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If you had to pick, Scarpetta or Crispo?? HELP??

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!!!!!!!

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  1. 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

    1. 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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      1. re: coasts

        @ 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

          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

          1. re: TrishUntrapped

            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

              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 :)

              1. re: serenity0055

                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.

                1. re: uwsister

                  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

              2. re: Riverman500

                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

                  Locanda Verde, maybe?

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                  Locanda Verde
                  377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                    1. re: Riverman500

                      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

                      1. re: serenity0055

                        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

                        1. re: Riverman500

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

                          1. re: Riverman500

                            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

              3. 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. 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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                  1. re: Simon

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