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Posted by Massimo in Brooklyn on 05/18/2009
The place is much larger than it looks from the outside, and yet manages a comfortable atmosphere. If in a hurry and a small party, eat at the bar, where they'll serve you the full menu. The main dishes look good, but a combination of an appetizer and a salad might be even better, given their varied and interesting choices on both counts. The thick breadsticks are yummy, and they have good (but pretty expensive!) wines.
Posted by Wendy on 01/24/2009
The chef seems to like two flavors: sweet and salty. Sometimes they are combined, sometimes distinct as in the pecorino fondue. The ingredients are interesting and very fresh but the sauces are, well, either too sweet or too salty. The service is pretty poor. My friend and I were seated quickly but the waitstaff kept trying to take away our plates, bring the main course before we were finished with the appetizer and so forth. I'd say it was a mixed experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2008
My experience with Craftbar was pretty good. I had beef consomme, rabbit pate, dry-aged sirloin and ravioli. the first thing I have to say is that while all these dishes were delicious, they were also very expensive and the portions were quite small. I especially love the rabbit pate with the gamey taste. The ravioli was very good, but some may not like the goat cheese. I'd pass on the sirloin, opting to go to a steakhouse instead. It was just too expensive for so little steak. They have a large variety of wines, although they are a bit pricey. The cocktails are just as expensive and not that good. The restaurant itself very nice. Service is good, it's a very calm place to dine. Just very expensive
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2008
After my second time here, I wanted to rave about how much I like it here. The food has been great as well as the service. Price is pretty reasonable for the quality of food you get. The menu has a lot of options for all kinds of eaters - not only in meat vs veggie, but also in size. They have a great small plates selection, and their entrees don't dissapoint. I highly recommend the meatballs! The wine list is also nice, with a great by-the-glass selection. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat, and will definitely go back.
Posted by O.P. on 09/22/2008
The food is amazing at this place, although the portions are a bit small, but filling. The risotto balls and the grilled octopus were great, as well as the sea bass. The space is beautiful, but it was very loud and crowded. Make sure to get a reservation to be seated promptly!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/21/2008
It was a 745 Friday night dinner date with a young male friend. (a 32 year old hottie, by anyone's definition). I arrived 10-15 minutes early. The sweet young vapidini who greeted me at the door proceeded to interrogate me: Who had made the reservation for me? Who was this person in relation to me? My rez was in her computer, I was on time, dressed appropriately and had a working credit card. What else did she need to know? Having finally passed muster with the junior-cia-in-training. I was shown to a table. The WORST table in the establishment. You know the one, it's right next to the exit sign leading to the toilets. "Ummm, no, that won't do" said I. "Please show me something else." She mumbled something about clearing it with the desk and left me standing in the middle of the floor. Back she came, showed me to a perfectly acceptable banquette two-seater. The best table in the house? No, not by a long-shot, but acceptable. The food was good. Extraordinary? No. Incredible? Absolutely not. Just good. Expensive? Yes. Dinner exceeded $200 by a significant margin. Will I return? Not unless I'm with a party of people who think they're missing something. This is New York! I don't have to put up with this nonsense. Signed: Her Gray Eminence
Posted by Sam L. on 04/15/2008
Craftbar is simply everything I look for in a restaurant..welcoming abiance, professional, friendly service staff, and amazingly creative food. Except for the wines, which are pricy, I found the food to be well priced..especially for the quality. Dined there with my wife and daughter, and shared the chickpea fries, and fondue to start both my wife and I had the veal meatballs..they were just amazing. Shared the sundae and sugar rum cake..with one drink each, came to about $65 pp. It was packed on a Tuesday night. What an amazing dining experience, that I hope to repeat soon!