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Posted by Marit on 09/27/2008
I didn't think anyone could make a tasteless Chicken Parmesan but its here. The chicken was pounded so thin it was unrecognizable and their sauce if that's what you want to call it was tasteless over the overcooked pasta. It was like red water with no trace of taste whatsoever. The garlic bread was just about uncooked and the garlic topping was completely mushy. My friends dinner was no better and it was embarrasing to have brought him here. There are definately other restaurants in the city that one can dine at in the same price range, will take credit cards and have much better food and value. It had come recommended but I don't know why. I have never written a review on a restaurant before but felt compelled to do so. I don't understand all the great reviews here. Perhaps it was just a bad night in the kitchen?
Posted by Foodluvah on 03/26/2008
Went here the other night for a birthday celebration. I thought the food, the service, and the prices were fantastic. The portions were tremendous and quite good. I was too full for dessert, but other people were raving about the deserts (they looked delicious and were HUGE).
Posted by new yorker on 01/22/2008
The last review from NYC Foodie must be a joke and anyone who calls themselves NYC Foodie well enough said and if you are a foodie why are you at John's?? Born and raised in NY I have eaten everywhere. The Terrace at Columbia all the way to Chinatown and everywhere in between. Who orders shrimp cocktail at Johns?? Johns is old school Italian done right, nothing more and nothing less, great salad, great veal or chicken parm, lasagna, veal limone, and garlic bread ( though it can be burnt at times,so send it back and they will replace it) nice people and a lovely place to sit and great for a big group.Sit in the back with all the candles. So go eat and enjoy and try the tartufo...actually the only one in NY that I have ever liked....but not as good as Piazza Navona in Rome.
Posted by NYC Foodie on 12/27/2007
Although the food here is not horrible, it's nothing special either. It's also way overpriced. My husband and I placed an order for two jumbo shrimp cocktails, and that's exactly what we got, one piece of shrimp each and they were $6 a piece, plus the cocktail sauce was bland...more like ketchup!! I can get twice as much for the same price anywhere else. The other food we ordered was nothing I couldn't make at home. The garlic bread would have been perfect if it wasn't burnt. The pasta dishes were standard, but the tomato sauce was quite sour. Dessert was just okay too. The service at John's is fine. We've never had a problem with the staff, but I agree that they should take credit cards, especially for what they charge. We haven't gone back in a long time and I doubt we ever will
Posted by Anonymous on 10/09/2007
My sisters and mom dined at Johns at 12th a few nights ago and we loved it! We wanted to eat at an Italian place with history on our visit. We were so impressed with the friendliness and great atmosphere there. We called for reservations that morning and sat in the back. It was loud b/c of a big party group but we really enjoyed our food and service! It was a great find and away from the busy area of the city. We will alway make John's a must for our visits to NYC! Then Veniros for desert.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2007
My wife and two kids (14 and 11) stumbled upon John's last year for an early mid-week dinner. The restaurant, which was fairly empty at the time, is a charming throwback to another era, and looking back toward the bar at the rear from the front and seeing the waiters gathered together, dressed in white and black, reminded me of one of those old black and white photos you see on the walls of so many places. The highlight, though, was the food. The kids loved the chicken parm, but my wife and I had two veal dishes (a la John and the limone) and were blown away. The veal literally melted in our mouths. We couldn't wait to go back again. Well we did last week at a similar time of day and were again pleased with the food, but for the fact that it came out a little cold. The service is pleasant but a bit disjointed, as the waiters work interchangeably. Perhaps that's why the food came out cold. Nonetheless, we will go back at least once more, and do recommend it highly.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/04/2007
I stumbled upon this place on a week night and enjoyed it. I was alone and was seated at a nice table for 4. The food was great if you grew up with moms Italian cooking and want some good food check this place out. It has been there since 1908 and asked the bartender and he said there was only 2 owners. My only complaint was being charged for garlic bread without knowing it. However the waiter said sorry and removed it from the bill big plus for a nyc restaurant. I will definately go to Johns again as I enjoyed the meal and atmosphere very much.