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Posted by John on 02/17/2010
Although I made a reservation for Valentine's Day over two weeks ahead, it was not honored on arival at the resturant. They just "Didn't have it". It was my error in not getting the name of the person who took my reservation, but more care needs to be taken by the staff. We were finally told that a table would be found for us. And it was. A postage sized table wedged in by the front door. With my wife sitting aginst the wall almost in the lap of the customer at the next table, and me in front of the door. I would have to get up from my chair and push it under the table every time someone came in. Needless to say, we won't be returning to a resturant we used to love.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2010
I went with a group of 8 people and everything was perfect. We all had plenty of wine and great food and walked out paying, with tip, $25 each.
Posted by JAKEREMI on 01/04/2010
Hey, Don't come to JOHNS expecting the trends . This is the place to come for the EGGPLANT PARM that you may remember from your youth. The kind you will not be making at home anytime soon. This place should have landmark status for the atmosphere alone which is the witty and welcoming kind that every NABE in NYC used to have , the EAST VILLAGE is lucky to have this. Bring the family and an appetite and leave the pretensions at HOME!
Posted by John'sIsTheBest on 07/16/2009
This place is a classic New York establishment ... highly underrated in my opinion compared to other establishments of the same calibre. GREAT service, with a professional and classy tie-wearing waitstaff. Homestyle Italian cooking that is exactly what it should be. I don't have a bad word to say about the place. Unfortunately the slew of Italian-Fusion B.S. , or over priced Northern Italian places with corny names that have invaded the city have people fooled on what going out for Italian should be. If you like 'old school' down home Italian cooking, decor and atmosphere reminicient of a better and simplier time, and excellent service that makes you feel like royalty, then this place is for you. I'm not sure if they make their cheese on site (I wouldn't be surprised if they did) but the mozzerella they serve is some of the freshest and best I've ever had This place is for real people , not walking, talking amature food bloggers who are expecting the world every time they sit down in front of a plate. If you want to be reminded of a time where there were real neighorboods in Manhattan, with neighborhood people operating their own businesses based on tradition - instead of these lame corn-ball transplant celebrity chefs - come to John's. Ask for extra sauce if you're ordering anything with their marinara - its that good!
Posted by Eastvillager09 on 04/13/2009
This is a classic East Village treasure. We have been enjoying John's for many years and it has not changed in relation to providing consistently delicious food with an amazing price point for this type of quality. My favorites are pasta carbonara and baked clams which come in great portion sizes. I recommend for dates or family groups. Also try take out if you are in the neighborhood.
Posted by PickyEats on 10/28/2008
The best Italian restaurant on Manhattan Island. They don't have every dish but it is traditional Italian food done right - like so few restaurants still do. Little Italy has nothing that can compare to it. I can't believe I lived 20 years in NYC and did not know about this place. Top Notch.
Posted by Robin on 10/24/2008
nice old time ambiance in a quaint part of the East Village. Good Veal Parm, good baked clams oregenata. I didn't care for the pasta or the meat sauce (too sweet). This place just celebrated their 100th anniversary, so they must be doing something right!