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43 E. 19th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Park Ave. South
DO NOT go to this Restaurant....
By adriane33 on 12/31/2008
We were in NY and my husband wanted to try this restaurant. We waited maybe 15 min before a waiter even came over to our table. It was my husband and I and our 12 year old neice. We ordered the ravioli, chicken and my husband ordered the ribs. We got 2 sides of the potatoes , mind you, they charge $8 per side. So, the food comes and there were 3 ravioli's on the plate. My neice cuts into them, and there is spinach inside! There is no cheese even on the things. The menu did not say this, and she would not eat spinach. My husband and I each tried one and they were undercooked and gross. My chicken was just OK..I have had better. His ribs he said were not good. And then the worst part. The potatoes were dry and had an outer coating of sea salt. They were basically inedible. We have been to many 4 and 5 star restaurants and I can not understand how people rated this place high. The service sucked and the guy never even came over to check to see how everything was.
Disappointing: Tom Colicchio - was he ever a good chef?
By JandE on 7/3/2010
We were very disappointed with the food. Our meals were bland, in some cases undercooked; it was by far our worst dining experience in nyc. The service was also terrible (our waiter could not recommend wine pairings, or even which side to pair with a main, etc.). Perhaps this was once a good restaurant, but it seems the only thing to recommend it now is the hype around Colicchio and Top Chef - not the food. We think Colicchio should revisit Craft - his criticism is needed at his restaurant far more than it is on TV. (If you are looking for a fresh, simple, yet sophisticated dining experience, we suggest going to blue hill at stone barns.)
Decent food but rude staff
By mrswalker on 2/15/2008
My husband and I ate at Craft on a Wednesday night and weren't in the mood for drinking. We decided against ordering appetizers and went for the duck, snapper and three sides to share. I have to admit that the food was good but our waitress was too concerned with the celebrity sitting at the table next to us to pay us any attention. I could have dealt with this but the bus boy really made me hate this place. Throughout our meal, I watched as every other patron left the restaurant with delicious looking muffins to take home. We were the only people to leave the restaurant empty handed! I watched the bus boy walk toward our table with two muffins and then turn around - apparently he changed his mind. He stood at the bus boy station watching while we paid our bill, got our coats and left and never gave us the stupid muffins. Apparently the $150 we spent on dinner (no drinks, appetizers or dessert) was not enough to deserve muffins. I will never return to Craft to be treated like a second class citizen again.
It's just ok
By foodismylife84 on 12/23/2009
As always a lot of hype from a celebrity chef restaurant, I've ate here several times always with a problem. Cold food, bad service, etc..... Can't wait to see how the new restaurant does.....
Craft is the A-Rod of Restaurants
By nativenewyorker23 on 7/21/2013
Been here many times. Food and service were spot-on each time. And then tonight happened. Quality of service has evaporated. This place exists on Tom's name now but there is nothing to back it up. I am not going into the details. Trust me that Craft has fallen off. I won't be returning. There are many other places in NYC that are at the top of their game. Craft is most certainly not. It is like a professional baseball player trying to remain in the bigs for a few years longer than is prudent. Craft is the A-Rod of restaurants. I was embarrassed for making my family endure this crappy experience.
not that special
By barney on 6/30/2003
I expected Craft to offer far more interesting food. Overall, the entress of everyone at our table were ordinary. Plus, for what it is, the prices are high. Craft is alot of hype and not worth going to.
By contraespanya on 12/4/2007
Huh?Nice decor. Beer was downright delicious- theyve got a great (but small) selection on that front. Had a scrimshaw, my date tried out this bavarian one -pretty alright. Food: So I thought I sort of got the whole concept of this joint before I went, but maybe I didnt or maybe theyre just half-assing it because thats what it seemed like. My sea bass was just that, sea bass- nothing else. It just sat there (overcooked) on the plate. Thats it. Plate, 4 oz of fish, $30. Smoked salmon/caviar-better- but thats just because it tasted like something other than distilled water. Yeah, we were seated right away (without reservations!) and the waitress was sweet albeit slightly comatose. They gave us caramel popcorn at the end of our meal but even that was pretty bland. Maybe my palate isnt sophisticated, but this place didt cut it for me. It was okay- but just okay. Id rather have cooked at home. I might take someone here that I didnt like, if I knew they were really hungry, but I definitely wouldnt go back again otherwise.
Quite disappointing: terrible service trumps very good food
By floyd30 on 1/14/2009
The food was really, really good. It lived up to my expectations, which were high to begin with. Too bad the whole experience was overshadowed by how surprisingly poorly we were treated there. First we waited nearly an hour to be seated, although we arrived right on time for a reservation I had confirmed earlier in the day. The rest of the meal followed suit. The waiter was totally inattentive and the food took forever -- though it was good, it was clear that it had been sitting around a while before it made it to our table. There are many NY restaurants are just as good or better and actually treat you WELL. Which is what one should expect from a restaurant where you're paying $300-400 for dinner for two! Self-respecting diners, look elsewhere.
Table for 4?
By matthewf on 4/12/2009
I had called for a 6pm reservation for 4 people on a Tuesday night. I was told all they had was a table for 2. I had seen Top Chef(I know, sad) and thought well maybe its just that good so I wanted to try it. We walked into an empty restaurant and were seated at a table for 4. Odd, I thought there was only room for 2. Whatever. We decided that we'd order the tasting menu as this to me is the Chef's best food forward. Lets just say i think Tom C. needs to head back to the kitchen and take some of his own advice. The entire meal was uninspired. That said, the wine list was wonderful. Wont be going back anytime soon.
a rip-off; can do much better for the money
By zeecee on 8/14/2005
An out of town friend made the reservation and although I had reservations, three of us had an overpriced dinner here the other night. Decor is lovely - large room, nicely lit, art, wonderful lighting, comfortable. The waitress helped us figure out the menu, suggesting how to order from the various appetizers, main dishes and side dishes. We went for two orders of the short ribs and picked a fish, able to order it without hazelnut oil and to get the creme fraiche on the side. She delivered a small piece of fish, which we cut into three tapa-sized portions. Side dishes are around $15 and are tiny so you spend a fortune. Nothing was delicious, just okay. Everything was overpriced, including wine, which went for several dollars a glass higher than it would elsewhere. Dessert was okay, not memorable. I asked the waitress if she felt awkward bringing that tiny $30 piece of fish to the table (main courses come alone) and she couldn't even smile.
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