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900 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003
nr. 20th St.
Not Impressed at all
By broadwayvamp on 11/22/2008
I went to craftbar last night because it's near my new apartment. Everything was really bad. We ordered the fried oysters appetizer and they were so mushy and not crunchy they grossed me out-and are usually one of my favorite things-not even the dipping sauce was good. My boyfriend had the aged sirloin which was mediocre at best and I had the fish which was so fishy it was inedible-it was served with three nice raviolis which basically ended up being my meal. Tom should pack his knives and go, but either way I am not going back.
Crappy food kills the experience
By patreb on 3/5/2010
Great looking space and the drinks were fantastic but the appetizers and the main dishes were of such poor quality... I ate better food at local diners. I love overcooked food but at this place they kill the animal, then fry it to make sure it's dead then re-fry it again just in case there are any bits of soul left... Won't be back as between my girlfriend and me we got 4 different dishes (2 apps and 2 mains) and they all sucked.
I hope the restaurant next door is better
By dknyaq on 1/14/2003
Truly unimpressed with this place. $17 for three meatballs that were no better than swansons frozen meatball dinner. The cheese plate? 2 slices. 1 slice of cheddar and a slice of some other boring cheese. The slices were so small we couldn't even share themn between two people. I should have stuck with the paninni sandwiches..but aren't there a million other better places for a pannini sandwich? Will never go back, but will try Craft
By cburke52086 on 7/26/2007
I went to Craftbar and had a very good meal...but i want to emphasize the good. I have been to many places and wouldnt say the meal was excellent. However, I wasnt dissapointed and was very happy at the end of the meal. My date ordered the veal meatballs and I had the bouillabaisse. My entree was very good though not entirely filling. My date ordered the pasta with the meatballs which was a good idea, since he probably wouldnt have been full either. Though his meatballs were very delicious and nicely seasoned! The wine selection was reasonable priced as well. Our service began very well, however, at the end of the night it was clear that our waitress was overwhelmed with a much larger table. Therefore, the process of getting the check and paying became very pianful and drawn out. Which is all too unfortunate, since that tends to be the lasting memory for any diner!
Not as good as craft
By girardasse on 12/14/2007
Food is good but certainly not as good as in Craft restaurant. Attentive service and nice decor.
must try baked alaska
By ellen5181 on 6/22/2008
Baked alaska is different than I've ever had it and really delicious. The merengue part is not like on a lemon merengue pic. The cocnut ice cream and especially the fruity sauce that goes with it create a wonderful belnd of tastes and really is a great way to finishe off a meal. We went last night with a large group. They were very accommodating but service was slow, however it gave us a chance to catch up with each other and it was nice not to be rushed. I thought out waiter had a bit of an attitude in the way he responded to a drink order...OK,so you don't yet have a certain type of flavored vodka (his response, "We don't carry that, we stick to the classics here"). Overall, we shared apps and desserts and all had main courses and wine and the bill was fairly reasonable. Inventive, well prepared dishes.
Great for foodies
By rmiguel on 12/30/2012
was in town with a large family party of 12, after 2 other local restaurants denied us, Craftbar accomodated us at the long bar table, which was fine for lunch...we had three kids under 13 and the kitchen made special items on request with no fuss (mac n cheese, etc...)...appetizers were interesting and delicious, spanish octopus was spectacular, pecorino balls were great and popular with all, including the kids...beet salad was varied, abundant and tasty...entree list was shortish but assorted and breakfast list was extensive and innovative...agnolotti, mussels, veal meatballs were well received...a Domaine A+G pinot rounded everything off...all in all, a great experience (although our blonde waitress was distant and usually not available), the bus staff and even maitre'd filled in...would definitely go back...
Delicious and moderately priced
By lala_c on 3/14/2003
I come here for the delicious soups (chilled tomato basil for ex.) and the hot paninis (fave is the duck ham and taleggio). Come with a friend and trade sandwich halves. Appetizers are served tapas-like in small dishes. I know others have raved about the risotto balls, but I like the traditional Italian deli style better. Prosciutto-figs are delectable. The staff is also v. diligent and attentive. Overall not a cheap meal, but still v. good value.
I Felt Taken
By colpo on 6/12/2003
Craftbar's theme is small dishes, and the sharing of same. However, contradicting this theme is the naming of certain dishes "apps" and other dishes "mains". Calling something a main in every other restaurant in town implies a larger portion than an app, right? Well, our table shared three excellent starters: rice balls, stuffed sage leaves and the anchovy salad. While each app was beautifully prepared, particularly the "frittura" method, the portion-size was pathetically small, even for sharing. For God's sake, we parcelled out the anchovy fillets as though they were Wonka golden tickets! Their evangelical presentation of these pedestrian dishes is misplaced and only serves their bottom line. The biggest disappointment was my fish main. For $18, I was served a double-sashimi-size nugget of perfectly seared merluzzo (like cod). This is peasant food, so there's no excuse. Up the portion, weez! $150 for the two of us, and we were still hungry. I'll order more prudently next time. Memo to craftbar, you're not the French Laundry - GET REAL!
By ywwan on 1/11/2006
Craftbar is a wonderful dining experience - everything was just right. The portions were perfect and the food was very tasty and well prepared. The menu makes it easy to order small plates toshare but you could also order traditional appetizers + entrees or some combination. I particularly enjoyed the foie gras and the hamachi appetizers and thought the gnocchi entree was excellent. The decor is very nice and the crowd is quite trendy but not overly so. And the prices are very reasonable for the quality and service. Best of all unlike many NY restaurants, you don't sit virtually on top of one another.
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