Best New Restaurants 2016

Craft 47, Goshen

Nibble on small plates while savoring small-batch brews


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Flatbreads, tacos, skewers, and other tapas-style small plates crowd the menu

Photographs by Jennifer May

If you can never seem to commit to a particular dish when you’re dining out, then Craft 47 is the place for you. “People come in and try a little bit of this, a little bit of that,” says Chef/Owner Franz Brendle, whose name might ring a bell, as he is also the force behind the popular eatery Nina in Middletown.

Small-plate American tapas are the watchword at this fresh-faced lunch and dinner spot in Goshen, so come prepared to order a slew of dishes. It’s a great way for a group of friends to mix and match, or for a couple to share on date night.

Yes, they have traditional Spanish tapas like mixed olives. But they also offer a cornucopia of other succulent little nibbles ranging from $3 to $13. Flatbreads are a category all their own, with interesting flavor combinations like Ricotta with crimini mushrooms topped with sliced black truffles; chicken chipotle with Monterey Jack and red onion; lobster with mango; and red pepper with pesto and Provolone. Order them all if you can’t decide.

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Tacos are piled on grilled flour tortillas. The beer braised short-rib taco combines tender meat and chipotle sauce. Slow roasted wild boar is another succulent fave.

Still can’t find what you’re craving? Maybe one of these will do the trick: truffle-and-Parmesan French fries, meatball sliders, melted Cheddar-and-ale crostini, ahi tuna tostadas, and cornflake-encrusted crab cakes with rémoulade sauce. There’s also a cheese board with a three- or five-choice option. Soppressata, Manchego, and Cheddar is a winning combo.

The “craft” in the restaurant’s name, of course, is a reference to the extensive micro-brew selection available (47 is just the street address, in case you were wondering). Check out the over-the-bar chalkboard for what they’re pouring. Prices run from $7 to $9 for a 16-ounce draft, though the dark and dense Goose Island Bourbon County Stout from Chicago is $9 for just three ounces (nurse it). Local brews like Catskill Brewery’s Devil Path IPA (made in Livingston Manor) and Chatham Brewing’s Same Day Coconut Porter are on tap, alongside brews from far-flung locales like Belgium. That country’s Chimay Première is a coppery potion with a creamy head and a fruity aroma.

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Also popular: the 12 micro-brewed beers on tap, as well as small-batch wines

There’s a late-night scene here, too, with live music on weekends, including Bandeoke, which invites audience members to step up to the microphone and belt out tunes with the band. If on a Saturday night you happen to linger late on a beer flight, it’s in your best interest to return the next day for the brunch, starting at noon, with dishes priced at $7 and up. The chef knows your secret: Hair of the Dog is eggs poached in beer over mortadella and toasted semolina batard bread. The Walk of Shame is flatbread topped with scrambled eggs and served with applewood smoked bacon. Or you could simply have a beermosa. Chances are you’ll feel much better.

If you go...

Craft 47
47 West Main Street, Goshen
845-360-5253; www.craft47.com


Related: Craft 47 Named “Best New Tapas Joint”


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