Kitchen Step JC

4.7
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395 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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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food!!! I really enjoy dining here. Food is fresh and tasty!

RS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came for Valentines Day and had a great time! Food was awesome!

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent and innovative cocktails and presentation

AC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive to our group. It made for a great dinner experience!

JH
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

went for my sons 21st birthday and it did not disappoint. Food and service were awesome!!

SM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual brunch with my daughter. Yum.

NY
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This remains the #1 spot in DTJC! The food is always so creative and never disappoints!! Chefs Ryan and Grady are the finest around. Keep the innovation going. We love the KS.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food. Nice stylish venue. Extremely polite and knowledgeable staff

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots in JC. Always greeted with a welcome, all staff Is equally accommodating. Food is excellent. Vibe and decor is top notch.

WW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While the entrees were good, the starters were very small and the prosciutto/ricotta barely had any ricotta on the plate.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fantastic. Great seasonal menu items and cocktails were on the mark. Will definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and good ambiance. Good spot for a date or casual brunch. Reservation and seating was seamless thanks to open table.

We ordered the pancakes, steak and eggs and cappuccino. The cappuccino and pancakes were great. The steak was too chewy and bloody for medium temperature.

Overall I am happy with the experience.

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service. Fantastic cocktails. Wonderful place to meet up and dine.

MD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Kitchen Step many times and the food is always great. Creative, interesting and delicious. We had a reservation, but still had to wait a long time for a table. They couldn’t have been nicer. They comped us the first round of drinks. And also gave us a free appetizer when they had run out of something. Always pleasant and accommodating. We will be back again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated to champagne on my birthday- so thoughtful and better than a dessert

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food, great vibe. Only issue is the portion size is small for the price.

EC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a drink at the bar before dinner. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was good.

L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place to go to when there's a snow storm or it's too cold to venture any further than a couple blocks. The service is always great and the food is never a disappointment. They change their menu throughout the year, but everything on there is great and they also have vegetarian options. The staff knows how to recommend a good wine and the cocktails are great - although a little on the smaller pour side. They are located in a great neighborhood just 8 mins walking from the PATH and away from the crowd.

w
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cute intimate spot with great farm to table dishes and a creative food and drinks menu. I enjoyed the celery root tagliatelle with mushroom ragout- it a wintry night and this vegan dish was so hearty and warming! Would return again to try other items on the menu!

NY
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MD
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

NK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

TS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

K
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real find. Worth the trip.

TN
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

CE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

G
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty seasonal cocktails and delicious food combinations! Great find!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kitchen step is always delicious!

a
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and very accommodating!

PG
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

And a great, very friendly service!

CB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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