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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.
Posted by Dasha on 12/19/2009
I went there for brunch last week with 3 other people. The service was absolutely poor. We spend most of our time just waiting for things that had been forgotten. I ordered the frittata which was very salty. I would never go back again.
Posted by Follow the Fat Girl on 10/16/2009
This had to be the best dining experience that I have had in a long time. The service was excellent and consistent with a high quality restaurant. The waitress was pleasant and effortlessly helpful with all of our dining needs. Let me just tell you...if you are wondering what to have follow the lead of this fat chick...in this order and no other... have the risotto appetizer with the bbq ribs and mashed potatoes. The risotto was cooked to perfection with a light hint of cheese and wonderful consistency and flavor. The tomato reduction sauce really made this dish come alive in the mouth. Then as though the pig requested it...the bbq ribs were divine...DIVINE. I, of course, ordered something completely different and regretted having to steal most of the food on my partner's plate. But you know what they say about love and war. Fall off of the bone and melt in your mouth good. Along with the mashed potatoes that seemed to have been made from clouds they were so fluffy...this dish was for lack of a better word...orgasmic. If you are a trooper and you have the willpower left...try to resist...I dare you...try to resist the incredible warm chocolate brownie drizzled in fresh whipped cream and melting under a scoop of homemade mint ice cream. And you thought you were strong...nope. Me neither. That is why you should follow the fat girl like me to this restaurant and have a decadent time. So worth the money. For 7 people with appetizers, drinks, dinner and desserts only came to just over $250. Worth it...