Kitchen Step JC

4.8
375 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. Cozy atmosphere. Drinks are excellent. Entree were OK, above average but OK. Small plates and appetizers were good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food. Great staff. Little bit cramped. Quite s small narrow space.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sad to see the chicken and waffles was not in the menu this past visit, but we were assured it would be back soon

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MD
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food and very good service. However, for the price, some of the drinks are tiny and all of the food is tiny. My date had the duck and I think there were four small (2 inches by 3/4 inch pieces) of duck and like 4 "trumpet" mushrooms on a plate (their "large" plate). The appetizer was prosciutto and bread. Two pieces (small) of bread and maybe 3 thin, small slices of prosciutto. My gnocchi was very good, but again not much in terms of amount. Desserts are larger and good.

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual and Delicious

Kitchen Step is a casual bistro with top-notch food and service. The cuisine is creative, 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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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This season's drinks were not as good as prior visits. Everything else was very good. Place is pricey, but the pork shoulder was really tasty and filling. Salmon was delicious and a nice steaklike cut. Service was good and attentive. Not our first visit and won't be our last.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This is usually our go-to spot for a good meal and cocktail. Not sure what was going on Thursday night but the service was slow and waitress was not attentive. The food came out after a long time and my duck breast was a little cold. I know there was a big party of 10+ folks next to us so perhaps that threw the kitchen out of sync. Hoping our next visit is more like what we are used to.

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TS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the real deal: The perfect neighborhood gem. Always delicious and wonderful.

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K
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real find. Worth the trip.

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TN
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wasn’t as good as usual but I will continue to patronize as that was my only mediocre visit

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CE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My only two complaints was the waitress messed up one of the orders but she did tell us the truth that it was her fault and the second round of drinks (a beer and a cider) took abnormally long. They did seat us over 20 mins early though.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Service is already the absolute best :)

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G
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty seasonal cocktails and delicious food combinations! Great find!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kitchen step is always delicious!

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a
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had been in JC less than six months and wanted to venture somewhere new within a comfortable walk from home. Kitchen Step JC’s homey menu and relaxed feel suited us perfectly. Short ribs were among the best I have ever had—and I’m a Southern guy with family roots in Appalachian and the south Midwest. Cocktails creative and well balanced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and very accommodating!

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PG
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Probably the best duck entree I've had in recent memory. Drinks and wine list were top shelf. First time having dinner in JC but won't be our last. We'll be back to the Kitchen JC.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. When we walked in we greeted by a smiling server who offered to take our umbrellas. We were shown to our table and greeted by our server Katrina. She was very polite and patient as we waited for the rest of our party. The live music they play Tuesday night was a nice surprise. The food was outstanding. The duck wings and pork cheeks are reasons to come back. All and all a great experience. Literally planning our next time back.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super delicious - seasonal ingredients in a new interpretation, yet not too fancy!

And a great, very friendly service!

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CB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied menu. Great ideas for a brunch menu. Very flavorful. Good service. Great place and will go back.

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KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the decor is simple and modern . It was a wonderful experience and I will surely be back.

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Cocktails are on point! Couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience.

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JJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant of its kind in Jersey City, meaning a restaurant that prepares inventive, highly-quality dishes and at a reasonable price. The food is excellent, often coming close to, if not on the same level, as that of Per Se in New York and Core in London, but without the pretense and fussiness. It's a casual, friendly restaurant.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Jersey City, and this visit was no exception. We were celebrating my birthday and our wedding anniversary, and our server went out of her way to make it special. The food is always delicious, the menu offers a good variety, including vegetarian choices.
And the cocktails list is worth a visit all on its own. Their house mixologist creates a new cocktails menu seasonally, and each time it’s fillled with unique and delectable concoctions. This time I had something off the brunch drinks menu called Matching Flannels that had vodka, cider, apple butters and bubbles, maybe something else I’m forgetting. It was light and flavorful.
I look forward to our next visit to Kitchen Step.

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Y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall, I’m pleased with Kitchen Step. I like their service. My only complaint is that the food is not consistent. Some days I come here and the food is great, other times, the food is cooked too dry, overly salted, and smaller portions. I wish they had better consistency.

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly place with good food, fun people in an energetic environment

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MI
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific experience. Chef Nick and the staff went above and beyond. Every dish was really exceptional. Was the perfect place to take my mother for dinner.

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b
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I feel the the food is overpriced in general. The service was excellent. The kale salad had a very weak dressing that didn't complement / tone down the kale taste. My scallops were delicious but the underlying bed of broccoli rob didn't have a sauce to tone down the bitter taste (don't like broccoli rob). Again, food price too expensive for a medium scale restaurant. Our waitress was very nice and accommodating.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and atmosphere were great. Our server was very helpful although all the food came out very fast and we felt rushed. Would return but will request the courses to be better paced out.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

15 out of 10 would go again. Great place. Good and service. If one is looking for a great day 🌃 would highly recommend.

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V
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely ambiance. Food is a bit overpriced and since I did not think my breakfast burrito was actually that tasty - it was not exactly worth the money. Normally I like the food, but the burrito is just tasteless.

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RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This place was great for sharing and trying a bunch of items on the menu! My boyfriend and I shared the brussel sprouts, burratta, pork cheek and lamb poutine. We were worried it wasn't going to be enough food but it was very filling. The burratta was a stand out for me. The pumpkin puree was so delicious and unlike any pumpkin puree I have ever had. Our bill was also less than expected so we will definitely be back!

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious rotating creative menu. Excellent service, delicious cocktails.
Lots of kid friendly foods — comfort foods for adults too.

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MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came for brunch on our anniversary. We were congratulated by all levels of staff. That and the great food made our day memorable

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DD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. Only negative thing is the parking but it’s Jersey City so it’s to be expected. Take Uber if u can!

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BB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender was great!

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b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had chicken meatballs to start, and the tuna as main dish. Tuna was great! I would def go back. Sat outside, was a great night weather-wise. The bread pudding was incredible.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect little neighborhood restaurant with a focus on good unique cocktails and food that is prepared with care and simplicity in mind. Great spot for a quiet date night.

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MQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Warm greeting. Lovely, skilled server. Calm ambiance. Delicious zucchini fries. However, the rest of the meal was average. The duck wings relied heavily on the crunch of the batter and the nuts and salt of the sauce — the meat of the wings was dry (I thought duck was fatty) and lacking in flavor. The kale salad was tasty enough, but unimaginatively presented for a dish at dinner, and loaded up with too much dressing. The ricotta gnocchi was light, fluffy and smooth in texture but the flavor of the gnocchi and corn based sauce together was flat giving the overall experience one of eating fluffy corn paste. The cuisine seemed to rely heavily on salt in its flovoring — a characteristic of the pork chop with collard greens plate as well. I found myself aching for a more nuanced use of spices for a broader spectrum of enjoyment.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

for a drink i got return of The Mac- tequila, lemon, lavender,
campari, red wine sugar. It was too sweet for me & I think the final
product ended up losing all of the nuance of the individual
ingredients-a shame
We also all shared food:

zucchini fries | harissa mayo dipping sauce 9
these were okay. They were super thin, like shoe string.
Really greasy and salty & just tasted like fry. I think if i ordered
these at like a more downscale bar food place i'd find them acceptable, but expected
more here.

duck wings | miso, sesame, peanuts, vermicelli noodles 10
not too great. these were huge: like chicken leg size. The meat was
pretty dry. Nothing amazing about them. It came with 6 though which I
think is good amount

prosciutto di parma | whipped ricotta, honey, toasted baguette 12
this was the best thing we had. the whipped ricotta was flavored with
lemon and really delicious. not a lot of prosciutto, like 4 slices.

truffle maccheroni & cheese | herbed brown butter crumbs 13
not very cheesy or gooey. it was fine. You get the truffle in the
first couple bites then it kind of retreats to the background (as
truffle is wont to do). I'm not a huge fan of mac and cheese in the
first place.

tuna provencal | cucumber, spring onion, tomato, toasted baguette 14
okay, this was the worst. we were debating ordering it and i said
amongst the table "is this just like canned tuna?" and my dining mates said "god no,
it will be like a chunk of seared tuna" well lol at them
because this was literally effin canned tuna salad with absolutely
nothing special nor inventive about it. Seriously what you'd get in a
(nice) hospital cafeteria

burrata | heirloom tomatoes, melon, donut peach, parmesan crisp 14
this was good. the tomatoes were ripe. i dont recall there being any
peaches or melon on the dish actually, unless those were pureed in the
yummy balsamic tinged sauce underneath it all. Burrata was tasty.

Atmosphere was lovely. Service was wonderful and attentive. Food was eh.

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