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 theres already a half-hour wait. Get used to it, folks. As you can see in our slideshow, hes 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 originals 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, la Paris Metro station). As Rob and Robin mentioned when they gave us a preview of April Bloomfields menu, the bulk of the seating is at the bar, but there's also a twelve-seat chefs table in the kitchen that will eventually be available for reservations. Otherwise, youll 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