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Jo's

264 Elizabeth St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Houston St.
212-966-9640

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 9
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

71% would go back.

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Amazing bar, great restaurant (dining room in rear)

By Carl_Collins on 9/22/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Jo's is a place where friends become family. If you don't like your friends or your family, it's probably not the spot for you. A wonderful bar for gathering around. Good drinks. Tasty happy hour specials. Try the squid and chorizo plate! Also, the dining room is big! Great for group/business meetings. Also their back room has a back room - great for parties, wedding receptions, and other gatherings of excellent people.

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33 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Place

By dianaroggemann on 3/29/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My family and I always come back to Jo's. We bring our whole crew of 10 or more and we go back because of how things taste and how we are treated. Johnny and Jim, the owners, always seem to be on hand and take obvious delight in their craft. Also, the ambiance is GREAT for a date night. Check them out on a Sunday night for the $21 prix fixe menu and $21 bottles of cotes du rhone.

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41 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

Awful food!

By sophiemyoung on 9/29/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Really sweet little place with nice atmosphere. But there is reason the restaurant was nearly empty at 8 o'clock on a Saturday night while the front bar was full...the food was very ordinary. It was edible but tasteless and disappointing as the wait staff were really nice and it's such a cute place. Go for drinks and skip the food.

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38 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

Favorite local spot! Old NY at its best!

By heathervictoria on 5/4/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I LOVE JO's and so do all my friends that come with me. Jo's has an excellent bar and excellent dinners. Don't expect that you need to know someone to get it, all are welcomed and treated as friends and regulars at JO's. As a long time follower of the guys behind Jo's, its another excellent success!! Fantastic menu and great happy hour with $1 oysters! Anyone who knows great food and drink will love Jo's!

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49 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

Excellent food and drink for real people

By SnapperPacheco on 4/12/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I grew up in NYC and travel there at least once a year. Every year it seems more difficult to find really good food and drink that doesn't cost a fortune, and that isn't served by folks who act as if they're doing me a huge favor. Jo's is a welcome respite: laid-back atmosphere, friendly staff who are happy to let you sit and take your time, really fine food and great drinks, and all at a reasonable price. I enjoyed myself so much on my first visit, that I went back a few days later for Sunday brunch. Jo's is a lot like the NYC I grew up in. Not an ounce of pretense. Eating there isn't about being seen. It's about great food and drink and having a good time. What more could a person ask for?

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58 out of 111 people found this review helpful.

i try to like it

By bowery_beauty on 3/1/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

bc i live down the street but everytime i go in (3 times now) the staff and owner are so weird. you feel like you are walking into a house party uninvited when there's only 5 people there (staff and regulars combined) because they stare so much. it's incredibly pretentious for a local spot. nobody there has ever given the impression that they want you back or at all for that matter. more importantly, i had the spaghetti and meatballs (should have known better) and the sauce tasted like burnt barbeque sauce with cinnamon and nutmeg in it. gross.

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49 out of 106 people found this review helpful.

Great neighborhood spot!

By neophilenyc on 6/14/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went there last night for dinner with a friend who was visiting. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Our server, Rebecca, had excellent recommendations. All our dishes were delicious. We had the arugula salad w/ watermelon and goat cheese, garganelli pasta, the pork shank, fries with spiced mayo and ketchup and the chocolate bread pudding for dessert. Yum! I live in the neighborhood and will be back again and again.

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79 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

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