45 E 1st St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.724140 -73.989913
Mon, Wed-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri, 5pm-midnight; Sat, 11am-4pm, 5pm-midnight; Sun, 11am-4pm, 5pm-11pm; Tue, closed
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village, Bowery
WORST DINING EXPERIENCE EVER - VIOLENT CHEF – The chef and waitress threatened to HIT me upon exiting. Yes - you read that right - the chef waited for our table outside and came right up to my face and threatened to "shove his foot up my ass."
Mind you - I'm a successful, well-traveled and eaten New Yorker - not a drunk NYU student. Let's get that straight.
I'm sure you want to know why they were such rude disgusting people (and CLEARLY Joe and Jill, I'm NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT THINKS SO!). Read on to discover why I was threatened by a business owner in the service industry.
We come in. Waitress/Owner Jill seats us and the ordering process begins. And here comes oddity numero uno. We just wanted apps and a cheese plate. But Jill said that the chef won't appreciate that and that's not how they do things. That we need to order an entree. ?? Um...but we just want to order a bunch of apps and a cheese plate. And it wasn't like the restaurant was nearly full - just a table of foreigners and a bunch of Jill's friends.
She basically said that we need to order an entree. We begrudgingly ordered TWO overpriced entrees - to make Jill happy. But prior to our order, Jill went into the kitchen to speak with Joe about our table. Both were literally staring at us while they were speaking like we were morons. Listen lady - we just wanted some drinks and a few apps and we clearly said we don't mind when they come out. We're easy going. Just wanted a nice nibble and a glass of wine.
And fyi - throughout the entire meal - they just kept talking about us. We were sober, having a nice time and catching up with old friends. It was awkward and uncomfortable.
So, here's why a small business owner threatened one of his (well) paying customers...I posted a not so great review on foursquare while we were finishing up. YUP! I posted how I felt about the service, about Jill's attitude and how odd the overall experience was. These review conscious chef/waitress/owners were clearly monitoring their computers/phones instead of focusing on balanced dishes and strong customer service.
We were luckily finishing up our entrees when the check is THROWN down on the table on a clipboard. THUD. And the delightful Jill says "It's time for you to go." We were FLOORED and confused at first.
I don't want to drag this out much further. But we paid after having our credit cards LITERALLY thrown back at us. After Jill and Joe YELLED across the restaurant how we should never come back (uhhh - ya think?!) and how, get this, I was a "pussy." A chef called me a "pussy" from the kitchen across the restaurant. And Jill said, "Aren't you embarrassed right now?" "Uh...no Jill, but you should be."
It gets better. THEY WAITED FOR US OUTSIDE. And mind you - we left a nice 18-19% tip. As we left, the charming couple started screaming down the block. At first I said I would take the review down, but seriously, should I really take down the bad review after that, or expand upon it?
Then, the cordial Joe, came RIGHT UP INTO MY FACE, as I'm halfway down the street and said that he should "shove his foot up my ass." Called one of my friends an assh*le (who was a very sweet female who was blown away by the entire situation) and then again screamed down the block to never come back. Uhhh...again..ya think?!
Listen Jill and Joe - I'm a reasonable guy. But you run a business. In the digital age. And you work in the service industry. You're never, EVER going to please everyone. You're going to get a bad review (or as evidenced below, several). You can't threaten to fight your customers because they weren't pleased with your customer service.
Maybe my review on foursquare was too harsh, I'll admit it. But their actions merely proved me right.
I'm shocked, appalled and flabbergasted. In my entire life of eating across the globe, I've never experienced something like this.
And NEVER say anything bad about Jill or Joe - or they'll shove their feet up your ass.
Fried chick peas! – I loved this place. Cozy, friendly and everything was great. From the fried chickpea starter to a really impressive pork belly. If I lived in Manhattan I'd be there all the time.
Go Here – Tucked into a cozy space on the lower east side, JoeDoe restaurant takes pride in their inventive menu, moving the art of the gastropub forward. With a seasonally changing menu, there’s still time to catch their winter specials, including flatbreads with pesto or fresh Florida frog legs. I split these two appetizers, which were both very tasty, especially if you don’t have a problem with your frog legs being attached to a torso, not letting you forget that yes, you are eating a frog. For the main course, I split the rabbit entrée, highlighted by a red basmati rice with almonds. The flavors of the rabbit and rice complimented each other perfectly, with the almonds providing a crunchy change of texture.
A drink goes well with any meal, but at JoeDoe, a “prepared beer” is a must. With names like Hipster BBQ, it took careful analysis of each concoction’s ingredients before landing on the Dirty Snowman. Wayerbacher Winter Ale, cognac, and coco come together perfectly in your mouth, especially if you are able to pick up a few of the hazelnuts that crust the glass. I was also able to sample the Mexican Pinecone, which tasted like something you would get in a Mexican restaurant, but like in a good way.
JoeDoe – good food, great date spot, not cheap, but definitely reasonable.
Great, original food, don't glower at the customers! – We were a foursome, not crowded and we all LOVED the food. We tried a little of everything, specials, etc. and everything was wonderful. The dishes were not the same thing you see on every menu in the city, and it's a great, idiosyncratic place.
But - the chef/owner glared at us from the stove, leaving us to guess what was our infraction - not appreciating enough (we were effusive), asking for meat to be heated up (not cooked more), etc. Rule one of business, don't show you dislike your clients/customers even if you do. Don't be so darned humorless!!
Great date spot! – I'd heard about this new restaurant but like most NYers I was little skeptical. I mean, how much different can it be? I'm happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. The owner was really cool and the food was amazing! There was this one girl there who seemed to be doing EVERYTHING, from the bar to hostess but she was really nice too. My date had the beef and I had these hush puppy thingys that were delish! I'm definitely going back!
Serious Food, Unpretentious Atmosphere – I am blessed to live in JoeDoe's neighborhood, so have frequented this new establishment through two seasons! I was very sad to see the summer menu fall with the leaves, but what evolves next keeps me coming back. Everything's farm fresh, and the staff can tell you where they specially source everything, even the milk. Have had both brunches & dinners-- clever & delicious flavor pairings. Cocktails are really yummy ("Kool Place!") and fun to hang out at their bar. Dessert is to die for-- banana-bread sundae, Wildflower Honey Custard!
Just great food – Finally, I was able to follow the honey custard from Joe's old place to his new place (ie JoeDoe). The chef's perspective is apparent: refined but unpretentious dishes and casual but quality service. The menu changes really often, so it's not the kind of place to go "in the mood" for your favorite dish, but once you know that, it's exciting to experience new dishes all the time. Recommend the Veev cured scallop, heirloom tomato salad and cod entree. The flavor combinations are unexpected and never disappoint. The portions are slightly enormous, so go with an empty stomach! The place is small; once it's on the radar there will be a wait for sure.
New Spin on Traditional American – Very impressed with flavor combinations and new twists on some classic american cuisine.
Highly recommend the Pork Belly, Chicken Parm, and Honey Custard for dessert.
A nice surprise! – Ok...so....Im not exaggerating when I say this, but this is the best new restaurant in NY. The food is very unique and very flavorful. The ambiance very casual and the service was outstanding. Its really amazing that a new restaurant really has themselves together like this! I would recommend the lobster,corn, bacon appetizer and the Veal Chop Entree. The chef informed us that the menu would change quiet often, which makes me want to go back as soon as possible. For dessert, we had the wildflower honey custard, which was sweet yet salty, just absolutely delicious and very unique! All I can say is that everyone better get there fast cause this place will be packed very soon!
Editorial Review – East Village spot offers up a melting pot of a menu, with dishes that draw on Asian, Jewish and Greek influences.
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