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My mother was a great cook. My father loved to eat.
I am the Man from Pawtucket and this is my story. Here you will find a collection of observations, from Central Falls to Central Park, from Pawtucket to Paris, about Eating Well. Bon Appetit.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The John Dory Oyster Bar

February 1, 2011

Arrived at 1:00pm for lunch at The John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel. Despite many open seats along the window bars, I was told it would be about a 20 minute wait. When my lunch guest arrived a few minutes later I enquired with the maître d'hôtel why there would be such a long wait, and here's what she said:

- Since we don't take reservations, we need to pace the restaurant.

-OK, I think I understand, you're a bit short on servers today?

-No, we need to pace the kitchen.

-Pace the kitchen? But there are many seats open and we still have to wait?

- Well, we can seat you but you'll have to wait 10 or 15 minutes just to order.

-Well, I would rather sit than stand here by the cold door.

- OK. Sorry about that but we had a bunch of people come in and order all at once and we need to pace the kitchen.

Hmmm? Really. There was a rush of people, all at one time. Was this a new trend? Oh right, it's called LUNCHTIME. Obviously a new concept at The John Dory.

Sure, the oysters were good, and so was the Parsley And Anchovy Toast and Escarole Salad. The glass of Riesling was good too but I could do without the 'wines on tap' description.

Good food - Yes. Service - well, not unless you liked to be paced. Baffling really.

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