Kitchen Step JC

4.6
382 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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
Wed 5:00 pm–6:00 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, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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EC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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w
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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NY
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
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
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
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
103 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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 2, 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
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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
11 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
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 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
4 reviews
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
3 reviews
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 29, 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
51 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
107 reviews
Dined on November 10, 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 5, 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
20 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 1, 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
5 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
15 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 13, 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
21 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 5, 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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