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John Dory Oyster Bar?

Any reports? Every time I walk by, the place is hopping! Would love to hear some reviews.

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The John Dory Oyster Bar
1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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  1. I've been there the past two Fridays. They still aren't serving their full dinner menu, just the raw bar and small plates (mostly cold, a few hot). Stuff runs out quickly. They have decent beers though.

    1. I went the other day with a buddy of mine. We sampled each oyster (4 in all, 2 oysters/person) which were fresh, excellently prepared, and accompanied by a tasty mignionette and horseradish. Additionally, we tried the hampachi crudo, which was excellent. The bay scallops was a decent sized portion, but we were not in love with the sweet sauce they were serve in. April Bloomfield's version of a caesar salad, served with kale, was excellent. The octopus hot appetizer was excellent though. Finally, and most disappointingly, I found the oyster pan roast, a small cup of a bisque-like soup, to be wayyyyy too buttery and rich. The uni butter toast it was served with was more butter than uni too. At $18, this was the only dish that I thought was disproportionately priced.

      All in all, great vibe, amazing oysters, some very good crudo dishes, and a good list of beers on tap. Definitely worth a happy hour trip or if you have a hankering for oysters. With two saison beers each, our bill came to 180 before tip.

      1. I was there a few days ago and I wasn't impressed. Pricey, small dishes. Had several of the crudo. Maybe an ounce of fish total in each. Hamachi was fresh. Other wasn't. Octopus, a few mouthfuls. good but not great. Boring lobster bisque. Terrible service. Took forever to take orders and way, way too long to be served. Water service was good though. And the place is utterly freezing cold. No heat at all. The seats are so tall that I actually had to help a short friend get into one, and they were very uncomfortable. Ummm... I disliked this place more than I have any other in years.

        1. My gf and I had a light dinner at the bar a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. We absolutely plan to go back.

            1. re: Riverman500

              The John Dory Oyster Bar is one of my current favorites. Sifton didn't mention the "Carte da musica with bottarga and chili" under the Bar Snacks menu, which induced irrepressible expressions of wonder and pleasure at my table. It doesn't look like much on the plate, but the light, crisp exterior shatters into decadent, buttery, wonderfully fishy perfection, and we slowly savored every single bite. It was a very similar experience to my first bites of Marea's ricci (lardo-draped uni crostini). It's unfortunate that the wait is such a turnoff, but the hype is well-deserved.

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              Marea
              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

              The John Dory Oyster Bar
              1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

              1. re: Riverman500

                I found Sifton's review deeply intriguing: two sharply critical parentheses enclosing a billet-doux to April Bloomfield. It makes me want to eat there, even as my wanting to proves his closing line.

                [P.S. ... and makes me want to go just to see what makes its sister space the Breslin "dark & piggish"!]