NYC - NoMad: John Dory Oyster Bar - Parker House Rolls
The Parker House Rolls at John Dory Oyster Bar are slathered in butter and salt. A Parker House roll is made by flattening the center of a ball of dough into an oval shape that is then folding in half. Invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston, the buttery, soft, slightly sweet rolls have a slightly crispy shell.
The John Dory Oyster Bar, located in the Ace Hotel at 1196 Broadway, was opened on November 12, 2010. The chef-restaurateur team of April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman revived their original seafood restaurant by the same name that shuttered after a brief run in the Meatpacking District. Bloomfield’s menu consists of small plates and are complimented by Sasha Petraske's cocktails and a Sixpoint Craft Ale custom-brewed JDOB oyster stout.
The Ace Hotel, at 20 West 29th Street, opened in the former Hotel Breslin in 2009. The 12-floor Beaux Arts building was originally designed by Clinton & Russell for the United States Realty & Construction Co. and opened in 1904 under prominent hotelier, Colonel James H. Breslin.
The Breslin Hotel was noted for its decorated salons and cafes, and its unusual "ladies' grill room." In its heyday, it attracted boxers like Joe Louis and Gene Tunney who fought at Madison Square Garden. In 1951, an 83-year-old W.E.B. du Bois was arrested here for running the anti-Korean War Peace Information Center. The hotel was eventually converted into the Breslin Apartments, a neglected, rent-stabilized, 360-unit single-room-occupancy building before the GFI Development Company signed a long-term lease in 2007, financing a renovation and appointing the Ace Hotel Group to manage the property.
The first East Coast outpost of the Seattle-based hipster hotel brand, the Ace Hotel was designed by the New York firm Roman and Williams. The rooms are designed like apartments--some with bunk beds, Smeg fridges, guitars, turntables with vinyl collections, wall murals and boxer-style bathrobes. The Ace Hotel currently features two restaurants by restaurateur Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield--The Breslin Bar & Dining Room and John Dory Oyster Bar; No. 7 Sub, an extensiont of Tyler Kord's Brooklyn sandwich shop; an outpost of Portland coffee purveyor, Stumptown Coffee Roysters; and two retail shops--No. 8A and Opening Ceremony.