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Kitchen Step JC

4.7
295 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Introducing The Kitchen Step, a neighborhood bistro in the downtown Van Vorst section that celebrates Jersey City’s rich history and delivers thoughtful market-inspired cuisine and craft cocktails in an intimate and inviting atmosphere.

The Kitchen Step aspires to become an integral part of the local’s dining repertoire; a true ‘neighborhood bistro’ that is just as appropriate for an after-work drink as it is for a full-coursed dinner.

At The Kitchen Step, Chef Ryan DePersio will flex his modern American muscle against delivering a menu that regularly changes with the seasons and features the best of what local markets have to offer in regards to ingredients and flavor.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(201) 721-6115
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan DePersio
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Mercer & Wayne Street
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Public transit
Grove Street Path Station
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 295 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Changed the menu - wasn’t to happy

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had an excellent meal at Kitchen Step for my husband's birthday! We had the wings, mac and cheese, bibb lettuce salad and the black bass - each dish was absolutely delicious and we would recommend all of them!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Food and staff are fabulous! Best restaurant in downtown JC!!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Amazing / good is great and service is better

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Best restaurant in JC!!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Lovely neighborhood spot with a thoughtful menu & fun cocktails! Great for both dinner with a friend, or romance with someone special.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

I had been to this establishment 4 years before, under a different identity or management, I'm not sure. I was not very pleased with the experience then. However, this time it was a great experience. The charming host immediately greeted us and led us to our table. The service was attentive, and the food was delicious. It made for a perfect birthday date with my wife.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Always great to eat here. Best food and best service. Tammy is a gem! Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Waitress was forgetful and it wasn’t busy. Maybe she was having an off day. Food was very good and one of us was vegan and they did a great job helping her accommodating.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Had been previously. Decided to return to treat a friend for their birthday. Was seated promptly. Katrina, our server was excellent...she explained gluten free and vegan options for one of our party. Food was delicious. Unique twist on Chicken and waffles, but they were quite good. Will return!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Kitchen Step is a casual bistro. but the food and service are top-notch. The cuisine is creative and beautifully prepared, and is mostly locally sourced. Among the small plates, the chicken-fried mushrooms provided a unique and deliciously savory taste treat, and the strawberry gaspacho was nuanced and most satisfying for a warm summer's evening. Our large plates included Barnegat scallops, with shaved carrots, radish, roasted peppers and bacon marmalade -- amazing! The 14-oz pork chop with swiss chard, parmigiano spaetzle, and morello cherry mostarda was thick, savory and moist -- cooked to perfection. Service was spot-on. Kitchen Step's indoor dining area is narrow storefront that is a little tight, but it's nicely decorated and ultimately, comfortable. (The restaurant also offers sidewalk seating in the warm months.) If you like delicious, creative cuisine served in a casual atmosphere, this is the place to go. It's among the best foodie destinations in the burgeoning Jersey City restaurant scene.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Our favorite restaurant in JC! Every entree is amazing. We especially love the hangar steak and branzino (when they have it)!

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1.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Delightful place. Very convenient to J City theaters new venue so it’s a really great evenings. Great wine list with many moderately priced choices that are quite nice. The drinks are unique and excellent. The chicken fried mushrooms were light and crispy with the mushroom liquid still inside. I had the mussels frites which were excellent. My wife had the soft shell crab appetizer which looked brilliant but was too good for me to get any. Topped with pistachio gelato made for a great dinner. Service was really attentive and helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful. Favorite restaurant in JC

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fantastic food, great service, and always a pleasure to see what new delights have been added to the menu. The new chicken mushroom is TO DIE FOR!! I always enjoy the croissant french toast. The new maanger came over and introduced himself and was absolutely delightful! The chef provided us with a specially food that BEYOND amazing and delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent neighborhood gem that should be on everyone’s hit list. Have both brunched and dined here multiple times and have always left satisfied. Cocktails are also made well too.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

So good. Tiny. Delicious.
Corey knows how to run a great place and this qualifies. JC needed a place like this. The food is great the servers professional and the overall vibe is great. Go.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Evening was perfect. Tuesday they have BYOB and we brought a special wine to celebrate our Anniversary. Service unobtrusive yet efficient.
Easy to find good choices on the menu. Host most gracious and lovely live music too!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I’ve been to Kitchen Step quite a few times and always enjoy the meals and drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was out of this world, the cinnamon croissant french toast and the burger we're so delicious. Our waitress was kind and attentive even though she was busy with a lot of tables.

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Huge disappointment. Everything was flavorless, “medium rare” burger was well done and grey. Service was way too rushed.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Go here at least once a month, if not more. Love it. Always love the menu. The food and drinks are always great. The dessert menu could be a little bit more creative. Tammy is the best waitress in all of the world.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was mediocre which was a disappointment because we drove an hour to have brunch here.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service was great, very attentive, and the food came out quickly and to perfection. Have visited before and will definitely keep coming back

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Really great food, attentive service, fun decor. I've been for both brunch and dinner now, and they were equally excellent. Someone is doing something right in the kitchen!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This was my me and my husband's first time at Kitchen Step. We took our chance inviting out of town friends to a place we had never been too, but to our surprise it was wonderful. The food awas delicious, the atmosphere was beautiful and the staff was pleasant. I will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very accommodating with babies!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food is impeccable. Chef Ryan DePersio is one of the best out there. You won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My boyfriend and I love this place. We started with the zucchini fries, it’s a pretty big portion for two. For entrees we got the hanger steak and buttermilk chicken, both amazing. The steak was flavorful and perfectly cooked, and topped with green beans. Chicken was so juicy and tender, best I’ve ever had. Definitely will be back for both the food and the laidback atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

As usual the food is great. I was a little disappointed that they had modified their pork chop, which previously everyone considered great - probably the best they had ever had. The new one was very good and suffered only by comparison. Would benefit from a more diverse salad and dessert selection. My companion was a first time diner with me and she loved the Kitchen Step.
For my family and close friends this is their favorite place as it is mine.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Service here is outstanding. Don’t think my glass of water was ever half empty... 😯

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Decided to try this place after realizing the guys from Batello were behind it (miss that place). The food and ambiance were exceptional!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Creative menu but maybe a little too eccentric. The Moroccan chicken was mouthwatering and the Bronzino with grilled fennel was exceptionally savory. It’s a charming spot and the service and management were outstanding & friendly. We will definitely come back and try the brunch next time!

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Thought the prices were high for the quality of food we received. Menu was fairly limited, but service was good. Took along time to get salt & pepper when requested....expected more this place. Would not go back...

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

My second time dining here, looking forward to the third, and many more!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We came for brunch, important to get a reservation for the weekends or the wait may be a bit longer. Was an awesomely diverse crowd, nice ambiance and good food. We'll come back in spring too when the patio out front is open again.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great service and delicious food. Wonderful atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

They made a Birthday very special. The food was exceptional and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Service was excellent as well. Will definitely return.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food had no flavor at all. 30 minutes after leaving we both became violently ill.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Short ribs were amazing!

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