First Look at the John Dory Oyster Bar, Where the Wait Is Already Half an Hour

Photo: Melissa Hom

As anticipated, the John Dory Oyster Bar opened this afternoon, and Ken Friedman tells us there’s already a half-hour wait. Get used to it, folks. As you can see in our slideshow, he’s carried decorative elements over from the old Dory, and even added a few items such as a pair of fish-tank globes that were originally intended to grace the original’s front entrance. Also new: Ceiling trusses inspired by what Friedman says is “the best oyster bar in the world,” the Grand Central Oyster Bar (they were painted green at the last second, à la Paris Metro station). As Rob and Robin mentioned when they gave us a preview of April Bloomfield’s menu, the bulk of the seating is at the bar, but there’s also a twelve-seat chef’s table in the kitchen that will eventually be available for reservations. Otherwise, you’ll have to try your luck walking in.

John Dory Oyster Bar menu [MenuPages]

John Dory Oyster Bar, 1196 Broadway, nr. 29th St.; 212-792-9000