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Posted by Taranee Fox on 06/27/2012
When we came in the place, i was mesmerized with the ambiance. Antique-kind yet very elegant. Its location is something historic. This is the ideal place for a date. Very romantic, my boyfriend enjoyed much too. And when we ate our food, we both whispered "WOW". Pallatable food in a nice location, very great!... This became my unforgettable date of June.
Posted by C Cooper on 01/17/2012
Having thoroughly enjoyed a trip to John's on each of our trips to NYC, we headed there on Sunday 15th January 2012. We were shown immediately to our table for two on the raised area to the left. The waiter looked scruffy, dressed in a black John's hoodie. He wasn't particularly welcoming, but he took our initial order of two pints of Bud Light. They arrived flat. I asked if we could change them, which he did...for flat Stella. He took our food order of bruschetta starter...and a large pizza & side salad. Within 5 minutes he had brought our side salad before the bruschetta starter...he'd taken this from a servery area, and added the dressing himself above the dirty pots on the floor. The bruschetta was ok...as was the salad. Our pizza was very nice. However, the side salad was whipped away in stealth like fashion before it was finished. Then as my wife took the first bite from the final piece of pizza, our scruffy friend took her plate from under her chin! during this farcical episode, staff meals were brought out and two tables were filled with food. Over a 30 minute period, staff sat immediately behind our table to eat. I felt like I'd been seated in the staff room, or invited to the staff party. More attention was given to their pasta, than to any of the customers. I won't visit John's again
Posted by susie on 06/13/2011
to be honest, the food was alright, dont expect too much! however, the atmosphere, totally blew my mind. this restaurant is located inside an old abandoned church, so it has three levels, it has a very romantic and antique sort of feeling, with chandeliers and fire places, old and rusty, with wooden railings, and beautiful paintings. i ordered a whole wheat pizza, i loved it! but my date hated it. i think johns pizza is better than lombardis. only because you are able to order whole wheat :) my date ordered a seafood pasta dish, he said he didnt like it much. the pasta was very light. in that the spice and flavor was not enough. but to me, i enjoyed this place :D
Posted by Cassandra on 06/11/2011
Just ate at Johns and it was literally the most disappointing experience at a restaurant I've had in my entire life. The actual restaurant atmosphere was fine (to give them some credit), but the food was absolutely unappetizing. The first indication was the fact that our 2 pasta dishes came out within 5 minutes of ordering. Both our pasta was undercooked and completely bland. I ordered lasagna, which apparently had meat on it, but only in one corner of the plate. It took us longer to get our waiter's attention to give us the bill (which was not easy) than we actually sat trying to eat. We left and ate somewhere else right after and never looked back on the $40 we wasted :(
Posted by grade 8 teacher from NJ on 05/12/2011
Each year my colleagues and I take our grade 8 students to NYC for a Broadway matinee. We walk around Times Square and lunch at John's before going to the theater. Nice thin pizza, great salad and friendly service. A real bargain! Our students consider this to be the highlight of their 8th grade and John's never disappoints them. I take my grandchildren there for lunch whenever we are in NYC. Great stop!
Posted by Annoying Guy on 02/28/2011
Recommend this place to that guy in the next cubical you can't stand or an unsuspecting tourist. I ate here years ago and found it acceptable, but eating there recently I can say that I've had frozen pies that are better. It really tasted like a frozen pie. Upon second thought, tourism is one of the few growth industries left in New York, so maybe don't steer them wrong.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2011
We stopped in for lunch after an early show of Wintuk. It was absolutely wall to wall people and incredibly loud. The food was good. Chicken pesto panini was excellent, and antipasto was more than enough to share. Pizza was thin crust and very tasty.