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Bar Crudo Query

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Bar Crudo close to Union Square has been generating a lot of buzz lately. Not to mention MB's glowing review in the Chron... Has anyone had any first hand experience with it yet? I would love to hear about it before trying it out for the first time. Many thanks.

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  1. yes! we have talked about it on this board. you can do a google search to find it. bar crudo is my new favortie place. amazing fresh food, interesting combinations like arctic char with tobiko and horseradish cream...crudo translates to "raw" in italian so know that most of the food is raw. the sherry duck liver mousse is a must try. i am going back this weekend. it is not a budget place- not cheap, but amazing quality.

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    1. re: pate man

      I went a couple months ago with a couple of friends. We had the large seafood platter, crudo sampler, sherry duck liver mousse, and seafood chowder. The seafood platter wasn't the freshest (though it was acceptable), and everything else was fine, but nothing blew us away. They have a great selection of Belgian beers.

      1. re: Jason

        This won't work anymore, there is only the last 40 posts on the page, and few if any will mentino crudo. Google: 'crudo+site:chowhound.com'

      2. I live near by and have been several times, and I am a huge fan of the food and the space. The crudo is amazing, especially the arctic char with horseradish and tobiko. The only personal disappointment as far as crudo goes was with the yellowtail, but I think that was an abberation as others have raved about it. I haven't tried any of the hot dishes, too hard to not get more crudo. I have had some oysters and the cheese plate, both of which were good. They also have some great Belgian beers, my favorite being the Tripel Karmeliet (750 ml, $13). Not exactly the ideal pairing for crudo, but they have a short wine list if you want a better pairing.

        The only downside can be the speed of the service. Upstairs especially, the wait can be painfully long. The three times I was upstairs my total time in the restaurant was over two hours each time, for the amount of food the time could have been half that. I wasn't in a hurry to leave but it takes an incomprehensibly long time for them to bring out the dishes, especially the crudo. Sitting downstairs is only a slight improvement. If you know what you're in for and not in a rush, it isn't a problem. So, despite the speed of the service, I still happily go back. I hope you'll like it as well.

        1. I had dinner there earlier this week, and while I liked my meal, I wasn't overly impressed. The crudos were good (we tried three of the four on the menu), especially the Arctic char. I tried a couple of oysters and they were good. The mussels were quite disappointing, as was the sherry duck liver mousse (too sweet).

          Overall, I'd say it's a good place for the crudos, on a night when you're not too hungry, but not quite a destination restaurant.

          1. Went to Bar Crudo this past week for a really lovely birthday dinner. We had the large seafood platter, the crudo for two and cold marinated mussels. It's hard to go wrong with a plate of chilled shellfish - I found the clams and the mussels to be exceptionally good. Oddly enough, the separate order of mussels were in a different marinade than the ones on the platter and weren't quite as good. The crudo were all interesting combinations of flavors and flawless fish, although I found that the cirtus-fennel accompaniment to the scallops interfered a bit with wonderful fatty taste of plain scallop. The real standout were the tuna cubes - oh, and the hint of cucumber in the water. The night we went, there was a slice of lemon cucumber in the water that gave it a really pleasant, cooling taste. That water was actually a better accompaniment to the meal than the Albarino wine we had, which I found a little cloying for shellfish.
            There seem to be a lot of complaints about the service, but we didn't have any problems at all. The waitstaff was attentive and the food came with no significant delays.

            1. I love Bar Crudo and have eaten my way pretty much through the menu. Of the crudos themselves, only the Arctic Char mentioned above, really sticks in my memory.

              The two things that I really love at Bar Crudo, are the Tuna Confit and the Seafood Chowder, so I would say they are "must orders" on any visit.

              1. I agree about that Arctic Char. Yum.
                If they have an uni special, it's a great bet too.


                1. I really enjoyed the food at Bar Crudo. The oysters were very good as was the crudo sampler. The cooked mussels with chorizo was good but the best part of the meal was their seafood chowder. I didn't have any problems or issues with the service. In fact, it was quite good.

                  1. I was just there and was a little bummed. First they served us swawing oysters then the mussels were a little 'funky'. I work in restaurants, so I understand how sometimes sub-par food sneaks out, but if all you serve is raw fish- your oysters should be pristine.

                    1. Now is not the time to be eating raw oysters - lots of Pacific Northwest oyster growing areas have been shut down due to bacteria caused by the warm water. Do a Google news search for "oysters" for more info.

                      1. Just ate there and it couldn't have been better. Not only was the crudo fresh and the flavors unique, but the beer was even better and service was fantastic. We have had some great meals on this trip (we are from NYC), including Quince and B44, but this topped them all (yes, even topped Quince, which we enjoyed but other than the pasta and the wine which were truly outstanding the meal was very good, not great).