First, Happy Birthday Sister!
I want to preface this post with the fact that all photos were taken with my iPhone camera, I didn’t have my DSLR with me, but I loved this meal and needed to share with all of you, but the pictures do not do the food justice.
For Christmas, my Dad and his significant other gifted Nick and I a nice dinner in New York City during our visit. I decided on Craft
We made our reservation for Sunday night, we arrived a few minutes early and were still seated right away. The restaurant was full but not packed and not too loud. The restaurant had that perfect romance lighting, darkish but you could still read your menu.
Our waiter was at our table right away to take our drink orders.
Paloma – Tequila, Combier Pampelmousse Rose, and Grapefruit Bitters
It was delicious but very strong. I loved that they poured it table side. Nick ordered the Bee Sting (Bourbon, Fresh Ginger, Cardamom Honey, Regans Orange Bitters) right up Cait’s alley.
They also delivered bread with the drinks and we had a bunch of different choices.
Then the chef sent out an amuse bouche, beef tartar, Nick usually never touches this type of food. I made him try it, and he actually liked it. It was seasoned well and fresh.
For our meals we decided to share 2 appetizers, 2 side dishes and to pick our own entrees.
I picked Wild Arugula & Lemon Salad, that also had pine nuts. Nick chose the Pork Ravioli & Steens Cane Syrup.
My favorite was definitely the salad, I ate almost the entire thing, it was lightly massaged with the lemon and neither flavor took over the dish. The ravioli was good, but it was too sweet for my preference.
Clockwise from the left: Roasted red snapper with a sun dried tomato sauce (my entree), American Wagyu Coulotte (Nick’s entree), Spring Garlic Risotto, and Sautéed Swiss Chard.
At first when the brought the sides (the risotto & swiss chard) the dishes were small and I was like hmm that’s kinda pricy for that size, but I was FULL after a small portion of each. We ended up leaving almost half the risotto at the table we were so stuffed.
The fish was amazing. I LOVE red snapper and it was perfectly cooked with crispy skin. I even spread some of the sauce on the swiss chard because I didn’t want to waste it.
The wagyu Nick ordered medium rare, and it was cooked to perfection, it melted in our mouths, I am drooling thinking about it.
How cute are these dishes that our meals were served in? Every piece came in a different one.
We obviously had to have dessert.
Nick’s Chocolate Pretzel Tart. Served with peanut butter & vanilla ice cream. I actually don’t like pretzels so I didn’t want this one, but it did not have that over-salted taste I associate with pretzels.
The best dessert on the planet!
Chocolate Soufflé with caramel cream. This takes a little extra time to prepare so we savored our drinks while we waited. When the waiter delivered this gem you had the option to pour the cream on the soufflé yourself or have the waiter do it. I let the waiter do the honors and I let the cake sit for a minute before diving in. OH MY WORD. This was amazing, the cake was moist and their was a balance between the chocolate and the cream. I wanted to finish it but I had no room, I barely had room for half. I would go back for this dessert alone.
Since my dad called in advance, we didn’t get the bill, but with the bill they deliver you vanilla Madeline’s. We each had a bite and they were great, not dry at all and the flavor was phenomenal.
As we were leaving, the maiter d handed us banana chocolate chip muffins, for breakfast he said. Wow, that is some amazing customer service.
We did eat them the next morning since we missed the hotel breakfast, and they were impressed that after the evening the muffins were still full of flavor and were not dried out.
If you are looking for a place to eat in NYC, I highly recommend Craft. In fact I am trying to convince Nick that we have to go back soon.
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