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


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