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serenity0055 Sep 22, 2011 04:20 PM

Going out to dinner with 7 ppl for a 40th Bday... Want really GOOD Italian food, not crazy expensive or foo foo.

I have narrowed it down based on much research and reviews to Scarpetta or Crispo. Someone make up my mind...

or maybe a better suggestion???

Step up from Carmines but not a Babbo or Marea :)

Thx!!!!!!!

  1. alkonost Aug 19, 2012 10:49 PM

    I can't vouch for Scarpetta because I haven't dined there yet. But I have been to Crispo, the setting was on the casual side but the food was very good. I'd probably classify it more as a good value with solid food, rather than a fancy/expensive/froo place. I took some friends of the family out to dinner whom requested Northern Italian fare, everyone loved their meal but it was far enough in the past where I can't really remember what everyone ordered. They have a very good roasted bone marrow app and the seafood was perfectly prepared- I vaguely remember a john dory dish and a shrimp dish among what was ordered.

    1. foodmonk Aug 18, 2012 02:05 PM

      Crispo is about friends, family and comfort. Scarpetta is about high-gloss, glamor and sophistication.

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        TrishUntrapped Aug 18, 2012 04:13 PM

        Respectfully disagree. Although I admit to some sophistication, I am not high-gloss or glamorous nor do I like places that are all about the look or vibe. I find Scarpetta very comfortable, the service very attentive and warm, and the food delicious.

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        swannee Aug 16, 2012 01:58 PM

        Scarpetta is definitely more expensive than Babbo, and only slightly less so than Marea.

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          Simon Sep 23, 2011 04:13 PM

          I love Scarpetta, but Dell'Anima is another one to consider here

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          Dell'Anima
          38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          Scarpetta
          355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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            upupaway Aug 16, 2012 01:39 PM

            How much space between tables at Dell Anima?
            Scarpetta sounds fabulous but beyond my budget.
            Are there any other good candidates not on the lists above?

          2. TrishUntrapped Sep 22, 2011 08:05 PM

            Something in between Crispo and Scarpetta... Maybe Pepolino?

            http://www.pepolino.com/index.htm

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            Pepolino
            281 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            1. coasts Sep 22, 2011 04:40 PM

              The service and ambiance at Crispo is not on the same level as Scarpetta. I happen to love the food at Crispo, but Scarpetta is in a different league. Also, the indoor space at Crispo is only just okay. The back patio is by far the better room, but it's quite rustic.

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

              Scarpetta
              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                serenity0055 Sep 22, 2011 04:45 PM

                @ coasts

                So would you say better food at Crispo, trendier ambience at Scarpetta?
                Scarpetta is a little pricer, but I would rather pay for better food..

                1. re: serenity0055
                  TrishUntrapped Sep 22, 2011 04:58 PM

                  Been to both, Scarpetta is in a different league in a good way. Much better than Crispo on all levels in my opinion.

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

                  Scarpetta
                  355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                    Riverman500 Sep 22, 2011 05:03 PM

                    Agreed. Scarpetta is also in the same price range as Babbo, though less expensive than Marea.

                    But if the OP is looking for a "step up from Carmine's" with solid food and good value, he or she might be happier at Crispo.

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                    Babbo
                    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

                    Scarpetta
                    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                    Marea
                    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                    1. re: Riverman500
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                      serenity0055 Sep 22, 2011 05:29 PM

                      Oh didn't realize Scarpetta is in the same price range as Babbo.. Now even more confused, should just go to Babbo.

                      Ugh I just can't make up my mind bc i'm not paying. Was just asked to make the Res.. I guess Scarpetta is in the lead.. Thanks everyone :)

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                        uwsister Sep 22, 2011 07:33 PM

                        Well, Scarpetta is a lot easier res than Babbo, for one, if that's a factor at all.

                        Agree w/ everyone that Scarpetta is better than Crispo. Also don't forget their famous and fabulous bread basket, which practically ensures no one leaves Scarpetta hungry.

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                          Riverman500 Sep 22, 2011 07:37 PM

                          Babbo also won't take parties larger than 6, so it won't work for the OP.

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                          Babbo
                          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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                        serenity0055 Sep 22, 2011 05:50 PM

                        So Is there any other reco you can make thats comparable with price and food of Crispo but maybe with a more vibrant, less romantic ambiance?
                        thx :)

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

                        1. re: serenity0055
                          coasts Sep 22, 2011 06:17 PM

                          Locanda Verde, maybe?

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                          Locanda Verde
                          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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                            Riverman500 Sep 22, 2011 06:28 PM

                            How about Po or Lupa?

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                              serenity0055 Sep 22, 2011 06:43 PM

                              We have all been to Po and lupa, what are your thoughts of Morandi? Was looking at Locanda verde

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                              Morandi
                              211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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                                Riverman500 Sep 22, 2011 06:49 PM

                                I haven't been to Morandi. Hope you report back if you decide to go there.

                                Locanda Verde is great, though a bit pricier than Crispo.

                                I think you might like Osteria Morini as well.

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                                Morandi
                                211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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                                  serenity0055 Sep 22, 2011 07:01 PM

                                  Just looking at OM....I'm so confused....thanks for all the feedback

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                                    kathryn Sep 22, 2011 07:07 PM

                                    I found Osteria Morini to be very loud and crowded. Crowded enough that the back of your chair touches the back of your neighbor's chair sometimes.

                                    Locanda Verde, Babbo, and Scarpetta are all in the same approximate price range (entrees around $30).

                                    However, the portions at Scarpetta are pretty generous (like they are at Babbo). At Scarpetta I've split a secondi or even skipped the secondi all together because I was full.

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                                    Osteria Morini
                                    218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                          2. re: TrishUntrapped
                            LeahBaila Sep 23, 2011 12:40 PM

                            Agreed.

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                        MRS Sep 22, 2011 04:30 PM

                        We ate as 8 at Scarpetta in Sept and I thought it was fabulous. The food was superb and innovative. The service was terrific. We loved the vibe and had a great night. I think you'd have a great time!

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                        Scarpetta
                        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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