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New American

Craft

Opened in 2001 by Tom Colicchio, a founder of the Gramercy Tavern, this Gramercy Park staple is best understood by Sam Sifton’s phrase, “The philosophy of Craft is craft.” Sifton wrote that in 2011, in his three-star review, in The New York Times (which, incidentally, reaffirmed the three stars William Grimes gave it a decade earlier). “There is no overt theatricality to the food at Craft,” Sifton continued. “Its presentation is simple, even plain. But such simplicity belies a truth about the restaurant’s cooking. There can be no hiding behind artifice.” He praised the seasonal ingredients and bare-bulb, softly modernist décor, saying eating there “suggested dinner at a wealthy friend’s well-burnished downtown loft.” Sifton’s take on things is now a few years old, so for more recent, if less authoritative and eloquent opinions, take a gander at the mostly ecstatic Yelp reviews. (Craft, 43 E. 19th St. 212-780-0880.)
Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:

5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95

Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.

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