I ate here last night. Beautiful white orchids all over, LOVED the booths .. it's so nice not to sit at cramped tables close to other tables. GREAT waiter, calm & patient. Food was delicious BUT
portions were 1/2 the size of the old place. The average person will not be leaving with a doggie bag. We had the veal scallopini and linguini with prawns -- perfect. Was not planning to order dessert but waiter said everything (including cheesecake!) was housemade (except for the ice creams) dessert was $8 .. I had tiramisu .. very good but not outstanding.
The wine glasses were great, looked expensive.
Wonder how much they pay for rent?
The menu is much shorter than the old one.
What are people's memory of the last location for OJ's?
Besides the giant booths and waiters in tuxes, I only recall the food was good and hearty but not anything special. The Tenderloin location was special however...sorta sets up a time warp effect walking in. The surrounding grubbiness matched the old school.
My wife and I spent one of the best New Years Eves of my life at New Joe's. It was "the year 2000" and we met a couple of friends there before joining the throngs to see the fireworks. I don't remember a thing about the food. It was always dependable in an old-world style. But the PEOPLE:
There were African American couples dressed to the Ts, there was an older gentleman with a very classy Chinese woman who looked right out of a noir film set in Shanghai in the 40s (we had such fun trying to guess what the two of them were doing together, our best guess being that she was an escort).
Warren Hinckle came through with his basset hound.
And then there was the guy sitting alone in a booth with about 6 bottles of wine. We collared Maire Duggen as she was walking by our booth and asked her what his story was. Turns out he was a wine salesman she said liked to come in with wines for her to taste. He had a very old California port, and she brought us four glasses with his compliments.
We nearly met our death on the massively crowded BART platform after the fireworks, but it was a memorable night.