Crave Bar and Grill in White Plains
We ate there last night and were very pleasantly surprised. Started off splitting an heirloom tomato salad. First of all, it was huge-- not really heirloom tomatoes, but nice, large ripe slices of tomato covered with a fresh grilled corn vinaigrette and goat cheese. For entrees, my husband had the roast Amish chicken, mashed potatoes and a side of broccoli rabe. The chicken was juicy and flavorful, and he really enjoyed it. I had mussels in tomato sauce with calamari and a side of fries. The mussels were plump and tasty and the fries were excellent. There was a nice, reasonably priced wine selection.
The service was a bit spotty, but they tried hard. I gave them a pass as the place is relatively new. The bill for one app, two entrees and a bottle of wine was $88 before tip. I thought it was extremely reasonable for the quality of the food, plus, they gave us a certificate for $10 off our next visit. I also noticed they have a price fixed dinner that they offer early in the evenings-- I believe 3 courses for $25.
All in all, Crave is a welcome addition to the area, and we will be back.
I went last night. Had the tomato salad, and it was, as Shawn said, gigantic. I recognized at least one slice of heirloom. Thought it was kind of bland, but I added some of the garlic olive oil which came with the bread, and some balsamic, and that perked it up.
I had what was billed as garganelli but which was penne rigate (garganelli is an egg based pasta). Disappointing, as I was looking forward to what I had hoped would be homemade (and possibly fresh, not dried) pasta. There was a bit too much rosemary in the dish for my taste, and what was supposed to be spinach was, in fact, basil. The dish was not balanced and needed the spoonfuls of parmesan I asked for. A giant serving in a cute bowl, but not what I was hoping for.
Service was willing and well-intentioned, if somewhat timid.
I didn't have the $25 dinner, but it looks to have some decent options.
It sounds like they may have a tendency to make substitutions when they don't have something and not tell you about it. You said you recognized at least one slice of heirloom in your salad? Were there different tomatoes in that salad? Ours was just huge (non-heirloom) tomato, sliced up. Also, we ordered a Tempranillo and they brought a different one to the table. When I pointed out that was not the one we ordered, the waiter said that it was the Tempranillo they had-- but it was clear he had just planned to serve it without saying anything. So yes, there are definite things that need to be worked out there, but overall I like the place better than most I have tried in the area and I think they have potential. Would you go back, Mrsdebdav?