Restaurants & Bars 5

RW: Crave wins!

Bill in DUMBO | Apr 10, 2006 01:54 AM

My gf and I had dinner at Applewood, Jolie, and Crave this week (all first visits), and Crave came out the winner. I can't agree with all the other raves about Applewood on this site. The pork shoulder portion was small, when you discount the fat, and the hake was just okay. The desserts, though, were great (chocolate souffle and roasted pineapple w ice cream).

Jolie's salmon and pork loin choices were good, though not exceptional. The lobster bisque was good, but can't come close to the version at Bouillabaisse 126. The nougat glace and chocolate mousse were good, but small.

Crave, though, wins out with their delicious shiitake and leek spring rolls, and mouth-watering dry rubbed pork tenderloin (love that cumin) and rainbow trout. Those of you who believe that the presentation counts will not be disappointed. And the desserts-- chocolate chili cake (good portion) and assorted sorbet (including mint raspberry and margarita) couldn't be topped. Best of all, the dessert wines-- a moscato and a sparkling red?-- paired wonderfully.

Overall, only Crave, although it is a bit expensive, merits a chance to join the other restaurants in my top rotation-- Five Front, Henry's End, Superfine, Alma and Noodle Pudding. Other recently attended restaurants that may join this list are Luz and Bouillabaisse 126.

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