In celebration of my fiancé’s birthday, I took him to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants of all time: Craft. We were thrilled that Cesar was our server once again — he always makes sure that we have an amazing experience. That night we were in luck because soft shell crabs were on the menu! Gotta have ’em. I tried the Wagyu carpaccio for the first time and it was mind-blowing. All of the pickled accompaniments (quail eggs & white shallots) along with the crispy shallots just made this dish sing with a perfect blend of flavors and textures. The soft shell crab, which was dusted with rice flour and pan fried, was superb. We also feasted on the cod (so tender with a luxurious potato purée cream sauce) and a few of our go-to favorites: wild arugula & lemon salad, braised beef short ribs, and the potato gnocchi. These are truly three of the best things I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. To round out the night, we enjoyed our favorite sugar & spice doughnuts, a beautiful brown butter almond cake by Pastry Chef Abby Swain, and a variety of yummy ice cream flavors (the pistachio was to die for). A million thanks to Cesar and the Craft team for yet another phenomenal meal!
Craft: 43 East 19th Street (between Park Avenue South and Broadway)
American Wagyu Carpaccio with pickled quail eggs, pickled white shallots and crispy shallots
Soft Shell Crab from North Carolina (dusted with rice flour)
Wild Arugula, Lemon & Parmesan
Cod with crispy skin and a potato puree cream sauce
Spring Ale (fresh cucumber juice, lemon, agave, ginger ale)
Braised Beef Short Ribs
Close up of the amazing beef short ribs. Incredibly tender and fatty, just the way I like ’em!
Rapini with fish fumet, garlic and arugula flowers
Sugar & Spice Doughnuts with apricot jam and chocolate fudge
Brown Butter Almond Cake with apricots, vermouth, and lavender ice cream
Vanilla Bean, Coffee Caramel Swirl, and Pistachio Ice Cream
The dining room