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Posted by Anonymous on 11/15/2010
What a mistake. Although the problems I had with Craftbar are not the same as the few bad reviews I ignored, they are all symptoms of a larger problem. Take a name chef, wrap it in a trendy area, charge high prices and they will come. Do your homework and if you get fooled once, shame on them, but get fooled the second time and shame on you.
Posted by Angela on 11/13/2010
The frittata and corned beef hash tasted like it was sauteed in rock salt infused olive oil! I had to temper my unexpected salt intake with a margarita (without salt!)
Posted by zapadvostok on 09/16/2010
Salty, salty. Is there really a need to add salt to buccatini, which already has pancetta and clams? Someone else at my table had the dish and agreed. Other plates on the table - strip steak was salty, meatballs not much flavor, other pasta dish with sweet corn was flavorless (just cooked in some butter).
Posted by Abby on 06/18/2010
Went last year around this time and we were blown away by the food, the creativity and taste of it all. Went last nite and it was not good. They changed the pecorino fondue on the menu from sweet (last year) to spicy and it was unappetizing. Nothing had any taste. No flavor. Pork 3 ways (which no one bothered to describe the 3 ways) - 2 ways really good - ravioli and pork belly. The 3rd - pork tenderloin - tasted like something I cook myself at home - zero flavor. My husband's veal meatballs were like chef boy r dee - flavorless and the sauce was from a can. No one offered any cheese with it. We were so excited about going back but both of us walked away last nite. Dishes had no flavor.
Posted by food snob on 04/20/2010
I eat out a lot, so I feel that my review has value. I went there just for dinner with a few girlfriends that I eat with all the time, which is probably my first mistake since it was a fairly early dinner so only one of us wanted to drink and therefore our waitress immediately started to give us minimal attention since the tab was not going to be huge. Secondly, I ordered the only beef sirloin on the menu and knowing that Tom Colicchio is a simpleton when it comes to his cooking so I assumed the beef was going to be awesome, well, the beef simply sucked. I had to chew each bite for about 3 minutes. There may have been a whopping 3.5 mushrooms on my plate and the one onion on my plate was super oniony if you know what I mean. In short, I was still hungry since there was barely any meat on my plate that was actually edible. All in all, I bad value for my money, don't go unless you just want to drink and have a few laughs with your male colleagues.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 02/16/2010
Went to Craftbar for the first time last night. It was a cold and rainy-snowy one, so I was not particularly surprised to find the place more than half empty. What did surprise, most unpleasantly, was the hostess's gracious invitation to let me sit at the bar while I waited for my "party" (one other person) to be complete. This is obviously a ridiculous old trick that ill-advised restaurants use to up the final bill, but I wouldn't have expected it at one of Mr. Colicchio's restaurants. Further service problems came at the end of the meal, when an extra glass of white wine was added to the bill. We sent the bill back, only to have a glass of red tacked on! That all said, the food was excellent: the confit chicken wings were fabulous, as were the octopus salad and the very crispy (oddly square) sweetbreads. We were also happy with the low noise level, but that was probably due to the relative emptiness of the place. A mixed experience altogether.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/07/2010
Restaurant week. Deliciois brushetta with egg and anchovis! Pork belly! Cheese ok. Service very engaged. Next week again for dinner.