John Dory Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
NoMad, New York
262 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • parker house rolls
  • cocktails
  • squid
  • chorizo
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  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    From 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 12 to 3 p.m. on weekends, you can feast on $2 oysters and clams and drink half-priced wine at this gorgeous Midtown seafood spot. This is the best summer ever. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 26
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 23, 2016
    From 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 12 to 3 p.m. on weekends, you can feast on $2 oysters and clams and drink half-priced wine at this gorgeous Midtown seafood spot. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 26
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonSeptember 1, 2014
    I love this place. Fresh seafood, great oysters. My perfect meal: oyster shooter with gin, chilled lobster, oyster pan roast, Parker house rolls. Trust me, you'll be happy!
    Upvoted Jun 5
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkFebruary 21, 2014
    Located in the Ace Hotel, this top-notch seafood restaurant from chef April Bloomfield is a favorite of our own Barefoot Contessa. Try the Oyster Pan Roast, or partake in the Oyster Happy Hour.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2012
    If it's not too busy, The Dory is a cool place to pop in for oysters and cocktails. For a special occasion, ask about the chef's table tasting in the kitchen. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 20, 2013
    April Bloomfield's Mediterranean bar-style restaurant in the Ace Hotel. Though waits can get long and the space is noisy, we've loved almost everything we've tried. Save room for dessert.
  • No Leftovers J.
    One of the best oyster bars in NYC. Get a shellfish plateaux. great lobster boil and their special large format Thai feast is the best for big parties!!!
  • Erin R.
    Erin ReillyJuly 3, 2013
    Wow. I knew it would be good but it was even better than expected. Oyster pan roast is delicious but really rich/decadent. My boyfriend and I had to split the small cup. Get lobster roll and any crudo
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaJanuary 15, 2014
    Truth: I don't like oysters. BUT: I loved the crudo trout, chorizo stuffed squid and the house Riesling on tap. Also the Parker house rolls are spectacular. Just bread but really, really good.
  • Margaret C.
    Margaret CzeislerJuly 9, 2013
    The John Dory has the most amazing Parker house rolls, ever! do not miss them (or the market salad). Order from the crudo menu with some oysters (& fresh horseradish). Those are some proper sliders.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Among the small plates, opt for the excellent raw oysters, parsley and anchovy toast, lobster panade, oyster pan roast, and escarole salad. Read more
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NguyenJune 6, 2013
    Naked cowboy & west coast oysters were my fav. Skip the parsley anchovy toast. Loved Parker rolls, cobia -great flavor, & octopus. Oyster pan roast (soup) good but very rich. Get the Mexican sundae!
  • Giselle V.
    Giselle ValdezNovember 30, 2014
    The crudos and oysters were great. The oyster roast was delicious but I had no idea it would be a soup--salty and rich so I used it as a dip for our other plates. A little loud but good overall.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WilliamsNovember 14, 2012
    "April Bloomfield's Ace Hotel seafood spot serves shellfish plateaus and Parker House rolls for two, four, or six people. Dine on oysters, scallops, crudo, oyster pan roast, and Eccles cake for..." Read more
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FerenciJuly 8, 2012
    After schmoozing at the Ace Hotel, sneak your way past the security guard near the bathrooms into John Dory. Can't go wrong with shellfish plateau or the crudo daurade with basil seeds and thai chili
  • Katerina
    KaterinaJune 23, 2016
    From 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 12 to 3 p.m. on weekends, you can feast on $2 oysters and clams and drink half-priced wine at this gorgeous Midtown seafood spot.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyNovember 11, 2011
    Be sure to save some of the rolls for after your meal, and make sure whatever your entrée is, it comes with some sort of basting or sauce to dip the infamously delicious Parker House rolls in.
  • Sophia L.
    Sophia LiuAugust 27, 2014
    Parker House Rolls are worth the $5. Coming from a person who normally buys bread for $2. Chorizo stuffed squid is perfect. Only wish they would come in pieces of 4, not 3!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 25, 2011
    The ambiance really got us in the mood for seafood with the beautiful shell montages along the walls. The freshness of our meal – which was of course fresh oysters on the half shell – was amazing.
  • Natalie F.
    Natalie FleysherMay 28, 2013
    Go for the oysters, the Parker house rolls, and the john dory oyster stout. Lobster roll had too much mayo for my taste but its in the same bread as the rolls so yum!
  • Jenn W.
    Jenn WallDecember 18, 2013
    OMG! Parker House rolls are my favorite! And the oysters are pretty good too. Go for lunch or be sure to have a reservation if you go for dinner. Place gets packed.
  • marisa t.
    marisa tJanuary 24, 2012
    Spotted Pig chef Bloomfield verified her concept in seafood here. Great place for upscale yet casual socializing. Innovative combinations of food like burrata and fish roe (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 4, 2012
    We love the Caesar salad. Also try their take on the classic lobster roll, featuring fresh Maine lobster meat warmed in lobster-roe butter. A delicious contender in our 2012 Lobster Roll Rumble: Read more
  • Elizabeth I.
    Elizabeth IrizJune 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic selection of both oysters and cocktails! Grab a seat at the window for some good people watching.
  • Hillary R.
    Hillary ReinsbergNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the Carte de Musica -- a thin cracker with butter, shaved bottarga and chili. Ethereal. If the razor clam dish is on the menu (seasonal), it's very nice. Obvs oysters as well.
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LopezApril 27, 2016
    Small portions, but satisfying nonetheless. The lobster scramble was great. And the Bloody Mary is bomb (even though it's not listed on the menu).
  • David Z.
    David ZhangJanuary 8
    Great oyster (go during happy hour) and solid rendition of a lobster roll. the uni dish is pretty decadent too.
  • Claude H.
    Claude HarrisonMarch 2, 2015
    The seafood plateaus are excellent. The whelk in the butter? Talk about soul satisfying! Clams, oysters, lobster... all on point.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedApril 11, 2014
    Slices of bottarga (pressed mullet roe) & little chiles are placed between two Italian crackers spread with butter, which are called carte de musica because they’re so thin they look like sheet music.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestSeptember 22, 2016
    The JDOB lobster roll is made with lobster roe butter and placed on a specialty roll that is made just for the restaurant. Read more
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonFebruary 17
    I've never liked lobster (and therefore lobster rolls)... I know, I know... but John Dory's version served on a crunchy, buttery roll opened my mind. Get it.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Drop by during off-hours or for lunch: You'll avoid the throngs and hour-long waits and people who think they're the only fish in the sea. Read more
  • Susan C.
    Susan ClaxtonSeptember 20, 2014
    Shockingly small portions for the $. summer squash on toast and stuffed squid amazing. Oysters and prawns tasty. Sticky toffee cake divine. Would only go on expense account. Service slooooow.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinNovember 14, 2016
    This place has phenomenal cocktails and oysters . The conquistador, the oaxacanite, the calliope, bottle rocket, fiesta, and the oyster shooters all so good
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 4, 2010
    A kitchen of raw goods (oysters, caviar, crudo) plus bar snacks & small plates like eel & parsley pie & Maine lobster chowder. Sixpoint Craft Ales made an oyster stout just for the occasion. Read more
  • Elliot W.
    Elliot WehnerJune 20, 2015
    Get the plateau! So much good seafood. Cocktails are tasty as well - nice selection of classics and new creates
  • Katie S.
    Katie Smith-AdairApril 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Choice of a half-dozen oysters or clams and a choice of a glass of bubbly or an English pint of Sixpoint Oyster Stout ($18). Offered daily, 5-7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight.
  • derkins s.
    derkins sJune 15, 2012
    Happy hour deal from 5-7pm includes a choice of a half-dozen oysters or clams and the choice of sparkling wine or a pint of oyster stout ale for $15.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HFebruary 17, 2011
    The Octopus with potatoes, squid stuffed with chorizo, and parsley anchovy on toast is a must try. Don't forget the rolls- buttery and fluffy! Great for dipping into the lobster and onion panade
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupFebruary 22, 2011
    Be prepared to wait to dine on the delicious Oyster and Bay Scallop Pan Roast, Chorizo Stuffed Squid and Roasted Beets.
  • lisa l.
    lisa limSeptember 17, 2011
    The place to be seen and be seen. Small plates are all delicious. Portions are small so it's a good place to have a light bite if you plan on hitting the town after.
  • ECava
    ECavaMarch 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Oysters (naked cowboys), cab franc rosé, Parker House rolls and oyster pan roast. Dassit, forever. (Ok, and maybe that razor clam ceviche, too.)
  • vikram
    vikramSeptember 18, 2012
    You probably know this but the Oyster Pan Roast is the most decadent and amazing thing. Also get Parker House rolls an one of the ceviches.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LiuDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cannot beat the daily oyster happy hour from 5-7 pm. 6 oysters and a sixpoint pilsner - $15. The oysters from pei are smooth and crisp
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JohnstoneJune 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Madagascar Jumbo Prawn - The prawns were super fresh and tasty. The coriander mayonnaise brought it all together into a great finish!
  • Theophilus London
    Theophilus LondonOctober 21, 2011
    I love that new oyster bar in the Ace hotel. You might run into Kanye, you might run into David Letterman, you might run into Misha Barton. You never know. There’s always action at the Ace Hotel
  • Pete M.
    Pete MitchelmoreSeptember 14, 2013
    We had already eaten when we stumbled across his place and were just looking for drinks... And the cocktails were excellent! Recommended!
  • Christina L.
    Christina LuAugust 7, 2014
    Always do half dozen east & half dozen west with squid stuffed with chorizo. Perfection.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the sublime kedgeree, studded with flaky haddock and garnished with fried onions, rice, ribbons of omelette and lime. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiFebruary 12, 2015
    Chanterelles, lobster roll, chorizo stuffed squid, oysters, definitely the kedgeree…and save room for the sticky toffee pudding!
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