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Lulu and Me Gastrobar opened in November just north of Madison Square Park at 253 5th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Street), and we finally got a chance to try out the menu.  Lulu & Me is owned by husband and wife team, Michael Miele and Karen Fohrhaltz, who also owned and operated Amsterdam’s Bar & Rotisserie and The Metro Grill.

We started with the large plate of Salumi and Cheese, which featured 3 kinds of cheese as well as a salami, a mortadella, and a prosciutto and bread. It’s a nice way to start with a little something for almost everyone. Yes, you could pick up the ingredients at Eataly and make this yourself, but why not have them fix you up a plate with a little sample of everything at Lulu & Me.

Next we tried the Tomato & Basil Crostini as well as the Roasted Rib-eye panini. The Rib-eye panini was the better of the two, and featured very high quality meat, but it’s something we would order again at lunch time rather than dinner.(By the way, the bread at lulu and Me was also very good.)

Finally we tried the small plate of Meatballs in Marinara Sauce as well as the Crab Cakes. They make a good house-made meatball, and the crab cakes came out nice and hot, crisp on the outside and moist in the middle, without noticeable mayo or breading.

The room was packed on the Friday night we were there, giving us hope that another new restaurant pushing into the Nomad neighborhood could make it, following in the successful footsteps of Nomad’s Breslin restaurant and Bar Breton.

The menu features mostly Italian-inspired small and large plates of shareable food, as well as beers on tap, wine and some seriously strong mixed drinks. Here is the full Lulu and Me menu.

It’s a great addition to the neighborhood and a good spot when you want to have a drink and share a few plates of food with friends – Everything that we tried was good.

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