I’m not sure what crazy person’s idea it was to take fried chicken and throw it on some waffles with syrup drizzled over the top, but it was probably the same person who thought it’d be a good idea to toss some BBQ chicken on a salad. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I salute you.
I’ve heard all about Root & Bone and it’s been on my list for quite some time now, but we finally squeezed it in.
Needless to say, it did not disappoint.
R&B is situated in the lower East Village (not to be confused with the Lower East Side) and has been serving up swanky – but casual – southern food and whiskey, dreamed up by Chef Jeff McInnis… who, by the way, is a total hunk.
Jeff has partnered with Janine Booth (also a total babe), both alumni of “Top Chef”, to bring New York City a plethora of southern food that is 100% approved by someone raised in the south (me).
Let’s get to the good stuff…
We got things started with Grandma Daisy’s angel biscuits (!!) and drunken deviled eggs (!!!!). What makes them drunken? Not totally sure about the eggs, but those who were consuming them (us) had had a couple of those Six Point Bucks (R&B’s bourbon answer to a Moscow Mule). There you have it – drunken deviled eggs!
We then moved on to the main show… chicken and waffles of course. These don’t *actually* come together on the menu (it’s not the chicken and waffle sammy), but you’re smart and I believe in you, so you will make them yourself when you combine the “bucket of bird” and melted cheddar waffle (located under Sides on the menu).
^ Don’t forget to sqeeeeeeeze that lemon all over.
… then top with the whiskey maple syrup… obviously…
Add a couple of sides (we went for the brussel sprouts and mac and cheese – which I highly recommend)…
…. And dig in, because you deserve it.
We were blown away by Root & Bone and I highly suggest you make the trip the next time you’re feeling the southern comfort food vibes when you’re far from the south.
The restaurant is small and is best for small to medium groups (also not a bad spot for a date night). It’s located on 3rd St and Ave B at 200 E 3rd St. Be sure to make a reservation, especially if you’re going in the evening or on weekends.
They also deliver through Grubhub, Seamless, and Caviar (just because the temperature is peaking above freezing and everyone’s coming out of hibernation doesn’t mean you have to – after all, spring is just code for new Game of Thrones season).