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The John Dory Oyster Bar
Posted by Jeff on 07/13/2012
I just returned to the office after having lunch with a couple friends. I must say that I've never contemplated with a group of friends about considering leaving a 10% tip before, but we had by far the poorest service I can recall from a restaurant that will charge for bread. Our waitress was unfriendly and clearly unmotivated. We had to repeatedly give our requests to the support staff. Nobody even asked how we were enjoying our meals or if we wanted a second drink after our glasses had been empty for a prolonged period. However, in regard to food I ordered the chorizo stuffed squid w/smoked tomato and it was fantastic. My friends had the rock shrimp sandwiches and said they were good, but we thought they looked more like a lettuce sandwich with 5 tiny shrimp... The decor/atmosphere is unique (love the huge fish tanks above the bar), but overall the poor service overshadowed the experience and we were left feeling undervalued and unappreciated for a $200+ tab. There aren't many other restaurant options in that neighborhood, but I wonder how much longer a restaurant can last when quality food and service don't coexist.
Posted by anoymous on 05/03/2012
noticed the last review a while ago, so decided to update. wife, daughter in from san fran, & i decided to try & expected to be treated as cattle, but pleasantly surprised by how professional EVERYONE is/was, from the greeter to the busboys. somewhat expensive, but the ambiance, decor, quality won us over. last nite, youngish to slightly older crowd, music at reasonable levels (much appreciated), had to wait to be seated, but surprisingly was not bothered. will defintely return. 1 last note: as we left, everyone said thank you, which hard to tell whether sign of less traffic or the restaurant is being run for their clientele instead of the owners - nice touch!
Posted by Carol on 05/27/2011
Food here is super fresh, delicious, and inventive. Expensive but you get what you pay for in NY and this place is well worth it! Excellent atmosphere and service too.
Posted by Valsity on 05/13/2011
After waiting an hour to eat these small plates in uncomfortable seats I realized this place has the city fooled. Why o why is this place so popular? People must have too much money or time or both.
Posted by handa305 on 04/27/2011
My boyfriend and I were really excited for dinner here... and were very disappointed. While our waiter was terrific -- he couldn't make up for the incredibly salty food! To be more specific, the Carta de Musica appetizer and Oyster Pan Roast were basically inedible due to WAY too much salt! The rest of our dishes (including oysters) were just ok. There are better fish places in NYC...
Posted by food fan on 03/18/2011
which is fine, if what you want in a restaurant is to be able to say you've been there. The seating is uncomfortable, the food is sickeningly rich (weird for a fish shack) and the prices are high, considering that you won't want to perch on those high stools for long. They push the Parker House rolls, which you have to pay for and which taste too yeasty, the result of pressured rising. A mostly unpleasant experience.
Posted by Cubby on 03/01/2011
I love anything that has to do with the Ace Hotel and JDOB fits the bill - cool place with cute guys (think stylish hats, vests and sneakers), fun food and a celebrity chef. What's not to love?