Root & Bone

Root & Bone

(Now Closed)
Southern Food Restaurant, Fried Chicken Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • Eater
    EaterAugust 26, 2014
    Get the fried chicken, biscuits, pork chop, shrimp and grits, & meatloaf- a shredded, $24 square of short rib disguised as brownie. Finish off with banana cream pie or mint chocolate cake. Read more
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    EaterOctober 17, 2014
    Starting Sat, 10/18 there will be live music, which will be a fixture on Friday and Saturday nights. Also, they promised to start delivery through Seamless and Grubhub by the month’s end. Read more
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    Jeremy JacobowitzNovember 27, 2014
    One of the best brunches I have ever had! Waffle Benedict was insane!! Love that they do brunch weds-sun. Came during a weekday and it was peaceful and quiet! Have to come back to try so much more!
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    Jake RubensteinJanuary 24, 2018
    you can’t go wrong with the perfectly crispy and juicy fried chicken but don’t forget about the sides! the mac and cheese and collared greens won’t disappoint.
  • Cassidy
    CassidyAugust 19, 2014
    fried chicken and waffles are as insane as everyone says they are. sadly, the shrimp and grits not so much. make sure to get the biscuits and some roots on the side to stay true to the resto's name!
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    Bin YangJuly 23, 2016
    For a party of 2, the half chicken + waffles + the deviled eggs should do you in. For 4, double everything except the waffles and get another app! Save room for dessert!
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    RCDecember 7, 2015
    A strong YES to the fried chicken, corn spoon bread, and Mac and cheese. This place is great, and DO get a reservation. The wait times are crazy no matter what they say because people linger.
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca MazzaMay 20, 2017
    My favorite fried chicken place in the city - beating Sweet Chick. The chicken biscuits is not a "small plate." Try to save room for the donuts after brunch. Everything is outstanding!
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PolloneFebruary 19, 2016
    Loved it. Deviled eggs, fried chicken w/waffles, fried green tomato sandwiches & short rib meat loaf all great. The chicken and green tomatoes were the stars. Excellent southern food.
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    GlennNovember 14, 2015
    Fried chicken is the best you'll find in NYC. The shrimp and grits and the mac and cheese are also fantastic. Ask to sit at the chefs counter and chat with the chefs!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Stop in for the weekday brunch, when half portions are available for certain items, including an off-menu mini fried chicken order: two pieces of meat (dark or white) with a biscuit. Read more
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    wilfredo penaAugust 16, 2014
    Two pieces of dark meat chicken is fried to perfection. The scent of dill and lemon is lifted thanks to the warm chicken. Nice biscuit thats a bit moist and not too greesy. Cornbread not included.
  • Caroline D.heart icon on user image
    Caroline DengJune 27, 2016
    Waffle eggs Benedict was delicious, and the southern style decor was extremely cute and charming. Make sure to reserve because wait times will be around 30 mins during brunch hours.
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesJune 4, 2017
    Those cheesy waffles are sweet and savory and moist and crunchy and exactly what late night dreams are made of
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 25, 2016
    The fried chicken at this East Village spot has been famously marinated in sweet lemon ice tea, which leads to a pronounced flavor and spongy flesh. Read more
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoOctober 17, 2014
    The excellent sides, such as the biscuits, mac and cheese, and root vegetables seem to outshine their signature sweet tea-brined fried chicken. Come early to avoid a wait.
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    Ranu RajkarnikarDecember 30, 2014
    Brunch was really solid! Short rib meatloaf was delicious. Ask for your Bloody Mary extra spicy (they do them with bourbon too). Slightly pricey but tasty!
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    TomJanuary 20, 2017
    Come for weekday lunch, there's little to no wait. The chicken is oozing with flavor. Get the cheddar waffles with your chicken. The biscuits were much better this go.
  • Christian D.heart icon on user image
    Christian DickmannFebruary 7, 2017
    The angel biscuits are to die for. Period. Top 5 all time NY favorite. But the chicken and esp waffles are much better at sweet chick. Butternut squash and mac&cheese were solid but not outstanding.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsFebruary 4, 2016
    The bass & risotto is delicious. The meatloaf however with braised short rib is something else entirely. A small selection of craft beer on tap alongside a huge whiskey collection make this a top spot
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    ᴡ ElliotNovember 12, 2015
    The roots and ricotta is one of the most unique sandwiches I've had - and I'll definitely be back for seconds.
  • Emily K.heart icon on user image
    Emily KaneSeptember 26, 2015
    Making a reservation on OpenTable ahead of time is never a bad idea. When you do get here, I suggest splitting an order of everything as long as mac and cheese is involved.
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    Nate BeattyApril 16, 2016
    I came here thinking I was in for over-battered deep fry and was pleasantly surprised by the delicately prepared, exquisite, delicious meal. Try the deviled eggs to start - not your typical fare.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best fried chicken I've had in a really long time. I ordered half a chicken and almost ate the whole thing myself! And yes you must get the biscuits too!
  • Max B.heart icon on user image
    Max BpmJanuary 9, 2016
    This is one of the best places for fried chicken. Everything was fresh and delicious! The chocolate hazelnut bar for dessert is a must have!
  • Michelle R.heart icon on user image
    Michelle RobertsFebruary 27, 2015
    I'm not a huge chicken eater but this fried chicken was divine! So juicy but yet crunchy on the outside. The waffles with a light layer of cheddar cheese was fantastic. Highly recommend this place!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 15, 2015
    The Bitches say: A. The perfect neighborhood spot for some comfort food and Southern hospitality. Don’t miss the biscuits and fried chicken, there’s even a take-out window! Read more
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    Peter StrongSeptember 6, 2015
    The cheese grits were great. Buckwheat waffles tasty too. Everyone was happy with the food. The server was overworked doing every table himself which lead to him being a little grumpy but a great spot
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    Caitlyn FowlesMay 14, 2015
    I've been trying to get in here for months and it was worth the wait. Everything was delicious! Highly recommend the chicken biscuits, but they're small so get some sides. Also don't skip dessert!
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BrewNovember 3, 2015
    The deviled eggs were some of the best I've had and the fried chicken lived up to the billing. Also don't be afraid to sit at the chef's bar on a busy night for a great experience!
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    Ruby AnayaFebruary 14, 2015
    Get a glass of sweet tea and the fried chicken waffle sandwich. Also on certain weekdays you can order half the benedict if you're not as hungry.
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    Tracey ChurraySeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Easily one of the best non "fine dining" places that I've eaten in manhattan. Fried chicken might have just beaten red rooster. Get the biscuits with everything - make it two orders.
  • Rachel P.heart icon on user image
    Rachel PortFebruary 1, 2015
    Chose the right place to try chicken and waffles for the first time!! Amazingly delicious chicken and the maple syrup is so tasty. Even on the Mac & cheese, which is also stupendous.
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    DANGER TAMSeptember 23, 2014
    If you need something to balance out the whole bucket of fried chicken, the summer salad is wonderfully seasoned and light. Cocktails are also needed to round out your perfect meal.
  • Sparkie
    SparkieAugust 29, 2014
    The menu includes shrimp and grits, a waffle benedict, and chicken and waffles in sandwich form (made with what Ryan Sutton calls some of the best new fried chicken in the city).
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    Samantha JoApril 7, 2017
    Best brunch in the east village. Def get the Bonuts. Not good for big groups and gets crowded. Arrive early and hungry.
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    SiobhánNovember 19, 2017
    Split the fried chickens with a friend and it was hard to finish! Also shared the poached pears which were incredible and the mac and cheese which was just the thing.
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    RcLAJanuary 1, 2017
    The bucket of chicken and brussel sprouts are a must, dinner was fantastic! The atmosphere was perfect for date night.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AxelbaumNovember 23, 2013
    The Root and Bone pop-up was a great sneak peak of things to come from these Top Chef alum. The little bites were amazing and the lamb meatloaf was so different it was great.
  • Katherine C.heart icon on user image
    Katherine ChiuJune 3, 2015
    No wait for late brunch usually. Rustic decor. Get the deviled eggs, biscuits and half/whole fried chicken. Sriracha honey and whiskey maple syrup packs a flavor punch. Drink was strong
  • Sandra C.
    Sandra C.February 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places for fried chicken. I'm not a dessert person, but I have a weakness for their sticky toffee pudding, the stout ice cream cuts the its sweetness perfectly.
  • Christopher D.heart icon on user image
    The fried chicken was amazing! So moist m, yet crispy. The waffles were delicious, as well. Would eat them again and again!!
  • Kelsey H.heart icon on user image
    Kelsey HuseApril 2, 2018
    Amazing fried chicken. Delicious biscuits, taste just like my mom’s and I’m southern so that’s a big deal. Must get Mac n cheese
  • M T.
    M TOctober 11, 2014
    They're a bit heavy on the salt and service is a little questionable. The food is AMAZING- fried chicken the juiciest ever, cornbread and jam delicious, macncheese very cheesy, biscuits are good.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    What’s the secret to Root & Bone’s mouthwatering chicken-and-waffle sandwich? Shh, the meat is brined in sweet tea with cayenne and paprika. Read more
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    陳雄暉 弟兄January 2, 2016
    I woke up late and didn't feel like eating anything. This is where you want to go when you feel this way. Perfect portions and kind staff are appetizing. ☕🍗
  • Taiowa W.heart icon on user image
    Taiowa WanerMarch 2, 2018
    Get the deviled eggs and some fried chicken and you will be happy. The cocktails are a perfect compliment to the chicken and will help wash it down.
  • Gavin
    GavinJuly 13, 2015
    Great place for a sit down with a whole fried chicken and their honey hot sauce. Mac and Cheese isn't heavy at all and the tater tops w/ sauce is on point.
  • Daniel M.heart icon on user image
    Daniel McDonoughFebruary 14, 2015
    The fried chicken is excellent. The half bucket is 4 pieces and perfect for 2 people to share. Start with the Angel's biscuits. Beers come in a fun glass.
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    Bart MassiAugust 26, 2019
    I got the Fried Chicken & Three. The chicken is on point; they either use pickle juice to brine or in the breading (I think the latter), and it comes through in every bite.
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