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Craft Bar

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900 Broadway
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(212) 461-4300
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Best

love the atmosphere. great place when you are stressed out

Worst

Came here because I was impressed with the variety of the Restaurant Week menu. \r \r We started off with the Pecorino Fonduta and white anchovy bruschetta. Both were tasty. ...

Awful Food and Non-existent Service 3/14/2012

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. more

Once was good, twice...? 7/14/2011

Came here because I was impressed with the variety of the Restaurant Week menu. \r \r We started off with the Pecorino Fonduta and white anchovy bruschetta. Both were tasty. \r \r 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. \r \r 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. more

great place 7/9/2011

love the atmosphere. great place when you are stressed out more

A Birthday Celebration 11/13/2009

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. Pros: Fondue Cons: All the rest more

Mediocrity shouldn't be mistaken for good 8/18/2008

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. Pros: the flatiron district location Cons: service, food, and overall experience more

yummy food and great service 7/20/2008

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! Pros: great location more

BIG Let down... 7/13/2008

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...\r \r 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.\r \r 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. Pros: Location, dessert, reservation process is amazingly professional Cons: $$$'s, service, food wasn't great. more

Not impressed 5/18/2008

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. Cons: over-priced, small portion sizes more

Great service, so-so food 4/10/2008

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. Pros: friendly service, decent wine/beer selection Cons: mediocre food more

Oversalted 3/27/2008

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. more

Poor.... 3/23/2008

I am one that doesn't mind paying a lot of money for great food and service. This place was just lacking. We paid a lot of money for small portions that just didn't taste any better than my local pub. We walked in and the hostess was wearing dingy old jeans and a dingy top, for the money you are paying for food, I would expect a little bit better wardrobe for the person that is greeting you. The bartenders were nice but slow, they were more interested in entertaining themselves than helping the customers. This place was a definte example of someone slapping there famous name to a restaurant and that thinking that gives them the right to charge whatever they want! Skip this place, there is so much better in NYC! more

Great Time 3/15/2008

We were a party of four on a busy Saturday night. Bartender was friendly and did a nice job whipping up a cocktail that I know he doesn't make very often. Table service was also friendly, professional, minimally visible but always available. No pushiness on wine. We were drinking by the glass after we finished our cocktails and there was no pressure to order bottles, it was just very good service. All food was great. Apps and salads were generous, entrees were on the light side, which was sort of expected. Would have been nice to have more than three little slices of meat on a ""steak"" entree, otherwise no complaints.\r It was our first time at Craftbar and we had heard mixed reviews from friends, but we had a nice experience.\r Pros: Excellent service, fresh, quality ingredients Cons: Small entrees more

a bit off balance in my opinion 2/20/2008

good points: got a six-top on Sat night without advance reservation (30 min wait) / anchovies bruschetta \r mussels / blue point oysters / braised lamb shoulder was nicely done however the whole combination tested too acidic\r \r bad points: very average quality of food - hangar steak tasted like it sat on a backburner for half an hour / all root vegetables were way overcooked - watery and tasteless / portions are extremely undersized for a simple fare / services is lousy ? waited 40 mins between starters and main course with nearly half restaurant empty (around 10:30)\r \r The whole philosophy of simple food within casual dining was a bit off balance. In my opinion the setting was too contemporary and wasn?t warm to suite simple food. The overall experience was disappointing. You can get much better food for this kind of money. more

amazing brunch 1/13/2008

I went there yesterday with a friend for brunch. After we were seated promptly and greeted by our lovely waitress Leslie, we started with fried oysters, chicken apple Brie and cucumber sandwhich followed by baked egg with steak and spicy spinach. Great Earl Grey tea. All was fantastic. Service was prompt and delighful. Surprisingly, it wasn't anywhere near as expensive as I thought it'd be. Pros: Food, service, brunch Cons: crowd is a tad snarky more

Don't go to Craftbar Hungry! If at all. 12/15/2007

Last night I went to go to craftbar with a few friends for my birthday. The ambiance was nice. Drink prices were on par for a NY bar, nice bar scene. We sat down and got out appetisers ( Fried Rissoto (comes 3 1 inch each) which everyone enjoyed, and Cick pea fries (about 8 -nice size order for an app) which I found original. I ordered the steak dish for my entre ($23, seemed very reasonable, on cheap side). When the dish came to my table I was shocked. It was two slices of steak with a smattering of pureed potatoes and green peppers on top. These two slices were about a 1/4 inch thick and 2 1/2 inches long. So I thought, wow, these must be really tasty. They weren't. They were tough and a little dry (Ordered, medium, came medium well). The potatoes were tasty, but there was barely any of that on my plate either. My sister got the scallop dish for her entree. It came in a small bowl and was filled up about half way up. (Picture a half a bowl of cereal). She sent it back for being salty and gritty and opted for more friend risotto spheres (it wont let me say &alls on here)! \r \r I heard such good things about Craft but I am rethinking if I should go there after this Craftbar experience. \r Oh and the form fitting shirts on the wait staff was not flattering. Bottom line, Don?t go to Craftbar hungry because you will end up getting a hot dog on the street after. Pros: NIce atmosphere Cons: Tiny Portions. I mean really small that you might laugh. more

Dinner is far superior to brunch. Oatmeal and... 12/3/2007

Dinner is far superior to brunch. Oatmeal and granola were mediocre, ridiculously portioned, and generally... more

Dinner is far superior to brunch. Oatmeal and... 12/3/2007

ColleenH Provided by Partner
Dinner is far superior to brunch. Oatmeal and granola were mediocre, ridiculously portioned, and generally unappetizing. Cinnamon roll would be o... more

Food was Fine, Service Was Insanely Bad 11/20/2007

This is the second time I have ever written a Citysearch review. Craftbar left such an impression that I felt the need to share.\r \r In summary, party of seven, the appetizers were great, the entrees were mediocre, and the service was EMBARRASINGLY bad (for Craftbar, that is). We arrived to a nice looking space, had a drink at the bar and then sat at our table. After waiting for 15 minutes to even get an order in for wine, we finally ordered a couple of bottles only to see the waiter disappear for another 20 minutes before returning with drinks. Mind you, we were in no rush and celebrating a birthday. Just thought it would be nice to have a drink in the first 30 minutes after being seated. After cornering the waiter to order appetizers and entrees, we began to enjoy our evening. The appetizers were very interesting and very well done. The entrees were ok, but seriously nothing to write home about. Short ribs, Bass and Pasta entrees, not particularly interesting or impressive. \r \r ...And then things kept going wrong. The waiter, after having already ordered 3 bottles of wine, kept pushing. We are certainly wine people, but it was just getting ackward. Without exaggeration we were asked 3 times if we wanted another bottle and then told 4 times that we could order additional wine by the glass. Give me a break, we know!!!! The topper of it all is that we finally get the bill, pay and leave the NY standard 20% (even though it was NOT deserved) only to have the waiter pick up the bill and start quizing the table about his pen. Literally starts picking up napkins looking for his pen. Who knows where the cheap, plastic, ""Craftbar"" 15 cent pen went, probably fell on the floor. But how completely tactless. We spent over $600 and he is acting like we are at an IHOP and stole his pen. Didn't catch the guys name, but if you get the waiter with a goatee/chin hair deal going on that looks like he did his training at the Outback you'll be in for the same experience. Best of luck. Pros: Appetizers, space Cons: SERVICE! more

craftbrunch 10/15/2007

I've been there before for lunch and the food is excellent, with variety, and the waiter was helpful and friendly. Went there for brunch yesterday and it was a less than satisfying experience. The waitress looked like she fried her hair that morning and could not think properly due to the damage. When asked whether there was turkey sausage or turkey bacon, she looked blankly and replied, ""There's just regular sausage and bacon."" What exactly does that mean? Regular? We ended up having to eat with ALL the unused utensils around us when she should have come by to collect them. Didn't know there were even specials until another wait a few tables down, was reciting them to his party. The food was mediocre and could've gone to the local diner for some turkey sausage. Would not go back for brunch. more

Excellent choice for a low-impact night out... 10/1/2007

Excellent choice for a low-impact night out Craftbar serves some of the best junk food known to man. With... more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    A boisterous bar--filled with a convivial after-work crowd enjoying impeccably poured cocktails--gives way to a spacious room filled with wooden tables and banquettes. The...

  • 9/23/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    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
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Flatiron District, Midtown
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