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Craft lunch ?

jessejames Nov 24, 2013 07:04 PM

Anyone been recently? Recommended dishes?

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  1. omotosando RE: jessejames Nov 24, 2013 10:29 PM

    I went a few times in September. The food was good, but not memorable -- two months later I have no recollection of what I ate other than one time I ordered salmon. In any event, the menu seems to change seasonally.

    I do remember that it was shockingly expensive for lunch. The entrees (or at least the ones I ordered) were quite small, so unless you order some sides or appetizers, it is not going to be enough food. And when you start adding on appetizers or sides and maybe a glass of ice tea or the like, the bill becomes shockingly expensive.

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      jessejames RE: omotosando Nov 25, 2013 07:06 AM

      Thanks o. Friend has a gift card. I never thought of it as a lunch spot. Could be worse !

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        omotosando RE: jessejames Nov 25, 2013 12:02 PM

        I love the room and the service is always excellent. If someone else was paying, I would be happy to dine there for lunch twice a week! It is just too darn expensive for a regular lunch spot when paying out of pocket.

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          jessejames RE: omotosando Nov 25, 2013 02:34 PM

          Had the salmon, crispy skin, sort of a putansesca ragout -- well cooked, reasonably large portion. I liked it. Also an avocado salad with peanuts on top that was tasty. Ice cream and cchip cookies good closers. My friends had the shortrib sliders and chips -- they loved em, i thought needed some jus or something.

          Waitress excellent and busboys and one of the two maitre d's excellent. Other maitre d essentially tried to seat us in the coat room behind a wooden fence near the bar away from a half empty dining room -- he might as well have said "fuck you punks, I'm a douchelord." We were accomodated with a different table by the entrance but not a booth or other table which were available at the time.

          I think they need to get rid of the douchelord.

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            Ciao Bob RE: jessejames Nov 25, 2013 05:49 PM

            Wow, "douchelord" is a new word on chowhound, I believe!
            Somebody, give the man a Yodel!

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              ipsedixit RE: jessejames Nov 25, 2013 06:21 PM

              It's really just the private dining club for CAA, esp. at lunch.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                omotosando RE: ipsedixit Nov 27, 2013 02:35 AM

                I have to say that I have never received anything but excellent service for lunch at Craft and I am not a regular, nor do I work for CAA. In fact, I have to say that I'm a little more enamored of the service at Craft than the food. I always feel coddled when I go there (until I get the bill), but then I can never remember what I ate.

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                  jessejames RE: omotosando Nov 27, 2013 11:16 AM

                  you're right -- everyone was amazing from the lady that opened the door for us when we got to the entrance to the incredible table service...one jerk at the beginning tho can set or ruin a tone...he didn't ruin our lunch of course, but it was worth noting....i think they need to avoid becoming too much like their #1 client.

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                manku RE: jessejames Nov 26, 2013 10:02 AM

                Your a better man than me...I would have walked out and had a slice at Joe's in the CC food court!

                1. re: manku
                  jessejames RE: manku Nov 26, 2013 10:32 AM

                  friend had a gift card otherwise i would have -- food was good. I'm still not understanding how this toss-pot thinks that is hospitality...

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