Off the Eaten Path: root & bone
In the East Village I am constantly amazed by how quickly new restaurants pop up. I'm even more amazed by the restaurants who are able to continuously draw a crowd in a neighborhood over flowing with delicious options. Root & bone is one of those places. It's a small restaurant slightly tucked away from the chaos of Avenue B that serves up some of the most amazing southern inspired food I've ever had.
Warning the only downside to this amazing restaurant is that since its opening at the beginning of the summer there is always a wait. Brunch, lunch, or dinner time there is a wait, but don't worry there are a few ways to get around it. First off, they offer the full menu at Little Root Market, which is conveniently connected to the restaurant. This little take away stand is just as charming as the real thing, fast, and could easily make for an amazing southern picnic. If you do want to dine in you can also go late at night. I wound up going one night around 11pm and they gladly sat us right away.
Now for the important stuff. The small plates are all literally to die for. You must try the fried chicken and waffles sandwich. Words don't do it justice, so I'm just let the picture above give you a taste. We also had the grilled sweet corn on the cob, served with the husk and garnished with popped corn, which was equally as delicious. Obviously you have to have the fried chicken, but I definitely suggest sharing it because they do not skimp on portions.
Before you head out make sure to get a drink from the bar in the back. It has the most wonderfully charming rustic decor (and lots of good beers and cocktails too). Overall we had an amazing experience at root & bone. Would highly reccomend it to anyone who's looking for some real southern comfort.
200 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009