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Posted by Anonymous on 01/18/2007
We had 9 pm reservations, and were seated to our table for two, without any wait. She took our order w/in minutes. Time went by, and we started to notice that all of the other tables surrounding ours, are getting their food, and we still haven't received our appetizer's. It seemed the waitress disappeared into the vast restaurant, and so did our dinner. At ten minutes past 10:00, now being here for over an hour, my boyfriend questioned what was going on. A unprofessional response of "The kitchen must have lost your order". Within minutes we had our salads, and then minutes after that, our entree. At this time we were past hungry, and way past annoyed. A good waitress would take note of the mistake, and offer a complementary round of drinks; needless to say, that did not happen. The restaurant has a lot of potential, but they need to hire more staff, in order for then to pay ample attention to their diners. Needless to say, we will not be spending another Saturday night at this downtown eatery... there are so many to choose from in the big apple, and we now know to choose another.
Posted by dinearoundtown on 01/14/2007
The food is ok, but the art is great! I love going to Craftbar to see the cool paintings of animals on the walls. I am not sure who the artist is, but, it definitely makes the space! The service was poor the last two times I was there, but I will continue to go just to see the cool animal paintings!!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2006
My friend and I went here because we had heard so many great things. We had a fantastic experience. It's a shame that people only write about disappointments. We had a number of sides and split two entrees and a dessert. It was a lot of food and each dish was perfect. We kept commenting that it was amazing how perfectly each item was seasoned and how fresh they were. We could not have been more satisfied. The only complaint is that the atmosphere is a tad intimidating, as it was a vast and open space (not like the crowded NYC places we are used to- which I guess is actually a nice change of pace), yet the large tables made it feel homey. Once we settled in it was great. As we expected, this meal was great, one of my favorites in NYC (and I eat out a lot!).
Posted by Visitor to NYC on 07/20/2006
Has the increase in the size of this restaurant contributed to the overall decline of Craftbar? We visited the original location next to Craft in 2004. The atmosphere, quality of food and service is not the same. The desserts are the only thing still with high marks. Otherwise, I would not recommend or go to this restaurant again. The mojito's were good in taste but the mint seemed minced and proved annoying. The veal ricotta meatballs, poached striped bass, sausage stuffed sage leaves,and salad w/ ricotta were very disappointing. Flavors were unbalanced. Wait staff were slow, but proved knowledgeable.Tom Colicchio should pay more attention to this restaurant.
Posted by Pen on 06/24/2006
My party of 5 polished off a delicious brunch here. The service though, was pretty disappointing. At least the food was great.
Posted by Anon on 05/07/2006
Went brunch here on a Sunday and was disappointed at the menu. We had two eggs, potatoes, onions and sausages - sadly it was average with the sausages being extremely sweet. Go some where else if you want brunch - not the best.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/01/2006
I had been wanting to try this restaurant for a while, and the latest reviews were encouraging. Unfortunately, once I finally made it to Craftbar, my experience was disappointing. I thought the food was mediocre at best. The menu is eclectic, but not in a good way -- it is hard to tell what you are going to get and what the flavors are going to be like. Not to mention that my entree (a basic pasta dish) was extraordinarily salty. The service was sub-par. We waited over 20 minutes to order, and our food took forever to come -- and the restaurant was not busy -- it was a Sunday evening at 7 p.m. I will say that the pecorino fondue was quite delicious, and if you are going to try this restaurant, I recommend getting that appetizer.