A foodie friend treated me to a spectacular birthday dinner at one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Craft, I’ve missed you! From start to finish, it was such a memorable night, and we owe it all to our amazing server, Cesar, who is the captain of the dining room. I first met Cesar back in 2010 in the private event space, and he has been so good to me and everyone that I dine with ever since.  When we sat down, I was presented with a personalized menu with a birthday message — how thoughtful! Cesar poured us two glasses of a sparkling wine that was a collaboration between Lieb Cellars (in the North Fork of Long Island) and Craft restaurant. So lovely! My friend and I proceeded to enjoy a true feast over the next two hours:  caramelized onion amuse bouche (we loved it so much that Cesar brought us a second round), wild arugula with lemon and parmesan (best salad ever), hamachi with miso and sea beans (I order this every single time), marinated octopus and six minute egg (so glad that Cesar suggested this dish to us, it was incredible!), Skuna Bay salmon (perfectly cooked with super crispy skin — I’m a huge fan of Skuna Bay), potato gratin (a pot of creamy deliciousness), and the braised beef short rib (one word: Heaven). These short ribs are true perfection. And perfection requires time — which is why it takes about three days to make them. Totally worth the wait! Just when we thought we couldn’t eat another bite… out came an assortment of tasty petits fours with a birthday candle and the sugar & spice doughnuts. OMG. BEST. DOUGHNUTS. EVER. I am so appreciative and grateful to Cesar and the Craft team for an unforgettable meal and dining experience! Thank you for making my birthday so special. :)

Craft: 43 East 19th Street (between Park Avenue South and Broadway)


Started off with a glass of sparkling wine — a collaboration between Lieb Cellars and Craft restaurant


Amuse bouche: Caramelized Onion Soup


Wild Arugula, Lemon, and Parmesan


Hamachi, Miso, and Sea Beans


Marinated Octopus and Six Minute Egg


Love that beautiful runny yolk!


Celery Root Agnolotti & Black Truffle


Skuna Bay Salmon


Potato Gratin


Braised Beef Short Rib


And the birthday celebrations continue!


Sugar & Spice doughnuts with hot fudge and espresso caramel.  BEST. DOUGHNUTS. EVER.


The dining room