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“Excellent Italian - this place has the straight goods” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Crispo
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Ranked #894 of 13,479 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: West Village
Cross street: Btw. 7th & 8th
Transit: Take the 1, 2, 3 Train to 14th St. & 7th Ave., proceed toward 8th Ave. Take the A, C, E Train to 14th St & 8th Ave., proceed toward 7th Ave. Take the L Train to 8th Ave., proceed toward 7th Ave.
Description: Chef and owner Frank Crispo opened Crispo Restaurant in the heart of Chelsea and the West Village in the summer of 2002. Our 150 seats create a lively, warm and friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy our signature Northern Italian cuisine. We were nominated in 2002 for "Best New Restaurant" by Time Out magazine, and received an award for "Best Spaghetti Carbonara" by New York Magazine in 2004. Food is not our only passion. Our extensive wine list covers the major regions of Italy and several other countries beyond. For enthusiasts, we have a full bar stocked with grappa, amaros, aperitifs and digestifs. Come join us for dinner in our main dining room, or in our outdoor garden space. It remains open year long. With this newest addition to Crispo Restaurant you will truly feel like you are not in New York.
Toronto, Canada
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“Excellent Italian - this place has the straight goods”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

We visited Crispo on a recent trip to New York, based on a recommendation. Our meal was excellent. For starters we had the Caprese Salad and a special appetizer with buffalo mozzarella and panelle. Both were excellent and I liked the unique take on a caprese salad. For our mains, we had the gnocchi verde and spaghetti & meatballs. I enjoyed every bite. I think that the chef did a good job of using great ingredients and keeping the recipes simple and delicious, rather than over-complicating a good thing. I like the ambiance of the restaurant, although we were close to the bar so there was a lot of people standing around waiting for their tables. The service was great, although our waiter was a busy guy and did not linger at the table a second longer than required. Next time, I'd love to sit on the patio.
Overall, highly recommend!

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southport
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wedding Eve dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We booked Crispo for dinner on the eve of our son's wedding,having been there in 2011 we knew everyone was in for a treat,the food was excellent and the staff also, thanks for making this a special part of our fantastic trip once again to New York

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High Point, North Carolina
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“Very enjoyable experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Enjoyed everything about Crispo! The cocktails, our food and service were all excellent. Will definitely be back soon. Our 21 year old daughter would also like to return.

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Arlington, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
“Great choice for Italian in Chelsea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

It's not hard to have great Italian food in NYC, but what a pleasure to have gracious service and lovely space as well. They let us choose between outdoor (the lovely back courtyard) and indoor (the quiet area near the kitchen), and then moved us before the rain. The waitresses and servers were excellent and the wild bass was the best I have ever had. We also enjoyed the salads, the octopus, and of course the pasta. The wine was ok but should have been stored in a cooler location. The warm temperature did not enhance the flavor of the wine. It's an unfortunate lapse for this otherwise perfect restaurant. I hope they will invest in a cave to keep the reds cool.

Visited April 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
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“All in all, Crispo is just excellent. Great value too. Highly recommended.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

Excellent restaurant. You could pay a great deal more in the dozens and dozens of trendy high-profile Italian restaurants within a few blocks of Crispo, but do check this place out for outstanding and interesting food, attentive service, all in a delightful and popular venue below street level. You can consider Crispo a real find; it's everything a fine restaurant should be without breaking the bank.

My wife and I shared the artichoke appetizer and the crispy Brussels sprouts as starters followed by the grilled lamb and calamari/zucchini main courses. Really sensational! Wine list provides a fine selection of wines, mostly Italian. We selected one of the several SuperTuscans they had and it was just great.

Highly recommended.

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