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Posted by Anon on 09/14/2009
Despite the cautionary reviews here on MP, we went to Craftsteak last week since we there is a shortage of hormone/antibiotic-free steakhouses in NY, and we're big into healthy eating. Big mistake. Yes, the decor is great. Yes, the service was good. But the food was not good at all. The best item we had all night was the FREE chickpeas to start us off. The raw waygu appetizer came full of cheap bacon that detracted from the taste. Most disappointing was the main course: filet which was not grass-fed, but corn-fed, which didn't help the taste either: I've had better at $10 steak & egg brunches at diners in Jersey. Now, I don't mind spending $200+ for 2 people for a great meal. But I detest spending it one a poor one. Never again.
Posted by eric j. on 09/03/2009
Wow...Craftsteak was an overall excellent dining experience. Our waiter was extremely nice and the service was excellent. The appetizers were great, especially the roasted bone marrow with braised ox tail. The heirloom tomato salad was also an honorable mention. Unfortunately, our steak arrived overcooked and was very well done with absolutely no pink although we asked for it medium well. The sauces for the steak, however, were exceptional as were the side. The asparagus and creamed corn were both excellently prepared. Our waiter sent us over a plate of petits fours with the check, a lovely gesture, while it was probably just some bait for a bigger tip. On the way out we were even given individually wrapped corn muffins from the pastry chef for, as the hostess said, "breakfast tomorrow". Overall, a great place to go with unusually good service. Next time I might skip the steak though.
Posted by anonymous on 07/27/2009
The Grand Seafood Tasting for $115. It only had 7 oysters, 7 clams, 1/2 a lobster tail, and 3 tiny (2 bite) plates- one with salmon tartar, one with hamachi (i think) , one with calamari. The porterhouse for two was great and so was the gnocchi but the gratin was sub par.
Posted by Betty Rocker on 07/27/2009
OVERPRICED. My husband, myself(who are not big eaters) and a friend went to Craftsteak for dinner. They had porterhouse for two (very good), and the potatoes gratin (o.k. at best). I had Hamachi with Grilled Pineapple appetizer as entree- I usually order an app. as an entree if I get the large cold seafood platter to start(it was excellent),the gnocchi (excellent), and the Grand Seafood Tasting for $115 it only had 7 oyster, 7 clams, 1/2 a lobster tail, and 3 tiny (2 bite) plates one with salmon tartar, one with hamachi , one with calamari. We had 4 drinks. With tax and tip it was $445. The price tag itself is reasonable for 3 people BUT not since we needed to get my friend a sandwich right after we left as he was still hungry.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/06/2009
appetizers and sides were great, however steaks were subpar and incredibly overpriced compared to other steakhouses in the city.
Posted by Keith on 02/28/2009
I have a hard time spending several hundreds of dollars at the "Great" New York steakhouses and getting treated like a tourist that just asked a local for directions to Times Square. At Craftsteak, we felt like celebrities as each member of the staff from the hostess to the coat check to the waiter were exceptional in their customer service skills. A very trendy decor gave you the feel of something out of a movie. The food was equally impressive as the fried macaroni & cheese and the sliders are highlights of the appetizer menu. The filet along with the hanger steak were both fantastic without the use of the house steak sauce. Dessert could have been a little better but all in all it was a great experience for the same price you will spend anywhere in the city.
Posted by ehughes133 on 01/17/2009
We had a middling experience at Craftsteak. Service was competent and knowledgeable, the space is modern, chic, and surprisingly spacious and comfortable, apps were creative and delicious, and dessert was very nice. The wine list and raw bar menu put other steakhouses in their place. My steak, however, was a huge disappointment, as were the sides. Ordered my steak medium-rare, came (barely) rare. Was quite tough, and outrageously over-salted. The same crust of salt was liberally applied to both sides we ordered (carrots and artichokes), and were both equally overcooked. In fact, they tasted so strongly of charred saltiness that they would have been indistinguishable by flavor. Steakhouse or not, carrots should taste like carrots, not an over-seasoned potato. Not a good value for what you get. The steak should be the crown jewel of this meal, and instead, it's the one glaring disappointment.