- The John Dory Oyster Bar
1196 Broadway, at 29th St. 212-792-9000
The best part of the relocation of April Bloomfield’s fish house to the Ace Hotel and its shrewd repositioning as a bustling bar? The trove of bar snacks—not, alas, free, as might be the case in a lesser establishment, but inarguably delicious. These salty, drinks-demanding morsels extend beyond boutique peanuts and olives to such inspired tidbits as toast slathered with a fresh, fragrant mash of parsley and anchovy, a warm and buttery Parker House roll served with smoky char pâté, and a sandwich of sorts crafted from crispy wafers of house-baked Sardinian-style flatbread. Inside there’s butter, shaved mullet roe, Bloomfield’s beloved Maldon salt, a drizzle of olive oil, and just enough chile pepper to get your attention.
Best Bar Snacks
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).