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The John Dory

85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 16th St.
212-929-4948

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7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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It costs $ but well worth it

By mymymichl2 on 9/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

We sat at the bar facing the cooks, it was fascinating to see our meal happening. The chef was at each station guiding cooks while managing several skillets at once. While the food was very rich, the small portions compensated; we did not leave hungry. Desserts well thought out and de-luxe. Our server was knowledgeable prompt, made certain we liked everything. He cared, you could tell. I did not find anything oversalted, but I often have that complaint at Spotted Pig. The oyster pan roast was killer - better than Grand Central. Go with an open mind..

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95 out of 172 people found this review helpful.

Did Not Love This

By bookseller on 6/16/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I have eaten very happily at some of the London fish houses on which The John Dory is supposedly modeled, and I only wish there were something like that in New York: The John Dory isn't it. The much praised oyster pan-roast was cloyingly rich and so over-salted and generally over-seasoned that it was like being slugged repeatedly in the taste-buds. The chorizo-stuffed squid was similarly overly aggressive (and the squid was bouncy), and the aioli on the crab bruschetta was yet another salt-and-seasoning onslaught. I didn't finish anything (except my dessert of eton mess, which I loved). I'm a big fan of strong flavors, but in the absence of any contrast, I found the meal...the two words that come to mind are "vulgar" and "brutal," like a movie with no plot, no dialogue, just explosions and car-chases. Did love the dessert, though. And it was fun to watch the pretty fishies.

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75 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

Terrible

By Vagobit on 6/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Awful service, poor food, do not go, you will regret it.

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87 out of 181 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic evening

By capt on 4/10/2009

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

The service was great and the food was amazing! We had a great time overall. I can't wait to return!

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