Last night me and a group of friends went to the Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant. It is located on the street level of the Graves Hotel. The basic idea is a place to showcase amazing cocktails, I think. The cocktail part of the menu goes on for pages, with each being $10. There is a three page list of small plates for food and a few beer and wines. The food ranged from $3-$10 or so and the beer and wine were very inexpensive.
The night started with four of us and grew to 6 total. The four of us each had four drinks (it was a drinking night) and the two others each had 2 drinks. There was a total of 2 duplications, so you can do the math on how many different drinks we had, all cocktails. Each drink was passed around the table for all to try. We also had about 8 small plates, we were not there to eat really.
The drinks were great. I'm not much of a cocktail kind of girl, I prefer wine, but I really liked the majority of the drinks. The ones I didn't like everyone else did, so it was a preference thing. We were told that all juices were squeezed in house each day. All syrups were made in house each day and the bitters were also made in house. My favorite drink (and most everyone else's) was the Dark and Stormy. Made with homemade ginger ale, it was spectatular. Also really good was the Winter Sidecar and the Conquistador Margarita. Each drink is clearly made by skilled bartenders with detail paid to garnishes and the shape of the ice.
The food was pretty good, though not as high of quality as the drinks. I really liked the Oyster Spring rolls which are served with a cheese sorbet, the pasta nachos, and the sliders. I wanted to try the foie gras, the duck wings and the salmon cakes, but it was just the wrong crowd. There were also some soups and salads, but there were too many of us to share that type of thing.
The atmosphere was great, as was the service. It was attentive and the servers knew what each drink tasted like and could explain every item on the menu.
We will be going back often.
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