The new The John Dory - Oyster Bar will be more casual, a "restaurant disguised as a bar." From the outside, The John Dory Oyster Bar will look friendly, as it works to cultivate a scene with the energy of a bar and "every seat will be a barstool...with lumbar support." The space is being designed by Roman and Williams, the firm that designed the rest of the Ace Hotel and the Breslin restaurant.
The menu will focus on more casual items with easier to digest pricing than the first version of The John Dory. Will it succeed? Surely we predict better things for The Oyster Bar now that it's in a location already with tons of foot traffic, and we're loving the move to a more casual vibe.
The Ace and its neighborhood is not a place for $55, daintily plated entrees. It just isn't. Oyster shooters? Now we're talking.