Lupa is one of those great joints for shaved meats and cheeses. I love it for lunch. It’s Batali at his most chill read: accessible.  Beyond one meal when I over-dosed on carne, in this case cow’s brain.  Otherwise, I’ve left with the most satisfying feeling.  The pastas are al dente and perfectly seasoned.  Sardines and tuna with cannellini beans.  Rabbit sausage. Need I say more? The catch of the day, a whole roasted insanely fresh fish (bone in).  If the Tomoe line is too long; please know you can always drop by for a glass of vines. The smell alone inside …I like to sit upfront at a communal table.  Sneak in; sneak out. I’ve always had great meals with great friends at Lupa.