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551 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Perry St.
i loved spasso
By lovetwoeat on 3/13/2012
After my first visit at spasso, i left having my favorite dish: the stracinati, with duck ragu. i think i went back several times specifically for that dish. It was the perfect pasta dish - I don't favor pasta too often, but the duck made it extra special. There were times when I went back and ventured out for something different and still found myself very much pleased. Recently, though, my last couple of visits didn't prove itself as special as previous visits. Besides that the stracinati is no longer on the menu, it was just not as special-- the level of the food seemed to have changed. I do want it to get better and to love it like I used to, because there are a couple of members of the staff who are very nice and very welcoming which also made it great to come to. It was an all around good new neighborhood place. A suggestion or 2 maybe for a good return in my opinion would be to maybe bring back that stracciatella, and maybe also get rid of these new little shell-like crunches in some of their pasta dishes (interesting, but distracting -- and im not sure they really add to a dish, as much as it might just take up space).
Spasso: the place for couples
By tschwa17 on 12/30/2011
Went to Spasso last night after it was recommended by a family member. We got there 45 minutes late for our reservation but they were nice enough to accommodate us anyway. We started the evening with a glass of red and white wine. The wine was good but it was served in a glass that made it look sorta like apple juice. We were seated at a table in the corner right on top of a married couple. The wife was screaming at her husband the whole meal which made for a humorous and entertaining experience. The food was absolutely delicious. We ordered 2 appetizers, mussels and a prosciutto appetizer that were to die for. Our two main courses, pasta dishes, were incredible. Overall, it was a romantic dining experience in the heart of the west village. Absolutely recommended!!
Good food but loud
By DelGaudio on 9/24/2011
The food is good and I'd go back. It's not an upscale place but that was never the expectation. So, comparing it to a Batali joint in my mind is somewhat unfair. The reviewer needs to check their head and get out more. Yes, it is loud and crampped but last time I checked this is New York. If you need cushy space and quiet, stay up town.
By cyrenaly on 7/8/2011
west village standard for some delicious pasta and wine. I just happened upon this place as I live in the neighborhood, and the food was surprisingly good - namely the ricotta strascinari, which consists of tender duck meat tangled in some delectable cheese, whose name i've forgotten, over shell-shaped pasta. the service is exceptional and it's a fun place to be for a late dinner, if a little crowded (definitely get a reservation for a table, but i personally like eating at the chefs bar). the chocolate caramel dessert is also ridiculously rich and addictive; if i lived in Louisiana i'd be eating it every day. the prices are really reasonable, so good for a recent college grad to hang out! skirt steak during brunch is also spot on. overall a cute place to hang with friends or would be good for a date night.
We love Spasso
By cdoner on 5/4/2011
I was expecting a long wait from what I've heard but was able to be seated right away by the most delightful maitre d', I think she was Spanish or Italian. A smile that lit up the room. She informed us that it would be a little wait, but just then two seats opened up at the bar. We pounced. The duo of bartenders passed us back and forth seemlessly ina kind of dance. One explaining the specials, another making our drinks. The first one again tasting us on wines, the other putting in our order. Checking in when we needed them to, absent when we wanted space. Don't miss the Stractitella (mozzarella in cream), the rabbit salad (healthy and delicious at the same time). Duck Stratchinari and Orrechiette are not to be missed. Somehow got talked into a Gin & Tonic after dinner. I am surprising a new fan. Great experience.
Mistreated My Parents on their 40th Wedding Anniversary
By rjn13 on 5/1/2011
I am a restaurant owner and a regular to Spasso. The food has always been great and I have always loved the service. Therefore when my parents had their 40th wedding anniversary I thought it would be the perfect place for them to go and celebrate. They booked the reservation three weeks in advance and they also confirmed. The day of the reservation there was an accident in the Holland Tunnel and my parents called them twice to tell them they would arrive late. Spasso told them, "its fine don't worry." Ultimately they arrived 15 minutes late. They then placed them at a table right at the entrance next to the bar. My father then said, "Can we please get another table?" They responded, "we had a better table for you, but gave it away, because you were late." My father then told them, "Is this how you treat somebody who makes a reservation three weeks in advance, coming from New Jersey and who also called you twice to let you know that we were stuck in traffic?" They then rudely smiled back without a word. My parents would've been happy to wait for a better table, but Spasso decided to be rude to them no less on their 40th wedding anniversary. In the past I have gotten nothing, but good service. I even wrote a good review about this place. However, the way they have behaved is completely inexcusable. I have no idea why they acted this way. I myself have never ever treated a customer like that especially one who has come in for their 40th wedding anniversary.
Ya gotta be kidding me
By petem on 4/4/2011
Despite some gushing by a prominent reviewer gusher, who admitted she'd been recognized (where isn't she?) the food was dissappointing with great ingredients thrown into a bowl and dumped into the pasta. Surprising given the pedigree of the owners this placed felt amateurish, completely un Italian and under classed especially given the prices. Wine list made no sense either with expensive examples of common varieties and inexpensive versions of potentially great ones. Strange wine service too. Seems they want to impress with uniqueness at the expense of taste and quality.
Overbooked & Overlooked
By rockyrocky on 3/31/2011
Do not expect to be seated on time for your reservation- this place is notorious for overbooking. Waited over 30 mins at the bar midweek while a helpless hostess could only repeat "your next". But when? After 40 minutes we gave up and left. It's a shame -the food is decent & the restaurant has a lively vibe. That's if you ever get to try the food....
Warning: Two Hour Time Limit Strictly Enforced!
By CapeGirlJD on 2/28/2011
I made a 7:30 reservation on a Saturday night to celebrate my birthday with some friends. When we arrived promptly at 7:30, the hostess told us that they were running behind schedule and asked us to wait at the bar. When two seats at the bar opened up, and we tried to sit there, the snotty hostess abruptly walked over and told us that we were not allowed to sit there as they were saving those seats for people that were eating at the bar. Thus, we were forced to squeeze into the service station area of the bar and then were told by dining patrons that we were in the way of their table! Trying to put that behind us, we did manage to have some great wine, appetizers and meals. However, just as we were ready to order another bottle of wine and desserts, the same snotty hostess (who by the way was not good enough looking to have an attitude like that) walked over and rudely told my friend that we could only order if we agreed to leave in the next 15 minutes as they needed to turn our table and had a 2 hour time limit! Thankfully our server laughed it off and let us stay or the night would be been totally ruined. When I called this morning to explain what happened to the General Manager, he acted like it was no big deal and was eager to get me off of the phone. Bottom line...food is pretty good, but I prefer to dine at restaurants that make me feel welcome...not like I am part of an assembly line (especially when you're spending a few hundred dollars)!
Way too uptight
By cstock0906 on 2/11/2011
I went to Spasso last night with my family and it left a lot to be desired. We had 5 out of 6 of our party there on time for the reservation but they wouldn't seat us. While waiting at the bar I ordered a Ketel on the rocks. My drink was 3 big blocks of ice and 1 oz of vodka. It was actually comical. They measure ever drink they pour with a jigger so the servings are tiny. I needed to get a double which ended up being a regular at most restaurants. The food was solid but nothing spectacular.
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