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Craft or Eleven Madison?

bronxmom | Mar 31, 200803:20 PM

I have reservations for a birthday dinner at both Craft and EM for tomorrow night and am trying to decide which to go to. Dinner out at these prices is a major splurge for us, so I'm a little torn. Any opinions or reviews would be greatly appreciated.

For a little about my tastes: I like really good, New American and French cooking with an emphasis on local, seasonal foods. I do not like fish or seafood, which is a major limitation of course. For this meal, I would like a combo of really great atmosphere, service and food. However, I also do not like to be intimidated when I eat out - i.e., too snobby or pretentious an atmosphere. The atmosphere at EM looks amazing and their mains sound fantastic but the first course and dessert menu don't appeal to me a lot. So I'm basically paying $82 for one course I really like - the tradeoff though seems to be the atmosphere and overall food quality. Many more of the menu items at Craft appeal to me and I like the idea of having so much choice, but worry I am giving up a first-class experience by not doing EM. What do you guys think?

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