Crave on 42nd

★★★★☆

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I bought a gift certificate for Crave. Too bad I didn't check out this site before purchasing the gift certificate. I went with my friend on Friday November 7, 2008 and we passed right by it. I called the number on our certificate thinking that the address might be wrong and it just kept ringing. When we doubled back we noticed the unlit Crave sign and peeped through the window. It was obviously closed down. Bummer. I have up to a year to use the certificate so I'm hoping Crave reopens.

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★☆☆☆☆

I bought a gift certificate for Crave. Too bad I didn't check out this site before purchasing the gift certificate. I went with my friend on Friday November 7, 2008 and we passed right by it. I called the number on our certificate thinking that the address might be wrong and it just kept ringing. When we doubled back we noticed the unlit Crave sign and peeped through the window. It was obviously closed down. Bummer. I have up to a year to use the certificate so I'm hoping Crave reopens.

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Gone. As in Dave split somewhere around August and the place is dark and empty. Looks awfully out of business to me.

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★☆☆☆☆

Gone. As in Dave split somewhere around August and the place is dark and empty. Looks awfully out of business to me.

Pros: not expensive :-)

Cons: closed, out of business, gone

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you might like this place. Dave Martin is in evidence.

If you're a foodie, you should already know from the other reviewers that you should stay far away. Between the hostile hostess (Why are you here? Did you make a reservation for all (five) of you?!?) to waiters who are brusque and don't know the menu and a line that is inconsistent to a degree that is frightening, Crave is a textbook example of how NOT to run a restaurant. Hell's Kitchen is a foodie mecca. Try someplace else.

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★☆☆☆☆

you might like this place. Dave Martin is in evidence.

If you're a foodie, you should already know from the other reviewers that you should stay far away. Between the hostile hostess (Why are you here? Did you make a reservation for all (five) of you?!?) to waiters who are brusque and don't know the menu and a line that is inconsistent to a degree that is frightening, Crave is a textbook example of how NOT to run a restaurant. Hell's Kitchen is a foodie mecca. Try someplace else.

Pros: OK for tourists who do not know food

Cons: Everything serious. The place is a culinary and hospitality disaster

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As my title states, I am desperately trying to come to terms with my experience at Crave. First, you have to walk so far west into no-mans-land to get there. Second, the food was REALLY expensive. I am not sure why because it seemed to be concoctions that I could come up with. My friend got shrimp wrapped in bacon. He said it was bland. My pizzette was ok. The salad was so-so. That is actually a really sad statement because I was really drunk at the time and usually food tastes better when intoxicated. I really wanted to like this place as I am a huge fan of Dave from Top Chef. He was there talking to customers. I thought that was really cool and down to earth.

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★★★★★

As my title states, I am desperately trying to come to terms with my experience at Crave. First, you have to walk so far west into no-mans-land to get there. Second, the food was REALLY expensive. I am not sure why because it seemed to be concoctions that I could come up with. My friend got shrimp wrapped in bacon. He said it was bland. My pizzette was ok. The salad was so-so. That is actually a really sad statement because I was really drunk at the time and usually food tastes better when intoxicated. I really wanted to like this place as I am a huge fan of Dave from Top Chef. He was there talking to customers. I thought that was really cool and down to earth.

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Having reserved a table at Crave following a Broadway show last week in New York, we didn't know what to expect. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly greeted by the friendly staff, even after our arrival 30 minutes too early (we couldn't remember our reservation time.) We were promptly seated and Dave himself walked over to our table to greet us! We had a round of drinks (guava mojito, anyone?), and needed extra time perusing the tantalizing menu. My mom, sister, and I shared 3 appetizers, all delicious. However, not to be missed...the truffle macaroni & cheese- out of this world! I had the sea bass in an adobo sauce with garlic broccolini florets and cous-cous. It is easily THE BEST meal I have ever eaten. All three of us cleaned our plates, and the portions are more than generous. The staff is attentive, but not suffocating, and dinner was paced just right. We weren't hurried, and we took time to enjoy the atmosphere. It is a very comfortable restaurant with hip accents. If you are considering trying Crave, go ahead...it will be worth it!

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★★★★★

Having reserved a table at Crave following a Broadway show last week in New York, we didn't know what to expect. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly greeted by the friendly staff, even after our arrival 30 minutes too early (we couldn't remember our reservation time.) We were promptly seated and Dave himself walked over to our table to greet us! We had a round of drinks (guava mojito, anyone?), and needed extra time perusing the tantalizing menu. My mom, sister, and I shared 3 appetizers, all delicious. However, not to be missed...the truffle macaroni & cheese- out of this world! I had the sea bass in an adobo sauce with garlic broccolini florets and cous-cous. It is easily THE BEST meal I have ever eaten. All three of us cleaned our plates, and the portions are more than generous. The staff is attentive, but not suffocating, and dinner was paced just right. We weren't hurried, and we took time to enjoy the atmosphere. It is a very comfortable restaurant with hip accents. If you are considering trying Crave, go ahead...it will be worth it!

Pros: Attentive staff, great food value, Dave was friendly.

Cons: A little further from the theater than we thought.

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Posted by Kerry on 06/12/2008
Well worth the trip to 11th Avenue!

Crave provides diners with more than a good meal - it is a culinary experience from beginning to end! Starting with the appetizers, there is truly something for everyone whether it is something simple like sweet potato fries or the famous truffle mac and cheese. We had shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, scallops and the mac and cheese. I order scallops at restaurants alot, but these scallops were by far the best. While still looking simple on the plate, these scallops pack the right amount of flavor and are cooked perfectly to provide you with a nice crunch. And the mac and cheese was just as good as everyone made it sound! For dinner, I had the sassy sea bass which was fantastic. It was the most flavorful fish I've had in a while without being completely drenched in butter. And even the side dishses, cous cous, broccolini, and waffle fries, were great! The portions are perfect - they are just the right size to be able to pack in an appetizer, a meal, and a dessert! We had the chocolate cake for dessert and were fighting over the last bite at the end. The chef himself, Dave Martin, is very present in the restaurant. As a Top Chef fan, I was very excited to eat at his restaurant. He served dishes and made sure everyone was happy. He even took a picture with me and talked to my dinner party a bit about opening the restaurant. He was very sweet and very intent on making sure you enjoy your experience at Crave! He was very hands on and left me with a big smile on my face when I left and fell into a food coma!

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★★★★★

Posted by Kerry on 06/12/2008
Well worth the trip to 11th Avenue!

Crave provides diners with more than a good meal - it is a culinary experience from beginning to end! Starting with the appetizers, there is truly something for everyone whether it is something simple like sweet potato fries or the famous truffle mac and cheese. We had shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, scallops and the mac and cheese. I order scallops at restaurants alot, but these scallops were by far the best. While still looking simple on the plate, these scallops pack the right amount of flavor and are cooked perfectly to provide you with a nice crunch. And the mac and cheese was just as good as everyone made it sound! For dinner, I had the sassy sea bass which was fantastic. It was the most flavorful fish I've had in a while without being completely drenched in butter. And even the side dishses, cous cous, broccolini, and waffle fries, were great! The portions are perfect - they are just the right size to be able to pack in an appetizer, a meal, and a dessert! We had the chocolate cake for dessert and were fighting over the last bite at the end. The chef himself, Dave Martin, is very present in the restaurant. As a Top Chef fan, I was very excited to eat at his restaurant. He served dishes and made sure everyone was happy. He even took a picture with me and talked to my dinner party a bit about opening the restaurant. He was very sweet and very intent on making sure you enjoy your experience at Crave! He was very hands on and left me with a big smile on my face when I left and fell into a food coma!

Pros: Amazing Food and not so extravagant prices, great bar menu

Cons: a little far over, but well worth the trip!

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wow, this was a great surprise, I felt I discovered one of the secrets of NYC.
This restaurant is located in an unexpected area of NYC, just across the building a friend of mine just moved in, the Atelier. I like to visit him because they have fabulous art in the lobby, its really better than an art gallery.
He invited me across the street at Crave on 42nd.

Usually I am careful because I am from Florence, Italy, and food for us is a very important factor, I can't handle over cooked past and excessive condiments on food....
At Crave we had a fabulous experience with Truffle Mac and Cheese (I am Italian so it was a big test!!), great fish and a very good selection of wine.
The ingredients were fresh and genuine, we met the chef (Dave) who is cool and give excellent explanation of how he prepares the food and the reason he does what he does.

This was a American and international cousin at its best, excellent quality and casual dining, just like back in Tuscany but with an American Twist.

Another thing impressed me is the ambiance with a selection of great movies being played on their wide screen, nice sitting space and a romantic ambiance....I just wishes I was there with a pretty girl...

Since that time I have already been back twice.

ciao
francesco

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★★★★★

wow, this was a great surprise, I felt I discovered one of the secrets of NYC.
This restaurant is located in an unexpected area of NYC, just across the building a friend of mine just moved in, the Atelier. I like to visit him because they have fabulous art in the lobby, its really better than an art gallery.
He invited me across the street at Crave on 42nd.

Usually I am careful because I am from Florence, Italy, and food for us is a very important factor, I can't handle over cooked past and excessive condiments on food....
At Crave we had a fabulous experience with Truffle Mac and Cheese (I am Italian so it was a big test!!), great fish and a very good selection of wine.
The ingredients were fresh and genuine, we met the chef (Dave) who is cool and give excellent explanation of how he prepares the food and the reason he does what he does.

This was a American and international cousin at its best, excellent quality and casual dining, just like back in Tuscany but with an American Twist.

Another thing impressed me is the ambiance with a selection of great movies being played on their wide screen, nice sitting space and a romantic ambiance....I just wishes I was there with a pretty girl...

Since that time I have already been back twice.

ciao
francesco

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I went to Crave for dinner last night and I am sorry to admit it did not live up to all my expectations. The atmosphere was pleasant but the food with a few exceptions was disappointing. Of course, I had to try the signature Mac and Cheese, which was better than I had expected. Lush, creamy, full of flavors not seen in the typical Mac. I had the bacon cheeseburger which was too charred on the outside though cooked perfectly inside. All I could tasted was the grill it was cooked on. The wife had the same experience. House salad was good, wine list (short) was okay, and the panna cotta was good. Not the best I've had but good. Service was good.

For a Friday night, the place was empty. I think people go there for the novelty of meeting Chef Dave Martin. That was why I went, not necessarily to meet him, but because he was such a great and cool character on Top Chef. I met him after the meal and thanked him. I wanted to tell him what I really thought but it didn't seem appropriate. He was all over the restaurant welcoming everyone. That was a nice touch. The location may be a contributing factor but Manhattanites will travel almost anywhere on the island for really good food. So I have to think that the menu could use an upgrade. Nothing was really bad but nothing was really exciting either. Walking back home on 9th Ave. I passed a lot of "bistro/brassiere" places and they were packed. Chef Dave is great but I think he needs to keep his potential clientele in mind along relative to other restaurants in his genre. I have high hopes for this place and a little tweaking is all that is really needed. Overall, okay. If you like the Chef, worth a meal at the bar.

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★★★☆☆

I went to Crave for dinner last night and I am sorry to admit it did not live up to all my expectations. The atmosphere was pleasant but the food with a few exceptions was disappointing. Of course, I had to try the signature Mac and Cheese, which was better than I had expected. Lush, creamy, full of flavors not seen in the typical Mac. I had the bacon cheeseburger which was too charred on the outside though cooked perfectly inside. All I could tasted was the grill it was cooked on. The wife had the same experience. House salad was good, wine list (short) was okay, and the panna cotta was good. Not the best I've had but good. Service was good.

For a Friday night, the place was empty. I think people go there for the novelty of meeting Chef Dave Martin. That was why I went, not necessarily to meet him, but because he was such a great and cool character on Top Chef. I met him after the meal and thanked him. I wanted to tell him what I really thought but it didn't seem appropriate. He was all over the restaurant welcoming everyone. That was a nice touch. The location may be a contributing factor but Manhattanites will travel almost anywhere on the island for really good food. So I have to think that the menu could use an upgrade. Nothing was really bad but nothing was really exciting either. Walking back home on 9th Ave. I passed a lot of "bistro/brassiere" places and they were packed. Chef Dave is great but I think he needs to keep his potential clientele in mind along relative to other restaurants in his genre. I have high hopes for this place and a little tweaking is all that is really needed. Overall, okay. If you like the Chef, worth a meal at the bar.

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After watching Top Chef and reading the reviews, we decided to try Crave. To be honest, I truly wanted to like it and I was not disappointed. The service was gracious and efficient and the food was delicious. The mac & cheese with truffles was very savory and satisfying. My husband loved the tomato soup and apple, spinach and bacon salad. Our entrees were also wonderful - very tasty! I really wanted to congratulate Dave on the restaurant but I'm shy, so I sent my husband. The next thing I knew, Dave came over to our table to see how I enjoyed the meal. We had a wonderful time and will return.

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★★★★★

After watching Top Chef and reading the reviews, we decided to try Crave. To be honest, I truly wanted to like it and I was not disappointed. The service was gracious and efficient and the food was delicious. The mac & cheese with truffles was very savory and satisfying. My husband loved the tomato soup and apple, spinach and bacon salad. Our entrees were also wonderful - very tasty! I really wanted to congratulate Dave on the restaurant but I'm shy, so I sent my husband. The next thing I knew, Dave came over to our table to see how I enjoyed the meal. We had a wonderful time and will return.

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The food is very fusion-like with tasty mixtures of spices and flavors. The mac-n-cheese, while seemingly comfort-food, was very tasty, not overly cheesy, and composed of several subtle flavors. My tomato soup, while not that innovative, had to be one of the best variants I've had so far. My own entree was a mushroom ravioli, with the marinara, rather than bolognese, sauce, and was clean-the=plate good. We were too full to have desert.

Overall the food was excellent, The service was considerate, and attentive; our water glasses were never empty, nor did we ever feel the need to call the staff.

We definitely consider it worthy of repeat business.

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★★★★★

The food is very fusion-like with tasty mixtures of spices and flavors. The mac-n-cheese, while seemingly comfort-food, was very tasty, not overly cheesy, and composed of several subtle flavors. My tomato soup, while not that innovative, had to be one of the best variants I've had so far. My own entree was a mushroom ravioli, with the marinara, rather than bolognese, sauce, and was clean-the=plate good. We were too full to have desert.

Overall the food was excellent, The service was considerate, and attentive; our water glasses were never empty, nor did we ever feel the need to call the staff.

We definitely consider it worthy of repeat business.

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I love Top Chef and Dave was my favorite. Honestly, I will eat just about anything and be happy so I thought I couldn't lose at this place. We saw Dave standing out front we we arrived. He was gracious enough to stand with us for photographs but he wasn't thrilled about it. It's was 9 pm on a Tuesday and there were only three tables seated. Some of my best experience, both in service and food, have been when a restaurant is slow, so I was excited that we nearly had the place to ourselves. Not so much when our waitress arrived. First, no greeting, then no recommendations, just an attitude of tell me what you want to drink so I can end my night. I know that I wanted a bottle of wine but I wanted it to compliment the food. She did end up suggesting a wine that was very nice. However, her timing was off that night. We felt rushed to order and without assistance.
The food. We ordered the truffle mac and cheese. Worth coming in for it that is all you order. The bean and artichoke dip was adequate. The special was sweet potato fries. Oh my god! They were heaven. Several in the party ordered the mushroom ravioli. The Italian comes out in me when I say, they weren't made right. They looked like a Chinese dim sum with flour and no semolina. Too wet, over cooked, and too transparent. My chicken relied on the proscuitto and fontina to flavor it. Potatos were bland and cold. Salad eaters were pleased with their meal. Did anyone ask how the meal was? No.
One more chance to redeem themselves, I ordered the gelato. Which was supposed to have brandied cherries. Cherries, or any cherry flavor was MIA.
Celebrity chef or not, this makes you wonder what is the owner thinking? Apparently about a hot date because he zoomed out the door long before I sent my barely eaten chicken away. The rest of the time he was mostly interested with the outside of the building and not the guests in it.

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★★☆☆☆

I love Top Chef and Dave was my favorite. Honestly, I will eat just about anything and be happy so I thought I couldn't lose at this place. We saw Dave standing out front we we arrived. He was gracious enough to stand with us for photographs but he wasn't thrilled about it. It's was 9 pm on a Tuesday and there were only three tables seated. Some of my best experience, both in service and food, have been when a restaurant is slow, so I was excited that we nearly had the place to ourselves. Not so much when our waitress arrived. First, no greeting, then no recommendations, just an attitude of tell me what you want to drink so I can end my night. I know that I wanted a bottle of wine but I wanted it to compliment the food. She did end up suggesting a wine that was very nice. However, her timing was off that night. We felt rushed to order and without assistance.
The food. We ordered the truffle mac and cheese. Worth coming in for it that is all you order. The bean and artichoke dip was adequate. The special was sweet potato fries. Oh my god! They were heaven. Several in the party ordered the mushroom ravioli. The Italian comes out in me when I say, they weren't made right. They looked like a Chinese dim sum with flour and no semolina. Too wet, over cooked, and too transparent. My chicken relied on the proscuitto and fontina to flavor it. Potatos were bland and cold. Salad eaters were pleased with their meal. Did anyone ask how the meal was? No.
One more chance to redeem themselves, I ordered the gelato. Which was supposed to have brandied cherries. Cherries, or any cherry flavor was MIA.
Celebrity chef or not, this makes you wonder what is the owner thinking? Apparently about a hot date because he zoomed out the door long before I sent my barely eaten chicken away. The rest of the time he was mostly interested with the outside of the building and not the guests in it.

Pros: You will most likely see Dave.

Cons: Poor service. Dave should lead by example.

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I live in the area of Crave, so its a "local" place for me and I've been there a number of times. We went there for a birthday dinner about 6 weeks ago, and the appetizers were edible, but the main courses were terrible. Hanger steak bland. Chicken uninspired. Service was unorganized as reflected in the other reviews. I wish they had a full bar there, as we need one in the area, and since the appetizers are pretty good (although shockingly pricey) having one of those with a drink would be nice. Every time I go I hope the food will be better, but after the last time I'm not going back. It just not worth the price for what you get.

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★★☆☆☆

I live in the area of Crave, so its a "local" place for me and I've been there a number of times. We went there for a birthday dinner about 6 weeks ago, and the appetizers were edible, but the main courses were terrible. Hanger steak bland. Chicken uninspired. Service was unorganized as reflected in the other reviews. I wish they had a full bar there, as we need one in the area, and since the appetizers are pretty good (although shockingly pricey) having one of those with a drink would be nice. Every time I go I hope the food will be better, but after the last time I'm not going back. It just not worth the price for what you get.

Pros: location

Cons: proce and quality of food. the menu does not flow.

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Ok- this place is really far west, but very well worth the trip. I was initially disappointed upon entering and realizing I would not be able to get the dirty martini I'd been craving all day (the place has wine & beer only), but the bartender quickly swooped over and after asking me a few questions about what type of wine I like, produced a sample to taste that was spot on. The menu wasn't so large as to be overwhelming, but I still had a difficult time choosing what to eat--- nothing terribly inventive, but a lot of interesting options. I finally ended up with the filet topped with gorgonzola, which was prepared to medium rare perfection-- a rarity these days (no pun intended). The meat itself was a great cut and the gorgonzola on top was used sparingly, but pervasive enough to infiltrate my every bite. The whole (varied) group I was with was quite happy with their selections as well. I would highly recommend Crave on 42nd!

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★★★★★

Ok- this place is really far west, but very well worth the trip. I was initially disappointed upon entering and realizing I would not be able to get the dirty martini I'd been craving all day (the place has wine & beer only), but the bartender quickly swooped over and after asking me a few questions about what type of wine I like, produced a sample to taste that was spot on. The menu wasn't so large as to be overwhelming, but I still had a difficult time choosing what to eat--- nothing terribly inventive, but a lot of interesting options. I finally ended up with the filet topped with gorgonzola, which was prepared to medium rare perfection-- a rarity these days (no pun intended). The meat itself was a great cut and the gorgonzola on top was used sparingly, but pervasive enough to infiltrate my every bite. The whole (varied) group I was with was quite happy with their selections as well. I would highly recommend Crave on 42nd!

Pros: good for groups, excellent food

Cons: wine & beer only; very far west

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If this restaurant was outside of new york city, it would be great. The food (especially the salmon) is overall pretty good, although a bit heavy, and i love the free bread with olvie tapenade (yum!). But for the price, I'd expect a better overall experience; it is just not competitive in the new york market. I've been here twice because I live close by, and both times I've been left with the impression that it's a bit too expensive for what you get. In a place like new york, where there are so many restaurants, you can get food equally as delicious with better decor and less awkward wait staff.

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★★★☆☆

If this restaurant was outside of new york city, it would be great. The food (especially the salmon) is overall pretty good, although a bit heavy, and i love the free bread with olvie tapenade (yum!). But for the price, I'd expect a better overall experience; it is just not competitive in the new york market. I've been here twice because I live close by, and both times I've been left with the impression that it's a bit too expensive for what you get. In a place like new york, where there are so many restaurants, you can get food equally as delicious with better decor and less awkward wait staff.

Pros: the food, the fact that i can walk downstairs and eat here

Cons: awkward wait staff, decorations that look like grandma's living room

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Crave's was overall delicious and worth the long, windy walk to 12th Avenue. I had no idea what to expect from the mac n' cheese, having never eaten truffles before. Unfortunately I was disappointed, as it was salty and oily but otherwise tasty and filling. The other appetizer I tried, the white bean dip tasted odd, like it was fermented but the pita chips were good. Now for the entree I had the Sassy Sea Bass with the honey glaze butter and OMG, it was amaaazing!! I will be daydreaming about that for a long time. I haven't had fish that heavenly since Asia de Cuba. The couscous was also delicious and subtly sweet. I had to try the Sour Cream Panna Cotta for dessert and that was terrific as well, really creamy yet light. I went the only night that Dave's not there, Sunday, but the service was fast and friendly. The only downside to the atmosphere was one guy at the bar who got drunk and loud but he was quieted after while. Next time I'm in New York I will definitely go there again and not on a Sunday so I can give Dave a hug.

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★★★★☆

Crave's was overall delicious and worth the long, windy walk to 12th Avenue. I had no idea what to expect from the mac n' cheese, having never eaten truffles before. Unfortunately I was disappointed, as it was salty and oily but otherwise tasty and filling. The other appetizer I tried, the white bean dip tasted odd, like it was fermented but the pita chips were good. Now for the entree I had the Sassy Sea Bass with the honey glaze butter and OMG, it was amaaazing!! I will be daydreaming about that for a long time. I haven't had fish that heavenly since Asia de Cuba. The couscous was also delicious and subtly sweet. I had to try the Sour Cream Panna Cotta for dessert and that was terrific as well, really creamy yet light. I went the only night that Dave's not there, Sunday, but the service was fast and friendly. The only downside to the atmosphere was one guy at the bar who got drunk and loud but he was quieted after while. Next time I'm in New York I will definitely go there again and not on a Sunday so I can give Dave a hug.

Pros: Great service, entrees and desserts are top notch

Cons: Appetizers apparently are a mixed bag. Didn't like the plasma t.v. at the bar.

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Hi, this is my first time writing a review, but I wanted to share to help spread the word. I took one of my friends to Crave tonight, and it was EXCELLENT. We had dinner at about 8pm and the place wasn't overly crowded but also wasn't empty. We were greeted and seated quickly. The food was really terrific. We started with bread (so good..!), then had the mac 'n cheese as an appetizer (delicious!). I had the filet mignon and my friend had the lobster ravioli! The filet was tender and terrific, potatoes and asparagus were great, and my friend was raving over the lobster ravioli. We then decided to split brownie-cake for dessert, and it too was delicious. For two of us...we totaled $100 including tip, which I thought was great for NYC in a restaurant of this caliber. Unfortunately Chef Martin wasn't there, but the staff was terrific.

The place had a very extensive wine list, although we didn't partake at $10-$24/glass. Only other con is the portions can be considered a little small. The mac 'n cheese was AWESOME, but at $15 it could be a little more generous. The dessert was great but tiny compared to what I've seen at similar places.

Bottom line: I think this place is a gem...a little far west but really worth the walk or cab ride over!! Wish we had seen Dave, but we were there, after all, for the food! We definitely plan to head back there! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great meal, in a quiet, somewhat different kind of atmosphere!

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★★★★☆

Hi, this is my first time writing a review, but I wanted to share to help spread the word. I took one of my friends to Crave tonight, and it was EXCELLENT. We had dinner at about 8pm and the place wasn't overly crowded but also wasn't empty. We were greeted and seated quickly. The food was really terrific. We started with bread (so good..!), then had the mac 'n cheese as an appetizer (delicious!). I had the filet mignon and my friend had the lobster ravioli! The filet was tender and terrific, potatoes and asparagus were great, and my friend was raving over the lobster ravioli. We then decided to split brownie-cake for dessert, and it too was delicious. For two of us...we totaled $100 including tip, which I thought was great for NYC in a restaurant of this caliber. Unfortunately Chef Martin wasn't there, but the staff was terrific.

The place had a very extensive wine list, although we didn't partake at $10-$24/glass. Only other con is the portions can be considered a little small. The mac 'n cheese was AWESOME, but at $15 it could be a little more generous. The dessert was great but tiny compared to what I've seen at similar places.

Bottom line: I think this place is a gem...a little far west but really worth the walk or cab ride over!! Wish we had seen Dave, but we were there, after all, for the food! We definitely plan to head back there! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great meal, in a quiet, somewhat different kind of atmosphere!

Pros: Excellent food!!

Cons: Portion Sizes could be a tad more generous

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I would describe the restaurant as "upscale cozy". The decore is very simple and casual, complete with a real "guys" bar at one end with a large screen tv. The crisp white table clothes are even topped with brown craft paper. On the other had, the place has a real upscale feel. The candlight and excellent service make it a great romantic spot. Although it was a little noisy on the saturday night when we went.

The food worked well with the atmosphere and vis versa. I am not a big fan of classic american food ( I prefer spicy ethnic cuisine) but I loved everything I had here. I had the mac and cheese as an appetizer. It is delicious but very rich. The sea bass is the best I have ever tasted. Crispy, buttery and sweet on the outside and moist on the inside. The sea bass came with couscous and broccoli. The couscous was delicious but I barely had any because combined with the seabass it was all too rich and filling. My boyfriend had the lamb chops. He said they were tasty but very small so he was left hungry. My friend had the chop-chop salad and it looked like really healthy yet filling salad (it wasn't just lettuce). I had the apple turnover cinnamon gelato for dessert. The gelato was delicious. The pastry part of the turnover was delicious but the apple part okay.

a few cons: In general the food is amazingly delicious but it is also very rich so I do not recommend it if you are on a diet.
We went there on a saturday night at around 9pm. It was pretty busy but we got seated fairly quickly without reservations. However, they had run out of several items on the menu.

pro: the chef was on the floor, personally serving dishes and talking to patrons.

It is worth the trek to the west side. I will most likely go back.

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★★★★☆

I would describe the restaurant as "upscale cozy". The decore is very simple and casual, complete with a real "guys" bar at one end with a large screen tv. The crisp white table clothes are even topped with brown craft paper. On the other had, the place has a real upscale feel. The candlight and excellent service make it a great romantic spot. Although it was a little noisy on the saturday night when we went.

The food worked well with the atmosphere and vis versa. I am not a big fan of classic american food ( I prefer spicy ethnic cuisine) but I loved everything I had here. I had the mac and cheese as an appetizer. It is delicious but very rich. The sea bass is the best I have ever tasted. Crispy, buttery and sweet on the outside and moist on the inside. The sea bass came with couscous and broccoli. The couscous was delicious but I barely had any because combined with the seabass it was all too rich and filling. My boyfriend had the lamb chops. He said they were tasty but very small so he was left hungry. My friend had the chop-chop salad and it looked like really healthy yet filling salad (it wasn't just lettuce). I had the apple turnover cinnamon gelato for dessert. The gelato was delicious. The pastry part of the turnover was delicious but the apple part okay.

a few cons: In general the food is amazingly delicious but it is also very rich so I do not recommend it if you are on a diet.
We went there on a saturday night at around 9pm. It was pretty busy but we got seated fairly quickly without reservations. However, they had run out of several items on the menu.

pro: the chef was on the floor, personally serving dishes and talking to patrons.

It is worth the trek to the west side. I will most likely go back.

Pros: delicious food, great service, "upscale/casual/cozy" atmosphere

Cons: not good for dieters, they ran out of several items on the menu

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Last night my girlfriend and I had dinner at Crave on 42nd. 8 o'clock reservations, first table, didn't care for it. Requested another table by the window and they gladly accommodated us. The server was friendly and we were set to enjoy a great meal. Started with the jumbo sea scallops and the apple bacon & baby spinach salad. Both were delicious and we couldn't wait for the entrees. The lady had the "sassy" sea bass and I had the hoisin and cider pork tenderloin. Food comes out, but the presentation has sunk dramatically. What happened? The food literally looked semi-thrown on our plates. No big deal, ultimately, its about how the food tastes, right? My girlfriend's sea bass was so delicious. My tenderloin, not so much. I was told it would be spicy(red chili) and it was...but, that's really all I tasted. No hoisin or cider...Oh, I could taste the grill it was cooked on. Slightly charred on one side and conveniently facing down on the plate, kind of hidden. Unfortunately, the carbon-like flavor of my first and only bite of tenderloin could not be disguised. I stayed positive and ordered something else, the Hanger steak med rare. The manager informs me it would be cooked in the oven, not on the grill. Well, 35-40mins later and still no steak? Its med rare, not well. My girlfriend tries to stretch her dish out, but is now finish. To add insult to injury, the server then offers more bread that we never got to begin with and then serves me a Stella draft that has more head than beer(not kidding). The manager returns with a pseudo-apology on the whereabouts of my steak, and at that point I end the misery and ask for the check. Chef Martin was very hands on with all the tables, except ours of course. It was funny, he kinda avoided us the whole night. Passed by numerous times, but not a word. Great start, Bad finish. The dining experience totally went south and I don?t mean "southern hospitality" either. Its sad, I wanted to like this place...but we won't be going back.

1
★★☆☆☆

Last night my girlfriend and I had dinner at Crave on 42nd. 8 o'clock reservations, first table, didn't care for it. Requested another table by the window and they gladly accommodated us. The server was friendly and we were set to enjoy a great meal. Started with the jumbo sea scallops and the apple bacon & baby spinach salad. Both were delicious and we couldn't wait for the entrees. The lady had the "sassy" sea bass and I had the hoisin and cider pork tenderloin. Food comes out, but the presentation has sunk dramatically. What happened? The food literally looked semi-thrown on our plates. No big deal, ultimately, its about how the food tastes, right? My girlfriend's sea bass was so delicious. My tenderloin, not so much. I was told it would be spicy(red chili) and it was...but, that's really all I tasted. No hoisin or cider...Oh, I could taste the grill it was cooked on. Slightly charred on one side and conveniently facing down on the plate, kind of hidden. Unfortunately, the carbon-like flavor of my first and only bite of tenderloin could not be disguised. I stayed positive and ordered something else, the Hanger steak med rare. The manager informs me it would be cooked in the oven, not on the grill. Well, 35-40mins later and still no steak? Its med rare, not well. My girlfriend tries to stretch her dish out, but is now finish. To add insult to injury, the server then offers more bread that we never got to begin with and then serves me a Stella draft that has more head than beer(not kidding). The manager returns with a pseudo-apology on the whereabouts of my steak, and at that point I end the misery and ask for the check. Chef Martin was very hands on with all the tables, except ours of course. It was funny, he kinda avoided us the whole night. Passed by numerous times, but not a word. Great start, Bad finish. The dining experience totally went south and I don?t mean "southern hospitality" either. Its sad, I wanted to like this place...but we won't be going back.

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I have never written a review before, but I felt my experience at Crave, and my hope that this restaurant stays around for a while, warranted one.
First, I have never seen Top Chef, so I didn't know who Dave Martin was until I was looking for a restaurant to go to the other night. Upon learning his background, I assumed that this was probably his first restaurant and given he is in the public eye, would take every means necessary to make sure the food was excellent.
Second, let?s start with the bad (which I think the other reviews captured). Other than Dave helping us at the bar (great wine selection) and stopping by every table, the service was average. The decor is nothing special - lose the christmas lights, change the walls and most importantly do something about the floor, that's what bothered me the most and cheapened the room - personally I would put in some hardwood flooring (real or fake), it would give the place more of that "bistro" feel. But again, I was here for the food. The location didn't bother me, everything in NYC is a taxi ride away (i.e. deal with it).
Third, let?s talk about the food. It was incredible. I like to keep my expectations low going into a new restaurant and this is the first time in a while that I was truly blown away. We shared the mac and cheese, scallops, bacon / goat cheese salad and mushroom ravioli special (I wish we had room for the pizza). For entrees we had the sea bass and the pork. For dessert we shared the chocolate cake. The flavors literally exploded in your mouth. We're a picky crew when it comes to our food and everyone was impressed. This is one of the few places I can see myself going back to every few weeks just to try something new. Crave deserves its shot, I highly recommend it. Thank you Dave.

2
★★★★★

I have never written a review before, but I felt my experience at Crave, and my hope that this restaurant stays around for a while, warranted one.
First, I have never seen Top Chef, so I didn't know who Dave Martin was until I was looking for a restaurant to go to the other night. Upon learning his background, I assumed that this was probably his first restaurant and given he is in the public eye, would take every means necessary to make sure the food was excellent.
Second, let?s start with the bad (which I think the other reviews captured). Other than Dave helping us at the bar (great wine selection) and stopping by every table, the service was average. The decor is nothing special - lose the christmas lights, change the walls and most importantly do something about the floor, that's what bothered me the most and cheapened the room - personally I would put in some hardwood flooring (real or fake), it would give the place more of that "bistro" feel. But again, I was here for the food. The location didn't bother me, everything in NYC is a taxi ride away (i.e. deal with it).
Third, let?s talk about the food. It was incredible. I like to keep my expectations low going into a new restaurant and this is the first time in a while that I was truly blown away. We shared the mac and cheese, scallops, bacon / goat cheese salad and mushroom ravioli special (I wish we had room for the pizza). For entrees we had the sea bass and the pork. For dessert we shared the chocolate cake. The flavors literally exploded in your mouth. We're a picky crew when it comes to our food and everyone was impressed. This is one of the few places I can see myself going back to every few weeks just to try something new. Crave deserves its shot, I highly recommend it. Thank you Dave.

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We went to Crave on Saturday night for a friend's birthday. The food was absolutely incredible. I started with the mussels, which were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and ordered the sea bass for my entree. Another member of our party also ordered the sea bass and we agreed it was the best we'd ever had. As another reviewed mentioned, it is crispy on the outside and moist inside. The honey butter glaze was just incredible. The sea bass came with grilled vegetables, which were a good contrast with the fish, and couscous, which I don't normally like but was well done by the chef. And speaking of the chef, Dave Martin came over to our table several times throughout the meal, including once to pour our wine. His hands-on approach is really impressive; it's obvious he really cares about creating a great experience for his guests. AND he comped us dessert.

I would definitely go back to Crave. It wasn't incredibly busy at primetime on a Saturday night (I imagine because of the far West location), so I hope as word gets out more people decide to make the trek. I would hate to see this great restaurant fold.

2
★★★★★

We went to Crave on Saturday night for a friend's birthday. The food was absolutely incredible. I started with the mussels, which were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and ordered the sea bass for my entree. Another member of our party also ordered the sea bass and we agreed it was the best we'd ever had. As another reviewed mentioned, it is crispy on the outside and moist inside. The honey butter glaze was just incredible. The sea bass came with grilled vegetables, which were a good contrast with the fish, and couscous, which I don't normally like but was well done by the chef. And speaking of the chef, Dave Martin came over to our table several times throughout the meal, including once to pour our wine. His hands-on approach is really impressive; it's obvious he really cares about creating a great experience for his guests. AND he comped us dessert.

I would definitely go back to Crave. It wasn't incredibly busy at primetime on a Saturday night (I imagine because of the far West location), so I hope as word gets out more people decide to make the trek. I would hate to see this great restaurant fold.

Pros: Sea bass, mussels, pizza

Cons: It's near 12th Avenue.

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This is our first review, but signed into citysearch for the specific purpose of reviewing THIS restaurant. We were fans of Dave during the Bravo show, but didn't know what to expect. Suffice it to say, it was amazing. We split a couple appitizers, so we won't be able to say much about anything else on the menu, but the wine selection was great, and the apps we had were heaven. Before too many people comment, we'd like to be among the first to recommend the mac-n-cheese... seriously, it's worth the trip all the way out there just for that. It is very rich and is filling enough to be a good entree for someone who doesn't eat much. The shrimp was also amazing; it was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and whatever sauce they use was a perfect compliment. Dave himself came by to ask how everything was, and that was a nice treat as well. We let him know how proud we are of him, and will definitely be returning in the future.

2
★★★★★

This is our first review, but signed into citysearch for the specific purpose of reviewing THIS restaurant. We were fans of Dave during the Bravo show, but didn't know what to expect. Suffice it to say, it was amazing. We split a couple appitizers, so we won't be able to say much about anything else on the menu, but the wine selection was great, and the apps we had were heaven. Before too many people comment, we'd like to be among the first to recommend the mac-n-cheese... seriously, it's worth the trip all the way out there just for that. It is very rich and is filling enough to be a good entree for someone who doesn't eat much. The shrimp was also amazing; it was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and whatever sauce they use was a perfect compliment. Dave himself came by to ask how everything was, and that was a nice treat as well. We let him know how proud we are of him, and will definitely be returning in the future.

Pros: The service and the mac-n-cheese make it an A+

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My husband and I went there for an early dinner yesterday. We were a bit disappointed with the overall running of the place. We were the only customers in the restaurant to start so it wasn?t because they were too busy.

There were many small things that we chalked up to the staff being new and not polished yet?.we asked to be seated at a table for 4 instead of 2 and there was hesitancy to seat us even though we were the ONLY patrons there. ?our wine bottle was taken away before it was finished?my first selection was the Free Range Chicken which I was later informed they had been out of for a couple of days?things like that. You could see the confusion in many instances but luckily, the food really made up for those small inconveniences.

We had the Spinach Salad for our appetizer. Deliciously different! It had a smoky, bar-b-que flavor. I am not a bar-b-que person but this really worked well and I enjoyed every mouthful.

For our entrees we had the Sea Bass and the Hanger Steak. Oh, my gosh, was the Sea Bass delicious!! Perfectly seared with a crunch on the outside and still being very moist and soft on the inside. His combination of flavors is outstanding. The couscous had a taste of honey and bits of coconut. The Hanger steak was good too.

Didn?t get to dessert as the portions were ample. Go now before he is ?discovered? and you can?t get a seat!

2
★★★★☆

My husband and I went there for an early dinner yesterday. We were a bit disappointed with the overall running of the place. We were the only customers in the restaurant to start so it wasn?t because they were too busy.

There were many small things that we chalked up to the staff being new and not polished yet?.we asked to be seated at a table for 4 instead of 2 and there was hesitancy to seat us even though we were the ONLY patrons there. ?our wine bottle was taken away before it was finished?my first selection was the Free Range Chicken which I was later informed they had been out of for a couple of days?things like that. You could see the confusion in many instances but luckily, the food really made up for those small inconveniences.

We had the Spinach Salad for our appetizer. Deliciously different! It had a smoky, bar-b-que flavor. I am not a bar-b-que person but this really worked well and I enjoyed every mouthful.

For our entrees we had the Sea Bass and the Hanger Steak. Oh, my gosh, was the Sea Bass delicious!! Perfectly seared with a crunch on the outside and still being very moist and soft on the inside. His combination of flavors is outstanding. The couscous had a taste of honey and bits of coconut. The Hanger steak was good too.

Didn?t get to dessert as the portions were ample. Go now before he is ?discovered? and you can?t get a seat!

Pros: delicious food

Cons: still new and working out the kinks

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Amazing food! Went this past Saturday night and enjoyed the wonderful service and delicious food! The atmosphere was great especially for a date. Everyone was very nice as the service was the best I have had in NYC! Must try the Marconi and Cheese as it is just as amazing as it sounds. The prices are great especially in NYC. Highly recommend the filet as all the flavors come together and are just perfect.

2
★★★★★

Amazing food! Went this past Saturday night and enjoyed the wonderful service and delicious food! The atmosphere was great especially for a date. Everyone was very nice as the service was the best I have had in NYC! Must try the Marconi and Cheese as it is just as amazing as it sounds. The prices are great especially in NYC. Highly recommend the filet as all the flavors come together and are just perfect.

Pros: Everything

 

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