Excellent Service and Wonderful Desserts!
My husband and I went to Craft on Valentine's day and we scored a nice 7:30pm reservation. The restaurant was quite full (but not overflowing)...it was perfect. We did not have to wait at all and from the moment we walked in until the moment we walked out, we were treated like royalty. Throughout the night, they gave us treats.....first the amuse buche (a mini cheese puff), then a dessert amuse buche (a shot of orange ice cream soda), then mini red velvet cupcakes and raspberry shortbread cookies with a bill, and a chocolate chip brioche muffin for the next day. It was great! They constantly changed our plates, silverware, etc after every course....first course we had the hamachi, beet salad, and cheese and onion tart (all excellent). Second course we shared lobster pasta dish, for the main course I had the asian influenced shrimp dish, while my husband had the beef short rib. The only thing was although the food quality was truly excellent, everything was seriously underseasoned! That was a little bit surprising since Tom Collichio (the famed owner) is always stressing the importance of seasoning on the show Top Chef. We ordered the donuts for dessert and caramel gelato....the donuts were full sized, fluffy, fresh, glazed, piping hot and melted in our mouths ...they came with three ""dipping sauces""... Truly amazing. I would come for the dessert alone! The service truly was exceptional...it was like a beautifully choreographed dance...and very very pleasant too. Everyone was smiling and fun! The best part is the doggy bag thing....if you don't finish your food, they pack it for you, give you a ticket, and later you walk to the front of the restaurant, hand them you ticket, and pick it up from the maitre d. That way you don't have to carry it around or put it on the chair next to you. Oh yeah, the ambience was sophisticated, sleek, and very modern. It was such a spectacular night, nothing that a little salt couldn't fix.