New York >Food & Dining > Craftsteak
85 10th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001140.743210 -74.007954
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Chelsea
Great Service, Passable Steak, Forgettable Everything Else – I am a huge fan of Chef Colicchio's approach to food, so I was excited to check out CraftSteak. The location is perfect--steak in the Meatpacking District. The restaurant looks amazing, the decor is superb, the layout, the bar, everything has a WOW effect from the moment you walk in. Unfortunately, the rest is a huge letdown. Theoretically, the idea of arranging steaks by feed and aging is very promising, but the grass-fed tbone was barely chewable. My appetizer--pork belly with vegetables--came with a perfectly cooked pork belly and practically raw, undercooked and unseasoned everything else. The sides had no flavor to speak of. The wine list doesn't have enough to choose from for under 150 a bottle--surely there must be a Barolo or two for under 500 dollars one could order? The desserts were messy and very forgettable.
This is not to say that I didn't try my hardest to like the place. The service was impeccable--the right mixture of personal attitude, humor, and efficiency. My husband's steak--the cornfed 48 day aged steak, was very good, if not great. Again, the decor and the location are breathtaking. But the steaks, for a steak house and especially for their price, are really not worth it.
Smoke and mirrors.....Craftsteak is a marginal meat house masquerading as a great NYC steakhouse – I work on Wall Street so I get to eat at alot of NYC's "premier" restaurants - many of which are steak houses. Craft in my opinion is one of the worst. The steaks were way overpriced, of marginal quality and were served undercooked and cold. Maybe on the menu they should offer corn fed beef from "A HOT OVEN" rather than one from Nebraska or Idaho or Whocaresville. The servers were smug and inattentive, and obviously do not know anything about the food they serve. The only saving grace is the space itself. The main dining room is open and big, and the bar is great. That, however, is not enough; I could have spent the $500 getting ruined at the bar and then stopping by McDonalds and been happier. Oh, and dont even ask about the wine list.......IF YOU WANT A GOOD STEAK AVOID THIS PLACE!
Best steak ever! – Went here for dinner for my boyfriend's birthday. The food was phenomenal, wine was great, selection endless, and the waiter was extremely helpful. It is hard to decide what to get with all the choices available, but our server did a great job explaining things and helping to make a decision. The dinner ended up being $350 for 2 of us, which is definately on the pricey side, but well worth it. Definately reccommended
Cold steaks, Raw Souffle – The Wagyu steaks lived up to their reputation on taste and texture, albeit arrived at our table somewhat cold, as was the service. Salads are just okay, and sides dishes below average. The biggest disappointment was dessert. We ordered the gingerbread souffle and while its appearance was good, the first bite revealed it was utterly raw in the middle: not eddible. We did complain and they waited decided to argue with us with a "that is how souffle is normally served". We have had many soufles in many fine restaurants, and have never had one cooked (or not cooked) this way , nor had such a negative experience. Lastly, what happened to the view that the customer is always right? We will not return to this restaurant.
Dynamite food and kind service!!! – I dined at Craftsteak and had a fantastic meal. I enjoyed the freshest oysters of my life,Widows Holes. They are from Long Island and are the true essence of the ocean. As a second course I had sweetbreads and trotter terraine, brussel sprouts and hen of the woods mushrooms. The sweetbreads were the best I ever ate, braised apples and apple compote brought out the best of this fine offal dish. The trotter terraine was a work of edible art. Accompained by a duck egg and lentils, this was seasonal cooking at its finest. At this point I was so full I could eat no more. I have ate at Craftsteak before and have enjoyed the steaks, but tonights meal was so next level I had to through my two cents in. Oh yeah, if you love shrooms Craftsteak is the place of your dreams. On top of the food, the service was gracious and informed. The only negative is price. Except to spend oner $70 a head.
Great dinner... except for the food. – The design and style of Craftsteak are a great blend of modern lines, traditional colors, and a touch of Asian influence. From the high ceilings to an amazing glass wall separating the bar from the rest of the restaurant, I would definiltey give the interior designer and architect five-stars for their amazing work.
The service was also very good - very courteous, prompt and attentive. Five-stars here as well.
If the design/decor and commitment to great service were all I was looking when going to restaurants, Craftsteak would be deserving of a five-star rating. However, the quality of the food is more important to me than anything else and this is where Craftsteak fails. Appetizers were small and unimaginative, with the exception of the onion rings which were the best part of the meal. Mushrooms were bland - $16 for a small portion of bland roasted mushrooms? Tuna was worse than ordering tuna sashimi at a below average sushi bar. Crab fondue and dirty rice risotto were okay, but you can find appetizers of this quality (flavor, preparation and creativity) at one of thousands of restaurants in NY. The ribeye steak was equally as dissatisfying as the appetizers. I ordered medium but the steak was cooked medium rare. When I cut into a good steak, I like to see the juices and flavor setlle on the plate. For some reason, they pre-slice the steak into about five pieces which would've been okay had there been some of the juices still in the pan/plate. My steak was completely without flavor and the sauces they provided were terrible. The best parts of the meal were the oysters, onion rings and salad. Worst parts were everything else. One-star for the overall food experience.
Great Apps – Had dinner at Craftsteak last night. I was definitely 'wowed' by the service, menu and look of the restaurant. Quite magnificent, this place. As i mentioned, the service was outstanding. Started off at the bar, which had a great, unique drink menu. I ordered a Grape Rye (Rye w/ homemade grape soda). Fantastic. The dinner menu features lots of 'gastro' foods for appetizers like fois gras, pig trotter, pork belly and more. I'll tell you what - the apps we ordered were excellent - fois gras w/ maple syrup and the pork belly (first time). Both were delicious. They also brought us some chicken liver mousse, compliments of the chef (great) and some unbelievable parker house rolls (mmm). The ceasar salads were just ok - too much anchovy flavor (i prefer anchovy paste in the dressing vs. actual anchovies). We ordered 10 oysters - half were amazing, the other half had grit. Then came the steaks.....and we were all a bit disappointed. The 18 oz. corn-fed Ribeye's sounded much better than they were - a bit rubbery and too fatty (too much so). The NY Strip was better. The star of the night - Onion Rings. The Best I've ever had (and i've had lots). Delicate, crispy, flavorful...Perfect. Get them, no matter what. Scalloped potatoes were good, not great. 'Hen of Woods' mushrooms were a bit on the salty side, but nice. For dessert - the apple pie rocked. All and all - a nice (3-hour) dinner, but disappointed in the steaks, which is what we all went for in the first place. Get the pork belly!
Description of Craftsteak in one word.... AVERAGE – Just had dinner at Craftsteak and I must say the food was just average at best. The ribeye I ordered was tasteless and extremely fatty. I tried a bit of my wife's ribeye which wasn't fatty, but still just as tasteless. Also, tried the sirloin - just as tasteless and the texture was somewhat chalky. The last person in our group had the filet which was way undercooked. For a restaurant supposedly known for steak, the overall taste and quality was subpar compared to chain steakhouses such as Morton's, Ruths Chris, etc.
The appetizers were just fair at best. We had the tuna and hamachi appetizers - quality of the fish was good, but overall no better than your average sushi restaurant. The dirty rice risotto was well done, but only relative to the other sides and entrees. The other appetizers and sides we had were again... average. The best parts dinner were dessert - highly suggest the donut holes and chocolate hazelnut tart - and the great service. Also liked the decor and ambiance of the restaurant.
I enjoy a good meal... actually, I eat out a lot and really appreciate food that is well-prepared, but for $600 for a group of four, the overall experience has to be at least a little better than dinner at a chain steakhouse. If you want good wine and nice ambiance, this place might be for you. If you're looking for great food, I suggest you go somewhere else.
Don't be fooled by the high prices and amazing decor – It seems as though the users who recommended this place have never been to any other steakhouse in New York. It was a beautiful place to walk into. The host was pleasant and we waited at the bar for our table. The bar staff were very friendly and cool. It was a great start. We were seated after finishing one round at the bar and were excited as we looked through the menu even though the prices were a little steep. We thought... "It'll be worth it." No one came to our table to greet us or ask if we'd like drinks for almost 10 minutes. We had decided what we were going to order during this time. Eventually, we flagged down a busboy to ask if we could see a waiter. He decide to take the order. We got some oysters which were pretty good. Still excited about our steaks as the couple next to us groped each other shamelessly. Our steaks arrived and were extremely rare even though we both requested medium. Not wanting to cause a fuss... we ate our food when a waiter came over and told us to enjoy our meal. This was the first time seeing him. What a dissappointment. The steaks were so grizzly and not hot at all. We decided to get the hell out. We were disgusted. Chef/Owner Tom Colichio? has a lot of nerve judging the contestants on Top Chef when the garbage coming out of his own kitchen is less than par. You know... it might be real tacky inside but there ain't no steak like Peter Luger!!!!
Good experience and service – We dined in the private dining room for a work event. The service was excellent and the appetizers and entrees were very good. Our food was chosen ahead of time, so we were able to sample a variety of salads and entrees. The setting is nice and I will go back to the restaurant again.
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