Another CRAFT report
My wife and dined at Craft last night with 2 friends.
First, kudos to the front-of-house staff, who both individually and collectively, were simply superior. The hostess found my wife a lovely shawl to use to ward off the chill, the bartender was very knowledgeable about the wines available by glass and our server was knowledgeable, charming and humorous and was a joy to deal with.
For the most part the food, in it's devine simplicity, lived up to the billing and was prepared flawlessly. The stars of the evening were the pan seared foie gras - spectacular! - the braised beef short ribs - the sauce was perfect and the meat literally falling off the bone - the Maine scallops (sweetest ever!)- the hen of the woods mushrooms and the heirloom tomatos.
The gnocchi was the best we've ever tasted - we were very surprised and delighted at that.
The disappointments were the Peekytoe crab - seriouly oversalted - almost rendered uneateable and the John Dory fish main course which was overcooked and much too dry.
The best of the deserts we sampled was the on-premises made ice-creams - maybe among the best in the city.
We will return because we really love the whole philosophy of letting each individual food item be the star - not encumbered by over-fanciful sauce and condiment creations. But our advice is to stick with the tried and true selction of items recommended time amd time again on most food blogs - meat dishes, scallops, mushrooms, foie gras, etc.