There are so many wonderful restaurants in New York City, that it would be impossible to eat at all of them. For my birthday, I wanted to try Root & Bone, located all the way down on 3rd St. and Avenue B. They specialize in Southern comfort food, and I just can't resist a good fried chicken.
Root & Bone is a really small restaurant, but one that utilizes its space well. When you walk in, there is the small take-out area with delicious smelling baked treats piled on the counter just tempting you to try and walk away without one or two.
The hostess seated us in the small dining room (with four tables) that also had one counter lined up facing the windows and one counter facing the open kitchen for extra seating space. Another small dining room with a few tables and a tiny bar that had four stools completing the seating spaces. It is a terrific use of a limited space.
We began with a couple glasses of wine, but they do have a cute cocktail menu. As an appetizer we shared the Drunken Deviled Eggs, which are an adorable pink color,
I ordered the Free Range Bucket of Bird, which is brined in a sweet tea and does not have a traditional heavy breading. It is served with a Tabasco honey sauce on the side. I got the Buckwheat Waffles with Cheddar on top and a Maple Syrup Sauce on the side.
|Half Bird Bucket of Chicken|
My husband ordered the Short Rib Meatloaf, which he enjoyed a great deal. I liked my fried chicken, but we both agreed that the waffles were out of this world and the highlight of the meal. Definitely get them if you go.
For dessert, we shared the Banana Pana Cotta that was very tasty and light, and served in a cute mason jar.
|Banana Pana Cotta|
The ambience is a funky, rustic casual feel, and with the small space the tables are close together, so you can make friends with your dining neighbors. The table next to us ordered the Shrimp and Grits, and it looked so good we decided we will get that next time.
It's a not a place where you can linger, they like to turn over their tables since they have so few, but for a quick, tasty meal, it's a place I can recommend.
Root & Bone's website is here. If you are lucky to live near there, they deliver.