Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Bocca Lupo
391 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.688111 -73.997325
Mon-Wed, 11am-midnight; Thu-Fri, 11am-2am; Sat, 10:30am-2am; Sun, 10:30am-midnight
Neighborhoods: Cobble Hill
Fantastic place! – Especially if you're into good food, excellent drinks, and you're on a relatively limited budget. I love heir sausage! Stop by for a brunch on a Sunday and you won't want to leave.
best in brooklyn – Hands down my favorite Italian in the Cobble Hill area! Great bar for cocktails & sharing food at the bar. Lamb is great my favorite, thought the cheese plate is composed of a good selection of Italian cheeses. Weekends it gets a little crowded (evenings), though is still seems fairly 'undiscovered' for brunch, and in my opinion, they serve the best quality brunch in the area. Though, several of my friends have remarked the portions at brunch are on the smaller side for the price. Still, I highly recommend this place for any meal, anytime.
sweet treats – I eat here all the time.
Best food for value in Cobble Hill.
Great Lamb chops.
Try any and all desserts here they are all so good.
What's not to love? – I am in the fortunate position to be able to say that this is the closest restaurant to my front door. Bocca Lupo is jazzed enough for me to have lunch & dinner meetings with my clients, yet enough of a neighborhood joint for me to swing by for a quick espresso on my way out the door. Highbrow design concealing down-to-earth atmosphere & consistently delicious food -- who could ask for anything more? A well-crafted wine & beverage menu? Yup, they've got that, too. So what's with the negative reviews around here? I dunno. Maybe those folks were expecting to find Le Bernardin? Relax, people. The beauty of this restaurant lies in the informality of its experience: The centerpiece of a visit to Bocca Lupo is the act of sharing the food & drink among the people you're with.
Now about those particulars... Don't pass up the lamb chops (excellent dish, excellent deal), try the zucchini from the Contorni menu (seasoned with black pepper & tossed with almonds, adds an interesting flavor to the meal as a whole), and definitely go for the Nutella panini. If you're there for brunch, the baked eggs are the way to go, but make sure to order the bread pudding for dessert.
See you there...
Bland and boring – I took a few friends to Bocca Lupo last weekend and we were sorely disappointed. The food is mediocre and the meatballs are served on bread which turned soggy. The mood is somber yet extremely loud (How is that possible you ask?). The floor and walls are cement and the seats are made of metal so anytime anyone moves all you hear is the the scraping of metal on cement. Most definitely not a place to relax or chill. Imagine taking a date there......eek!
I haven't mentioned the food because there's not much too say. Bland and middle of the road. It's "Italian" food if you know what I mean. Want genuine, upscale Italian food? Cross the river or go to Park Slope.
Love this place!! – We were introduced to Bocca Lupo by friends and we keep on going back! I love this place. The ambiance is great especially on the weekends when they have the DJ there. The owner is friendly as well. Sometimes a little crowded but what can you expect when the food is so good. The marinated olives are tasty (wish they were served with bread) and so are the brusetta dishes. I dream about the garbanzzo bean and olive tapenade brusetta (so want that recipe) and the tomato, gorganzola and balsamic glaze brusetta. The lamb is oh so great! I don't even like lamb but this is the only place I eat it. It's always cooked perfectly. And if you can leave room for desert. The Nutella and bananna panini with whipped cream is always the perfect ending to a great meal.
BEST PANNINI – I consider myself a connoisseur of pressed sandwiches ever since my first trip to France and Italy 10 years ago and this is hands down the best I've ever had. The bread is the perfect amount of crusty and soft with just the right amount of fillings-- not too much and not too little. I personally favor the simple mozarella, pesto, and tomato which has been consistently heavenly EVERY single time I've had it. Plus, the sandwich is the ideal size. It leaves you completely satiated, but not stuffed.
Go for the Bread Pudding – My husband and I were there for lunch today. We each had one of the small sandwiches. I had the chicken tarragon and he had the egg salad and asparagus - dainty, but very good. We were saving up for the dessert we eyed on the way in - the bread pudding w/ mascarpone cheese and fresh berries. Awesome! One of the best desserts ever! We'll be back for dessert again, and soon.
Average – I expected this to be a sophisticated place - decor and ambiance and menu give that vibe. But screaming toddlers and kids all around quickly dissipate that image. The space is very loud and also very cold, both metaphorically and literally - dining on one of the coldest Feb nights we were freezing in our seats. Food was alright - comparing it to 'ino is fair, but a little salty for my tastes and just nothing to rave about. I specifically recall spending a lot of time looking at the menu waiting to find something that looked exciting. I guess overall my experience there was... forgettable... and average.
tight spot – First off, you should really check out this place before it gets the NYT Under $25 treatment, because once that happens it could be a challenge to get a weekend table (a black car from the UES isn't that far, as many in the hood know, i.e. Grocery, Chestnut, Porchetta). But I'm not bitter. Just a warning.
I've enjoyed dinner at Bocca Lupo three times now and the food can we qualified as fresh and consistent, if not a bit derivative. All the food press has equated this spot with 'ino, which is a fair statement. After all, the paninis are the main draw. I've tried almost every offering, and always go back to the sweet sausage, broccoli rabe, and Taleggio. The sausage/gooey Taleggio combo is incredible, as are the veal and procini meatballs, served hot over a slice of crusty bread (this is a serious clean plate club dish). Also, check out the seasonal cheese plate. For $13, the range and portion size makes this a great deal.
The other two sandwiches (bruschette and tramezzini) are just average, the later nothing more than a slice of white bread (though Blue Ribbon white bread) stuffed with a paltry amount of meat or cheese. And the lamb lollipops were fatty and cold, which seemed strange to me.
But overall the paninis are spot-on, and sliced perfectly to share for a table of 3-4. And don't skimp on out dessert. The Nutella version should not be missed.
And I'm not joking about the Under $25 review. It's coming. The owner told me Peter Meehan has already made a few visits. So it's only a matter of time.
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