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Posted by Gigi on 05/10/2007
I recently went here with a group of friends and thought it was a charming place that reminded me of a lot of Italy. The pasta is fresh and tasty. It picks up the nuanced differences in all the flavors in each dish. I enjoyed the chocolate gnocchi immensely. They are not overly chocolatey...they hint of cocoa and they pick up the lovely blend of the boar and mushrooms with which they are paired. I recommend it highly. The service is a little sketchy but the food makes up for it.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/25/2007
Spigs makes the perfect place to have a date, meet friends, or being parents/relitaves from out of town. It's the coziest spot I've found in a long time. The food is incrediable and creative. Lot of mixes of sweet and salty. It's definetely NOT a restaurant for everyone. Theres no classic old fashioned Italian. Trying something is a little of an adventure that you feel you've tried before but definetely not the same. I highly encourage it. My favorite dish is this pasta, like a penne but not, with fra guas (I can't spell sorry), broccoli, and potatoes in a sauce that is out of this world. The wine is fabulous as well as the cheese plates.
Posted by John, Morningside Heights on 02/03/2007
Just had a very surprising experience during an initial visit to Spiga. It turns out that the cost for a 2-hour roll at this neighborhood hot-spot is about $400. Our party of 5 arrived at 6:40 pm and had just been served dessert around 8:45 pm when our waiter unexpectedly appeared bearing the check and proffering a slightly confused soliloquy. Before we could ask any questions, he explained that a large party was waiting for our table and then perplexingly told us to stay "as long as you want to". Displaying a well-developed instinct for gratuity preservation, he subsequently let us order coffees and even a glass of dessert wine without adding them to the bill. However, shortly after these arrived, the pompadour-toting would-be adult functioning as maitre d' arrived to tell us that we had to leave immediately because he had a party of 8 that needed our table. When someone in my group asked him what VIP was waiting to be seated, he explained that each party is allowed 2 hours to order, eat-up, and clear out at Spiga. The food that wasn't overcooked was very interesting ... but at $200 per hour, it better be. Never before been forced to vacate a table in NYC ... other than one attached to a bowling alley at the Port Authority Lanes. Caveat emptor.
Posted by (Optional) on 01/23/2007
This place deserves a very big two thumbs up, especially for its location since the area is in dire need of some top restaruants. We had the cocoa gnocchi - it was OK but I would not get again. I simply prefer not to mix chocolate with pasta. The other items we had were outstanding and we also loved the decor - felt more like a small italian in the east village, which we enjoying going to. If we want Babbo decor, we'll go to Babbo.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/24/2006
When Spiga is on game, it is truly wonderful. Last night, we brought a bottle of Sea Smoke Pinot ($25 corkage), and enjoyed one of the best meals in recent memory. Fresh, inventive, elegant in execution, the cooking at spiga can approach the sublime. Some tables feel slightly cramped, but if you get the right spot and the service is smooth, this is about as good as it gets, IMHO. Highlights for us were the buffala tomato basil app., cold tomato soup with avocado and fried mussels, gnocchi with gorgonzola, shrimp and figs, and a studel of green tomatoes with basil sorbet! Menu is changing next week, so if you like that list get there soon....
Posted by jill on 07/17/2006
Had to find something delicious and high quality..and was tired of the usual 'names'. Needed something mid-town to upper west and started searching. I started w/crab cakes in an eggplant slurry, and followed with rack of lamb which was so delicious. My husband had a phenomenal "fried" zucchini..but so light and wonderful..followed by the filet mignon...also a terrific choice. And I agree, plenty of wine to choose from..and the Brunello di Montelcino..perfect. Service was good, not overbearing. Lastly, I suppose the decor could have been a bit more sumptuous, but quite lovely nonetheless and who noticed after the food came?!
Posted by Local UWS'er on 05/30/2006
I'm glad we got a table when this first opened, because we've hard a hard time ever since. This has a great atmosphere, great staff (very attentive, but not overbearing), and the unique menu was very good. The appetizers were good (not a great menu), but the entrees rocked. The pumpkin ravioli and the filet were both outstanding. Great wine list. i definitely recommend, but call for a reservation early.