Top Chef star Jeff McInnis brings Southern American cooking and culture to New York in East Village. After eating at Yardbird in Miami, Florida (where McInnis previously cooked) my cousin suggested we check out Root & Bone in Alphabet City for brunch.
There was a 15-minute wait, so we sat on a bench outside, but once inside, the space looks more like the deep south than Alphabet City, with white brick walls and exposed light bulbs.
Since my cousin knows the chef I let her do the ordering: a fried chicken and waffle sandwich to share. The chicken is sweet tea brined and lemon dusted with spiked tabasco honey. Along with pickled green tomato and watercress, it’s stuffed into a waffle with cheddar and topped with whiskey maple syrup.
To start, we also split an order of shrimp and grits with Virginia country ham, Brooklyn lager jus, sauteed gulf shrimp, red onions and local upstate New York grits.
After a couple of cocktails (gin, watermelon, fresh lemon and sparkling wine) we were still hungry, so we sensibly decided to split a main: a half bird with Grandma Daisy’s Angel biscuits, which come with a side of local New York honey roasted chicken jus, fresh thyme and toasted benne seed sea salt.
Root & Bone is a great spot for anybody looking for southern cooking done right in Manhattan. Since the fried chicken and waffle sandwich was surprisingly light, I’d recommend the half or a whole bird for those looking to share.