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Anyone been to CRAFTBAR recently?

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Liquid Sky May 31, 2007 08:05 AM

Thoughts? Experiences? Comparisons to the Bar Room at Modern?

Thanks!

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    Lucia May 31, 2007 10:10 AM

    Not really in the same league--food doesn't aspire so high (it is much simpler), and some dishes are lackluster.

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      Liquid Sky May 31, 2007 08:58 PM

      You mean... CRAFTBAR is simpler than Bar Room??

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        Lucia Jun 1, 2007 08:24 AM

        Yes--Bar Room has nothing to do with bar food.

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          Liquid Sky Jun 1, 2007 09:14 AM

          Thanks, Lucia. I got the feeling Bar Room was "small plates" (similar to tapas).

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            Lucia Jun 1, 2007 09:30 AM

            Yes, Bar Room has a small plates menu. The small plates all tend to be more complex than the food that I've had at Craftbar, which serves a traditional app, entree, dessert menu.

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              Liquid Sky Jun 2, 2007 10:26 AM

              Lucia,

              Any standouts at Bar Room? Besides the tarte flambee...

              Also, is this one of those places you need to show up kind of early to get a decent seat?

              Many thanks.

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                Lucia Jun 2, 2007 04:04 PM

                I always make a reservation on Opentable, so I'm not sure. When I go (usually weekend nights), it's pretty packed. My only standout was a well-prepared pork belly the last time. Otherwise, food (except for pastas) tends to be solid, but not great. I also like the "crispy" chocolate cake.

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      smithreers May 31, 2007 11:24 AM

      I have not been to Modern, but the last time I was at Craftbar the food was horrible. Way too much salt and the menu was very average.

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        Liquid Sky May 31, 2007 08:59 PM

        Okay... thanks, smith. Too bad, because it is a nice-looking place.

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        kobetobiko Jun 2, 2007 05:07 PM

        While my experiences at Craft and Craftsteak have been excellent (and both have got mixed reviews from other hounds), I personally prefer the Bar Room at Modern than the Craftbars. Both the food and service were better at the Bar Room. I particularly enjoyed the egg in a jar, the foie gras torchon, the steak tartare, the gnocchi with sweetbread, the walnut quail, and the donuts

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          Liquid Sky Jun 2, 2007 09:09 PM

          Did somebody say "foie gras"? I'm so there!!

          Thanks, tobiko. I love quail too.

          Can someone explain this "egg in a jar" thing I keep hearing about?

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