Friday, January 28, 2011

Craftbar Doesn't Cut It

Craftbar is around the corner from us, so we wanted to check it out before moving. We also have a new appreciation for Tom Colicchio after finishing Top Chef Season 5. After seeing how critical he is on the judging panel, we had high hopes for one of his famed NYC restaurants.

Being CraftBAR we opted for some of their specialty drinks. I ordered something that sounded really interesting involving jalapeno. I'm still failing to describe the taste. Burnt gym socks perhaps? Not good. But I figured, hey, I ordered the weird drink, so down the hatch and order something new. Next, a star anise drink caught my eye. In theory, the strong licorice flavor should shine overpower any other weird flavors. Wrong. Somehow far worse than the first, this time in a scary industrial chemical flavor way. The Mr's drinks were OK as he opted for more basic cocktails.

Let's move on to the food, shall we?


Pecorino Risotto Balls

Skate Wing, Kale & Chickpea

Veal Ricotta Meatballs with Spaghetti
The Ricotta Balls were pretty good as only fried cheese & carbs can be. The skate wing just couldn't hold a candle to the one at Sel et Poivre. The meatballs were very tasty, but quite pricy at $21. For that price I would think they could throw in the spaghetti for free.

The service was sub-par and at the end of the meal the hostess got uncomfortably pushy about dessert. Perhaps we held this restaurant up to a higher bar than others, but personally, I think Tom would not be proud of the experience we had.

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