The John Dory

The John Dory just got 2 stars from Frank Bruni. Maybe Frank should have awarded it 2 star fish instead as everything in this new restaurant screams “ocean-theme!”

April Bloomfield has created an ocean oasis much like she created a bar oasis in the Spotted Pig. The seafood at The John Dory is far from snobby – this is real seafood done the way you want it without thinking “seafood, table linens, expensive check!”

On West 16th Street and 10th Avenue, The John Dory is bringing the fare of the sea to the Meatpacking District. The small technicolor room is covered with playful seafood-shack memorabilia including giant mirrors framed with shells, nautical charts, trophy-size fish and enough colors to make you feel like you’ve just entered the yellow submarine. The open kitchen is separated from the dining room by a clear plastic bar filled with fishing lures. Dated rock-and-roll anthems blare over the speaker system just like the Spotted Pig. The full aquarium puts an aquatic glow throughout the entire restaurant.

This may not be the place to go if you’re looking to gently eat your de-shelled lobster with a fish fork. This place calls for seafood lovers who are looking for a good time in the ambiance of the deep blue sea!

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