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Posted by anonymous on 07/09/2007
The food was great! I totally disagree with the other reviews. If you go there order the chicken dish, puree potatoes and the hen woods mushrooms. The mushrooms were seriously the best i've ever had. The only negative thing I would say is don't order the prawns, no flavor at all... not sure what Tom was thinking with that dish! The atmosphere was very cool and our waiter was very personable.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2007
When the hostess claimed she couldn't find our reservation (we had made, then confirmed our reservation well in advance) and sneered at us for arriving late, I hoped it was a clumsy start to a delightful meal. Not so much. The service was poor from hostess, waitress and sommelier. The food was better, but nothing special. Several of our dishes were drenched in butter. Overall, the service and food conveyed a corporate, glorified cheesecake factory feel. It lacked the spirit and finesse which make a dining experience fun and pleasurable and memorable. With all of the wonderful restaurants here, thankfully there's no need to return to Craft.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/27/2007
We ordered the sturgeon, beet risotto, assorted mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns and eggs with snails. The best of the lot were the eggs with snails, and even that was oversauced and muddled. The mushrooms were dried out and tasted like they had been overcooked in the morning and left sitting around all day. They ruined a fine selection of fungi. The sturgeon itself was tasty, but marred by being wrapped in jamon serrano or some other type of ham, which dried out with cooking and had a leathery, unpleasant texture. Altogether heavy handed and clumsy. The beet risotto was an interesting idea, as it was basically borscht transformed into a risotto. It was a stunning red color, but too sweet and fatty tasting. The rice was mushy and far from al dente. The fiddleheads were the worst of all. Over-salted and with so much thyme that it was impossible to taste the fiddleheads. Very dry and, like the mushrooms, tasted as if they had been cooked in the morning and re-heated twleve hours later. Of the entire meal, our aperitifs were the best. My wife had a very nice prosecco and I had an interesting rose cava. I would not recommend going to Craft for dinner, though it is a pleasant place to have a drink at the bar.
Posted by klebs on 04/08/2007
I dined here for my brother's college graduation and was recommended by people to eat at Craft. Nothing fantastic to say about this place. The food was not exciting and it was ridiculously overpriced. Maybe topchefs should start eating at their own places and improve their food instead of critiquing others.
Posted by tribecaresident on 04/02/2007
went here on Saturday night. In effect you pay 3* prices however its lucky to have 1*. Had the oysters to start, they were just fine, then the chicken which was far too greasy. Had sides of Gratin and the Mix of mushrooms which came in at a whopping $32 extra. Service was pedestrian and we had to wait 35 minutes for entree. Verdict, nice spot to impress, but make someone else pay and dont expect the food to match the prices.
Posted by theresax on 11/17/2006
Went here for my birthday dinner last wk and really enjoyed it. the atmosphere is really earthy and spaceous which I appreciated, I don’t like stuffy restaurants where everyone is so close together. I think we ordered way too much food, we started off w/ some foie gras, then decided to both order an entrée each tho the waiter advised that we could share one and it would be enough. I ordered the roasted Berkshire rack of pork (a lot of meat, definitely enough for 2, so tender and juicy) and my bf got the braised lamb shank (heard lots of good things about that dish and everyone was right). For sides we got: pureed potatoes (the best I have ever had), gnocchi (good but prob could’ve done w/out since we got the potatoes), baby carrots (tasty), and chanterelle mushrooms (I am not a mushroom fan but these were sooooo good). Can you imagine how much leftovers we had? And yes it is expensive but well worth it for those special nights :)
Posted by ny foodie on 08/26/2006
I was looking forward to my aniversary reservation, but i left very disapointed. got there early and had to wait 15 min so the restaurant could be set up , all dishes were not inspiring lacked creative touch , we had the hamachi- bland low on salt, we also got mussels- quite tasty, oysters were fresh but had sand inside , they should rinse them nobody wants to eat sand, risotto with morel was nice , cavatelly with shrimp and chorizo started well but the pasta was not cooked with salt, hawaii prawns were ok and sorrel salad was just that salad!! It seems like the management is letting the place fall down.