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John's of 12th Street
Posted by Calla on 10/17/2010
I went yesterday to John's of 12th to try their brand new vegan menu. Finally, TRADITIONAL Italian food. I was with 5 friends, so we got to try a lot of their food. Everything was delicious from the bruschetta, to the pizza, ravioli, and especially the seitan parmigiana. John's is smart, avoiding all things soy. They use daiya cheese (tapioca based), seitan for scalopini, coconut and nut cream for the fillings of their vegan cannolis (yes, VEGAN CANNOLIS), and coconut creamer for coffee. They also have gluten free pasta one could substitute in pasta dishes. The owner was super friendly and excited to have customers trying out his vegan menu. He sat down and chatted with us for about half our meal--telling us all the ingredients to the vegan dishes, sharing personal stories, explaining that he thinks its only a matter of time before the world is vegan. He was absolutely delightful. For someone who is used to eating cheap, John's was a little pricey. But it's a nice, traditional Italian restaurant, so I suppose that's to be expected.
Posted by looking for amore on 08/16/2010
this is by far the best traditional italian food on the island of manhattan! we ordered the baked clams arreganata, bright and flavorful and tasty whole clams not chopped, the spedino which is simply amazing (one of a kinda!!!! worth every delicious calorie!) as starters. the garlic bread was crispy and great too! i had the shrimp parm for my meal which was amaaazing, and my family was completely delighted by thier dishes as well! amazingly we had room for dessert (these are not small protions people! this is like being fed by an italian grandmother!) and the chocolate cheese cake, key lime pie and panacotta were wonderful compliments to the meal! i reccomend this place for a good old fasioned italian family feast!!!
Posted by George on 04/13/2010
great italian food. Fantastic atmosphere.
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!