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Add Jo’s to your SoHo happy hour rotation
February 19, 2010, 1:02 pm
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I booked it to Jo’s with Sara N. after work on a Monday night around 7:50 and by 8:00 was already on my second $4 Ommegang Witte (fresh keg – have never tasted beer head quite so delicious – citrusy and wheaty with some darker sweeter spices). We ordered the $1 happy hour oysters (5-8 pm weekdays) and, by god, were they big. Normally, I prefer smaller oysters because they taste more delicate, but maybe it was the beer (perfect pairing!) but these big oysters also had big, briny flavor. I’ve been to Jo’s once before and the oysters were good, but not as good as that night. I’m drooling a little thinking about it.

I went back to Jo’s the very next day because it’s close to work and because I could not get the Jerk and a Slap (three types of house-cured jerky and a Pork Slap beer for $9) and Meat in a Cup (slow cooked meat served in a cup) out of my head. Sadly, they were out of Meat in a Cup but they did have some jerky and Pork Slap around. I was disappointed with the jerky, as I found it to be too salty, too tough, and too small. On the upside, I loved the Porkslap Pale Ale. It’s hard to find beer in a can that actually tastes good, and I think this is it. Not overly hoppy and just the right amount of carbonation with very slight citrus notes. I’ll be having that again. The gruyere gougeres were not what I expected, but man, those warm little cheesy bread balls are dee-frickin-licious with some sriracha sauce!

Am strongly considering organizing a group dinner at Jo’s to try the 5 course suckling pig dinner. (Book a week in advance, $60 per person for minimum of 12 people.) The owner told us their exec chef Colin Kruzic (formerly of James, Bouley, Maremma) is really flexible and happy to create custom menus for parties given some advance warning (Round Table Dinners, I believe), at least until the place starts getting really slammed and they can no longer accommodate it. They also do a $21 Sunday Supper.

Add Jo’s to your happy hour rotation. Oysters are good for you.

Go: Jo’s (SoHo/NoLita) 264 Elizabeth St at Houston, New York, NY 10012. (212) 966-9640


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