Root & Bone

4.6
698 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
Top Tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 698 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Service and food were excellent and enjoyable. Only down side was that the air-conditioning was severely lacking, leaving you uncomfortable and impacted on the dining experience

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OT
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Omg what an amazing place. I generally have high expectations and Root & Bone crushed it. Great service even when at full capacity. Noise levels inside were moderate, but we could still have a great conversation. Friends who came for brunch who didn't eat eggs had tons of options. Highly recommend. Eat the shrimp and grits, and get the chicken and mini waffles. Syrups are a treat.

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BT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Get the biscuits and fried chicken, if you don't get these 2 things you ordered wrong

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OT
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

My new favorite place to eat in NYC. The food was amazing, the drinks were superb (Old fashioned with Elijah Craig - perfect) and the service was perfect! Thank you Root and Bone!

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

For a restaurant with such a reputation for fried chicken it failed miserably. The chicken is not made to order, it’s cooked in advance and just sits there until served. One huge wing was almost white and completely under cooked. The meal began so promising with great salads served. It was a beautiful evening outdoors except for the food. What a shame. Final bill was $146.00 without tip. Another lousy Manhattan restaurant experience. I’ve lived here 32 years and it’s always hit or miss and what an expensive miss.

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LD
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

I live outside of the U.S and my daughter's favorite American food is fried chicken with waffles. We went here with a big group of family and friends. She loved the meal and I tried grits for the first time and loved them (with shrimp, perfectly seasoned and cooked). It was a fun meal and the service was great! The price I found a bit high, but we will return there during our next visit to NYC.

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GN
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great fried chicken and I'd love to know the recipe for the whiskey syrup for the waffles. The half chicken and cheddar waffles was just enough to split between two people.

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ER
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Amazing comfort food and great cocktails. Biscuits are a MUST

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OT
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Awesome food, great ambiance and the service was also very good. Would definitely recommend.

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D
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I loved everything. Just parking is my only complaint but thats nothing it was worth it.

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MS
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great GF options! And generally very delicious. Drinks are excellent too.

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AN
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

I had never heard of the restaurant before, however was attending a theatre performance nearby. It was a really pleasant surprise -- great service and delicious food and nice atmosphere. Will definitely return!

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BK
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Had the waffle benedict ... waffles were a little too small and soft and eggs a little too runny. Biscuit side dish was a little harder than I would have expected of fresh biscuits and coated with light salt, which I didn't care for. Personal taste, not the restaurants fault. Overall, service was good, place looks cool and authentic and if I go again, I would order something else.

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EA
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Nice place food can be inconsistent. But overall tasty nice atmosphere.

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DB
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Cozy, friendly and inviting. Great Bloody Mary's and the fried chicken and meatloaf were a 10. I would highly recommend.

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PF
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Excellent! Best biscuits and Mac and cheese!!!

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CS
1.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Poor quality food! Not edible. Bad food dining experience. Quite expensive for what was presented.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere. Brought my girlfriend here for our 100 day anniversary.
Our waiter Johnny was super cool and knowledgeable about the food we ate. Really interesting takes on southern comfort food; amazingly delicious.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Nice place but the food was disappointing (spicy dressing on the salad!) and we waited our meals for 45mn after ordering.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great fried chicken.

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T
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Best fried chicken in town. Also definitely get the grits! Good cocktails too. One of our favorites.

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KV
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great place. Fun menu

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OT
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Southern soul food. I can’t complain. At worse the chicken breast way slightly dry, but if you have ever cooked on yourself it is just the nature of the beast. The portions are big and the price is reasonable. If I come back to the neighborhood I will eat there again.

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KD
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Perfect for pre-theater dinner if you are seeing a show at the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble directly across the street. Great chicken, interesting sides and a nice drink menu. Fun and lively with friendly, efficient service.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Did not live up to the hype. Not sure how the ratings are so high. The only thing worth eating was the waffle. The chicken, macaroni and cheese, and grits were overpriced and forgettable. The oysters were downright bad. Very disappointed.

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e
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

big portions... chicken was a bit dry. i should have gotten the dark meat. it was on my mind to do so, but forgot when the server came to take the order. i wish portions are smaller so that we can try more items on their menu. of course, the price should reflect the smaller portions.

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B
3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The menu is different for the almost generic menus now populating NYC. Fried oysters, half a fried chicken and grits with pimento cheese--all shared--left us more than satisfied. Cocktails surprising good. Worth going out of the way for.

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RK
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Root and Bone had incredible food and drinks and the atmosphere was wonderful.

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PG
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Went to Root and Bone to celebrate my nephew's birthday. We ordered the family meal which was more than enough food. The chicken, mac and cheese, biscuits, salad and salads were excellent. The deviled eggs were a little too "pickley" for my taste and, let's face it, collard greens are an acquired taste. The cocktails we ordered were delicious. Service was great. My only complaint is that we were sat outside and there were no heaters. Also when I made a reservation I stated that we were celebrating a birthday however that was not acknowledged (maybe this is something the restaurant doesn't do).

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OT
2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The servers couldn’t be nicer so I want to say I loved the place...it’s just that I’ve had such better chicken and waffles elsewhere. Waffles were tasty, chicken was a little blah. Sides were good, I wouldn’t say exceptional. Gotta up the flavor overall!

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

While the food was not as good as I have had in the past; the service was excellent. Unfortunately the half-chicken was lukewarm; it should be piping hot. The biscuits were fabulous as usual, but the carmel latte was not hot either. They need to return to their "roots" in order for me to return.

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OT
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

There was a black out at the restaurant while we were there - but it was Friday the 13th, so probably not the resto’s fault.

They brought my date’s drink about 15 mins before mine, which I thought was strange given we were sitting at the bar.

Otherwise, it was a great experience. Deviled eggs are great, shrimp and grits are some of my favorite. Chicken was a little dryer than I remember but still tasty.

Great environment generally - sit at the back bar if you can!

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JL
5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The food, service and atmosphere was incredible. The biscuits are SO good. The chicken is delightfully seasoned and its so tasty. You've got to try the hurricane tea! It's incredible! It's quaint and cozy. The food came out quicker than expected.

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K
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Highly recommend the friend chicken (gf available with almond flour)! Sides of grits and coleslaw were excellent, as was the lemon meringue dessert!

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GM
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I brought my husband here over the weekend for his birthday dinner. He loves southern food and I knew this would be a hit for him. He got the fried chicken dish with macaroni and cheese, while I got the meatloaf (gluten free version). Both our meals were so tasty. We also ordered the biscuits gluten free. When I say these were the best biscuits I have ever had, I am not exaggerating. I don't know how they made something that delicious that was also gluten free. My husband was equally impressed. Needless to say, we will be back again for sure! Highly recommend this place. Can't wait to try it for brunch.

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A
4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Perfect, comforting, brunch! And the space was extremely cute. Will go back!

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OT
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Took my mom and we had such a nice time. Come hungry, you won’t regret it

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OT
4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Cute little place! Friendly staff who are on top of things throughout your dine. Table seating as well as bar seating. Table seating in the back is a bit tight, so you can’t have a private conversation and eating space is limited.

MUST order the friend chicken. Wish it could’ve been more crispy, same goes for the waffles.. but they were delicious in taste. Also ordered the Mac and cheese, which were nice and cheesy. Not dry at all. If you have room, order the biscuits.. they serve it with some honey that makes it all just melt in your mouth!

Wasn’t too impressed with the drinks, But they were heavy on the pour which is always a great thing.

PS* make reservations.
If you arrive early, your not able to sit at the bar and drink while you wait to be seated, bar seating is full service, but the workers do offer to grab your drink for you while you wait by the door.

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c
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love this place. My 1st date was at root & bone & now we’re married.

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L
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Bday brunch great service delicious food

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