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Posted by Anon on 04/20/2012
Nice experience and good date spot... Food was fresh, presented well, and atmosphere was perfect for a date... the downside is, it's incredibly crowded on Friday and Saturdays and although you can make reservations good luck getting the staff to seat you within 20 min of that reservation, especially in the coveted back room. Again, overall very good and once (if you're the kid of person able to) get past the wait and occasionally busy staff the food is worth returning for
Posted by JM on 01/29/2012
Really enjoyed my chicken parm (although it wasn't called that). Nice zuchinni flowers . Artichoke was ok but lacked taste. Ravioli was good. Disappointed in no ricotta cheesecake with texture! Also would go back for vongole and baked clams if they had them . Please get them. Service was excellent. Noise level was very very high, closeness of tables let you listen in to your neighbor's conversation, and the music was boom boom bass bass. Ick. We want to go for ambiance as well as the food. Why don't restaurants understand this?
Posted by Anonymous on 11/05/2011
The pasta dishes are good portions and very tasty. Antipasti was very good as well. The ambience is very nice. Good for a first date. Slightly on the pricey side for what it is
Posted by anonymous on 07/28/2011
This is the first review I have ever written, but I think this restaurant is worth it! The food was amazing and reasonably priced. The stand out dishes were the Okinawan Sweet Potato "Tortelloni" and the Seared Duck Breast. I would highly recommend Crispo! Can't wait to go back!
Posted by anonymous on 05/16/2011
I used to frequent Crispo at least once a week- i brought friends there, family from out of town. Its a bit over priced for what you are getting, but nonetheless the food is good and i enjoyed the ambiance. A month ago friends and I were sitting in the bar area at a table enjoying our second bottle of wine and finishing up on at least 60$ worth of appetizers, (the bus boys couldn't clear table fast enough to get us out of there) when a manager came over and told us that we would have to leave if we were not ordering entrees. Mind you, menus were still on the table, we intended on ordering more food. Even if we weren't, we were sitting at a BAR table racking up a nice tab. Its not like we were ordering diet cokes. And there were plenty of tables open. His explanation was "he was preparing for the 'rush' and we would have to leave if they needed our table." I've worked as a waitress/bartender for years in New York City and i would never, nor would my manager ever say this to a regular costumer who is spending money. This is unexceptable and insulting given how much time and money i've spent there over the years. There is a lot of competition out there- I have since taken my business elsewhere. Good management and good service is a reflection on the owner. And after reading some of these reviews it appears that he should have a chat with his staff.
Posted by Jill NYC on 05/04/2011
Me and 2 friends had our 2nd disappointing experience tonight at Crispo. During our meal the health inspectors decided to show up. Our waitress let us know that our meals might be delayed after we were waiting quite a while already. 95 minutes after sitting down there our food was finally served. Could you imagine no management came over to apologize or offer anything to us? Then my friend asked the waitress if we could have a round of drinks for having to wait so long so she sent over one of the managers there. He said it was out of their control therefore they shouldn't owe us anything. Then someone else came over and offered us a "peace" offering which was dessert. We declined as it was close to 11pm and it was bad enough we were eating dinner so late. You don't personally come over and offer something or apologize for such a delay? (we go there all the time) Then to top it off... We ordered spaghetti with a spicey marinara sauce but went for the gluten free option they had. They charged us $22.50 for a plate of pasta! $22.50.... Are they kidding?
Posted by Karen on 03/21/2011
I went here with a group of girls for Sunday brunch and had an excellent experience. The food is simply delicious and the brunch drinks are reasonably priced. Despite so many restaurant choices still yet to discover in NYC, I will definitely be going back here. The service was also very good as the waitress was very accomodating for our group of 10+. It is truly a neighborhood gem that's ideal for large groups as well as intimate dining.