Brunch at Craftbar is a clean, flavorful and portion-controlled antidote to the heaping piles of slop popular on NYC weekend brunch menus.
This is not the place to soothe an epic hangover: You (and your taste buds) will want to be alert enough to enjoy a sophisticated, daylight-friendly cocktail like the Bloody Mary martini or the Craft cocktail (prosecco, muddled strawberries and black pepper).
Skip the traditional eggs and potatoes dishes for palate-pleasing plates like the white anchovy bruschetta ($9) – with perfectly braised leeks – or the house cured salmon ($13). The brioche donuts holes ($6), served with warm chocolate sauce and raspberry jam, are to die for.
Unfortunately, Craftbar continues to be plagued by spotty service. Don’t be surprised if one or more of your orders is incorrect, and expect your server to disappear when you need him most.
The décor is bright and welcoming; and the atmosphere is not nearly as clamorous as one might expect by the size of the dining room. The music – a self-conscious selection of indie artists like Cat Power and Brian Eno – is pleasantly audible but won’t drown out conversation.
During the colder months, a not-quite-optional coat checking policy is strictly enforced, so bring some small bills for a tip. Unless you’re a stickler for perfect service, this is a perfect spot to take visiting friends or family for a relaxed brunch.
Brunch at Craftbar – $20/$30
Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am to 04:00pm