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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Weekend Cooking- Root & Bone Restaurant

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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,

Deviled Eggs

and Grandma Daisy's Angel Biscuits, served with a side of chicken au jus.

 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

Buckwheat Waflles

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.


  1. This isn't my usual style of food, but I think you've converted me! I still haven't tried the chicken and waffles combo anywhere, but this sounds fantastic!

  2. I love the presentations. So appealing. And the portions look generous. That short rib meatloaf sounds to die for.

  3. I love your restaurant recommendations - I need to try this place!

  4. It's a good thing I'm already hungry because the food looks amazing! I love the idea of the waffles and that banana pana cotta looks drool worthy. What a fantastic meal! Sounds like you had a very lovely birthday!

  5. Always great to hear about your restaurant adventures! Love that pana cotta presentation and those waffles look decadent. Yum!

  6. Oooh - I LOVE Southern comfort food. And, the lower east side has some fantastic restaurants. Those deviled eggs (and the waffles) look delicious! I wonder what made the eggs pink?

  7. Yum, yum! That pana cotta in the Mason jar is a cute idea and looks delicious. And Tabasco honey sauce - sign me up!

  8. Those are the fanciest deviled eggs I have ever seen. Ever. Great looking meal. You certainly have many choices of restaurants in NYC.

  9. Man oh man, if I ever get to NYC the list of restaurants to try is going to be next to impossible, though it would be fun just attempting that.

  10. The name of the restaurant made me giggle as an Australasian. Root has the same meaning here as the F word. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  11. Sounds like a lovely place :)
    Happy Birthday!

    Happy cooking and booking,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out