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ld2186 Apr 28, 2007 04:17 PM

Anyone ever been to Crispo? Thoughts? Food? Atmosphere?

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    Lucia Apr 28, 2007 04:18 PM

    A lot of hounds have, so you may want to do a search. It's one of my favorite Italian restaurants in town. Pastas are great, but so are some of the meat dishes I've tried. Atmosphere is bustling, but still sort of cozy (despite the size) and romantic.

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      nyufoodie Apr 28, 2007 06:11 PM

      Food is still ok. Not as good as Lupa. But, it's crazy noisy when I went on a Saturday night last month.

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        jsmitty Apr 28, 2007 06:30 PM

        as good as lupa mayabe better

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          G3B Apr 29, 2007 05:22 AM

          definitely better than Lupa in terms of food, atmosphere and service. The one and only time I went to Lupa, I did not like the food, music was blasting, service was horrible and tables were very cramped. Crispo I have been to many times and enjoy the food very much. Service is fine and music is at a normal decibel so that you can actually have a conversation.

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            ld2186 Apr 29, 2007 05:37 AM

            Thanks for all the quick replies. Do they have outdoor seating?

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              RGR Apr 29, 2007 05:53 AM

              Yes, they do.


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                ld2186 Apr 29, 2007 06:37 AM

                Yes, I did visit the website. I guess my question is: Is the carriage house or outside garden a nicer place to dine in than the indoor dining room?

                thanks again

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                  Nehna Apr 29, 2007 10:41 AM

                  absolutely nicer in the outdoor back patio than inside. its been covered over for the winter so that its still possible to dine out there but it'll probably uncover soon (if not already) for warm weather.

                  the back patio is just amazingly cute.

                  and on the lupa vs cripso thing..I also give my vote to crispo. dont miss the carbonara. or the cauliflower with pine nuts and proscuitto.

            2. re: G3B
              josh L May 1, 2007 12:02 PM

              crispo is good but to say its better then lupa is a stretch as crispo serves very traditional southern style italian food that is very different from lupa. in general, i'd say crispo, while a good neighborhood spot is quite ordinary compared to lupa.

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                Nehna May 3, 2007 08:07 AM

                Maybe it's a hard comparison but I've always left happier from Crispo than from Lupa -- quality, portion size, atmosphere. True lupa might be a little more creative but I'd still visit Crispo over Lupa if given the choice.

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                  G3B May 3, 2007 08:31 AM

                  I absolutely concur!! Went to Lupa once and will never return again.

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                    josh L May 4, 2007 02:52 PM

                    your loss buddy.

        2. jrazzle Apr 29, 2007 12:34 PM

          I went last night with some friends actually and loved it. We sat in the "carriage room" (I think that's what it's called). Thought these were the best items at our table: artichoke salad, hanger steak was awesome (and $19.50), chicken marsala--we substituted chicken for the veal. The spaghetti pomodoro was also delicious. We ordered the ricotta and truffle oil and I wasn't a huge fan... the mozzarella frita was better. Overall, loved it though and will definitely go back!

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            ld2186 Apr 29, 2007 01:02 PM

            thanks for all the great responses - I'll definitely give it a try. Is it hard to make reservations?

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              pellegrino31 Apr 30, 2007 06:59 AM

              Depends a little on which day of the week you want to go - weekends at prime hours will fill up faster, of course, but in general it's not super difficult to get a reservation - and nothing like getting a table at Lupa. The last time I went on a Sat night I think I just called earlier in the week and was able to get a 2 top for 8:00pm.

              Enjoy it - it's a great place. I second the recs for the carbonara, and when I was there last we had the whole roasted branzino and that was amazing.

              1. re: ld2186
                Nehna May 1, 2007 09:45 AM

                they're on opentable, so easy enough to hunt around for a good table time. i've never really had an issue getting a table around when I want it, long as I made it a few days in advance.

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              Dave Feldman May 1, 2007 09:36 PM

              We usually focus on the appetizers, especially the arancini. Crispo also prepares a proper carbonara. Service is friendly, too.

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                CityFoodNY May 2, 2007 06:31 PM

                My favorite italian restaurant in the city. Food, atmosphere, everything is great! Go for it!

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