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Root & Bone

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200 E. 3rd St., New York, NY 10009 40.722 -73.983
at Ave. B  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-682-7080 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating:

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    2 out of 10

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Official Website

rootnbone.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10:30pm; Fri, 11:30am-11:30pm; Sat, 10:30am-11:30pm; Sun, 10:30am-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.; F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.

Prices

$18-$33

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Chef
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

This popular Alphabet City restaurant has a much-hyped version of fried chicken on the menu, along with a variety of other down-home southern specialties (cheese grits, grilled corn on the cob scattered with stale popcorn, “drunken” deviled eggs) prepared in all sorts of self-consciously stylish ways. The entrance is crowded, most evenings, with a rabble of food tourists and neighborhood gastronomes clamoring to get in (“The wait’s about an hour and a half,” the friendly gate minder told me on one visit). Like at Birds & Bubbles, the dining space inside is roughly the size of a small country garage, and you may find yourself eating your fried-chicken dinner among the ­bourbon drinkers at the bar, or at a dining counter overlooking 3rd Street that’s so narrow the server ended up taking our orders from the sidewalk.

Unlike the more polished Forsyth Street restaurant, however, the food here is a work-in-progress. Instead of elegant little Sriracha chips, the pink-skinned deviled eggs are garnished with frisée and random bits of potato chip. The fried chicken—created by the chef, Jeff ­McInnis, who made his reputation at a Miami restaurant called Yardbird—works well enough, provided you like your fried chicken tasting faintly sweet and ­citrusy, like Key-lime pie. The pork chop did not impress my friend the Pork Loon (“This pork chop has no balls,” he muttered darkly), and the “braised short-rib meat loaf” tasted less like proper meat loaf than a mush of dank, barely edible mashed beef. The cocktails don’t offer much relief and neither do the desserts, the best of which is a wedge of carrot cake mixed, not very successfully, with shreds of parsnip.

Ideal Meal

Crispy free-range Bucket of Bird, succotash, carrot-and-parsnip pie.

Note
Mama’s Bar, around the corner on Avenue B, is a good place to sip good cheap bourbon while you’re waiting for your table to clear.

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