Tom Colicchio is the man. He just is. Every thing he touches turns to edible gold. I mean not one restaurant of his has been bad or over-hyped. That’s hard to pull off when you start spreading yourself so thin. Just ask Batali or Bobby Flay.
But among Colicchio’s many successes, Craft is his crown jewel and one of my favorite restaurants in all of NYC. Everything is on point, from it’s very cool decor to it’s excellent food and terrific service. But what really sets this place apart is the way in which they prepare things. Everything is a la carte, and everything stands on its own.
They are all about keeping it simple, from the lighting to the plate, nothing is overdone. But not to worry- the flavor is there in spades. In fact, something as simple as mashed potatoes are taken to an art form here. I have never tasted better. Their fish is always cooked to perfection and the wine list is also top notch.
If you can’t get in, I also highly recommend Craft Bar. Not quite as good as Craft, but better than most places you could wind up.