Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-midnight; Sun, 3pm-10pm
L at Eighth Ave.; A, C, E at 14th St.
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After two decades as a New York chef-for-hire, Frank Crispo has finally landed an open kitchen of his own, where he's serving up delicious Italian-Mediterranean fare like mint-braised artichokes and a sliced hanger steak that puts most French bistros to shame (even minus the frites). The cozy room, the friendly service, and the gentle prices make this place a terrific addition to the neighborhood, but we'd come back for Frank's plate of lovingly sliced prosciutto alone.