Even the signage is frugal…Damon: Frugal Fridays on Opening Night

Not even the city’s record low temperatures could keep the masses from flocking to Damon: Frugal Fridays at the Craft Dining Room on E. 19th St. for the kick-off of Damon Wise and Tom Colicchio’s recession-busting dinners made up of menu items costing $10 and below.

Craft Dining Room, 47 E. 19th St.

Craft Dining Room, 47 E. 19th St.

Was the last minute-like, blue masking tape sign, a show of confidence, jitteriness or bad afterthought?

The Wait on Opening Night

The Wait on Opening Night

The throngs of people waiting to get a table at 7:30, will prove that there was little to be jittery about. I guesstimated that there were over 60 people waiting in front of me when my friend and I arrived.

Menu posted on the door

Menu posted on the door

When we got there, the hostess told us that the wait would be one hour or longer. Sure we were anxious and eager to see if the experience would live up to the hype, but the bar area was completely obstructed by the hoards of people waiting to get a table, and standing for one hour without food or drink proved to be too great a test for our wills…so we opted for somewhere else…stay tuned for a report on how that went.

As for Damon: Frugal Fridays, we decided to return on an upcoming Friday with a better game plan. What was your experience at Damon: Frugal Friday? Did it match the hype? The Gotham Palate is dying to know.

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Thanks, Tom!

Eater has just reported that as a response to these cash-restrained times, culinary titan, Tom Colicchio will be launching “Damon Frugal Friday” at the dining room of his highly acclaimed Flatiron outpost, Craft. How frugal? Quite frugal indeed. Dishes and drinks will be offered for under $10. And to make the news even sweeter, the deal starts on January 16th, i.e. this Friday!

Note: reservations for Frugal Fridays are not accepted.

To read the full story on Eater, click on the image below.

Tom Colicchio and Damon West

Tom Colicchio and Damon Wise

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