Photograph: Jolie Ruben
Oysters ain't cheap, and, unfortunately, there are plenty of less-than-stellar shucks around town. But raw-bar neophytes need not fear: We've got a new spot that does it right. Jay Cheshes visited the the John Dory for this week's review and found half-shell beauties that were "expertly handled, impeccably sourced and served with plenty of liquor." But what to order? Whether you prefer yours sweet and creamy or full-bodied and briny, you'll find the slurper for you in our oyster primer.
Kat & Theo
This Flatiron gem offers seasonal, New American fare from executive chef David Fisher, who's put in time in such Michelin-starred restaurants as Jean-Georges, Aquavit and Aldea. From an open kitchen overlooking the 70-seat dining room—a moody, brick-walled stretch divided into a front bar area fitted with leather booths and metal trellis archways, and a back dining room warmed with a stone fireplace—Fisher deploys starters like tomato-braised octopus with cannellini beans ($18), and delicata squash agnolotti with lemony shrimp and firey chiles ($14). Robust mains include a juicy hanger steak accompanied by earthy rutabagas ($28), and a slow cooked leg of duck glazed accented with sweet plums ($29).
Venue says: “Kat & Theo offers Happy Hour Mon - Fri from 5pm-6:30pm, enjoy a Classic Cocktail $10, select Wines & Prosecco $8, and select Beers $7”