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Craft Work Craft Cocktails And Exquisite Modern American Classics

Craft Work

8047 Agnes St, 48214
  • Neighborhood: Rivertown & Southeast
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Dinner, Weekends
  • Has weekend brunch.
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: brunch, dinner, Saturday hours, vegetarian options, local products, Sunday brunch, craft cocktails, West Village, Craft Work, modern American, 9new

The rich woods and sleek lines of Craft Work’s chic, polished bar look very swank and modern, yet it smacks – just faintly – of a classic supper club or Prohibition style speakeasy. Communal tables and a library of bookshelves gives it a comfortable, relaxed vibe. The main dining room, with its cafe tables and high backed banquettes, invites laid back conversation and sets the stage for an extraordinary meal.

Owner Hubert Yaro, who also co-owns Royal Oak’s Ronin Sushi and Birmingham’s Commonwealth Cafe, opened Craft Work in December. Hubert lives above the West Village restaurant, which is currently open for dinner service only, but plans to start brunch service soon and possibly open for lunch in the future.

Craft Work’s bill of fare showcases modern American dishes with a focus on locally produced ingredients. Most items on the menu range from $12-19. You can have a really nice dinner, date night, or celebrate a special occasion here without shelling out major coin. The daily specials sometimes have a heftier price tag, but with entrees like wild caught striped bass and wagyu strip steak with fried shrimp on the board, it’s understandable.

Craft Work’s cauliflower and beet salad is one of the breakout stars of the menu. We wouldn’t normally expect something touted as being gluten free and vegan to have a lot of flavor, or be very filling. But this salad proved us wrong on both counts. Tahini gives the cauliflower a gorgeous sesame flavor, and the beets add a fun punch of color. Served on a bed of lentils and sunflower seeds, it is satisfying without being heavy.

The trout pate is another surprising winner. Packed with lemon, dill, and pickled fresno chiles, it has a luscious texture and wonderful taste, perfect for spreading on crisp toast.

You really can’t go wrong ordering the whole grilled trout with curried corn. The fish is deboned, sliced in half lengthwise then stuffed with lemon and thyme. A few minutes on the grill gives it a lovely char without overpowering the delicate flavor of the fish.

We’re also fans of Craft Work’s crispy fried chicken, served with honey for dipping, bacon greens, and mashed potatoes. The french dip sandwich, with tender sliced prime rib, au jus for dipping, and fries, is also a smart choice.

You’ll definitely want to save room for dessert. Craft Work’s version of s’mores is a playful riff on the campfire favorite that made us feel like a kid again.

If you’d like a libation to accompany your meal, Craft Work’s bartenders offer beautifully prepared craft cocktails and a well-curated selection of beer and wine. Try a Dark & Stormy, made with rum, ginger beer, and lime, or order up a pint of Founder’s Red Rye from the tap.


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