Our friends at Bedford and Bowery just wrote up a great review of ‘John’s of 12th Street’.
While John’s of 12th naturalistically captures the rhythms of an average shift, it does leave you wanting a bit more exposition. As fascinating as it is to watch Sitnycky try to figure out how to fix the hinge on a door, it’d be nice to hear more from the relatively laconic operator about his years of running the restaurant. (If nothing else, he might be able to settle the debate about whether John Lennon’s ghost haunts the place.) Luckily, John’s and its staff are still there, and it’s the kind of place where they’ll happily bend your ear without a camera present. Just don’t ask for the baked clams without garlic.
Even if a little on the mundane side, it will be great to see the day-to-day operations of the infamous restaurant, exposing us to a more in-depth view than the one Guy Fieri gave us on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
You can catch a limited screening of ‘John’s of 12th’ on November 12th, 16th, 22th, 28th, and 30th at Spectacle in Williamsburg for just $5.