Craftbar: Scene and food?
Going to craftbar this weekend. Haven't seen any recent reviews of recs... thoughts? also, what is the scene like? I get the sense it is like Lure or Public... am I right
I haven't been to Lure and Public just for brunch. It's crowded and loud, but the tables are pretty spacious, so keeps it civilized. Food has its hits and misses. I really liked the pork belly on my last visit.
I've had two excellent meals at Craftbar, but the most recent was September 2006. I'm looking at the online menu and definitely remember loving the risotto balls, the chickpea fries, the salt cod croquettes, the sausage-stuffed sage leaves, the pecorino fondue, and the octopus with chorizo,
I've seen the lukewarm reviews on CH and am really surprised - the night we went, everything was soulful and delicious. Across the board, all five of us enjoyed it more than dinner at Babbo the preceding night. Only weird thing was the seating arrangement (three people lined up on the banquette facing out, with two people on the ends, so the guest of honor appeared to be presiding over a truncated Last Supper. Very odd.)
Have not been to Lure, but scene-wise I would say Craftbar is somewhat along the same lines as Public: Bar/lounge area in front of the main dining area that is usually pretty lively. Dining room is busy but not overly loud. I've enjoyed Craftbar both times I have been there with dates. As for the food, I would second the sausage-stuffed fried sage leaves. The veal-ricotta meatballs are also a favorite, but the pasta dish I had last time (Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Fennel Sausage and Parmesan) was just so-so.