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Feb 12, 2011 08:32 AM

John Dory : waits at lunch?

Are 2 of us likely to have to wait for a table at 12:30 on a Thursday?

Also open to recs from the lunch menu...Thanks.

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  1. I wouldn't think so, but you never know. If you're talking about this Thursday, it *is* Fashion Week, and the Ace Hotel is traditionally a hubbub of activity.

    The oyster pan roast is very good, but small. That's the general trend with the menu: small portions and expensive. The crudos are also very good.

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    1. re: loratliff

      Thanks. We're going today (Tues) now. I'll post back about waits and what we ate. Unfortunately I'm pregnant so I can't eat raw oysters or crudos but it seems like there's a lot to choose from.

        1. re: BaconBits

          We ended up going a couple of weeks after I originally posted this question...hence the delay. Walked in on a Tuesday at around 12:45 and were seated right away -- it was mostly full, but there were seats at the bar open. I can't rally imagine going at dinner unless you enjoy the standing room only thing. There really aren't that many seats. Overall impression: definitely solid, but not mind-blowing, and for the prices, pretty skimpy portions. I'm not one for super-sized plates but these were pretty meager.

          We ordered:

          razor clam crudo (I'm not eating raw fish now so I didn't try this, but my sister liked it well enough).

          crab and puntarelle salad (I thought it needed a bit more acid. It was also dressed with a very rich olive oil that sort of $17 i'm not sure I'd get it again).

          oyster pan roast (my personal favorite; though small, it is rich so you don't want a big bowl. the uni crostini is ridiculously good).

          chorizo stuffed squid with smoked tomato (nicely balanced, hearty and homey but not exceedingly heavy).

          parker house rolls (a must have; this food demands sopping and these rolls really fit the bill.

          dessert: chocolate pot with whisky cream and orange zest and an oat cookie (if you like chocolate, you'll dig this. It's basically a dense pot de creme. The orange provides just the right subtle contrast to the richness and booziness) and the cookie some sweet/salty/crunchy balance).

          Bottom line: if you have a voracious appetite, have a snack first, unless money is no object. I would have liked to have sample more dishes, but it was cost-prohibitive. Perhaps going with a larger party would take care of that.

          1. re: robotcoupe

            I don't understand your "standing room only" comment. It's a sit down restaurant. The only standing one does is while waiting for a table.

            1. re: Blumie

              Yes, and I can imagine (and have heard) there's a lot of that at dinner.

              1. re: robotcoupe

                The waits can be long, if that's what you meant. Apparently people like the place. (I like it, too!)