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Help me choose: Crispo or Roberto Passon or Bianca on Bleecker Street?

Which one should I choose for a simple Friday dinner with my husband and parents, and why?

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  1. Depends on what you are looking for.
    I am a big Crispo fan -- having said that, it can be very noisy on weekends. If you don't mind that, the food is really quite fine.
    Roberto Passon is a place that I have not yet been to but have a reservation for on Christmas week. I have a feeling it will be a bit quieter than Crispo.

    1. Of the three, I've only been to Roberto Passon. The food is very good. It's an extremely popular pre-theater destination, so, now that the strike is over, for a more leisurely feel that avoids the "rush and crush," I suggest you make a reservation for around 8 p.m.

      One addtional caveat. Servers recite the specials without providing prices, so if any of them appeals to you, be sure to ask the cost; otherwise, you risk major sticker shock when you are presented with the bill.

      1. bianca all the way! crispo is good and a little more complicated dishes then bianca, however bianca simpler dishes always win us over. dont miss the flash fried parsley and artichoke appetizer, as well as the fennel and artichoke salad. the fish specials and the salmon are always amazing as well.

        note! bianca is a tiny place, go early or late. the tables are very close together, but thats part of the charm..

        1. Never been to Passon. I'd choose Crispo over Bianca, though, because I've just found the food there consistently better.

          1. Our couple of dinners at Crispo are many times better than the one that we had at Roberto Passon recently. While we found the the dishes to be un-inspired and very ordinary, plus the wine list very boring and un-imaginative, at Roberto Passon; the dishes at Crispo are more hearty, rustic and relatively well executed, in addition, the wines are more than decent.

            My suggestion, obviously, is to go with Crispo, as many in this board would point you to.

            1. Definitely go to Crispo. I have been to all three and agree with the other posters comments about each of the places. For me the choice would be Crispo, Passon and then Bianca. I liked Bianca, but when compared with the other two it clearly is third choice.

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              1. re: G3B

                Is Bianca still cash only?

                Tipsy

                1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                  Last time I went which was during the summer it was.

              2. Crispo, but I haven't been to Roberto Passon.

                1. Thank you everyone for your input. I think I will try Passon because their menu seems to be a little more interesting, but I will go to Crispo soon

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                  1. re: yankabanka

                    Is Bianca a good possibility for a private party of about 30 people, during the winter months, or is it too small? What do you think?

                    1. re: furrybluecyclops

                      30 people would pretty much take over the entire restaurant. If they would take the reservation, though, it could make for a nice group meal. Not sure how the cash-only angle would play out for a crowd like that.