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43 E. 19th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Park Ave. South
Went for Birthday -- Boring
By nautical2004 on 4/25/2007
Am I missing something? I was not impressed by my meal -- and it was my birthday! Bread was boring, salad was simply chopped lettuce with dresssing (could you throw in some organic veggies, Long Island goat cheese, something?), and my braised lamb had no flavor. The amuse bouche and pureed potatoe were the best parts of the meal. Perhaps I should have ordered the evening's special.
How is this place rated 4 stars?
By thedonsl on 8/5/2007
I just went to Craft last night, the bread was stale, the waiter was snotty when we asked about a certain wine we liked. The food was nothing special! I don't understand how the critic rated it 4 stars??? The place was very nice inside however, but the food was just mediocre. I had the scallops with vermouth, nothing special, 3 scallops on the plate for $32.00, good, but again nothing special, they tasted like any other scallop I've had. I had the bluefoot mushrooms as a side, they were so salty full of sea salt and disgusting. The ravioli with mint and peas was weird and tasted nothing special. My girlfriend's free range chicken was doused in grease with spinach and some bacon like fatty pork in it. Very disgusting. I would never go back here. Even the Cappuccinos were so strong, I needed 8 sugar cubes in the little cup to make it sweet! If you can't get something as simple as a good cappuccino right, what can you do with the food? "Bottom line, I had better food at the ball game."
dear chef tom, i'm disappointed
By missoverrated on 3/12/2009
I went to craft with my boyfriend yesterday night. He and I both love top chef and were exciting to see what Tom was made of. PRO: The inside of the restaurant was a pleasure: classy without being pretentious, nice music, sofa chairs, nice bathroom and overall comfortable and trendy. My main course scallops with side of shitake mushrooms were amazing! My boyfriend's short ribs were nicely cooked. We got chocochip muffin treats on our way out. CONS: The hostess (there were three. why? i don't know.) They were quite disorganized. In this case, three was not the magic number. The first course we got the crispy bacon and arugula with lemon salad. Do not get the salad. It was extremely salty, so much so that you can physically see the salt on each arugula. The bacon was one word: interesting. It wasn't bad but it sure wasn't good. I still can't figure it out. I thought it was suppose to be crispy but it kept sticking onto our teeth, making it hard to chew. We also got the side of sauteed bokchoy which was too tangy and blah.
Excellent dinner every time
By cyntseng on 7/17/2004
Great food, in particular the short ribs, kobe steak, quail,the mushroom side dish. All the desserts are good. Been there 3 times in 5 months & it was an enjoyable experience every time. Decor and ambiance are wonderful.Do go!
Good solid food
By debun on 4/2/2005
Craft, an architecturally daring and quite pleasing environment offers generous and innovative meals.
Simple dishes to share!
By girardasse on 12/11/2007
Just like in Asia, youre invited to order many dishes that you share with your friends/colleague (its the perfect place to come with a group of people). The recipes are basic but well executed, almost everything was good: the oysters, the tuna sashimi, the foie gras, porcini mushrooms, puree, scallops and sirloin, my favorite courses being the sweetbreads (succulent) and the gnocchi and the only failure was the bland swordfish. The desserts were great too. Good concept that can't pretend to be 3 stars but deserves one.
The food makes it worth it
By shorterstory on 8/6/2008
We were seated fifteen minutes after our reservation and right by the kitchen, and this was on a Tuesday night. The first thing we noticed were the tourists everywhere -- apparently the word has gotten out, countrywide. We ordered glasses of wine and what turned out to be the best upscale American food I've ever had: the quail and truffle-oil salad were excellent appetizers and we especially enjoyed the Hen of the Woods mushrooms and braised corn sides. Both desserts -- polenta cake with blueberries and buttermilk tart with plums -- were perfect: light, not too sweet. We got along with our waiter, who made good recommendations. Our bill came to over $200 with tip but for some reason we didn't merit the delicious-looking tarts and scones other tables received with their checks.
By angryserver on 2/12/2009
Very simple food American food w/ French techniques, i dont recommend the tasting menu just because you can create your own menu specially if you r dinning w/ 3 or more people its a better value, the steaks r amazing, service not bad at all but its a little overprice simple tasting food is not that expensive, but overall is a great meal overrated but good, drinks are not that great but they have a very nice wine list
A food temple
By petrushka on 1/25/2003
Every ingredient gets a star treatment here. Even if the busboys are a little confused, each dish delivers a precise punch. I wish I could lick the little copper casserole the scallops were served in. The gnocchi were just like a dream. If you have an expense account choose the version with white truffle shavings for additional $40. Chanterelles tasted intensely of chanterelles. The fish, the meat were just that, amazing fish, amazing meat. I'd love to eat there again and again but reservations need to be made 28 days in advance (preferrably early in the morning), so that helps to keep my budget in check.
My favorite restaurant in NYC
By sadie on 1/26/2003
This restaurant truly has perfected the art of relaxed fine dining! The decor is stunning, the staff is fantastic, but all is eclipsed by the tremendous food. From start to finish, Craft is a wonderful dining experience. Personally, I also enjoy the casual elegance of the entire place. The service is professional, but never stuffy or formal.
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