900 Broadway, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.738935 -73.989633
Mon-Wed noon-10 pm, Thurs noon-10:30 pm, Fri noon-11 pm, Sat 10 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-9:30 pm
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown
Huge menu with bold tastes, the charcuterie sampler board is the way to go to sample a large selection of their salami and pate options and the foie gras terrine is one of the best and cheapest in the city!
Craft's first and arguably best spinoff, this restaurant is misnamed. Yes, it has a very big and very accomodating bar but the room itself is gigantic, just as big as Craft, and the menu could by no stretch of the imagination be considered bar fare. It's actually the same kind of simple, painstakingly sourced food as its parent, but a little edgier and a little more dressed down.
Awful Food and Non-existent Service – I ordered food and waited half an hour. Finally, manager comes over and ask me what I ordered so I told him. He comes back and tells me the order hasn't been put in. Great. Good thing I wasn't in a hurry? Food finally arrives and it was some of the worst tasting thing I ever put in my mouth. The vegetables were overcooked and inedible. The appetizer tasted like it was popped into microwave after the food was taken out of the freezer. The entree was worst and way overcooked. I seriously tasted better food than this on the plane or in the hospital.
Once was good, twice...? – Came here because I was impressed with the variety of the Restaurant Week menu.
We started off with the Pecorino Fonduta and white anchovy bruschetta. Both were tasty.
My friend and I both ordered the Black angus hanger steak. We were not asked how we liked our meat done. It came medium-rare. The flavor of the steak was good but with only two slices, it was a very small serving.
For dessert (which was different from the RW menu posted online), we tried the sheep's milk panna cotta and sour cherry cake. Dessert was ok. I felt the cherry cake was something I could've gotten from Little Debbie's. Serving it warm with whipped creme fraiche was a nice touch though.
love the atmosphere.
great place when you are stressed out
A Birthday Celebration – When my friend decided to take me to one of Tom Colicchio's restaurants we both thought for sure that the cuisine would be of a delight to the palate. It started that way the wonderfully long breadsticks with a hint of rosemary were scrumptious
We of course ordered the well known pecorino fondue which was delectable and the spanish octopus another joy to the palate and from here it went downhill.
We chose for our entree's the scallops that were served with pancetta in a smoked orange sauce
The scallops where cooked only on the one side and one could hardly note the pancetta but for certain you could taste that something had been smoked. Our other entree was the beef short ribs which had absolutely no flavor simple as that
To our delight the manager or whomever he was was walking around and had come over during appetizers but now is when we surely wished to speak with him and he did sway by again when he noted we had stopped eating and so very apologetically we expressed our disappointment with the flavoring of our entree's and as in most restaurants he offered to replace it. We felt bad doing so but the food was just such a let down from the beginning of our meals that we decided to go ahead and take him up on his offer. We went with his suggestion and ordered the field mushroom bruschetta and the Celery root ravioli. It was a bit of a surprise that we received the the bruschetta and mussels and not the ravioli's but we left it alone because by now you know your food might truly get tainted and both the mussels and bruschetta were okay but nothing to return to the restaurant for. NOW comes the real sign of a loss to details and lack of paying attention my friend had told them that it was my birthday and requested it be acknowledged during the dessert.
Well if you peak their dessert menu you will see that though they be fun and quirky there truly is a lack of elegance to them
We ordered the cranberry and pear sorbets which were very tasty but one would think they might place a little biscotti with them but nothing and no candles or recognition of it being a birthday celebration.
So this was our evening at craftbar a true disappointment from one so famous.
Mediocrity shouldn't be mistaken for good – This place is just alright--if even that. The only entree that was good out of the three people I was with was the meaty pasta, but even that was ordinary. Disappointed with how the chicken was prepared: well-done. Not a lot of charm to this restaurant during the day, in fact, eerily empty when I went. Service was rude, also obnoxious. He ignored requests and it took a long time to receive the essential bread and water we asked for 3 times. Not even close to very casual Craft 'wichcraft.
yummy food and great service – Went for brunch and had a wonderful time in a quiet and elegant restaurant. Our server was very nice and accommodating. The french toast was amazing as well as the eggs benedict. I will definitely return!
BIG Let down... – I admit it, I LOVE Top Chef. So, I had to try this place. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe, what everyone else is saying here is true. I'll just stick to my guns and lay it out for you...
The meatballs were no better than your Italian friends grandmother could/would make. I was sorely disappointed. The sausage in sage leaves were interesting, but not great. The donuts were a bit dense, but the highlight of the meal (I was in for Brunch). Polenta fries were soggy and thus didn't hold their shape. The brunch items were lacking and the brioche was good, but thats not saying a lot. The Chatham Cod was nicely prepared, but was overpowered by the accompanying vege/stock. Some of the other dishes at my table were underseasoned. The meal just seemed to lack balance. Considering TC's insistence on simplicity and good ingredients, his menu comes across as pretentious. There were only a few "simple" dishes on the menu and those were almost great. Dessert was probably the best course of the day. Brown Sugar cake with peach preserves and vanilla/honey ice cream was out of this world. Sundae with coffee crunch was delectable and the chocolate cake with mint chip ice cream was good too.
Drinks were spectacular, but that has more to do with a good barkeep than a chef. Service was indeed attentive, but was never around when you needed something. The space is cool, but too noisy- I shudder to think what it sounds like on a Friday night. The bill was not ridiculously expensive, but more than what I felt the meal was worth. For my money in NYC there are several better options. Whether you are looking Celebri-chef or just a better meal, the options abound in the big city, so I would stay away from TC's places. So sad, as I really wanted to like this place.
Not impressed – Honestly, I expected more from Craftbar. The food was not bad but not great. I expected to be enthralled by Craftbar but instead I was highly underwhelmed. The food is decent but it's not worth what you pay. I think what Mr. Colicchio was going for - elegant yet casual dining - just doesn't work.
Great service, so-so food – Had one of the friendliest bartenders take care of me one early Monday evening. Perhaps that was because he was about to get off work soon, but he still managed to help us decide on a great beer and appetizer before leaving, kept our waters refilled until his shift was over, and told us to pass our tip onto the next bartender instead of trying to close our bill. I even offered to leave him a tip but he wouldn't take it! Now onto the food... had the salt-cod brandade and polenta fries. Salt cod was okay, but the toast that came with it was over-toasted and too big to eat with any shred of dignity -- there were breadcrumbs all over the bar and myself. Polenta fries were good right when we got them but quickly got cold and dry. Didn't really bother to eat a full meal... there are better ways to spend my money.
Oversalted – We had a girl's dinner here. I assumed it would be a no brainer - food and service has been very good in my past experiences. We could just catch up and enjoy ourselves. Unfortunately there were a few different dishes that came out of the kitchen completely over salted. It was strange. My orecchiette tasted like the pasta itself was cooked in a brine. The escarole soup and one of the mixed greens salads were oversalted as well. I hope it was just a one off for the evening. I felt the kitchen did a poor job. Otherwise, service was very good in the front.
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