Food was delicious, very noisy
Fairly new restaurant from the owners of Sample. The food and service were wonderful!! Knowledgable waiter and attentive.Liked the option of small plates. Dining area was too small and crowded. tables for 2 didn't allow much room. The noise level was way too high, very difficult to have a conversation despite the small table. No bread prior to dinner. It was my understanding the pizza ovens were used to make their breads but none arrived at our table with salads. Really miss Sample and would love to see more of these old items on the Crave menu!!!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Addition to the Hertel
Great Addition to the Hertel Restaurant Scene. Fresh Pasta is dynamite.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent addition to the
Excellent addition to the neighborhood and great menu. Everything I tried was delicious! Loved the ambiance too- a great date spot!
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Well Done!
I heard not so good things about their previous restaurant "sample" but I really enjoyed all aspects of my dinner at Craving!
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank you for upgrading Hertel...
I couldn't be happier to endorse the newest and best addition to the Hertel dining scene. We were eagerly anticipating Craving opening since we were well aware of Chef Goetz's reputation and had dined at Sample and always had a good experience there. I honestly think the food has reached a higher level here. The personality and culture of the service has been lights out as well. What can I tell you to try without hesitation? Well we have been there for lunch and dinner and for lunch anything from Leonard's corner is fantastic. For dinner I have personally had the fried chicken app, the scallops, the campanelle, gnocchi, and they were all top notch. The food is can't miss if you like a chef's touch on classic dishes.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to Hertel!
I had dinner with 2 of my girlfriends at Craving. We were excited to check out another new place on Hertel Ave! The new addition is fantastic! The updates inside the restaurant look great, the staff was really friendly and welcoming, and the food was delicious! The only thing I would change would be to make it a little brighter in the dining room - it was very dark. But there were lots of interesting menu items, and we wished we could have tried more! We will definitely be going back again!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Park Slope comes to Buffalo
What a funky find! One of the finest meals that I've had in the entire state.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for any occasion!
I have been to CraVing four times now, with different friends each time, and we've always found something delectable to eat. I highly recommend the candied-bacon BLT on their lunch menu as well as the hankerchief pasta and the steak pizza on the dinner menu. The menu is also vegetarian-friendly (and they happily made their pizza special vegetarian for us last time). The service is always very prompt and friendly. The room itself is a wonderful mix of browns and oranges. The patio is on the "right" side of the street and not too noisy. And one should finish off every visit, as I do, with the homemade s'more!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
As a fan of the former Sample, I was expecting a great meal. What I was pleasantly surprised to find was an exceptional meal. The food, selection, ingredients immediately ensured many return visits. Portions of the small plates are plentiful and I cannot imagine how much excellent food you receive on the entree size. Buffalonians should not shy away from this place things they will not get enough to eat. Congrats to Adam and Jennifer, job well done
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
CraVing in Buffalo
One of the best meals and evenings I have had in my 27 years in Buffalo. Cannot wait to go back!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
With Death There Is Rebirth
One of my favorite restaurants in Buffalo was sample, not only for the novelty but for the food as well. When I heard they were closing, but opening up a new concept restaurant, I was a little skeptical. I went to Craving with a group of friends to give this new place a try and boy have my fears subsided. Many of my favorite dishes from sample were available on the new menu, and tasted as great as ever. My group tried several appetizers, different entrees and indulged in severeal creative desserts. The people were friendly, the quaint North Park evening was superb and the food was beyond delicious. The price was amazingly affordable for all the food we ate as well! The question is not will I go back again, but how many times!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was delicious. Everyone enjoyed what they ate!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The hostess fixing the uneven table while we were seated was a bit odd. However the meal and service from Tom was exceptional!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambience, sort of sophisticated casual. Service was EXCELLENT: friendly and attentive without being intrusive - very good with our 8 year old that was with us, too. Food was amazing, My only complaint was too many fries that came with my steak!
Will DEFINITELY recommend to friends, and will DEFINITELY be returning.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have a had the pleasure of dining at Craving a few times since they opened. The interior of the restaurant is very cool. I love the dark paint and decor. It makes you feel like you are really going to unwind, relax, put your cell phone away and enjoy the person you are with and the amazing food. The menu is full of amazing choices from their small plates to entrees to pizza there is something for everyone. I wish the dessert menu was a bit more extensive however the choices were good and the coffee is great. I have been to some great restaurants and at the end of the meal to us coffee drinkers...it's got to be special...just like the restaurant and the food you have to carry to details to the end and Craving does just that.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food was great, and this
the food was great, and this seems to be a nice new spot on hertel.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved everything about Sample, and had high hopes for Craving. Going at the opening of the dinner service gave my party a restaurant all to ourselves. The menu is a gem; the creativity and flavors shine through. The actual food was on the salty side, but that just be personal taste.
One observation that clearly marks the change is the impact of the location on the clientele: instead of the younger crowd typically found at Sample, at the time of my visit, my party and I were at least 25 years younger than the other customers. This does not change the quality of the food or service, however, it does change the experience itself.
Food, service and ambience were all superb, but I couldn't help but miss the experience of eating at Sample.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, but service
Food was excellent, but service was very slow. It was obvious the kitchen staff could not keep up. I'll go back in a few months whent he kitchen has time to gel
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Star billing here was the adventurous and delightful taste combinations coming out of the kitchen. Rustic/Elegant and Complex/Simple are two descriptors. Owner was attentive, excited, inspired. Kitchen somewhat slow, but results indicated good attention to detail.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful meal. There
We had a wonderful meal. There were 5 of us and each had a different dish and appetizer. We tasted each others meals and everyone loved it. Put tables so we could eat outside. Perfect night. Highly recommend. Will come again and bring others.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful salad course choices
wonderful salad course choices - especially asparagus salad with roasted shiitake. love that it had small plate options on entrees.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
fun and relaxing
Appetizers for dinner with a bottle of wine. Delicious and a great variety.
Waiter was excellent
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a group of 6 with an infant, and the waiter was overly accommodating and friendly. The food was fantastic. Not a huge menu but the items on the menu were all delicious. Great and timely service. Would definitely go back!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was outstanding. Waiter a bit unsure - maybe his first day on the job. I would go again and have recommended it to others as well already.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrating our anniversary
Celebrating our anniversary with a new restaurant. Turned out to be an excellent choice. Even though we decided to eat outside on the patio, no one forgot we were out there! Food was different and delicious; service was outstanding. Will visit again for sure!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great esp lamb chops.
Food was great esp lamb chops. Husband did not care for fries tho
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
a wonderful dining experience
The dishes are imaginative, well prepared, and truly delicious. I had a lovely artichoke appetizer, and a sumptuous lamb-chop-like entree with little pearl onions--both of which were evening specials. The portions are perfect and, even though it was a busy Saturday evening and there were a couple of large parties, each course was served in a timely manner.
The rating limitations had to do with the noise level, which is very high, and the lighting which is so low it is difficult to read the menu.
Nevertheless, I definitely look forward to returning.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lively Hertel Avenue Spot
A friendly energized place with creative cooking.
Will return soon.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch ON Hertel Ave.
Having been told that Crav had gotten good reviews, I took a friend there for lunch. Lovely day, so we opted to eat outside. Our sandwiches were very good, as was the service. Eating outside was a mistake in our case---we wanted to catch up on each other's lives, and the street noise was difficult to talk over. Obviously, this was not Crav's fault, but bears consideration if conversation is an aspect of your lunch plans. Given the reviews , we had not expected Crav to be as casual a place as it is, but it is definitely a great spot for one whale of a really good, really filling sandwich.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding!! Loved it!!
Wow. Everything was beyond delicious. Everyone at the table devoured their meals. I highly recommend the arugula salad, handkerchief pasta, and steak with fries. We also had a few specials that were unexpected yet wonderful (e.g., thin crust pizza with pesto, pancetta, apples, and almonds). Soooo good! My only complaint is that it can get very loud, but it's a small place. They also do not have a full bar - only wine and beer. Other than that, it was perfect!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Meal, Good Service
We started our dinner with the stuffed dates and moved on to a pizza and then a couple of small plates. The service was prompt, courteous and the server was very knowledgeable and not intrusive. With each piece the food was more and more delicious, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a date night spot or a celebratory dinner. The beer and wine lists are solid without being bloated and the prices are just right for the portion sizes. Can't wait to get back there and try some lunch!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time's a charm
This is my second visit to this great new restaurant from Chef Adam Goetz, formerly of Sample on Allen. It's lovely, hip, all decked out in black and orange and feels very much like a French cafe. Caesar Salad was as good as it gets, with anchovies and house made dressing and giant croutons. I loved the handkerchief pasta, squares of pasta, simply flavored with garlic, paper thin slices of Italian cheese, and with al dente asparagus. So far, we've had the pork belly, pink and tender, steak charred to a crisp and yet medium rare as requested and the short rib, also full flavored and nicely charred. Great selection of upscale beers and wine. Not a huge place and a little noisy, but great service! Our second time was as good as the first.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our meal was fantastic from
Our meal was fantastic from start to finish! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food and wants an amazing, unique dining experience.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
have nothing bad to say. Everything was fantastic.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would go gladly again
It was very crowded as it was Restaurant Week but we had a rez and were seated right away, albeit next to the front door. As it was cold out I thought this would be a problem but not at all. All the food we had was outstanding: the house and caesar salads, the handkerchief pasta and the fish of the day. As other reviewers have noted it does get noisy. My wife and I could communicate fine but larger groups and the elderly might have a more difficult time. I think the name is dumb as is the inconsistent spelling and use of mixed upper and lower case letters in the name which made it more difficult to find it on some mobile apps.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great! The only negative, which is totally subjective was that I thought the food was a bit too salty. Otherwise everything was great!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant suprise
A pleasant surprise. Extensive menu for a "neighborhood" restaurant. Good but limited wine list. Great salads and plentiful pasta dishes. Not only dinners but nice selections for lunch. I'd go back again and again.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date/dinner with friends spot
Had a great evening here recently. They have a very good but simple menu, and the wine list was great. The few tables in the front by the bar are more intimate than the main dining area, I feel like they could do a better job with the seating arrangement instead of just packing the people in like cattle, also the lighting was much brighter in there, not as cozy as the bar. Our server was great, knew the menu and wines very well. Our only semi-complaint was the few apps we chose were very very small for the price. For example, the tuna was $12, and MAYBE cumulatively there was 2 pieces of tuna if you were to combine the little pieces in the 4 serving spoons. That was very disappointing, comparing it to say Toro's tuna app, this is very poor!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Portions were way more than
Portions were way more than expected almost too much, not a bad thing but definitely a problem when your eyes are bigger than your stomach.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
our first time and we really
our first time and we really enjoyed our time there.good variety and reasonable prices made for a great nite out.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE RESTAURANT IS VERY ACCOMADATING
THE RESTAURANT IS VERY ACCOMADATING. I SAID I WAS GLUTEN FREE AND IMMEDIATELY A NEW MENU WAS BROUGHT TO ME AND THE ITEMS WERE EXPLAINED . OUR SERVER WAS FANTASTIC AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING BACK NOV 24 FOR MY DAUGHTERS BIRTHDAY
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our party of three recently had lunch here. All of the food was great. Service was a tad slow, but not excruciatingly so. We all chose wildly different food items. One ordered a pizza (herbed chicken), which I was given a piece of. It is a thin crust pizza, and it was outstanding. One ordered a salad, although I can't recall which one. She enjoyed it. I ordered the Croque Madame sandwich. Again, it was delicious. Portions are generous. I'd return.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
CRāVe was Very Good!
The Lobster Poutine is a must for appetizers. Great portion and so fresh! Pork belly was good and the Handkerchief Pasta was great too. Service was excellent.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food - Great Service!
My wife's friend suggested CRAVing and we went with our dinner group of 6. The restaurant was well-appointed and warm in ambience. Our server was excellent: attentive and humorous (without being obnoxious) as well as knowledgeable about the menu. We enjoyed our meal and all that came with it. I had the Campanelle and my wife had one of the daily CRAVings, a cauliflower pasta that she enjoyed very much. We would definitely come here again! One note is the noise level - energetic would be the best description! Everyone was certainly enjoying themselves and it showed!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hello Handmade Pasta
Great atmosphere, great service, the best homemade pasta dishes I have ever had and they are very consistent.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM