Jim and Johnny met in ’91 at Jim’s spot, ST Bar. Johnny was kicking around NYC working here and there from La Jumelle to 44 to Fez and a bunch in between. Then Jim opened Den of Thieves. Johnny opened Torch, which Jim built (that’s another story). Then came Idlewild. Torch burned down (you heard right), Johnny went to LA doing this and that with some acting in between. Meanwhile, Jim did a one man show and opened White Rabbit. Then the old M&R Bar space came up for sale, which Jim found on craigslist, called Johnny who came back to NYC and they opened Jo’s (named after Johnny’s mom. She’s the cute girl on the postcard and inside the matchbook), Memorial Day Weekend ’09.
Jo’s – 2013 - Andrew Pressler has joined as our Executive Chef with the launch of our Southeast Asian Menu. Standout dishes include his Banh Mi Burger, chili jam, ginger aioli, pickled carrots, daikon, cilantro, fresh chillies, scallion & hand cut fries; Lamb Pho, bean sprouts, herbs, fish sauce, rice noodle; Galangal Fried Chicken, sambal goreng, coconut rice and spice roasted butternut squash; Whole Fish Bakar (for 2), banana leaf, malay curry powder marinade, tamarind sambal; Whole Suckling Pig dinner for 8 to 12 guests
Jo’s features 2 intimate dining rooms and a 40 Seat bar room. The main dining room accommodates up to 50 guests. The hidden jewel at Jo’s is the Albert Dining Room, lies secretly behind the main dining room (thru sliding vintage barn doors) & is available for semi-Private & private dining, accommodating parties of 12 to 50 guests. Jo’s serves an American Brunch (with a selection of Chef’s Southeast Asian specials) on Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 4pm