Root & Bone

4.6
759 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
Root & Bone takes inspiration from the traditonal and timeless tastes of the American South. Guided by Chef Jeff McInnis and his partner, Chef Janine Booth, and focused on bringing honest, consciously sourced local ingredients, we strive to bring true Southern hospitality to New York City.

While we are primarily a walk-in restaurant, we do take a very limited number of reservations.

For parties of 6 or more, we require a prix fixe menu. A reservationist will contact you with details regarding the menu and pricing. Thanks and we look forward to having you!
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Soul food, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30am-4:30pm
Brunch Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm
Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Dinner Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(646) 682-7080
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeff McInnis
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Catering
Catering and Drop Off Catering is available! Check out our website for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Avenue B
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Root & Bone in the East Village is Southern food done right. Hit it for dinner, hit it for brunch, hit it for takeout. Whatever you do, just hit it.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 759 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a fantastic experience. We went there for my wife's birthday. Everything we had there was savory. Their "heritage cakes" are amazing. I would recommend this place and can't wait to go back.

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

The short rib meat loaf has to be one of the best dishes I have ever experienced. We shared that and the fried chicken and waffles with melted cheddar cheese. Thought the fired chicken was out of this world until I tasted the meat loaf and it was love at first taste.

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is great everytime I go....the waiters are extremely polite and the food is great

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is uniquely cozy. The food could have been more flavorful. Wish there was more craftiness directed towards the seasoning as there was towards cocktail invention. Overall, nice place to sit and enjoy a quick bite on a chill day with close friends.

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T
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 2nd time attending this restaurant and the food was amazing the 2nd time around. Great service and environment. The biscuits, devil eggs, chicken and waffles and the Mac and Cheese are my favorites. If you have not been this this restaurant you need to go and will not be disappointed

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RA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time dining at Root & Bone. It was phenomenal again. The food is amazing. They have the most incredible gluten free biscuits I've ever had. It's truly magic. The staff is always on point, delivering perfect service with kindness and professionalism. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for great Southern comfort food in a cozy atmosphere.

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Really had hoped for better. Fried oysters were mediocre, maybe even slightly "off". The fried chicken was cold to lukewarm (as was our neighbors). The lobster in the boil was extremely tough. Pretty much everything was lacking any flavor or character. The best thing we had were the biscuits, which were amazing.

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NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely plan on having dinner at Root & Bone again.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Brunch on a Friday and everything was delicious! Would certainly go again.

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T
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Biscuits were amazing. Chicken is well cooked; could use a bit more seasoning. Overall, I would recommend.

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TC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food. This was not my first time so I kind of knew what I wanted. That is, until I saw the Low Country boil description. Oh man! My friends have never been so they let me do most of the ordering. For appetizers, we had the fried oysters, shrimp salad special and the deviled eggs. the oysters were crispy and delicious! It was everyone's first time having fried oysters. YUM! The shrimp salad was also delicious but I am not a fan of mayonnaise and there was too much for my preference. The deviled eggs of course, were pink & yummy. They are dyed with beet juice. I couldn't decide which entree I wanted so I had two. I had the aforementioned Low Country Boil and the Short Rib Meatloaf. The meatloaf I have had before and I just love it! This time around though, it was a bit dry and they were cheap with the gravy! The gravy is lip smacking so PLEASE add more when serving this dish! The Boil was delicious as well and true to the waiter's word, the broth was perfect for the grilled bread that came with the dish. It included a very small lobster tail (I think it was even HALF of a tail), shrimp, clams, potatoes, corn and sausage. The others had the shrimp & grits and half a fried chicken with waffles. They both enjoyed their dishes. The chicken was nice & crispy. Two of us had the Planter's Punch and one had lemonade. She kept exclaiming how 'fresh' the lemonade tasted. Overall, it was really good and our waiter (I forgot his name) was awesome and funny! Toward the end of our meal, the manager kept hovering I think because folks were waiting but I only saw one party. It was a bit awkward and she kept asking if everything was okay (we were yapping & laughing).

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RD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Root N Bone was a great southern brunch. Chicken & Waffles is a must eat.

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NF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Matthew our server was wonderful. He went over the menu and helped us select our meal. We were not disappointed and happily took home leftovers. We will be back soon Thank you for a delightful experience!!

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k
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Root and Bone never fails to please. My daughter relished her fried oysters while our cousin savored the chicken biscuit appetizer with its honey sauce and pickled onions (really enough for a meal on its own). I partook of the deluged eggs and they are as pretty as they are delicious. Fried Chicken and Shrimp and Grits rounded out the meal along with super refreshing cocktails. It’s a small space, but fun and the food is on point. Go.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

We were visiting for my sisters birthday and the food was returned because it wasn't fresh. However our lovely host took care of that for us, brought out fresh food, and took the meal off the tab!

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

I often walk past this restaurant and have wished they had openings. I went and I must admit, I was not very impressed. The food tasted good. The servers were very pleasant but...meh.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Family Chicken Dinner was the perfect food adventure for a couple looking to indulge. Nearly everyone in the restaurant was enjoying the same meal, and that was for a reason. The servers were approachable and helpful in guiding you through the menu. I left with a full heart and an even more full stomach.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Ac was broken. Sweating the whole time I was eating. When I got to the restaurant, the hostess was rude and told me and my friend that they changed my seating request from a standard to a bar seat... so I was squished in a small seat. When we asked about the fan and ac the restaurant said, “ac is broken”.

Overall food was good. But don’t come in the heat and don’t expect welcoming and nice service.

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AJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit to Root & Bone, and it's been outstanding every time! Every part of the meal is their strong point - the drinks (with or without alcohol), the appetizers, the entrees, and the desserts are always standout. The biscuits, though, are always my favorite part.

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J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Drinks were great. Boutique place for a nice date

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T
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I found this restaurant from open table top southern restaurants in nyc. From the biscuits until dessert the food was amazing. I could not finish my food. These are the best biscuits I have ever tasted in my life. The devil eggs are amazing and the fried chicken is to die for. If you love comfort food you will love this place. You will definitely take food home

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a
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Food and service were fine. My main issue was with the atmosphere. It was a million degrees in there. I was too hot to even finish my meal. We stopped halfway and asked for the rest to be packed up to go. We couldn't tell if the AC was broken or if the relentless heat was part of the "southern charm" Having the open kitchen concept and the seating SO CLOSE together didn't help. I'm hopeful that it's an overall more comfortable experience in the fall or winter.

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LE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Wonderful southern ambiance. Great speedy service.

Be prepared in the Summer, it is same temp inside as it is outside. At night , might be cooler outside.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

My friend and I were there during restaurant week. Food was not good. We ordered their famous fried chicken. The chicken was pretty dry, def not worth the price. The waffle comes with it was awful.
Service wasn't great either. They will start serving the next dish without you finishing the previous one, which was quite rude. We were still having our biscuits, they brought the salad. We haven't finished the salad yet, and they served fried chicken. Feels like they are trying to kick us out.
Only nice thing was the ambiance. Nice location, nice decoration inside. But def not coming back to this restaurant for food.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Such a wonderful vibe at this restaurant! The deviled eggs and gem salad were insanely delicious with a beautiful presentation. And those biscuits... worth a return trip for those alone!

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a
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and delicious food. Fried chicken and waffles was tasty as was everything we ordered that night. Biscuits and mac and cheese are legit. Sizeable portions for fair prices. Will be back.

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Came for restaurant week and the menu was substantial. Fairly busy lunch and they could’ve used an extra set of hands, but the food was really delicious. For good southern comfort bites and BISCUITS Root & Bone is a must!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited Root & Bone for the 1st time during restaurant week- super cute space and great food. The menu was full of fun options, the deviled eggs were PiNK, and the drinks were delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word....Outstanding!

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KA
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I want the old root & bone!!!

The last 2 times the food has been cold & not as good as it used to be. Let’s hope root & bone goes back to how it used to be.

Side note: It’s too hot to eat here during the summer. They have to do something about their air conditioning.

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EA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was very weird. We got our drinks after we finished the first course and then the waitress forgot the waffles that went with the chicken and waffles. Think it would be better to have a few less tables in there, it was overwhelming. The food made up for it though.

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the restaurant week 4 course pre-fixe and it was a great deal. Food was delicious, and service was quick. Would recommend the waffle benedict and the key lime pie.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The biscuits and gem lettuce salad was awesome. The shrimp and grits was, meh! The keylime pie tasted like it was made a few days ago. Over all between the service and the food ill rate it as a C+

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PF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week and it's honestly the best value deal ever. So. Much. Delicious. Chicken. The Angel biscuits to start are the best I've ever had. They even have drinks specials to go with the RW deal so you know they're not trying to gouge you back on the alcohol. The honey tabasco sauce is delicious and works so well with the creamy, gooey, rich mac & cheese. And did I mention the fried chicken??! Wow. The service was outstanding, fast, unobtrusive, and friendly. It's terrific anyway, but for the money I think it's the best value RW on offer.

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AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere that transports you to the South with their decor and food. Amazing drinks too.

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G
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very hot inside. Fried chicken was ok. I’m a southern boy so my standard for fried chicken is pretty high

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! I wish I had a second stomach to eat more! Everything was fantastic and authentically southern.

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Southern food in a charming environment. Best biscuits I have ever had, including my mom's.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!! Loved the outdoor dining. The staff was friendly and quick with service. The biscuits are a MUST!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken, biscuits and key lime pie are incredible!!!

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