cooked to al dente perfection. Dad enjoyed the veal -- devoured it all. An interesting wine list - many Sicilian options. Tasty little cookies came free with our coffee. A nice option if you're in that part of town.

2
★★★★☆

We wanted a place near their hotel (East 50s), and Zagat led us here. The "terrace" is more an air-conditioned area with a semi-permanent tent covering. Pretty casual - a mix of families, older people, and a ladies' night on a Sunday night. The food was tasty and quite reasonable. I had the eggplant parmigiana appetizer (huge!) and the Luna Piena salad (arugula with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts). Mom had the bucatini - excellent tomato sauce, cooked to al dente perfection. Dad enjoyed the veal -- devoured it all. An interesting wine list - many Sicilian options. Tasty little cookies came free with our coffee. A nice option if you're in that part of town.

Pros: value, quality food

Cons: a bit noisy

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We were walking by and found this exceptional place in my neighborhood. Luigi- the manager of the place invited us inside promising the great food and atmosphere and we didn't get dissapointed! We sat in the garden right next to the wall waterfall and started off with great Italian wine followed by delicious homemade pasta dishes. The service was very warm and friendly. The whole impression- 10 points! We'll definitelly come back.

2
★★★★☆

We were walking by and found this exceptional place in my neighborhood. Luigi- the manager of the place invited us inside promising the great food and atmosphere and we didn't get dissapointed! We sat in the garden right next to the wall waterfall and started off with great Italian wine followed by delicious homemade pasta dishes. The service was very warm and friendly. The whole impression- 10 points! We'll definitelly come back.

Pros: oustanding outide seating place, great drinks and food

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The pastas are pretty good and the service is fine. The wine list is quite extensive and appropriately priced. This is a good cozy place to come visit on a cold wintery evening. While this restaurant will not shine with extreme creativity or superb quality, it is, nevertheless, a very reliable choice for a decent meal.

2
★★★★☆

The pastas are pretty good and the service is fine. The wine list is quite extensive and appropriately priced. This is a good cozy place to come visit on a cold wintery evening. While this restaurant will not shine with extreme creativity or superb quality, it is, nevertheless, a very reliable choice for a decent meal.

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I think this place has everything I want in an italian restuarant. The food was excellent, I had the osso buco and it rocked. The antipaste was also excellent. The wine list is thorough enough so that you can have the correct drink to complement your meals. The ambiance is great with an outdoor dining area in the middle of the restuarant covered by an awning. A smaller venue, but not quite a hole in the wall joint. Prices are good too, for two people with antipaste, main meal, desert w/coffee and a bottle of wine cost us about $100.

2
★★★★★

I think this place has everything I want in an italian restuarant. The food was excellent, I had the osso buco and it rocked. The antipaste was also excellent. The wine list is thorough enough so that you can have the correct drink to complement your meals. The ambiance is great with an outdoor dining area in the middle of the restuarant covered by an awning. A smaller venue, but not quite a hole in the wall joint. Prices are good too, for two people with antipaste, main meal, desert w/coffee and a bottle of wine cost us about $100.

Pros: Great food and wine list

Cons: Menu could offer a little more

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I work in midtown and have been to luna piena many times for lunch and dinner. The food never fails to be delicious and the portions are just right. They have the best linguine vongole ever. Service is good. And I love eating in their charming garden when the weather is nice.

2
★★★★★

I work in midtown and have been to luna piena many times for lunch and dinner. The food never fails to be delicious and the portions are just right. They have the best linguine vongole ever. Service is good. And I love eating in their charming garden when the weather is nice.

Pros: Cute garden. Great food. Fast service.

Cons: Can get crowded for lunch. Small place.

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We went for valentines day and had an incredible meal. The appetizer was great--large porition and delicious. The main courses were both excellent as well. A large, affordable wine list topped off the experience. The back "garden" atmostphere was very nice and service was good. For a great Italian meal at a very good price, I highly recommend this place.

2
★★★★★

We went for valentines day and had an incredible meal. The appetizer was great--large porition and delicious. The main courses were both excellent as well. A large, affordable wine list topped off the experience. The back "garden" atmostphere was very nice and service was good. For a great Italian meal at a very good price, I highly recommend this place.

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Friendly, knowledgeable staff serving great
food and a decent wine list contributed to
our pleasant dining experience - we were
happy to find this gem of a restaurant after
walking the surrounding neighborhood on a
recent Friday evening.

2
★★★★☆

Friendly, knowledgeable staff serving great
food and a decent wine list contributed to
our pleasant dining experience - we were
happy to find this gem of a restaurant after
walking the surrounding neighborhood on a
recent Friday evening.

Pros: Reasonably priced, relaxed pace

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Everything about this place had charm - the lovely garden, the incredibly gracious staff and the delicious food. Do not really understand the previous poster's negativity. We sat in the garden and received the best service of any restaurant I had been in a while. My husband got the sole special which was incredible and so fresh, and the rest of us got pasta which was also fresh and tasty.

2
★★★★☆

Everything about this place had charm - the lovely garden, the incredibly gracious staff and the delicious food. Do not really understand the previous poster's negativity. We sat in the garden and received the best service of any restaurant I had been in a while. My husband got the sole special which was incredible and so fresh, and the rest of us got pasta which was also fresh and tasty.

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After reading all the great reviews of this restaurant, I was very disappointed with both the food and service. The fried calamari was rubbery, the bread was stale and the pasta was just so-so. There was also a very unpleasant odor permeating the air during our meal. Anyway, as a whole, this restaurant isn't terrible, but it's by no means anything special... or any great bargain, either.

1
★★★☆☆

After reading all the great reviews of this restaurant, I was very disappointed with both the food and service. The fried calamari was rubbery, the bread was stale and the pasta was just so-so. There was also a very unpleasant odor permeating the air during our meal. Anyway, as a whole, this restaurant isn't terrible, but it's by no means anything special... or any great bargain, either.

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Four of us went for a Tuesday dinner. The menu choice was a bit thin, but there was enough variety to choose from. The food was reasonably priced and above average, the staff was wonderful and was eager to please, and the decor is charming and comfortable. I would definitely go back, especially when the warm weather arrives and the garden is open to seating.

2
★★★★☆

Four of us went for a Tuesday dinner. The menu choice was a bit thin, but there was enough variety to choose from. The food was reasonably priced and above average, the staff was wonderful and was eager to please, and the decor is charming and comfortable. I would definitely go back, especially when the warm weather arrives and the garden is open to seating.

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We went on Wednesday night and had a great dining experience. The appetizers were amazing (big portions) and the service was friendly. I highly recommend the Tropicale salad and the Proscuitto w/ mozzarella appetizers. It's hard to find an affordable, yet great restaurant in this area, but we finally found one. I will definitely go back!

2
★★★★★

We went on Wednesday night and had a great dining experience. The appetizers were amazing (big portions) and the service was friendly. I highly recommend the Tropicale salad and the Proscuitto w/ mozzarella appetizers. It's hard to find an affordable, yet great restaurant in this area, but we finally found one. I will definitely go back!

Pros: big portions, great service, inexpensive

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Have been once on Thursday evening, great food, great service in a beautiful "garden" behind the restaurant. Definitively worth to go for some romantic dinner à l'Italienne...so nice place!

2
★★★★★

Have been once on Thursday evening, great food, great service in a beautiful "garden" behind the restaurant. Definitively worth to go for some romantic dinner à l'Italienne...so nice place!

 

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