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kimpee Apr 3, 2011 03:25 PM

Will be In NYC Memorial Day week. Curious on trying out Tom Collichio's restaurant. After all, he is the big kahuna in Top Chef. So which is really worth to try among all his restauants: Craft, Craftbar, Collichio & Sons, or 'Wichcraft? Need opinions please. Thanks!

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    chocokitty Apr 3, 2011 04:03 PM

    Each of his restaurants have a different price point and atmosphere. Craft being his flagship, so to speak; down to 'wichcraft is mainly a (expensive) sandwich joint.

    How much are you thinking of spending per person? How elegant or casual of an atmosphere do you want to go? (Though most of his formal restaurants err on the elegant-casual side.)

    For photos of my Restaurant Week lunch at Colicchio & Sons' Tap Room back on February:


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

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      gutsofsteel Apr 3, 2011 05:38 PM

      You left out Riverpark. I haven't been yet. but of those you listed above, no question about it - choose Craft.

      43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

      450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: gutsofsteel
        kathryn Apr 3, 2011 06:21 PM

        2nd Craft. And it's "Colicchio," by the way.

        1. re: gutsofsteel
          small h Apr 3, 2011 06:49 PM

          I had an excellent dinner at Riverpark and would recommend it highly, but Tom Colicchio isn't the chef there; Sisha Ortúzar is. If that makes a difference to the OP.

          1. re: small h
            gutsofsteel Apr 3, 2011 06:56 PM

            He's not the chef at Craft or Craftbar either. He has a whole lot of restaurants....there is a chef other than himself at every one of them.

            1. re: gutsofsteel
              small h Apr 3, 2011 07:03 PM

              On the Craft website, Colicchio is listed as chef/owner of Craft and Craftbar. On Riverpark's website, he's listed as restaurateur.

              1. re: small h
                gutsofsteel Apr 3, 2011 07:37 PM

                Damon Wise is listed as chef at Craft.

                You really think Colicchio can be at all his restaurants where he is "chef" with any frequency? You think he actually cooks with any regularity in the restaurants at this point?

                1. re: gutsofsteel
                  small h Apr 4, 2011 03:42 AM

                  No, nor did I say or even imply that. But if I were interested in eating at a restaurant because of his influence on the menu, I'd choose one that listed him as its chef. The same way I'd pay more attention to a movie directed by Quentin Tarantino than to one "presented" by him.

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          kimpee Apr 3, 2011 06:52 PM

          Ooops, I knew there was a double consonant there somewhere. Price wise, if it's a little expensive but it's well worth it then it's ok. Unless it's insanely expensive, otherwise if say Craft & Craftbar being the former more expensive but the value of the whole experience is worth more compared to Craftbar, then it's fine. What's in the menu not to miss?

          900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: kimpee
            Wilfrid Apr 4, 2011 06:17 AM

            Craft is proportionally better than Craftbar as the higher prices would suggest. If you want to eat the style of food that made Colicchio's name (now that Gramercy Tavern has changed course), these are your best choices.

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

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