Crispo Restaurant

★★★★☆
Imaginative Italian at a stylish trattoria in the Village.
  • 240 W. 14th St.

    New York, NY 10011

    Cross street: Between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue

    Map & Directions
  • 212-229-1818

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Hours
Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm Fri-Sat 5pm-12am Sun 3pm-10pm

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Food is excellent. Service is pretty good. Value is sometimes so so because sometimes the portions are big, other times they are very small. The pasta dishes they offer are excellent

4
★★★★☆

Food is excellent. Service is pretty good. Value is sometimes so so because sometimes the portions are big, other times they are very small. The pasta dishes they offer are excellent

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We were 7 women (cousins) having dinner after a "spa day", and before an 8:00 Broadway show. we were kindly sat in the Gerden Room in front of the beautiful (but warm) fireplace. The service was great, very conscious of our time-frame.

3
★★★★★

We were 7 women (cousins) having dinner after a "spa day", and before an 8:00 Broadway show. we were kindly sat in the Gerden Room in front of the beautiful (but warm) fireplace. The service was great, very conscious of our time-frame.

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Love this place. Get table in back room. Feel like you are transported to a backyard in Tuscany. Everything is awesome here including the service. Favorites are the octopus salad and guanciale pasta.

2
★★★★★

Love this place. Get table in back room. Feel like you are transported to a backyard in Tuscany. Everything is awesome here including the service. Favorites are the octopus salad and guanciale pasta.

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Bottom line this is one of the best italian meals I have had outside of Italy. Completely blown away.

2
★★★★★

Bottom line this is one of the best italian meals I have had outside of Italy. Completely blown away.

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Absolutely outstanding and can't wait to go back!

Rustic and comfortable surroundings; informed and friendly service, and some of the best and most reasonably priced Italian food I've ever had.

2
★★★★★

Absolutely outstanding and can't wait to go back!

Rustic and comfortable surroundings; informed and friendly service, and some of the best and most reasonably priced Italian food I've ever had.

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Don't let the outdoor appearance of the area fool you! This place is really great! As I was walking towards Crispo I thought no way this cant be it, because the area is not all that great.. and you wouldnt think that the restaurant could be good.. but it was :)
It was my mom's birthday this past saturday and we felt like italian so we decided on Crispo.. having read some of the reviews I thought we should give it a try and I am really glad we did. We sat in the garden/outdoor seating area in the back and it was really cute. The waitress gave us enough time to decide on our orders and gave us great recommendations; she was really nice. Also, the food was yummmyyy!! I would definitely recommend this place and cant wait to go back!!!

2
★★★★☆

Don't let the outdoor appearance of the area fool you! This place is really great! As I was walking towards Crispo I thought no way this cant be it, because the area is not all that great.. and you wouldnt think that the restaurant could be good.. but it was :)
It was my mom's birthday this past saturday and we felt like italian so we decided on Crispo.. having read some of the reviews I thought we should give it a try and I am really glad we did. We sat in the garden/outdoor seating area in the back and it was really cute. The waitress gave us enough time to decide on our orders and gave us great recommendations; she was really nice. Also, the food was yummmyyy!! I would definitely recommend this place and cant wait to go back!!!

Pros: Great food, great lil outdoor garden and service :)

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I wondered how many times I had walked past Crispo before I finally noticed it last weekend.
The gorgeous refub industrial glass & metal doors onto the sidewalk are what drew my attention.
Once inside I was amazed at the decor. Simply stunning. Incredible use of the old and industrial in a beautiful manner. Certainly, not a new idea, but Crispo has done it so well your eye is constantly drawn to other impeccable details.

I have not yet the opportunity to sample the menu - but can tell you their drink selection is as varied as the ornamentation.
Inspired infusions that tempt you to try more than you ought in an evening.

Bonus - Pork Slap, on tap!

Great date spot - put this one on your list.

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★★★☆☆

I wondered how many times I had walked past Crispo before I finally noticed it last weekend.
The gorgeous refub industrial glass & metal doors onto the sidewalk are what drew my attention.
Once inside I was amazed at the decor. Simply stunning. Incredible use of the old and industrial in a beautiful manner. Certainly, not a new idea, but Crispo has done it so well your eye is constantly drawn to other impeccable details.

I have not yet the opportunity to sample the menu - but can tell you their drink selection is as varied as the ornamentation.
Inspired infusions that tempt you to try more than you ought in an evening.

Bonus - Pork Slap, on tap!

Great date spot - put this one on your list.

Pros: Stunning use of salvage

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I came upon this place recently by accident and I'm glad I did. This place is amazing! The quality of the food and the portions are a steal for their prices. I had the branzino and it was great. Anyone who claims they got food poisoning from fish must have already had a bug because you don't get food poisoning that quick from food. Definitely a must try and will definitely be back again soon!

2
★★★★★

I came upon this place recently by accident and I'm glad I did. This place is amazing! The quality of the food and the portions are a steal for their prices. I had the branzino and it was great. Anyone who claims they got food poisoning from fish must have already had a bug because you don't get food poisoning that quick from food. Definitely a must try and will definitely be back again soon!

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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I went to Crispo recently and suffered from food poisoning due to the fish I had there. I felt very nauseous immediately afterwards. Both the salad and fish were mediocre. There are many better Italian restaurants in the city and many better restaurants in the meatpacking/w village area.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to Crispo recently and suffered from food poisoning due to the fish I had there. I felt very nauseous immediately afterwards. Both the salad and fish were mediocre. There are many better Italian restaurants in the city and many better restaurants in the meatpacking/w village area.

Pros: decor

Cons: food poisoning

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I love this place. My friend and I go here every few months and have not been disappointed once. The food is good the staff is very nice and they have a great wine selection. It's a great restaurant for small parties or a romantic dinner for two.

2
★★★★★

I love this place. My friend and I go here every few months and have not been disappointed once. The food is good the staff is very nice and they have a great wine selection. It's a great restaurant for small parties or a romantic dinner for two.

Pros: Food

Cons: none

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If you haven't had a chance to experience all that the Crispo menu has to offer....Now's the time!! On Sunday, November 8th, Crispo is presenting "La Famiglia". It's a four course "abbondonza" style supper.. beer, wine, tax and tip are included in the $50minimum cash donation, and %100 of the proceeds go directly to Adrianna Cavanagh and Nathen Trueblood, two children who are battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The chefs at Crispo have been planning this special menu for months, and invite anyone with a big appetite, and a big heart to share in this unique dining experience. Make your reservations now! The event starts at 2pm. The children and your bellies will thank you!!

2
★★★★★

If you haven't had a chance to experience all that the Crispo menu has to offer....Now's the time!! On Sunday, November 8th, Crispo is presenting "La Famiglia". It's a four course "abbondonza" style supper.. beer, wine, tax and tip are included in the $50minimum cash donation, and %100 of the proceeds go directly to Adrianna Cavanagh and Nathen Trueblood, two children who are battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The chefs at Crispo have been planning this special menu for months, and invite anyone with a big appetite, and a big heart to share in this unique dining experience. Make your reservations now! The event starts at 2pm. The children and your bellies will thank you!!

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I went to Crispo last night for a birthday dinner. Everything from start to finish was perfect. Our waitress was lovely, personable, and gave terrific recommendations which were totally spot on. I got the Bucatini...amazing. The duck (which i tasted alot) had exactly the right amount of crisp on the outside with a perfect balance of meat on the inside. Wine awesome..service terrific. I even ate brussle sprouts which i never do...candied with almonds and proscutto..GOODNESS!!! They even gave me a complimentary glass of calvados since they were out of it and that was the last of the bottle. All in all 100% terrific restaurant. I highly reccommend this place!

2
★★★★★

I went to Crispo last night for a birthday dinner. Everything from start to finish was perfect. Our waitress was lovely, personable, and gave terrific recommendations which were totally spot on. I got the Bucatini...amazing. The duck (which i tasted alot) had exactly the right amount of crisp on the outside with a perfect balance of meat on the inside. Wine awesome..service terrific. I even ate brussle sprouts which i never do...candied with almonds and proscutto..GOODNESS!!! They even gave me a complimentary glass of calvados since they were out of it and that was the last of the bottle. All in all 100% terrific restaurant. I highly reccommend this place!

Pros: The food, location, the wine....

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If you love overpriced, empty restaurants with the wait stuff starring at you the entire time ?? don??t go to Crispo! People seem to overlook the fact that Crispo is not a fine dining place, even though the food and the service are too good for the menu prices. They could have charge twice as much. New Yorkers know that even with the reservation they might end up waiting for the table on a busy Friday or Saturday night and they are not stressed out about it. I find it amusing that people complain about 20 min wait and expect some free stuff to be sent to their table.
I??ve been to Crispo on many occasions and I have never left disappointed. The food is absolutely amazing! From appetizers I would recommend prosciutto with polenta and smoked mozzarella, roasted peppers and buffalo mozzarella, caramelized cauliflower. Spaghetti carbonara, meatballs and trofie are outstanding. Branzino, lamb chops, pork shank and duck breast are definitely worth trying.
The place can get crowded and loud pretty fast, but the servers are always up to speed. I was very pleased with my waiter??s knowledge of the wine list (I think his name was Jordan). When I had dinner with 7 of my friends, the waitress (with a slight accent) was friendly and very fast, we didn??t have to ask or wait for anything.
I love sitting in the garden when the weather is nice. I always recommend Crispo to all my friends and have never heard that they were disappointed. Give it a shot!

2
★★★★★

If you love overpriced, empty restaurants with the wait stuff starring at you the entire time ?? don??t go to Crispo! People seem to overlook the fact that Crispo is not a fine dining place, even though the food and the service are too good for the menu prices. They could have charge twice as much. New Yorkers know that even with the reservation they might end up waiting for the table on a busy Friday or Saturday night and they are not stressed out about it. I find it amusing that people complain about 20 min wait and expect some free stuff to be sent to their table.
I??ve been to Crispo on many occasions and I have never left disappointed. The food is absolutely amazing! From appetizers I would recommend prosciutto with polenta and smoked mozzarella, roasted peppers and buffalo mozzarella, caramelized cauliflower. Spaghetti carbonara, meatballs and trofie are outstanding. Branzino, lamb chops, pork shank and duck breast are definitely worth trying.
The place can get crowded and loud pretty fast, but the servers are always up to speed. I was very pleased with my waiter??s knowledge of the wine list (I think his name was Jordan). When I had dinner with 7 of my friends, the waitress (with a slight accent) was friendly and very fast, we didn??t have to ask or wait for anything.
I love sitting in the garden when the weather is nice. I always recommend Crispo to all my friends and have never heard that they were disappointed. Give it a shot!

Pros: Great food, service, garden

Cons: None

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Great place but htey need for their wait staff to be more interactive. Make your diners feel they are at your home. Not a very welcome place.

2
★★★★☆

Great place but htey need for their wait staff to be more interactive. Make your diners feel they are at your home. Not a very welcome place.

Pros: Food and atmosphere

Cons: Lack of detailed menu and staff interaction

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We had a 9pm reservation on a Sunday, my boyfriend, his mother and myself. We received a friendly and prompt greeting and were seated right away. The restaurant was not crowded but most tables were sat, so I don't know why we had service issues. Our first waiter brought the menus and then asked us for our drink order. We asked if he could suggest a dry red and he just said "oh they're all good" and couldn't recommend anything. Everything related to service went down hill from there! We ordered individual drinks which never came; we had to go to the bar to get them ourselves. We ordered 4 salads/appetizers, one was brought after the main courses and we had to remind the waitress we had ordered it. The bus-boy took our appetizer plates while we were still eating. We tried to tell him we are still eating the appetizers and waiting for a fourth, but he didn't seem to understand us, so we sat with our remaining appetizers with no plates to eat them on. After our food was delivered I had a question about my dinner, but there was never any follow up by the wait staff. When we got the bill there were charges for drinks we didn't order and we had to chase down a server to have the bill corrected.

I think the main problem here is that they seem to use a "tag-team" approach to service. We had a bout 4 wait staff during our meal (not including the bus-boys). No one remembered your order and I think they all assumed someone else was taking care of you.

The food was very good, we loved our meal. This is really the only thing that made the night "ok". If you can deal with flaky service, you will get a good meal here. Otherwise, steer clear!

1
★★☆☆☆

We had a 9pm reservation on a Sunday, my boyfriend, his mother and myself. We received a friendly and prompt greeting and were seated right away. The restaurant was not crowded but most tables were sat, so I don't know why we had service issues. Our first waiter brought the menus and then asked us for our drink order. We asked if he could suggest a dry red and he just said "oh they're all good" and couldn't recommend anything. Everything related to service went down hill from there! We ordered individual drinks which never came; we had to go to the bar to get them ourselves. We ordered 4 salads/appetizers, one was brought after the main courses and we had to remind the waitress we had ordered it. The bus-boy took our appetizer plates while we were still eating. We tried to tell him we are still eating the appetizers and waiting for a fourth, but he didn't seem to understand us, so we sat with our remaining appetizers with no plates to eat them on. After our food was delivered I had a question about my dinner, but there was never any follow up by the wait staff. When we got the bill there were charges for drinks we didn't order and we had to chase down a server to have the bill corrected.

I think the main problem here is that they seem to use a "tag-team" approach to service. We had a bout 4 wait staff during our meal (not including the bus-boys). No one remembered your order and I think they all assumed someone else was taking care of you.

The food was very good, we loved our meal. This is really the only thing that made the night "ok". If you can deal with flaky service, you will get a good meal here. Otherwise, steer clear!

Pros: Very good Food, Decent Wine List

Cons: Bad Service

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I was nervous about the reviews on bad service, I went on a sunday night and experienced no negative service. The place was very cute, with exposed brick and dim light. The pasta dishes were great, the angliotti stuffed with veal and mushrooms was amazing. The only critique is i was hoping for canolis to be on the dessert menu, but the tiramisu was good. Would definitely go back.

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★★★★★

I was nervous about the reviews on bad service, I went on a sunday night and experienced no negative service. The place was very cute, with exposed brick and dim light. The pasta dishes were great, the angliotti stuffed with veal and mushrooms was amazing. The only critique is i was hoping for canolis to be on the dessert menu, but the tiramisu was good. Would definitely go back.

Pros: great food, good value

Cons: none

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I been here shortly after they open around 5 yrs ago. Food was very good and the staff was great. Located in the village with many things to do and see after a great meal.

3
★★★☆☆

I been here shortly after they open around 5 yrs ago. Food was very good and the staff was great. Located in the village with many things to do and see after a great meal.

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the bus boy was more pleasant to us then our waitress, the mumbled when she spoke and she never came to check on us.

other than the awful service, the food was amazing.

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★★★☆☆

the bus boy was more pleasant to us then our waitress, the mumbled when she spoke and she never came to check on us.

other than the awful service, the food was amazing.

Pros: food

Cons: service

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The back patio is very pretty! The tables in the front would be nice to eat outside too I imagine. The food is really good and so is the service. Loved it!

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★★★★★

The back patio is very pretty! The tables in the front would be nice to eat outside too I imagine. The food is really good and so is the service. Loved it!

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I love the food at this place and have been coming often but had the worst expierence at a aresturant the last time I went. After telling them weeks in advance I was going for a special celebration we waited a half hour for our table, they then gave us the worst table and a waiter who kept telling us they didn't have what was on the menu. He completely forgot about us until he asked if we wanted the check, at which time we were about to leave he caused a huge scene about us not leaving our credit card reciepts. He proceeded to yell at my friend and when we asked him to calm down, only then did he realized he had them in his hand. I was mortified to have brought out of towners here and even more disappointed because it use to be my favorite resturant in the city.

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★☆☆☆☆

I love the food at this place and have been coming often but had the worst expierence at a aresturant the last time I went. After telling them weeks in advance I was going for a special celebration we waited a half hour for our table, they then gave us the worst table and a waiter who kept telling us they didn't have what was on the menu. He completely forgot about us until he asked if we wanted the check, at which time we were about to leave he caused a huge scene about us not leaving our credit card reciepts. He proceeded to yell at my friend and when we asked him to calm down, only then did he realized he had them in his hand. I was mortified to have brought out of towners here and even more disappointed because it use to be my favorite resturant in the city.

Pros: good food

Cons: awful table, awful service, NEVER dine with a large group!

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I have to say that I've heard lots of things about this place and maybe my expectations were set to high. I did not enjoy the food which was barely edible. The service was ok but the food spoiled everything. I'd give it a second try but I'm not sure I'll be giving a third chance.

1
★★★☆☆

I have to say that I've heard lots of things about this place and maybe my expectations were set to high. I did not enjoy the food which was barely edible. The service was ok but the food spoiled everything. I'd give it a second try but I'm not sure I'll be giving a third chance.

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This used to be one of my favorite places to eat but no more. While the garden and atmosphere can't be beat, my entree was just plain bad this past Sat night. I ordered a special (papardelle with porcini mushrooms) and the whole dish had no taste and the mushrooms tasted like they had been microwaved-plus they were giant-I could barely fit one in my mouth and they were rubbery and hard to chew. I find it insulting that they served me that dish. At $70 for the meal, I was incredibly annoyed and while my friend's fish special was good I still won't be back. The service was also pretty bad-waited 20 minutes for the waiter to even take our wine order.

1
★★☆☆☆

This used to be one of my favorite places to eat but no more. While the garden and atmosphere can't be beat, my entree was just plain bad this past Sat night. I ordered a special (papardelle with porcini mushrooms) and the whole dish had no taste and the mushrooms tasted like they had been microwaved-plus they were giant-I could barely fit one in my mouth and they were rubbery and hard to chew. I find it insulting that they served me that dish. At $70 for the meal, I was incredibly annoyed and while my friend's fish special was good I still won't be back. The service was also pretty bad-waited 20 minutes for the waiter to even take our wine order.

Pros: garden

Cons: service, food

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By all standards, this so called ephemeral experience I was supposed to encounter never transpired here at Crispo (03/25/08). Perhaps, it was the over-intoxicating aroma of over overcooked (and perhaps spoiled) "sweetbreads" (pancreas) that got my stomach churning. The tableware was dirty. (IE: Something floating in my water glass/ dried specks of food on my fork...) Our waiter seemed like a nice and courteous server, Spanish I believe, but distracted due to a problem going on with a drunken, rude table making problems for the entire restaurant. The managerial staff appeared half heartedly concerned about anyone else but this obnoxious table... (I mean, what about the rest of us? Are we just something undesirable stuck to the bottom of someone's shoe?) I would have liked to have discreetly talked to the GM about the small hair in my roasted beet salad, but with the frenzied state he was already in, I didn't want to jeopardize him going into a greater tirade and firing our waiter, when clearly it was a kitchen problem. My husband and I also ordered the Seared Octopus Salad (very rubbery texture), a pasta dish... Spaghetti Carbonara (interesting that it included a poached egg, rather than traditionally incorporating it into the sauce) and we each ordered an entree of Crisp Chicken Diavola (very bland... where's the spice?) and the Seared Duck Breast that was mediocre at best. The wine selection by our server however was the only enjoyable part of our experience.

I personally have severe issues with abuse of power and verbal degradation of hardworking restaurant staff. It not only leaves a sour note in my stomach, but a disgusting insight on their ethical stance in the maltreatment of their employee base. When people are in a working environment without dignity, I morally can not further support this present day feudal system within this restaurant's walls.

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★☆☆☆☆

By all standards, this so called ephemeral experience I was supposed to encounter never transpired here at Crispo (03/25/08). Perhaps, it was the over-intoxicating aroma of over overcooked (and perhaps spoiled) "sweetbreads" (pancreas) that got my stomach churning. The tableware was dirty. (IE: Something floating in my water glass/ dried specks of food on my fork...) Our waiter seemed like a nice and courteous server, Spanish I believe, but distracted due to a problem going on with a drunken, rude table making problems for the entire restaurant. The managerial staff appeared half heartedly concerned about anyone else but this obnoxious table... (I mean, what about the rest of us? Are we just something undesirable stuck to the bottom of someone's shoe?) I would have liked to have discreetly talked to the GM about the small hair in my roasted beet salad, but with the frenzied state he was already in, I didn't want to jeopardize him going into a greater tirade and firing our waiter, when clearly it was a kitchen problem. My husband and I also ordered the Seared Octopus Salad (very rubbery texture), a pasta dish... Spaghetti Carbonara (interesting that it included a poached egg, rather than traditionally incorporating it into the sauce) and we each ordered an entree of Crisp Chicken Diavola (very bland... where's the spice?) and the Seared Duck Breast that was mediocre at best. The wine selection by our server however was the only enjoyable part of our experience.

I personally have severe issues with abuse of power and verbal degradation of hardworking restaurant staff. It not only leaves a sour note in my stomach, but a disgusting insight on their ethical stance in the maltreatment of their employee base. When people are in a working environment without dignity, I morally can not further support this present day feudal system within this restaurant's walls.

Pros: Nice wine, polite service

Cons: obnoxious patrons, crazed managerial staff, sub-par food, cleaner tableware

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I had my birthday party at Crispo on a recent weekend. The food was absolutely phenomenal, the staff was accommodating, and the decor - we were in the garden room next to the fireplace was absolutely great. We had a wonderful time. Highly recommend it!

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★★★★★

I had my birthday party at Crispo on a recent weekend. The food was absolutely phenomenal, the staff was accommodating, and the decor - we were in the garden room next to the fireplace was absolutely great. We had a wonderful time. Highly recommend it!

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Cripso is one of my favorite restaurants, and I've only been three times. The food is consistently great and the service is good. I make sure to try something new each time I visit and I have yet to be dissappointed. I recommend the Pork Shank, or mabye the Butternut Tortelloni (both were excellent). Also, the Asparugus with Parmigiano is simple but very good. This restaurant has a back room with a fireplace which is where i try to sit whenever I go. I have been recommending this restaurant to alot of my friends and co-workers and they have all said good things about it as well. Happy eating...

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★★★★★

Cripso is one of my favorite restaurants, and I've only been three times. The food is consistently great and the service is good. I make sure to try something new each time I visit and I have yet to be dissappointed. I recommend the Pork Shank, or mabye the Butternut Tortelloni (both were excellent). Also, the Asparugus with Parmigiano is simple but very good. This restaurant has a back room with a fireplace which is where i try to sit whenever I go. I have been recommending this restaurant to alot of my friends and co-workers and they have all said good things about it as well. Happy eating...

Pros: Ambience and Food

Cons: Noisy by bar

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I was anticipating my return to Crispo with a 9pm Christmas Eve reservation. (Mistake.) We arrived on time and were sent to the bar despite the several open tables; had I not gone to the hostess station a half hour later to check on my table, I don't think we would have been seated. The hostess seemed dumbfounded and was 'wondering if we were showing up for the reservation'. (Anybody home?) None the less, we were determined to enjoy dinner. But, no bread, no water, no waiter detracted from that a bit... FINALLY, our order is taken... and out comes my app but not my boyfriend's and until we ask. (We're talking an uncomplicated salad here. 15 minutes later it arrived.) When the entrees finally arrived over an hour after being seated, they were delicious but overall, it seems that the staff in general were waiting for Christmas Eve 2008 to bring dinner to the table and service to the restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was anticipating my return to Crispo with a 9pm Christmas Eve reservation. (Mistake.) We arrived on time and were sent to the bar despite the several open tables; had I not gone to the hostess station a half hour later to check on my table, I don't think we would have been seated. The hostess seemed dumbfounded and was 'wondering if we were showing up for the reservation'. (Anybody home?) None the less, we were determined to enjoy dinner. But, no bread, no water, no waiter detracted from that a bit... FINALLY, our order is taken... and out comes my app but not my boyfriend's and until we ask. (We're talking an uncomplicated salad here. 15 minutes later it arrived.) When the entrees finally arrived over an hour after being seated, they were delicious but overall, it seems that the staff in general were waiting for Christmas Eve 2008 to bring dinner to the table and service to the restaurant.

Pros: Tasty food.

Cons: Some of the worst service in the city.

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Staff turnover due to spotty management and ownership seem to be the down fall of this potentially amazing place! Having been a long time regular, I have had the opportunity to see the waitstaff interact with management, and it doesn't seem plesant.
The person affected is me, the customer, my all time favorite waiter is no longer there, and those I am now served by are no where near as knowledgeable as some of the long term employees that they seem to lose.
The food may be great, but with service lacking, why would i return? This long term favorite is no longer a favorite!

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★★★☆☆

Staff turnover due to spotty management and ownership seem to be the down fall of this potentially amazing place! Having been a long time regular, I have had the opportunity to see the waitstaff interact with management, and it doesn't seem plesant.
The person affected is me, the customer, my all time favorite waiter is no longer there, and those I am now served by are no where near as knowledgeable as some of the long term employees that they seem to lose.
The food may be great, but with service lacking, why would i return? This long term favorite is no longer a favorite!

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After frequenting Crispo quite often over numerous years, last night will be the last and final time. While ordering a bottle of wine with my also twenty-five year old friend, we were carded by the waitress and then again five minutes later by the manager- made out to be a complete spectical and then told that he did not believe the state issued drivers licenses (NY and NJ) were real. When my friend lowered herself to offer to show backup- he refused.
Failure to recognize returning clientele is unfortunate. Treating 2 pretty girls with young faces and proper id so disrespectfully is not.
Never going back..

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★☆☆☆☆

After frequenting Crispo quite often over numerous years, last night will be the last and final time. While ordering a bottle of wine with my also twenty-five year old friend, we were carded by the waitress and then again five minutes later by the manager- made out to be a complete spectical and then told that he did not believe the state issued drivers licenses (NY and NJ) were real. When my friend lowered herself to offer to show backup- he refused.
Failure to recognize returning clientele is unfortunate. Treating 2 pretty girls with young faces and proper id so disrespectfully is not.
Never going back..

Pros: garden

Cons: service , management

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I have been to crispo multiple times and LOVE this place. The atmosphere is nice, not great but the food is to DIE for. I have never sampled anythimg that has not been extremely good. The staff is always great, whether they're busy or not. I have dined with a large group here and on a date. Service was great either way. They have specialty cocktails and the crispo sparkler is wonderful. If you are considering dining at Crispo... make reservations now!
You won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

I have been to crispo multiple times and LOVE this place. The atmosphere is nice, not great but the food is to DIE for. I have never sampled anythimg that has not been extremely good. The staff is always great, whether they're busy or not. I have dined with a large group here and on a date. Service was great either way. They have specialty cocktails and the crispo sparkler is wonderful. If you are considering dining at Crispo... make reservations now!
You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Great food, service and ambiance

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Crispo ti amo !
A great place for dinner in a festive atmosphere, Crispo delivers excellent food and it won't cost you a fortune. Super friendly staff, casual, warm and welcoming, Crispo offers simplicity with quality. The perfect spot for a date, meet friends or have a party, Crispo will accomodate you. And don't forget the garden, a hidden gem in the heart of the city.

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★★★★★

Crispo ti amo !
A great place for dinner in a festive atmosphere, Crispo delivers excellent food and it won't cost you a fortune. Super friendly staff, casual, warm and welcoming, Crispo offers simplicity with quality. The perfect spot for a date, meet friends or have a party, Crispo will accomodate you. And don't forget the garden, a hidden gem in the heart of the city.

Pros: food, prices, service, casual and lively

Cons: reservations are strongely recommended

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went there for a birthday event so we had a huge table for 15 people. they put us in a private room which made the night a bit more cozy and intimate rather than being in the main dining hall which was extremely loud to hold down a coversation. we got our entrees and while the food was tasty, it was a bit salty. the best part was the dessert where I had the creme brulee with chocolate cream and it was delicious. overall, our waittress was very polite and not annoying checking up on us every so often. would I come back? possibly to give it another chance

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★★★☆☆

went there for a birthday event so we had a huge table for 15 people. they put us in a private room which made the night a bit more cozy and intimate rather than being in the main dining hall which was extremely loud to hold down a coversation. we got our entrees and while the food was tasty, it was a bit salty. the best part was the dessert where I had the creme brulee with chocolate cream and it was delicious. overall, our waittress was very polite and not annoying checking up on us every so often. would I come back? possibly to give it another chance

Pros: lots of parking, nearby many bars and clubs

Cons: none

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Okay, get ready city searchers, I am about to make a bold statement. Dare I say it, this is probably one of the best Italian places in Manhattan. No need for a lengthy review, it's simple--JUST TRY IT. The spaghetti & meatballs are superb....the ravioli simply melts in your mouth. Before you know it, you are scraping your plate, wondering how you devoured the entire entree in minutes. Needless to say, this restaurant will definitely be in my monthly rotation. If possible, try to sit in the garden area (especially if it's date night). You'll be lining down the block just to watch what they've got.....

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★★★★★

Okay, get ready city searchers, I am about to make a bold statement. Dare I say it, this is probably one of the best Italian places in Manhattan. No need for a lengthy review, it's simple--JUST TRY IT. The spaghetti & meatballs are superb....the ravioli simply melts in your mouth. Before you know it, you are scraping your plate, wondering how you devoured the entire entree in minutes. Needless to say, this restaurant will definitely be in my monthly rotation. If possible, try to sit in the garden area (especially if it's date night). You'll be lining down the block just to watch what they've got.....

Pros: AMAZING food, beautiful garden area

Cons: No leftovers

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Very pleased with our meal at Crispo. The Branzino was perfect; flavorful, moist and deboned properly. Veal was tender and perfectly portioned. Looking forward to returning and trying some of their other dishes.

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★★★★☆

Very pleased with our meal at Crispo. The Branzino was perfect; flavorful, moist and deboned properly. Veal was tender and perfectly portioned. Looking forward to returning and trying some of their other dishes.

Pros: Outside garden, Branzino, italian meats

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This restaurant has amazing food. I have been here for a romantic dinner as well as for a large party, and it is great either way. The mozzarella is the freshest I have ever had, and everyone thought their dishes were amazing (hangar steak, veal parmesan, spaghetti & meatballs).

They have a private room (which is more like an alcove, but private nonetheless) for groups of 8-10 people, which is absolutely perfect. If you are coming with a group of that size, I strongly recommend that room (called the Empire Room). The service was good - they were attentive without being intrusive.

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★★★★★

This restaurant has amazing food. I have been here for a romantic dinner as well as for a large party, and it is great either way. The mozzarella is the freshest I have ever had, and everyone thought their dishes were amazing (hangar steak, veal parmesan, spaghetti & meatballs).

They have a private room (which is more like an alcove, but private nonetheless) for groups of 8-10 people, which is absolutely perfect. If you are coming with a group of that size, I strongly recommend that room (called the Empire Room). The service was good - they were attentive without being intrusive.

Pros: Food, ambience, wine list

Cons: Pricey price fix for groups

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I have eaten at Crispo numerous times and never been disappointed. The food is wonderfully prepared and inventive and always fresh. The back patio is like being in Tuscanny. The service is good and the staff pleasant. It has a homey feel to it and just a wonderful place to eat. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. It's one of my favorites and I take friends and family there whenever I can. Dining at it's best!

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★★★★★

I have eaten at Crispo numerous times and never been disappointed. The food is wonderfully prepared and inventive and always fresh. The back patio is like being in Tuscanny. The service is good and the staff pleasant. It has a homey feel to it and just a wonderful place to eat. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. It's one of my favorites and I take friends and family there whenever I can. Dining at it's best!

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Let me say that we were so fed up with the poor service here that we left before the waitress made time to take our order. I can honestly say that I have never been made to feel so unwelcome in a restaurant in my life. From the icy reception, to the slow staff, to being seated in a hidden alcove built for a party of ten when there were only two of and the main dining room was half full. Never again, Crispo. Pretension with no just cause.

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me say that we were so fed up with the poor service here that we left before the waitress made time to take our order. I can honestly say that I have never been made to feel so unwelcome in a restaurant in my life. From the icy reception, to the slow staff, to being seated in a hidden alcove built for a party of ten when there were only two of and the main dining room was half full. Never again, Crispo. Pretension with no just cause.

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Walked by here a million time went in on Thursday, this place is beautiful and the food was really good really good. If you get a chance check this place out you wont be disappointed.

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★★★★☆

Walked by here a million time went in on Thursday, this place is beautiful and the food was really good really good. If you get a chance check this place out you wont be disappointed.

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So two of us walked by last Friday and decided to give Crispo a try. We knew we would have to wait since we didn't have a reservation. The hostess/manager told us 20 minutes, well it seems she forgot about us because it took 1 1/2 hours until we were seated!! This alone made us realize how disorganized they were. The service was great-server and manager on the floor were very attentive and knowledgeable, but the food was such a dissapointment. My salad (with pears and frisee) was bland, Pasta (Polpette) was over cooked and the meatballs were tasteless! My friend had the Bass, boring to say the least. We decided not to even bother with dessert. There are so many great italian restaurants in the city. Crispo is now at the very bottom of my list!

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★★★☆☆

So two of us walked by last Friday and decided to give Crispo a try. We knew we would have to wait since we didn't have a reservation. The hostess/manager told us 20 minutes, well it seems she forgot about us because it took 1 1/2 hours until we were seated!! This alone made us realize how disorganized they were. The service was great-server and manager on the floor were very attentive and knowledgeable, but the food was such a dissapointment. My salad (with pears and frisee) was bland, Pasta (Polpette) was over cooked and the meatballs were tasteless! My friend had the Bass, boring to say the least. We decided not to even bother with dessert. There are so many great italian restaurants in the city. Crispo is now at the very bottom of my list!

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I went there on Saturday night with a group of 4 and was embarrassed I suggested it. The pasta was
over-cooked and clumpy. The service was just ok. The price was not commensurate with the food, service or setting. There are so many great Italian restaurants in the city I can't imagine why anyone would come here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there on Saturday night with a group of 4 and was embarrassed I suggested it. The pasta was
over-cooked and clumpy. The service was just ok. The price was not commensurate with the food, service or setting. There are so many great Italian restaurants in the city I can't imagine why anyone would come here.

Cons: Food, service, setting

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Crispo is such a treat to come to. The asparagus salad is great, the Branzino is delicious, the wine list is so easy and reliable. Also try ordering a half an order of the carbonara and one of entrees together and you will certainly leave the restaurant a better person. Crispo is a great place or a cozy date or even for a group date. Definitley ask to sit in the barn in the back - its a great atmosphere. ... Crispo makes for a perfect night. You'll always see the chef perusing through the restaurant too - which is a nice little touch.

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★★★★★

Crispo is such a treat to come to. The asparagus salad is great, the Branzino is delicious, the wine list is so easy and reliable. Also try ordering a half an order of the carbonara and one of entrees together and you will certainly leave the restaurant a better person. Crispo is a great place or a cozy date or even for a group date. Definitley ask to sit in the barn in the back - its a great atmosphere. ... Crispo makes for a perfect night. You'll always see the chef perusing through the restaurant too - which is a nice little touch.

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The host and management were rude and disorganized. I was there with a large party and it seemed as though no one at the restaurant knew what was going on or what to do. At one point I saw the manager arguing with one of the people throwing the party. Now, I don't know who was at fault BUT what ever happened to the "customer always being right". It was embarrassing and it made the restaurant look bad. And from my perspective, the customer was not wrong. I would not go back there based on that experience.

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★★★☆☆

The host and management were rude and disorganized. I was there with a large party and it seemed as though no one at the restaurant knew what was going on or what to do. At one point I saw the manager arguing with one of the people throwing the party. Now, I don't know who was at fault BUT what ever happened to the "customer always being right". It was embarrassing and it made the restaurant look bad. And from my perspective, the customer was not wrong. I would not go back there based on that experience.

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I had dinner there last night- the food was amazing! The Beef Steak Tomato & Bufala Mozzarella salad was really good- the mozzarella was so fresh! I had the Branzino and my boyfriend had the Veal Medaglione- both entrees are highly recommended. For dessert we had the Banana Flambé w/ Nutella & vanilla gelato- delicious! I can't wait to go back to try the pasta dishes, although I do agree with the other reviewers that the service needs improvement. Our inattentive waitress kept on disappearing and was kind of stuck-up!

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★★★★★

I had dinner there last night- the food was amazing! The Beef Steak Tomato & Bufala Mozzarella salad was really good- the mozzarella was so fresh! I had the Branzino and my boyfriend had the Veal Medaglione- both entrees are highly recommended. For dessert we had the Banana Flambé w/ Nutella & vanilla gelato- delicious! I can't wait to go back to try the pasta dishes, although I do agree with the other reviewers that the service needs improvement. Our inattentive waitress kept on disappearing and was kind of stuck-up!

Pros: amazing food, cute atmosphere

Cons: service needs improvement

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I've been to Crispo over 5 times in the past 3 years sometimes with large groups and sometimes on a date, my experiences have always been very positive. The food is wonderful and the wine list is impressive with out being snooty. On this last visit the service could have been better but still, I'll be back.

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★★★★☆

I've been to Crispo over 5 times in the past 3 years sometimes with large groups and sometimes on a date, my experiences have always been very positive. The food is wonderful and the wine list is impressive with out being snooty. On this last visit the service could have been better but still, I'll be back.

Pros: Frank (owner-chef) ambience, food, wine list

Cons: on occasion the service

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I honestly wonder who some of the people on Citysearch are and what they want. Crispo is really a wonderful restaurant in its price range. You're not going to get a sommelier, but you will get very good northern Italian food. I've never had a problem with the service there. But go ahead and believe what everyone else is saying so it won't be too crowded for me to enjoy it.

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★★★★☆

I honestly wonder who some of the people on Citysearch are and what they want. Crispo is really a wonderful restaurant in its price range. You're not going to get a sommelier, but you will get very good northern Italian food. I've never had a problem with the service there. But go ahead and believe what everyone else is saying so it won't be too crowded for me to enjoy it.

Pros: Nice ambience, easygoing

Cons: Can be crowded on weekends

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I read the reviews about Crispo before going and thought "oh come on it can't be that bad, I mean it has a 9.1 rating" well that will teach me!

We walked in and the hostesses (there were 3) were rude, the bartender was funny but a bit snappish. Finally 40 minutes after our reservation time, we were seated. We had had an appitizer at the bar, and it was delicious so were very excited for the food, and ok with the wait.

Well...enter the waitress. Rude, quick, snotty...so many words so little space. We asked if we could order our drinks and some antipasto. "No they want the whole order at one time." Ok so we ordered antipasto, salads and entrees with our drink order (have you ever?). The drinks never came, the antipasto never came. The salads came...we mentioned the antipasto, a few minutes they slapped it down on our table between the salads .

Now I don't need to "dine" per se. But (and this is no exageration) one bus boy picked up our salad plates as another put down our entrees. No joke it was like an assembly line. It was pathetic and rude and the drinks never came.

the food was very good. No question he can cook. But no matter how talented a chef you are, if your food is being served by rude people in an unprofessional manner, noone is going to remember how good the food was.

Bottom line, in a city full of fabulous food...why pay $160/couple to have food thrown at you and snappish hostesses? Sadly, no matter how delicious the Branzino was, I just won't be back.

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★★☆☆☆

I read the reviews about Crispo before going and thought "oh come on it can't be that bad, I mean it has a 9.1 rating" well that will teach me!

We walked in and the hostesses (there were 3) were rude, the bartender was funny but a bit snappish. Finally 40 minutes after our reservation time, we were seated. We had had an appitizer at the bar, and it was delicious so were very excited for the food, and ok with the wait.

Well...enter the waitress. Rude, quick, snotty...so many words so little space. We asked if we could order our drinks and some antipasto. "No they want the whole order at one time." Ok so we ordered antipasto, salads and entrees with our drink order (have you ever?). The drinks never came, the antipasto never came. The salads came...we mentioned the antipasto, a few minutes they slapped it down on our table between the salads .

Now I don't need to "dine" per se. But (and this is no exageration) one bus boy picked up our salad plates as another put down our entrees. No joke it was like an assembly line. It was pathetic and rude and the drinks never came.

the food was very good. No question he can cook. But no matter how talented a chef you are, if your food is being served by rude people in an unprofessional manner, noone is going to remember how good the food was.

Bottom line, in a city full of fabulous food...why pay $160/couple to have food thrown at you and snappish hostesses? Sadly, no matter how delicious the Branzino was, I just won't be back.

Pros: good food

Cons: rude staff from start to finish.

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My boyfriend and I always go to Crispo. We love it! The food is great, especially the carbonara and if you like spicy, the orecchiette.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I always go to Crispo. We love it! The food is great, especially the carbonara and if you like spicy, the orecchiette.

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Crispo is aperfect combination of great food, sophistication, and neighborhood comfort. They have the best chicken in the city and their tomatoes are the freshest and incredibly flavorful. Highly recommended for dates, casual dinners, parties, or just about any occasion.

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★★★★★

Crispo is aperfect combination of great food, sophistication, and neighborhood comfort. They have the best chicken in the city and their tomatoes are the freshest and incredibly flavorful. Highly recommended for dates, casual dinners, parties, or just about any occasion.

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The salad and cheese plate were decent, but the pasta and service were terrible. The papardelle were overcooked and tasteless. The waiter couldn't recommend a wine or pasta after we asked him, and the restaurant serves wine in tiny glasses. And the cars buzzing by on 14th street does not create the most serene atmosphere. Also, incredibly overpriced.

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★★☆☆☆

The salad and cheese plate were decent, but the pasta and service were terrible. The papardelle were overcooked and tasteless. The waiter couldn't recommend a wine or pasta after we asked him, and the restaurant serves wine in tiny glasses. And the cars buzzing by on 14th street does not create the most serene atmosphere. Also, incredibly overpriced.

Pros: Cheese Plate

Cons: Overpriced, Bad wine list, Bad service

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The best italian restaurant in NYC. My experince is like fairt tale. This is Italy. Don't waste your time walking through Little Italy and come here. The food is delicious, service is great and overall impression is just lovely. I recommend reservation. You have to check this out.

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★★★★★

The best italian restaurant in NYC. My experince is like fairt tale. This is Italy. Don't waste your time walking through Little Italy and come here. The food is delicious, service is great and overall impression is just lovely. I recommend reservation. You have to check this out.

Pros: food, service

Cons: no, no, no

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I recently dined here for the third time. Have loved the food, ambiance and wine list. However after the last visit I would be foolish to go back. The staff acted as if they were doing us a favor by showing up. Service was slow (an hour between finished entree and dessert menu) and snippy. ( If you're not my waiter than who are you and why have you been taking my orders and bringing me food???). I get the message- won't be back...

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently dined here for the third time. Have loved the food, ambiance and wine list. However after the last visit I would be foolish to go back. The staff acted as if they were doing us a favor by showing up. Service was slow (an hour between finished entree and dessert menu) and snippy. ( If you're not my waiter than who are you and why have you been taking my orders and bringing me food???). I get the message- won't be back...

 

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