43 E 19th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.738065 -73.988687
Sun - Thurs: 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Fri - Sat: 5:30 PM to 11 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Flatiron District
Craft is a celeb chef restaurant that lives up to its rep. The hen of the woods mushrooms and scallops are legendary.
Tom Colicchio has become so famous from Top Chef that you could be forgiven for assuming that his flagship restaurant is just another phoned-in cash cow. But in fact the restaurant still strives as hard, and with the same religious devotion to the ingredients, as it did when it opened ten years ago. It's not the liveliest room in town, but
Top notch! My wife (a chef herself) and I were blown-away by every dish and every aspect of our dining experience here. We will be back again and again.
Top Chef Material! – I've been to the Craft in Vegas, and I have to say the one in Vegas is better. I love the atmosphere that's almost like a tone down version of Gotham Bar and Grill, another fave or mine. I recommend the scallops. They only give you three, but they are probably the most amazing scallops I've ever had. The sides here are also awesome here.
Not having been here in a while, it's hard to review, but judging from the last time I was here it was marvelous.
Expected and recieved – I kept hearing that Craft is casual of sorts, and it does have that general sense throughout my dining experience, the only exception being our main waiter who at times acted too formal and stoic to make my party casually comfortable.
The food was mostly great, with a combination of FANTASTIC dishes (particularly the braised halibut and butternut risotto) and other average dishes (scallops and ravioli). Yes, the prices are on the higher end, but that's just what you're getting into from the get-go. Overall, do recommend to others, primarily because of the food.
Too good to serve you – I must say I was expecting more out this place. With all of the accolades and the price, I wanted to be blown away. We were placed in a back corner table, and right next us was another couple. I hate it when the seat tables too close that you can hear each others full conversations.
The waiter wasn't very friendly at all. I thought at this type of establishment, bad service was just about impossible. He didn't help us with selections.
I got the duck which was yummy and made me realize I really like duck. Michael got the steak and it was good too. It has been a couple of month so I can't remember everything, but I wouldn't recommend the place due to the price and other things.
Great American Cuisine – I have found the place I want my final meal to take place at- Craft. It was an unforgettable dining experience. The space is gorgeous-dimly lit, high ceilings. The tables are huge so you may have to lean in to hear your dining companions, but really once the food comes out, there isn't much to talk about. Our waiter was very knowledgeable. We started with a pasta that had duck and was really good. It was a nice portion size for the price. Four our entree we had the short ribs, halibut, and potatoes gratin. The short ribs were hands down the best food of the night and really the best thing I had eaten in a long time. They were supremely flavorful, tender and we could not get enough. The halibut was tasty but it was hard to come close to the short ribs. The potatoes gratin were a nice accompaniment to the meal. For dessert we had chocolate chip bread pudding which was warm and a nice ending to our meal. The manager came over and was extremely pleasant. While it does add up, its perfect for a special occassion. I can't wait to save up and return.
Simple yet delicious cooking – I have been to Craft Bar right around the corner and I cant wait to try Craft, supposedly the higher end of the Craft Empire. It def impressed me.
My girlfriend and I ordered Stinging Nettle Agnoletti, which tastes like spinach dumplings. It is crispy outside and creamy inside. For entree, I got the Monkfish wrapped in Bacon and she ordered their pan-seared scallops. I was very happy with the monkfish; the texture is very similar to lobster and the combination of that and bacon is marriage in heaven.
The scallops are tender and flavorful as well.
Then we decided to go all out and try the dessert as well. Our waiter recommended their home-made doughnuts. They came in a small bowl and is sufficient for more than 2 people to share. These doughnuts are fluffy and sweet and are paired with chocolate and lemon dips.
Overall, the food is amazing and the service is just superb. I think our bill came out to be around $100 with tips. It is a little pricey but definitely tasty.
Ok Food, Great Dessert – I love the atmosphere of this place and everyone dresses casual in this classy environment. The downfall is it is kind of expensive for small portions and honestly the ravioli was kind of mushy. BUT the restaurant redeemed itself with its fudge brownie and ice cream dessert. YUM!
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