Root & Bone

Root & Bone

Southern / Soul 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
  • Eater
    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
  • Jeremy J.
    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!
  • 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!
  • Jake R.
    Jake RubensteinJanuary 24
    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.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundJanuary 10, 2016
    Root and Bone has often been named the best Southern cooking in the city. The menu doesn’t go far beyond fried chicken, but whenever fried chicken comes in a basket, you know you don’t need anything
  • RC
    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.
  • Bin Y.
    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!
  • 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
  • wilfredo p.
    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.
  • Chris P.
    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.
  • Glenn
    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!
  • Rebecca M.
    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!
  • 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.
  • Caroline D.
    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.
  • Jackie S.
    Jackie SilvestriJuly 1, 2014
    Everything is AMAZING but the mac n cheese and chicken and waffle sandwich (the "Avenue A") stole the show. Pair it with an Arnold Palmer (perfect) and don't forget to make a wish on the way out!
  • Ranu R.
    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!
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesJune 4, 2017
    Those cheesy waffles are sweet and savory and moist and crunchy and exactly what late night dreams are made of
  • 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!
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle 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.
    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.
  • Adrian P.
    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
  • May ♍.
    May ♍October 22, 2017
    So cute! Totally dig the rustic vibe&attention to detail, mismatched plates, vintage decor. Kombucha cocktail is deceivingly strong but tasty, fried chicken was juicy. Biscuit and gravy was spot on👌
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenJanuary 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.
    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.
  • 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
  • Jason B.
    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!
  • Michelle R.
    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!
  • Caitlyn F.
    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!
  • Nate B.
    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.
  • Max B.
    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!
  • Armando
    ArmandoAugust 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).
  • Peter S.
    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
  • 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
  • Tracey C.
    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.
  • Ruby A.
    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.
  • 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.
  • DANGER T.
    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.
  • Rachel P.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 26, 2014
    From Ryan Sutton's 2 star review: "Let's get right to the meat of matter: Root & Bone serves New York's best new fried chicken." Read more
  • 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.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McNeeceAugust 8, 2014
    Well worth the wait. Get the bucket O bird and some cheddar waffles and wash it down with multiple orders from the drink menu. Really really good and very nice people
  • Katherine C.
    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
  • Christopher D.
    The fried chicken was amazing! So moist m, yet crispy. The waffles were delicious, as well. Would eat them again and again!!
  • Samantha J.
    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.
  • Siobhán
    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.
  • RcL
    RcLJanuary 1, 2017
    The bucket of chicken and brussel sprouts are a must, dinner was fantastic! The atmosphere was perfect for date night.
  • Daniel M.
    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.
  • Lady S.
    Lady SmileSeptember 6, 2016
    The food is delicious. Been here on 3 occasions and have never been disappointed with the food. The jury is still out on the service. I've only had great service on a weekday. 😕
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