I recently dined at Tom Colicchio’s Craft on 19th street between Broadway and Park. The decor of the restaurant is absolutely beautiful…leather walls, exposed brick, and hundreds of little light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. This inviting space gave way to one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a very long time.
First off, the service was outstanding! From the first step I took into the restaurant till my last, I was greeted by smiling, polite staff. From the bus boy who led the way for me to the restroom, to the hostess that gave me a banana nut muffin at the end of the night, I was so impressed by how attentive everyone was.
We started off with the Lamb Mezzaluna as an appetizer. This silky pasta enveloped the tender, tangy lamb and was topped with a black olive, lemon zest and white wine sauce. The lemon zest provided a subtle bitterness that was balanced from the saltiness of the olives.
The scallops I ordered were perfect! Perfectly cooked and perfectly seared. They did come with a butter chive sauce that was good but masked the delicate flavor of the scallops but it was served on the side for those who don’t respect the flavor of scallop as much as I do.
I tasted a piece of my friends swordfish which was really wonderful as well. It was tender, moist and splashed with a light white wine sauce.
We shared the spinach au gratin which was deliciously creamy and finished with a crunchy topping.
We couldn’t say no to the extensive dessert menu and settled on a vanilla bean ice cream with hazelnut crunch and a blueberry compote. WOW this dessert was out of control delicious. I was about to lick the plate clean. The blueberries were so fresh tasting and sweet. The ice cream had such a rich flavor that was accentuated by the crunchy hazelnuts. After the main meal I just had I really didn’t think it could get any better, but this dessert brought the whole meal to a totally different level.
All in all, I have to say that I have gained a great respect for Tom Colicchio. He really does have every right to be so tough on the Top Chef contestants. His restaurant is flawless and I can’t wait to go back!