This was my second ""Craft"", first was CraftSteak in Vegas, which was forgettable, underwhelming (except for the bill). What i remember about that meal was they had an interesting sort of ice cube in my drink. Putting that aside, i did look forward to Craft NY and went in for the ride. Nice looking place to spend an evening, if the chairs didnt have flexible backs, requiring you to do a sort of pilates-ab crunch when you sit back. the guy at the table behind me was trying to relax too, we became impromptu bookends, leaning against each other's chair-backs to preserve balance. It felt like i was sitting in a 9 dollar Target plastic lawn chair. Then the menu confusion, the staring, trying to form a meal from this strange muddle before us, esoterically named vegetables and all. Perplexed faces. Asked for advice. The waiter: ""It's family style, you share the plates. So, everyone order one thing from each course, they're small plates"". What? we share, but we still order 6 of every course? do we each get one bean, one brussel sprout? The waiter walks away. Comes back, tells us everything is good. now order. whatever you ask about, it is good. Oh, thats very good. That too. We order. we end up with 9 starches (with duplicates), 3 greens, 5 white fishes (with duplicates), a mushroom. every dish is savory except for one, of beets. slab of foie gras for 6 with 1 half of a beet garnish and 3 dots of sauce to share. Big, interesting wine list, we want to order several wines and ask for the sommelier. He/She phones it in via the waiter, who returns the list and points at something, 'it's very good', says the invisible sommelier. The small dishes go cold during the pass-around. The theme seems to be 'salty'. Needed a good waiter to make this concept work for a group, It was unsatisfying, unfocused, not special or fun. My dessert: pumpkin crumble. The pumpkin was undercooked cubes, crunchy. eww. Bill: $1100. The 'craft' here seems to be hype, gimmick, and profit from confusion.
Pros: good shellfish, general food quality
Cons: overcooked, over-salted vegetables. substandard service. menu concept.