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Any suggestions on what to get at Craft in CC?

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charles_allnut Sep 10, 2008 12:02 AM

I have a friend coming in from out of town and I am treating him and his GF to Craft this Sunday. Any hounds have any suggestions on favorite dishes?

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  1. Servorg RE: charles_allnut Sep 10, 2008 11:33 AM

    I would say don't miss the truffles from Italy, but I don't want to be a trouble maker.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552535

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/533102

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      a213b RE: Servorg Sep 10, 2008 04:50 PM

      On the first thread servorg linked to, I posted my thoughts on all of the dishes a party of 8 had recently at Craft.

      I'm on my iPod, otherwise I'd copy and paste it here for you.

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        charles_allnut RE: a213b Sep 10, 2008 05:32 PM

        Thanks to all for your input! Very much appreciated!

    2. David Kahn RE: charles_allnut Sep 10, 2008 04:30 PM

      I've never been blown away by Craft, but of the things I've sampled, my favorite item is easily the short ribs, which are delicious.

      1. Debbie W RE: charles_allnut Sep 10, 2008 04:46 PM

        We always enjoy one of the stuffed pastas. The last two times, it was corn cappaletti (sp?) - so rich. I don't think I would ever skip having a pasta course. The octopus appetizer has been very good. Hangar steak, rack of pork. Assorted mushrooms (though oversalted on one occasion). Roasted Jersusalem artichokes. Parfaits for dessert, or an ice cream sampler.

        1. omotosando RE: charles_allnut Sep 10, 2008 11:21 PM

          All the pastas I have had were delicious. The sauteed sweet corn if still in season is great. I had the endive, pecan & goat cheese salad the other night and it was wonderful. I have also enjoyed the Baby Spinach, Smoked Bacon & Gruyère salad, as well as the romaine and fried anchovy salad (the latter comes with a nice soft-boiled egg). The Spanish Octopus & Greek Yoghurt appetizer is terrific. I have enjoyed the foie gras. If you are a chicken fan (because after all, chicken is not that sexy), I have really enjoyed the organic chicken and black eyed peas dish. The Duck Egg, Duck Ham & Spiced Waffle, if they still have it on the menu, did not wow me. I've ordered salmon twice, including salmon with mustard for lunch today, and neither wowed me (although the only time I remember ever being wowed by cooked - as opposed to sushi -- salmon was years ago at the Water Grill during Copper River season). If you like Shishito peppers, I had them at lunch today and they were really tasty. Less successful was the swiss chard - it had something purple in it, which I assume was beets, and it was too sweet (sort of like sweet potatoes with marshmallow). The swiss chard is the only dish I have had at Craft that I downright disliked. They noticed immediately and took it off the bill (one thing I love about Craft is the always gracious service). On the dessert menu, my favorites so far have been the Strawberries & Cream with Crème Fraîche Bavarois, Pound Cake & Black Pepper Ice Cream and the Glazed Donuts, but I am still working my way through the dessert menu. Wasn't wowed by the blueberry cobbler the other night.

          If you are a white wine drinker and don't want to spend a fortune on wine, the 2006 Kremstal Gruner Veltliner (the cheapest Gruner Veltliner on the list - $40) was delightful. If you want to start out with a glass of bubbly, but don't want to spring for champagne, the sparking rose by the glass is quite nice.

          1. burumun RE: charles_allnut Sep 11, 2008 12:42 AM

            I usually get the braised short ribs, the quail with blueberry, and a side of sweet corn.

            Also I love their sorbet/gelato - also the sampler is pretty expensive at $20 for 6 scoops. (Had the basil last time- yum!)

            --burumun
            http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com

            1. foleydog RE: charles_allnut Sep 11, 2008 08:33 AM

              Unless the predominant flavor is offensive, I recommend the tasting menu. When we went a few weeks ago, everything was infused with peaches - which i understand changes seasonally. It would probably be pears or quince or apples about now.

              The menu (at about $100 pp $15 foie gras supplement) was just ho hum. I think Hatfield's and Providence are much better for the same price point. The ambiance, however, is surprisingly good for the location, but coming and going you feel quite isolated.

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