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Jan 14, 2011 06:24 AM

Craft alone - is it worth it?

In two ways: 1) with the whole putting ingredients together thing and no-one to share things with, is there enough variety?
and 2) comfort level - table (which I usually preer) and/or bar?

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  1. Craft is good but the preparations are very simple. It's probably best to go with a group to ensure variety, or do the tasting menu, which I haven't tried yet. The bar can get cramped so you should probably reserve a table.

    1. I enjoy sitting at both the bar and at a table at Craft. And I like the food very much.

      1. I would go with no. The portions are really sized for sharing. The bigger the group, the more fun it is - I probably wouldn't go with a smaller group than four, personally.

        For solo dining, I think composed plates is the way to go - in that area, similar food, same owner - do Gramercy Tavern or Craftbar. Also Aldea, which many others liked more than I did so I'll bow to the collective opinion. Or head downtown to Colicchio & Sons - TC's actually in the kitchen these days, I hear, since his CdC left.

        I'm sure there have been a number of "best places to dine alone" threads already, though...

        Gramercy Tavern
        42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

        900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

        Colicchio & Sons
        85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: sgordon

          Second Craftbar. I love eating there alone. In fact, I've never been there with anyone else so I might be missing something even better. : )

        2. Craft is great but, as noted, best with a group. I'd suggest that you try Hearth. Marco Canora was the orignal chef de cuisine at Craft, working with TomC. The food is wonderful. Of equal importance for a single diner, Hearth has four seats at the pass in the kitchen, that are perfect for single diners. It is like sitting at the bar, but better, since you have a full view of the open kitchen and a chance to have a dialogue with the chef as dishes are composed for service. Can't be beat for a solo diner.