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570 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123140.681678 -74.000698
Thurs-Sun 6 pm-2 am
Neighborhoods: Carroll Gardens
Very Good Food.... – The Crave is not cheap, but that's not why you came here with your date. You came here to get a little and sure enough... you will. The food is very good, but not spectacular, the wine prices are a little high, and the service is not up to the level of the menu or ambiance, but the setting is amazing. This may be one of the most romantic restaurants in all of NY so you will put up with the other failings because it sets the mood
perfection for the palate – Just tried Crave for the first time since I moved to the neighborhood and regret not going sooner. Great atmosphere with good music that still allowed me to have a conversation with my friends, who were very impressed. We tried a little bit of everything, which was the way to go. The brie tart was fantastic, we also had the shumai with wasabi, and the croquettes which melted in my mouth. I had the salmon, which had to be the most creative plate I've eaten in a while! It had a purple sweet potato and small sausages on the side, and the fish was cooked to perfection. My friends had the chicken and Ribeye, both beatiful plates. For dessert we were recommended the chocolate chili cake, and it was to die for! The waitress also explained to us about their tasting menus, and that will be a must for next time. Overall was a great experience and I was very happy with everything. We were treated to a course of small soups before our main courses, a touch that made the night all the more special and the service attentive. Go Crave!
NOT IMPRESSIVE – I was so excited for crave. Our party of three consisted of huge foodies, both of the vegetarian and carnivorous variety. We ordered a variety of things. The food was not as creative as it claimed. Sides and apps were under-seasoned. It was just kind of boring. The wine list was decent. Space is cute, but I wouldn't crave Crave again. Though the service was friendly, it was inattentive, which is hard to swallow considering that we were only 3 of 5 people in the restaurant.
CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG AT CRAVE – Just to set the scene, I am an experienced restaurant professional...this is my story of Saturday night during Brooklyn restaurant week...
I reserved a table for 9 for the restaurant week menu, and the woman on the phone took my credit card info and said that if we didn't cancel within 24 hours, a "small fee" would be charged. Let it be known, that no other restaurant in the BoCoCa area does this (including Saul). A family emergency came up and I forgot to cancel, so 10 minutes after my seating time I got a call from Marco (co-owner) saying that he is charging my card the FULL PRICE of a restaurant week menu per person. That's about $200! I then spent 30 minutes on the phone with him, during which he was rude, argumentative, and unwilling to understand my apology or situation. I have NEVER EVER encountered such unrelenting stubbornness from a restaurant manager. He refused to believe that his wife mentioned a "small fee" would be charged, and felt that the "full price" was comporable to a "small fee". Again, I am still unable to understand why a restaurant owner (whose restaurant is rarely full) decided to be unrelenting with a potential return customer. DO NOT GO TO CRAVE!!!
Big Dissapointment – I recently went to Cravze after having read all the positive reviews & I was very disappointed. First the room is tiny & not at all romantic, Nothing like the pictures in the website which make the room look very appealing. No linen & in fact it looked a little "run down" No bread was served, instead we were given greasy chips with a bland Chick Pea Paste . The service was the worse. I was seated than asked to change seats, because they had to use my table to combine with another table for a group of 4 people, I didn't mind this ,however, the waitress took awhile to come over & then when she came over & asked for our order, while I was ordering, another waitress came by & interrupted. My waitress turn around & began talking to the second waitress ignoring me, I had to repeat my order, not good.. Overall the food was okay not bad, but noting great, I was given dessert but not asked if I wanted coffee unti I was finishing my dessert. I don't know if the positive reviews are from the owners friends or has this restaurant just gone completely downhill? Not even close to the five star rating, no wonder Crave isn't listed in ZAGAT..
AHHH~~ CRAVE – This review was meant to be written shortly after V-Day but I really wanted to say something sincerely.
By the way Debbie and Mr. Lyn, thank you for the lovely meal and for the service. My soon to be fiance and I will never forget you guys and the restaurant.
hmm.. now for the curious readers.
For those who aren't so familiar with brooklyn area, do not worry cuz you will throughly enjoy the seceneries around the areas. Once near by the restaurant pay close attention to the street number otherwise you will easily pass by. Near by the corner street you will find the lovely cozy reastaurant that the size of a someone's large dining room. There were about 7-9 tables (not too sure...) quiet, comfort and well mannered staff warmly greeted us. It was pre-fixed meal for the V-Day and couldn't help noticed the plating and the taste were just fantastic.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND CRAVE FOR : IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A JUST ROMANTIC DINNER WITH SOMEONE SPECIAL TO JUST ENJOY EACH OTHERS COMPANIONSHIP AND DON'T WANT TO BE DISTRACTED BY CROWDS OR LOUD MUSIC.
I feel there's more to it than my mere described but if my review isn't so convincing than take previous fellow dinners review as the ratings don't lie :)
Treat your tastebuds to a delectable experience – Chef-owners Debbie and her husband Marco lavish their well-honed culinary skills with a no-nonsense approach that focuses on flavors, combinations and presentation. This is not a place to visit to see and be seen, packed away as it is among the handsome Carrol Gadens brownstones. It's a destination that, as the Michelin Red Guide says to identify the best eateries, "merits the voyage." Unless you live in Carrol Gardens, of course.
Imaginative dishes, individually prepared, focused on taste and disdainful of frou-frou "pairings" are the thing here. Debbie and Marco's gastro-experimentation works: Japanese black sweet potato with a reduction of apple sauce and slivers of Chinese sausage... a cloud-light combination of Brie, caramelized onions and feather-light pastry... sushi-grade tuna, seared on the outside and running from pink to burgundy at its core and deftly seasoned to tantalize the palate, not overwhelm it... wild salmon sweetened with oranges...
Perhaps this is the secret of Crave's success: the food, beautifully presented, features an almost-perfect balance of seasonings --from the usual to the exotic via the unexpected. Go for great culinary accomplishments.
LOVED IT! – My boyfriend and I decided to try Craves and we loved it! When we first arrives, we were kind of taken back by the size of the restaurant, but once we sat down and began our dinner - the size just added to our LOVE of this restaurant. It is very small, so I would not recommend a group, but if you are looking for a place to connect with your love - Craves is the place. The service was wonderful and personable. The food was GREAT! We decided to try their the tasting menu and we did not regret our decision. We had seven courses in total - including dessert. All I can say is that every bite was a wonderful dance of flavors in my mouth. A different wine with every course - WONDERFUL! If you are a wine lover, their wine list is extensive. They will suggest the best wine to compliment every course.
If you decided to try this restaurant, you will not be disappointed.
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