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Posted by Kristin on 09/04/2009
Wonderful find! This place has outstanding food (the rice balls, tomato and cheese buschetta, ravioli and veal saltimbocca were all devoured!) I will absolutely go back there!
Posted by anon on 08/23/2009
We eat at Crispo all the time and LOVE IT. have never had bad service- maybe a short wait, but the food is delicious and consistent...we bring friends here from out of town all the time and have never heard a negative comment, never mind a complaint. It's strait up, good Italian food.
Posted by tjohnson on 06/06/2009
as a big nyc diner and nyc chef i know good simple food and service....unfortunately this joint has neither...the male mgmt team even wears high end j.c. penney outfits as they rule the floor, fancy stuff..but seriously the chef slices proscuitto for all the dishes..wow what talent...sorry to sound bitter but i've had better food, wine and service all over the city...
Posted by anonymous on 05/21/2009
I just went to Crispo for the first time last week and found a new favorite restaurant. I didn't have any issues with the service. It was neither too fast or too slow, and my waitress was very helpful in picking out from the many selections. They had almost as many specials as they did regular menu items. We tried the pork chop and lamb chop special. Both of which were amazing and reasonably priced. The fresh cut prosciutto was also a good appetizer. Overall for 2 drinks each, a main dish and a split appetizer it came to $50 a person which is a steal for the quality of the food.
Posted by Anthony on 05/07/2009
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 her 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!
Posted by Xavier on 04/07/2009
My favorite Italian restaurant in NYC (for comparison, my 2nd fave is Lupa). Prices are super-reasonable for what you get -- all the pastas are available as half orders for about $10 or less, they have a fantastic selection of small plates and their duck breast is the best in the city. I don't know where they get ducks with big meaty breasts like this, but they're fantastic. And at $21 an amazing value because there's enough for two. What I usually do is to go with a friend, get an app, split a half order of pasta, split the duck and split a dessert. The desserts are great too, and really reasonably priced -- a combo of an excellent creme brulee and and even better pot au creme is $6. And to top it off, the place is beautiful, with interesting fixtures and lighting. So it's great for a date and won't break the bank!
Posted by Jenny on 03/14/2009
We called at 830 and got a reservation for 930 on a Friday. We were seated right away, but in a cramped area; request to change tables was politely accommodated immediately. Service at the new table, however, left much to be desired. The woman seemed overwhelmed and annoyed that we wanted to eat. Seemed like she forgot to punch in our order and then had to order it on the fly. It would have been nice if she acknowledged her error. Once the food arrived, the night got much better. Fried calamari was excellent (zuchinni slightly undercooked) and the special striped bass was yummy. Veal marsala was great too. Overall, I'd def go back.