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should we bother going to crispo?

is it in the same league as frankie's sputtino or lupa (a couple years ago)? tried becco last weekend and was underwhelmed, don't want the same experience at crispo. this weekend

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  1. It will depend on what you order. Some dishes are good (like the duck and the panna cotta), and some are average. A lot of hounds like the carbonara at Crispo, but I prefer the version at Lupa. I haven't been to Frankie's Sputtino.

    Why not consider Po? Though the menu is smaller and less standard than Crispo's, Po is at the same price point and in my opinion uniformly delicious across the board.

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    Lupa
    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    Po
    31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

    Crispo
    240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    1. crispo is pretty mediocre for the money at this point. there are so many inexpensive solid italian places in the area instead so that i dont bother with crispo anymore.

      da andrea is the best alternative in terms of price and food.

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      Da Andrea
      35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: sam1

        seems that Da Andrea doesn't take reservations. any idea what the wait might be like at 8:30 on Friday...big table - 6 people. impossible?

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        Da Andrea
        35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: coasts

          Unless this has recently changed, they do take reservations for parties of 6. Give them a call.

      2. I'm in the "fine, not great" camp. I wouldn't go expecting a revelation, but some of the dishes, like the carbonara, are enjoyable. My criticism is that most of the "flavor" comes from a heavy hand with the salt. Though I actually enjoyed Crispo more than my last meal at Po which someone else has mentioned here. It's nice that the front of Crispo opens up a bit to the outside as the weather gets nicer, and they have a cool 20,000 leagues under the sea-style Bathroom door.

        1. i'll stand up for Crispo. it's true that it really depends on what you order, but they serve one of my absolute favorite dishes - Troife al Prosciutto. It's a fresh pasta, almost like gemelli, sauced with a truffle butter and parmesan and topped with peas and prosciutto. it's so good that i've tried to replicate it at home.

          we also really enjoy the fried risotto & mozzarella balls, stuffed cherry peppers, and fresh ricotta. Ms. Coasts has had less success with varied dishes, including Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Spaghetti with Basil. our last time there, maybe two weeks ago, she had an excellent fresh pappardella with mushrooms.

          to be honest, i prefer it to Lupa and Frankies, of which I prefer Frankies. i found Lupa to be disappointing.

          i say go to Crispo, but be sure to sit in the back garden. it's got an entirely different feel.

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          Lupa
          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

          Frankies 17 Spuntino
          17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

          Crispo
          240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. Crispo and Lupa are comparable, so if you like Lupa I would not hesitate to give Crispo a try. I do agree with sam1 that Da Andrea is a fine alternative. Though I prefer most of the pasta dishes at Crispo, Da Andrea will cost you less and the apps and mains are excellent.

            1. I am also in the "eh" camp. Not so impressed. It is certainly not bad, but I have had better Italian in NYC.

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              1. re: LBNJNY

                please don't hesitate to list them, as Crispo has become our go-to Italian place. i'm open to trying something new.

              2. appreciate the insight. we decided to skip crispo and went to shorty's 32. i know different cuisine and location. definitely enjoyed shortys and would head back

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                Shorty's .32
                199 Prince St, New York, NY 10012