The John Dory Oyster Bar. Location: Flatiron. Ace Hotel. 29th St. & Broadway. Scene: Hip. Crustacean Tchotchkes. Black Tiles. Food: Raw Bar. Oyster Pan Roast. Crab and Coconut Soup. Parker House Rolls.
- Wild Striped Bass: Cherry Tomatoes. Corn. Chanterelles.
- Heirloom tomatoes: Miticrema. Fried Bread. Salt Cod (1st pic).
- Grilled Octopus: Eggplant. Garbanzo Beans. Harissa (Tunisian hot chili sauce) (2nd pic).
FINALLY! The unbelievable seafood joint I’ve been searching for. After the amazing service, over-the-top quality seafood and quirky design, I will definitely succumb to the usual hour wait for this experience again and again. Heck, I’m so jazzed about this place I might convince myself to make a res for the new Chef’s Table –a set seven-course dinner costing $100 a head for a group of 8-12 people… well one day. The bar is truly beautiful and cool with the “under the sea” theme -not tacky. I mean how many other restaurants have huge “snow-globe” looking lights with real fish swimming around inside? We loved all of our dishes, and I would try anything on that menu and be confident it would be awesome. This restaurant bar is perfect for any occasion whether you want to share apps and socialize with co-workers or go for a fun, memorable date. All I know is there is something fishy going on here…and I LOVE it!
***Be sure to check out the hipster and trendy lobby bar at the Ace Hotel next door.