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John's of 12th Street
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.
Posted by King Kong on 03/21/2007
There's a reason this place will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2008 and it's because they do Simple Home Cooked Family Style Italian food perfectly. This is the Italian restaurant I always find myself coming back to. It is consistently Good. The Baked Clams are excellent. The Veal Meatballs are divine. You will definitely order a second helping of Garlic Bread. And if you come on the right night they might have their Black Truffle Ravioli with Taragon butter sauce. As for main course - the Veal and Chicken Parmigiana are excellent. The Chicken Alla Rosa is amazing. And their Lasagna is cooked perfectly. The portions are always huge and you won't leave feeling hungry. This is an old school Italian joint so don't go expecting some SoHo style Italian Bistro. Just go expecting a great meal at a great price.
Posted by Ernest M. Skinner on 01/06/2007
Deafeningly loud no matter when you go, due to the tin ceiling and the closely-packed, cheek-by-jowel tables. One never feels relaxed here, so don't go if you want a quiet dinner. The food is pretty good most of the time, although the least appealing dish is their "Pasta John's." Be aware that it's a zero-oxygen atmosphere, hermetically sealed from the outside and full of burning candles. If you are a fan of oxygen, dine elsewhere. Owner is wonderful, staff is gruff.
Posted by Ken on 01/05/2007
So my wife and I went to John's on a Fri night (at 7pm). We got there and was at first kinda happy with the place. They brought us some nice hot bread, which unfortunately was the best thing about the place. I had goat cheese ravioli (special of the day) and it was mediocre at best. It was dry and bland. As a side note, the place is a little over priced for what you get. Furthermore, they don't take credit cards which I typically understand but adds to our negativity.