After much anticipation and several delays, The John Dory Oyster Bar finally opened this weekend. And without a doubt, it was worth the wait. A creation of restauranter Ken Friedman and Chef April Bloomfield, The John Dory Oyster Bar is a new addition to the Ace Hotel in the Flatirion district of New York. But its not just another hotel restaurant, its an experience and one that should not be missed. The space is an enchanting visionary with a charm that makes you want to stay and play all night. When not mesmerized by the elaborate decor, one has the option of enjoying a creative cocktail, an array of innovative small plates, or a delectable serving of their fantastic oysters.
Even though this was still just a soft opening, with a limited menu, we fully enjoyed everything that the restaurant had to offer, especially their oysters.
We began our meal by sampling each type of oyster offered that night. There were two east coast and two west. In the future the restaurant will have three of each kind.
The shucking job was outstanding across the board. Each oyster was intact, with the perfect amount of the brine, and beautifully slid out of its shell. They were of the highest quality, incredibly fresh and plentiful in size.
From the East Coast we had the Welfleet and Salt Pond. Typical to oysters from that region, they were a bit on the salty side, especially the Welfleets, which had a lingering taste of the sea. Overall, very clean and crisp.
From the West Coast we had the Kumamotos and the Hog Island Sweetwater.
The Kumos were plump and rich, with a metallic finish.
The Hog Island Sweetwater blew us away. They were buttery, full bodied and just melted in our mouths. Its no wonder that we later found out this is the chef’s favorite oyster.
From the small dishes that we tried on the menu, the razor clam ceviche and long island flute with honeycrisp apple were by far our favorite. And we were astounded by the oyster pan roast with umi butter.
As for dessert we completed our meal with another dozen oysters; six Kumamotos and six Hog Islands.
Overall, the John Dory Oyster Bar is a great addition to the New York City restaurant scene. We cant wait to come back soon and try their full menu. Stay tuned…
The John Dory Oyster Bar
1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
at 29th St.