Lukin’s brings fresh, new vibe to Varick Street


Lukins’s Brick Oven Pizza opened its doors this past May and has been packing people in ever since. Lukin’s is known for their pizza, live music, hip vibe and all around great place to hang out with friends. As soon as you walk into the door you are exposed to urban feel on Varick Street with the exposed brick walls, butcher block style tables, exposed duct work with cool light features in the dining section. Seating is also available in the bar with high top tables. Make sure to check out the lounge area that has couches and chairs to sit back and have a cocktail, mingle and relax with friends.

The place was filled with people dining in or grabbing take out the day we visited Lukin’s. The menu is posted about the counter on a unique chalkboard sign and it might take you a minute to order with the variety of menu items to choose from. Everything looked delicious! We decided to start off with some appetizers. The Mozzarella sticks are always a must try and these bad boys didn’t disappoint. All I have to say is fresh mozzarella and Panko bread crumbs … Delish! We didn’t stop there. Once we saw Mac & Cheese Balls we were done. Homemade macaroni and cheese coated with Panko bread crumbs and deep fried. It was heavenly. A fun little tidbit that most people don’t know … ask for the combo … Mac & Cheese Balls and their famous Risotto Balls … a match made in heaven.

After taking a break for a minute we decided to tackle our lunch. We had to try the pizza. The pizza came out bubbling to perfection with little round pepperonis. The pizza had the right amount of sauce with the perfect blend of spices and cheese. Once you take a bite you know the dough is homemade. They offer a variety of pizzas that is sure to please everyone.

Now, onto the “Dirty Frank” sandwich. I really don’t know where to start … everything about this sandwich is amazing. Their house breaded chicken tenders are topped with crisp bacon, cheddar cheese, barbecue and ranch on a ciabatta roll. The cheese just melted over the sandwich with just the right amount of sauce. You will need extra napkins for this sandwich which is probably why they named it the “Dirty Frank.”

Jim Fitzgerald, the owner of Lukin’s has done a great job bringing a cool, hip vibe to Varick Street. He also has stayed true to the roots of Varick Street with keeping the old Pasquale’s Pizzeria sign on the brick wall. Stop by and grab something to eat, order a drink or grab a chair and listen to some live music.

Lukin’s is located at 640 Varick St in Utica. Keep update on the happenings at

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