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



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



While everyone was busy watching the Superbowl, I was with my family at Craft enjoying a delicious meal in celebration of my mom’s birthday. We ordered all of the usual suspects (hamachi, arugula salad, roasted chicken, steelhead trout, potato gnocchi, baby carrots, crispy bacon, multiple orders of the doughnuts… the list goes on and on).  Everything was perfect, except for the fact that one very important person was not there — my brother-in-law, who is a huge Craft fan. He texted us to let us know that he missed everyone — and by everyone, he meant “the dishes”. We had a good laugh. :) Happy Birthday, Mom!

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


Amuse Bouche: Salmon & Fennel


Hamachi & Green Apple


Roasted Amish Chicken


Roasted Steelhead Trout


huckleberry spritz (huckleberries, fresh lime & ginger ale)



It has been a while since I’ve eaten at Craft, and I missed it. I couldn’t wait to order the hamachi (now paired with green apple instead of blood orange), the white truffle risotto (ahhhh-mazing) and the black truffle linguine (rich and delicious). I also planned on getting a few sides of vegetables (swiss chard, celery root puree, and baby carrots) — for health. 😉  Oh, and it wouldn’t be a complete meal at Craft without the doughnuts! We ended up ordering all of those dishes and more. Surprise delight of the evening: the tangerine prosecco sorbet (light, fruity, and bubbly). Yet another incredible dinner with fantastic service!

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


Hamachi & Green Apple


Linguine & Black Truffle  


White Truffle Risotto


Cookies & Coffee Ice Cream, Aperol-Grapefruit Sorbet, Tangerine Prosecco Sorbet



Craft is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. The food is straightforward, classic, and absolutely delicious. Sometimes simple dishes are the hardest to make because there is nothing to hide behind. Chef Tom Colicchio does a phenomenal job of creating elegant dishes and bringing out the best in each ingredient. I love the family-style presentation and cast iron and copper pots. Every time I come here, I have a few go-to dishes that I always order — the crispy bacon (thick cut pieces), baby carrots (best carrots I’ve had in any restaurant), beef short ribs (tender and fatty), and the doughnuts (by far, the tastiest doughnuts I have ever eaten).  This time there was a special dish on the menu that I just had to have — ricotta gnocchi with white truffles. Amazing!  The food at Craft is heart-warming and always consistent, which is why I love it.

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


Crispy Bacon & Honeycrisp Apple


Hamachi & Blood Orange


Ricotta Gnocchi & White Truffles


Baby Carrots


Beef Short Rib & Root Vegetables


Sugar & Spice Doughnuts with Bittersweet Chocolate & Meyer Lemon Curd


The doughnuts were so good, we had to get some to go!


The dining room — love the tree!


Craft (Private Dining)

I threw a party in the private dining room at Craft for a very special person to celebrate a milestone birthday. It seemed perfect to share the occasion with family and friends at a restaurant that serves simple, elegant, and delicious food. The private dining room is a beautiful space with its own bar and an open kitchen. We enjoyed tasty passed hors d’oeuvres and drank amazing wines during the cocktail hour. As appetizers, we had an arugula salad (with lemon, pine nuts, and parmesan) and hamachi with blood orange (my absolute favorite). The entrees consisted of beef short ribs (nice and fatty), roasted organic chicken, gnocchi (so buttery), and baby carrots. Everything was served family-style. Finally, for dessert, we celebrated with the best doughnuts on the planet. It was truly an amazing evening!

Craft Private Dining: 47 East 19th Street (at Park Avenue South)


Passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour


Arugula salad with lemon, pine nuts, and parmesan


Hamachi with blood orange (hands down, my favorite hamachi dish!)


Braised beef short ribs & root vegetables


Roasted organic chicken & natural jus




Baby carrots


Doughnuts (The best doughnuts I’ve ever eaten!!)


The private dining room entrance


The private dining room



Craft (Private Dining)