Chef and Restaurateur John DeLucie‘s newest venture, has officially opened its doors. Located in HGU New York Hotel , a luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, Lumaca is a seafood-driven, coastal Italian restaurant.

Deriving its name from the Italian word for “snail,” Lumaca embraces the Italian way of enjoying a meal by taking it slow and savoring the experience. The highly anticipated Lumaca is one of three installments in DeLucie’s full culinary vision for the hotel, which also includes the HGU Rooftop Bar and The Lumaca Lounge. “I’m thrilled to be working with my friends at HGU New York in opening Lumaca,” says John DeLucie, formerly of The Lion and Waverly Inn, and most recently, Bedford & Co, Empire Diner, and Anslie in Brooklyn, NY.

John Delucie and his Vespa. Photo by Avery Whyte.
John Delucie and his Vespa. Photo by Avery Whyte.

“Lumaca is an ode to my southern Italian heritage and I’m stoked to bring a taste of true Southern Italy to such a beautiful setting.” “The opening of Osteria Lumaca underscores HGU New York’s commitment to providing unrivaled hospitality and culinary experiences to our guests,” said Michael Namer, CEO & Founder of Alfa Development, HGU New York’s owner.

“Chef DeLucie’s sophisticated and personal approach to coastal Italian food perfectly complements HGU New York’s celebration of New York culture, history, and heritage in a creative and contemporary setting.”

The Food Lumaca’s menu celebrates DeLucie’s Southern Italian roots, offering dishes specific to the region of Puglia. Lumaca’s starters include light fare such as Hamachi Crudo with citrus, black rice crisps, and black garlic aioli, Insalata Mista with buffalo mozzarella and champagne vinaigrette, and Calamari in Umido with tomato sauce, garlic, on sourdough crostini.

Pasta dishes include the Linguine Bottarga with salt-cured fish roe, Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia with ‘nduja and braised octopus, and Paccheri al Forno made with ricotta cheese and wild boar. Entree offerings, perfect for sharing or as a standalone dish, include dishes meant to delight such as Branzino al Cartoccio, Branzino cooked in parchment paper and served with farro, seasonal vegetables, and herbs.

The Decor Lumaca is one of DeLucie’s most intimate restaurant ventures yet, seating just 60 guests. Designed by architect Peter Guzy of Asfour Guzy Architects, plush banquettes provide a cozy vantage point for guests to enjoy the stunning original 1905 beaux arts plasterwork on the ceiling, marble-clad bar with custom glass and steel shelving. Gallery 151 has curated a custom art collection that adds to the restaurant’s special ambiance.

Lumaca boasts exclusive framed photography from storied American photographer, Anton Perich. The Lumaca Lounge also features photographic works by Sebastian Piras, Ralph Gibson, Lee Jaffe, Anna Friemoth’s “Words for Women” series, Robert Weingarten, Marcia Reznick and a selection of four paintings from the “Girlfriends of the Rolling Stones” series by Liz Markus. […]

“Chef DeLucie’s sophisticated and personal approach to coastal Italian food perfectly complements HGU New York’s celebration of New York culture, history, and heritage in a creative and contemporary setting.”

Michael Namer, CEO & Founder of Alfa Development

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