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Posted by SarahHHH on 03/05/2007
Our celebratory lunch could not have been better- we arrived early for our weekday reservations, and they seated us promptly. The service was impeccable- the waitress was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and she made wonderful food & wine recommendations. Each bite was delectable, as all of the dishes are incredibly inventive, imaginative, and delicious. The environment was very relaxed yet sophisticated. Craftbar is now one of our favorite restaurants in the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/04/2007
We waited over an hour to get our food, difficult menu...not great brunch choices, too pricey for what it is!
Posted by Harry on 03/02/2007
I went with a large group of friends for a light meal late at night. We were seated at 10 for 9:30 reservations, despite the fact that the place wasn't busy, and there were several open tables all around us. Once we sat down and ordered, the waitstaff nearly pushed us out the door. It took forever to get drinks served (it took 30 min for a second round of drinks to come around ), but I had to ask at least six times to not clear plates that still were full of food. We were having fun and talking, but evey couple minutes, the staff would start clearing our plates and glasses despite being half full. We asked them to stop several times, but they didn't listen. I'm not going back there again.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2007
I am not quite sure, what was the problem, with the people's experiences, that have dined at Craftbar and wrote a review here... Where are the good reviews? It is really disappointing, that people will only submit reviews for bad experiences! Anyway, I cannot say enough good things about this place: Let me start with the atmosphere: I have dined here on several occasion - brunches, lunches, dinners - , sometimes with family (with 2-year old daughter), by myself, or with friends. I love the casual elegance of the place: You don't feel out of place if you dress up to go out here, but you can also show up after a shopping trip in the city, wearing jeans or so. And let me say, that the art work (animal pictures by Stephanie Jordan, I discovered) is entertaining to say the least! Service is good, I wouldn't say it's the best I've experienced, but the rest of the experience, definitely makes up for the sometimes slow and uninvolved servers. Food is outstanding!!! And the prices you pay make you want to come back! For a dinner with 4, we paid just over $200 - we shared a bottle of wine, had some other drinks and left fat and happy. Needless to say, that my 2-year old loves the food (veal ricotta meatballs are a must!), doesn't throw a tantrum during dinner and that along with everything else will make me come back over and over.
Posted by gourmetapprentice on 02/02/2007
Apparently for the people of Craftbar the dining out should be a extremely yuppie sophisticated forced experience. Our table was ready on time, the waiter was very nice but food and price did not match at all. At the same time the whole environment seems to be forced to match with sort of a sophistication and elegance that we could not find in this place. And as the " broche de oro" (great finale) the maitre managed to lost all our coats and bags (4 people).... it was really embarrassing to have to get into the coat room and check in everybody's coat/jacket till we found ours.... they were lucky we didn't exchange our K Coles/ A/X for their Prada :)... So the whole elegant, trendy, new IN thing got lost with these last 10 minutes, if it was ever there.
Posted by mangeuse on 01/31/2007
I wasn't expecting too much, never having been that impressed with Colicchio's other places. Nevertheless, they managed to disappoint me. Our server had a huge chip on his shoulder--at one point, I even heard him cry out to the next table: "It isn't MY fault!" I missed the context, but I'm not sure there is one to justify such behavior. The food was ok, though my appetizer was weirdly prepared--ice-cold soft-boiled eggs on warm toast? The red cabbage that came with my entree was doused in vinegar--like they were trying to take a short-cut to sauerkraut. There was also a huge chunk of ice in my sorbet. I know restaurant week puts a strain on the staff, but I expected better than that. I'm just glad I didn't pay full price.
Posted by Cynthia on 01/31/2007
I ate at the bar during Rest. Week, about 2pm, so I had good service. The fried sage stuffed with sausage appetizer was fabulous. The orrechiette entree was way too salty and spoiled it for me. I was desperately thirsty the rest of the afternoon. Had I known about the salty entree, I would never have ordered the Brown Sugar cake for dessert. It was good, especially the egg nog ice cream accompaniment, but too sugary (altho I realize it was a sugar cake).