Opinionated Abut Dining Survey

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June 09, 2005


Joel Baumwoll

I am indebted to Steve for introducing Craft to me, and for understanding how to get the best it has to offer. It is my "go to" restaurant in NY. What amazes me is, after maybe a dozen meals there, I can still experience new highs. The meal described above was one of the best yet. Last summer, we devoured a two-kilo lobster tail, and like the Sopranos, I am anxiously awaiting its return. Five or six people are the ideal sized party to enjoy the full Craft experience.


Great story, pics, and descriptions. Damn I'm hungry!


What a meal. I must go to craft yesterday. Thanks Steve!

Michael Marco

Thanks for the review. I had heard some dreadful things about CRAFT but feel better now. I am taking my best friend there next week for finishing his PhD thesis after 8 years and really want a super meal like the ones you discussed.

I guess we should get the tasting menu. Any hints on the ordering process to ensure a great meal?

Thanks in advance.


Steve Plotnicki

8 years for a PHD thesis gives me the chills.

Just tell them you read about the meal on this blog and you want them to serve you something similar.

Jesse Maidbrey

I clicked on the Miami link and got a San Francisco restaurant I know you have eaten in some of the Miami Restaurants. Have you ever tried Romeo's Cafe on Coral Way. It is incredible. I look forward to hearing from you.

Steve Plotnicki

Hey Jess how are you? I heard you were living down there. No I haven't been to Romeo's but I'll check it out the next time I'm down there.

Jesse Maidbrey

Hey Steve The next time you are in Miami call me. It would be great to see you. email me at [email protected] or call me at 305 642-6030.

Steve Plotnicki

Will do Jess. Unfortunately we aren't coming down this year, It's the first time in probably 15 years that we are going to miss Miami. But I'll let you know the next time we do come down.

Phil unger

Headed to Cote d"Or and wondering whats new/interesting on the restaurant scene. Ma Cuisine is always a must and Lameloise has been discovered to be a 2 star only help

Richard Sowalsky

I went to Craft a week ago Saturday with a work colleague and his in-laws. When I asked about a chef’s menu like the one mentioned on Steve Plotnicki’s “Opinionated About Dining” blog, the server gave me a (knowing?) (dismissive?) smile and informed me that there had not been a chef’s menu at Craft since it’s inception, and then proceeded to tell me how to order off of the regular menu. Not such a big deal, but somewhat disappointing given that I had hyped the chef’s menu to my dining companions for several weeks based on the blog. She was having none of it, though.

Meal in brief… Started with scallops (best I can ever remember eating), escargot with egg (ditto) and mâche salad (tasty and well dressed, but gritty—Tom Colicchio would have chewed out any “Top Chef” contestant for this simple and inexplicable error). Second course was fettuccine with white truffle—amazing, but there were issues (the promised al fredo sauce turned out to be a meat stock reduction [N.B. probably preferable], the white truffles were not shaved tableside, which I would have expected for $85). Meat courses (Berkshire Farms pork, venison, sweetbreads, halibut) were all very tasty, and veggies (roasted heirloom carrots, Jerusalem artichokes) amazing. Dessert was limited to ice cream and sorbet sampler—bergamot sorbet was incredible (albeit controversial), pomegranate least preferred due to lack of intensity.

In all, I think we cobbled together a really great meal. However, I just wanted to let your readers know that it may take some effort beyond merely asking the server to get your chef’s menu.

BTW, love your site!

Steve Plotnicki

Richard - Next time tell the waitress that you want the kitchen to choose your meal. Just tell them how many courses you want, and what kind of courses (raw fish, charcuterie etc.) That should do the trick.

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