Mixologist and Co-owner Johnny Santiago of Jo's - New York, NY

264 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-9640
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-1am; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 11am-2am; Sun 11am-1am

After Hurricane Sandy shut down Jo’s and wiped out its walk-in this fall, Owner Johnny Santiago gave Chef Andrew Pressler the go ahead to shed the restaurant’s New American menu and replace it with Southeast Asian dishes closest to Pressler’s heart. Pressler, who has traveled in Asia and worked with Rising Star Chefs Patricia Yeo and Zak Pellaccio, has a great command of spices, heat, and the Asian pantry—and he integrates those elements into traditional dishes and playful riffs (including some of the best fried chicken we’ve eaten this year). Jo’s still boasts a generous bar up front and a solid list of craft beers (that happen to pair impeccably with Pressler’s food). And the vibe, bolstered by Ragae music, a lively bar crowd, and a casual brick-walled space, embodies the best of neighborhood dining—with the added bonus of Pressler’s unexpected, exciting menu.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Galangal Fried Chicken, Coconut Jasmine Rice, and Spice Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Curried Pork Shank, Herb-Bean Sprout Salad, and Fried Rice

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