The John Dory Oyster Bar
New York, NY 10001
Village Voice's Description
This Ace Hotel location marks the second incarnation of seafood emporium the John Dory Oyster Bar, the original having lasted less than a year on a desolate block in West Chelsea. Foot traffic isn't a problem now-the space buzzes nightly with trendsetters and foodies. Despite questionable décor (think tacky Caribbean beach shack meets hip lounge, with a touch of Gymboree), and sometimes inconsistent food, the quality is generally top-notch. Among the small plates, opt for the excellent raw oysters, parsley and anchovy toast, lobster panade, oyster pan roast, and escarole salad. Drop by during off-hours or for lunch: You'll avoid the throngs and hour-long waits and people who think they're the only fish in the sea.
Tips from foursquare
From the same folks behind The Spotted Pig, the focus here is (obviously!) on seafood. Had a wonderful peeky-toe bruschetta. -Monica Pope, Top Chef
Don’t miss the impossibly decadent $15 oyster pan roast here, and try the Eccles cake with Stilton for dessert. Featured in Where to Eat 2011!
If it's not too busy, The Dory is a cool place to pop in for oysters and cocktails. For a special occasion, ask about the chef's table tasting in the kitchen. [Eater 38 Member]
Try the sublime kedgeree, studded with flaky haddock and garnished with fried onions, rice, ribbons of omelette and lime. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011.
Oh, man! An hour for a table and you’re in the bar staring at a phone. Order a riesling and the char, make yourself feel better. S’worth it.
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