A friend of mine (and fellow Chowhound) is dying to go to Craft and wants me to go with her. She's a Top Chef fan, and, after reading the Eater LA interview, she wants to get there before Tom Colicchio leaves when the season ends. We're both finally making enough to where we can afford to go to a restaurant of Craft's level (read: price tag), but I have a long list of restaurants I've been wanting to visit for a long time. I have long lusted for meals at Providence, Spago, and La Cachette, and, were I left to my own crapulence, I could easily let a meal at Craft wait on the back burner until I've eaten at Osteria Mozza five or six dozen more times.
But I don't want to be myopic. Just as I don't want to drop $100+ on a meal because the chef is famous on TV (says the guy who loves Molto Mario's joint), I don't want to miss out on something really wonderful because I haven't made it through my unwritten to-do list. My friend and I have read the review posts, and she's still resolutely in favor of going, while I remain on the fence, especially after accidentally running across this thread:
The line "Well executed upper airline food" would be particularly enjoyable if I didn't have an invitation to go in less than two weeks.
I'm seeking out your advice. I'm not guessing anyone will say it's bad, but is it something I should be rushing to? Can it stand with shoulder-to-shoulder with other restaurants in the city charging that kind of tag? Or should I pass on Craft and work on narrowing down my long-lingering list instead?