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240 W. 14th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Eighth Ave.
Not good at all!
By ZAGAT on 3/29/2013
I simply do not understand why the restaurant is crowded. Very noisy that you can't communicate, too small that you bump into a customer sitting at the next table, smells musty... the food had nothing special. The correspondance of the staffs were awful and the attitude was terrible. They need to understand what service is!
By mindoverstomach on 7/21/2010
Did you know Crispo charges $5.50 for parmesean? And it's your critics pick! Read more about "why" they don't serve it here: http://mindoverstomach.com/?p=245
By mbailey60kyct on 2/23/2010
I was there Saturday night, food, impecciable, service, extraordinary, a little noisy and crowded, but the FOOD!!! The ricotta, the brussel sprouts, the porchetta, the bolognese, the gnocchi! Absolute brilliance!
By Pefac on 3/17/2009
what's not to like about crispo's the food is great and it doesnt burn a hole in your pocket, not to mention its strategically located downtown in chelsea.
food ok, but so noisy
By redalain on 10/31/2008
we were seated in the large dining room at the back of the restaurant. There were some large parties and the noise was crazy. Really not the place to have a quiet dinner when 2 or 4 in a party ...Never again ...
Excellent food - horrible service
By RAS0522 on 9/10/2008
While the food was delicious and decor charming, the service at Crispo was unaccommodating and rude.
A Must Try
By bradnyc212 on 12/30/2007
I've been to Crispo many occasions. For work parties, dates, and just a chilled out place to get a great bowl of pasta for a great price. The decor is great in the backroom with a fireplace - great for the winter. If you're looking for a romantic quiet venue, this is not the place. It's loud and fun. Great for groups. The specials are consistantly amazing, the apps and salads are declious. Can't say enough great things about this place - abso love it.
Solid Italian Comfort food
By 26thstreetfoodie on 7/14/2007
I've been to Crispo three times, and each time I go back its a geniunely enjoyable experience. Granted this is no Babbo, but then again, Crispo isn't selling itself as an over-the-top fine dining. The decor is pleasant, its neither understated or over the top. The front dining room has more of a cellar vibe to it. The carriage house in the back is large and spacious. The food is comfort food. You cannot go wrong with the Carbonara. While a little on the "bacony" side in terms of flavor, its the best Carbonara I've had in the city. The service can be a little slow to respond, but once you have their ear, they are quite attentive to your needs. As for the bad reviews, something seems a little suspicious. All eight of them happened within the span of a one month period of time, and four were within a single week. Either there was a review that came out at that time and the restaurant was slammed, or someone was trying to poison the well. Definitely take them with a grain of salt.
By nydent on 4/29/2007
Can't believe the bad reviews! Food here is diverse, delicious well-prepared and very authentic Italian for the most part. Service to our loud, large group was kind, helpful and attentive. We let our server put together a sampling of appetizers for us and he pleased us all! Favorites were the risotto balls, olive miste and crostini. Of the entrees I tasted, the hangar steak and carbonara were the best but the orichette were tasty also. Every dish highlights a few simple ingredients which to me is the essence of italian cooking--absolutely delicious. A sampling of house made gelati was a perfect finish to the evening. The front of the restaurant is definitely darker but also quiter than the much brighter and louder back 'garden' room. Look forward to going back!
Secret Spot Revealed!
By simoned on 4/3/2007
We had dinner last night at Crispo and we were so delighted. There is so much attention to detail at this restaurant from the lighting in the bathroom (which makes women look great!) to the large glasses of water that never seem to be empty. We were given a seat in the garden room which is like a hidden oasis in the big, bustling city. It is tranquil, with a retractable roof that allows for open air ambiance. There is a stone fountain and a fireplace that only adds to the lovely experience. The food was amazing- the torteloni with butternut squash were delicate but so flavorfull and my husband's steak was cooked to absolute perfection. The wine list was extensive but very user-friendly and our waiter was right there to assist us. I would definitely recommend Crispo to anyone looking for a casual but delicious night out. We loved it and we are city folks who have been to many restaurants!! No gimmicks here just good food and good times.
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