Now with a freshly-styled menu that's easier on the wallet, Craftbar has become both more casual and less ostentatious. Although, to be fair, their burger is still quite the event, with double-decker patties holding down the fort, roasted tomatoes, pickled onion, Bibb lettuce, and Pawlet cheese, and, no you're not reading this wrong: bacon jam. Bacon jam, people. You can't entirely wrap your head around the concept, but yes, it's everything you could hope for. We mean, it's bacon jam. The fries are a take-it-or-leave-it sort of side, all slim-cut, chip-like contraptions, but then again: bacon jam.
Brunch is especially a good idea at Craftbar, for about as many reasons as there are items on the menu. The brioche pain perdu, with seasonal preserves and maple syrup piped straight in from Vermont, is killer whether you're hungover or not, the shrimp and grits sounds like it shouldn't work, but does, and the croque madame would be genius even if it didn't involve beer mustard. But it does. It really, truly does. For bigger fare—since you skipped breakfast, presumably—the choice to make is the veal ricotta meatballs and capellini, unless you're not into joy or happiness. Make sure your table gets an order of the biscuits and sausage gravy to share (or maybe two) and an order of smoked bacon, but don't overdo it, you're going to need some of your appetite to remain unscathed.
Telephone: (212) 461-4300
Address: 900 Broadway
Cross Streets 19th & 20th Streets
Hours And Additional Info
Price: Moderate. About $16 to $30 per person.
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