Chef and Restaurateur John DeLucie’s New Restaurant, Lumaca, Opens in NYC
Lumaca, chef and restaurateur John DeLucie’s newest venture, officially opened its doors on October 21. Located in HGU New York, 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, Waverly Inn, Bedford & Co, Empire Diner, and most recently, Anslie in Brooklyn, NY. “Lumaca is an ode to my southern Italian heritage and I’m stoked to bring a taste of true Southern Italy in 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," says 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."
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.
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 for guests to enjoy the stunning original 1905 beaux art 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 features photographic works by Anton Perich, 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.
Driving the bar program at Lumaca is Beverage Director, Anthony Henirquez. Lumaca features a heavily influenced Italian wine list, and creative cocktails using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Select cocktails include:
- Pino Fresco: Gin, Lemon, Basil, and Citrus Foam
- Febbre di Lumaca: Ginger, Rye, Bordiga Aperitivo
- Frutta dell’Autunno: Vodka, Pear Nectar, Cardamom Bitters, Lemon Juice
Lumaca Lounge is the new two-part cocktail bar and lounge located within the HGU New York, with the bar section seating 20 guests and the lounge seating 30 guests. Operated in tandem with Lumaca the restaurant, Lumaca Lounge will offer light bites pulled from Lumaca’s main dining room menu, like Arancini with mascarpone, parmigiano reggiano and aioli, and Fried Mussels with Calabrian chili and caper aioli, as well as unique cocktails and Italian wines. Lumaca Lounge is the ideal destination for hotel guests and city dwellers to enjoy cocktails, bites, and sit back and enjoy the nightly featured spinning DJ.
About John DeLucie
For much of the past two decades, John DeLucie has been one of New York City’s most popular chefs. Since his days at the Waverly Inn, DeLucie has been busy opening Bedford & Co. at the Renwick Hotel, re-opening the iconic Empire Diner, and launching the Ainslie in Brooklyn. Now, DeLucie is partnering with HGU New York to open the hotel’s flagship Italian Osteria. Lumaca is DeLucie’s opportunity to reconnect with his Southern Italian roots.