While visiting NYC on a business trip, I was treated to dinner at Craft. Not having known about Top Chef, etc. I didn't know what to expect from this good looking restaurant. It didn't look very large/wide but I noticed that it looked like there was more seating around the back. I wasn't in the mood to investigate.
My dinner companions and I settled at the bar, me with Black Russian in hand, and waited for the rest of our troupe to arrive for our early dinner. The bar tender was very personable, and chatty when required, and patiently explained what was in the drinks we wanted. Patrons were friendly. Drinks were well mixed.
After everyone arrived, and although we were a large group, we were seated at the front of the restaurant, table facing the front window. Very comfortable, wide table with lots of room for everything.
First off, I'm a fan of meat ravioli and I always have a tough time finding a restaurant that serves a good plate, let alone at all. In this case the the first course of Pork Ravioli & Steen’s Cane Syrup was fantastic. Not a huge amount (expected) but the blend of the seasoned pork filling, al dente pasta and smokey/sweet syrup was amazing.
Four my main course, I ordered and shared the 30 Day Dry-Aged Sirloin Bone Marrow & Bordelaise for two. Great choice! Medium-rare and melt-in-your-mouth tender and plenty enough for two guys.
Service was fantastic, all questions answered, no 'snotty' wait-staff I've seen at a few other NYC restaurants. Staff should never get in the way of an expensive dinner, but be available when needed. Craft staff provided that experience.
Did I mention it was a bit pricey (for non-NY'ers)? It was, but was worth it.
Although I won't comment on what my dinner companions ate (I did sample some of their fare), I will say that overall my meal at Craft was probably one of the tastiest I have had in a long time.
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