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New York City Restaurants

Craft

Updated 02/25/2014

Fodor's Review

A meal here is like a luscious choose-your-own-adventure game since every delectable dish comes à la carte. Craft is Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio's flagship of a mini-empire of excellent restaurants around the country, including the upscale Craftbar and Craftsteak brands, as well as grab-and-go sandwich bars called 'wichcraft. Just about everything here is exceptionally prepared with little fuss, from simple yet intriguing starters (like harissa-spiked octopus)

and sides (including the justly famous variety of roasted mushrooms, including oysters, trumpets, chanterelles, and hen-of-the-woods) to desserts (warm chocolate tart with buttermilk ice cream, cinnamon custard, and cashews). The serene dining room of burnished dark wood and dangling radiant bulbs is more welcoming than it sounds.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

43 E. 19th St., between Broadway and Park Ave. S, New York, New York, 10003-1304, USA

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Phone:

212-780–0880

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 02/25/2014

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By Patti

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Jan 21, 2006

Overrated!

This is a very popular restaurant although I am not sure why? The food is ok at best. The concept is interesting, ordering items "a la carte" but that is not enough to justify the prices and popularity.

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Jan 6, 2005

Interesting concept, good food

The food here was incredibly savory (definitely not light). It was perfect on a cold NYC night! All in all a very good experience and we will definitely dine there again, but not in the same tier as Gramercy Tavern or some of the other higher-end restaurants, so I have rated it a 4.

By Kate

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Jun 24, 2003

One of NYC's Best Chefs

Alec McWilliams, now departed from Craft, is a wunderkind of cooking the likes of which NYC might never see. The old world french style of caring about what you cook alongside that strange sense of alchemy leaves a taste for the diner somewhere beyond bold and closer to bewitching. Alex will be missed. Look for him where ever he surfaces.

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