Update: Craftsteak has closed and changed concepts.
craftsteak lives where Frank's steakhouse used to live, on 10th ave at 14th Street. Frank's was in the middle of nowhere. craftsteak is in the middle of Morimoto, Chelsea Market, and Del Posto. Times, they be-a changin'.
My clearest memories of Frank's include a Mark Fuhrman sighting (that detective related to the O.J. stuff back in the day), their enormous and quite delicious shrimp cocktail, and a bachelor party during which an intense case of sun-poisoning kicked in. That was the most miserable bachelor party you could imagine.
Frank's has since moved around the corner into the Chelsea Market building, and Tom Colicchio moved into its grand old space, bringing with him a total and gorgeous renovation, a bunch of steak from "artisanal producers," a dry-aging room, and a private dining room that seats 40...although I probably wouldn't choose this room for a bachelor party.
With no less than 14 different types of steak from which to choose, you'd do well to review the menu on their website before going. When I say "different types" of steak, I'm not talking about the typical steakhouse choices, which generally include several different cuts of 28 day dry-aged grain-fed beef and a tasteless filet mignon. I'm talking about different cuts of steak, several ages of steak, different producers, and hell, different breeds of cow. So what's the best approach to ordering? Simple: get as many people together as you can and order as many steaks as you can and share them. A steak tasting menu. What could be better? craftsteak seems designed for this approach, and they're more than happy to help you sort that out.