Crispo

Restaurants , Italian West Village
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Crispo
The tables at this lively little joint are packed a bit tightly, but no worries; a sip of vino and some of chef Frank Crispo’s creations will soon have you feeling expansive. Inventive appetizers include warm octopus salad, doused with olive oil and coiled atop creamy boiled potatoes, and the acclaimed warm polenta, enriched with mascarpone and Parmesan, then topped with slices of smoked mozzarella, pepper, chives and a layer of see-through-thin prosciutto San Daniele. The hearty, salty pastas stick to tradition, and there are daily fish specials. Chocolate desserts are on target; try the dark-chocolate torta, presented in a pool of hazelnut zabaglione with rum-soaked raisins.
Venue name: Crispo
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Address: 240 W 14th St
New York
10011-72
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5–11:30pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight; Sun 4–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Average main course: $17. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Maria M
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Crispo is a hidden gem on the busy 14th Street in Chelsea. With lots of pubs and quick to-go spots lining the street, this cozy Italian spot is a nice get-away from all of that. There's outdoor seating at the front of the restaurant, a large and nice dining room on the inside, and then a back garden room that's perfect to go sit in during the nice weather (the manager said they cover it in the summer & winter because the room will get too hot or cold). All of the food is affordable and so incredibly delicious and fresh. When we asked the waitress for recommendations for both food and drinks, she was incredibly helpful. Can't wait to come back next!

Brian M.

Stepping off 14th Street and through the black steel gates that read "Grazie", Crispo offers a rich taste of Northern Italy in the West Village.  The brick walls and dim lighting create a warn atmosphere which is a prelude of the tasty meal to come.  They offer a generous amount of salads ranging from kale to artichoke to beet and goat cheese.  If your appetizer needs a bit of meat, the fresh sliced prosciutto is a carnivore's dream.  The entrees have a small sample of carne and fish, but the main focus is the pasta.  Spinach and Short Rib Ravioli and Duck Gnocchi are two of the more than a dozen plates to try.  Black Truffle Ricotta Ravioli is incredibly decadent, although anything that has truffle butter, two words that should never be together, can not steer you wrong. If possible, leave room for an Italian dessert, the Tiramisu is luscious.  The wide selection of after dinner drinks will make your post meal moments as fulfilling as the meal itself.