At the brand new Root and Bone, Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth are taking Southern food up a notch. Zagat editor Molly Moker filed the following report for NY1.
Located in the old Mama's Food Shop space, the former Top Chef contestants are dishing up their own take on Southern fare, but with a gourmet twist.
"Basically, we're taking Southern comforts that have been around for centuries and just trying to elevate them a little bit. So Jeff is from the South, and we've taken some of his grandmother's recipes and you'll see a lot of them on the menu," Booth says.
"We're paying respects to the classics and doing what you should do to Southern food, which is the classic way, but we did put a little kick too. For our version of fried chicken, we took some lemons and we dehydrated them and put a little bit of a lemon powder over the chicken, so you get this little zesty tang to it," McInnis says.
Root and Bone serves lunch, brunch and dinner, plus there’s a walk-up counter that’s open until 2 a.m. on the weekends. Hello late-night fried chicken!
"We have a really cool market which we're going to open at 11:30 every day. We're going to feature a lot of fresh ingredients. Yes, you'll be able to get a fried chicken, but even better than that: there will be a lot of fresh salads and a lot of fresh roasted vegetables, specifically roasted roots and such. Of course, sandwiches. There will be an array of different chicken sandwiches, and of course, we'll have a BLT in there. But we think the late-night fried chicken is going to be the one that's going to drive it home," McInnis says.
Not to be outdone is the beverage program, which features a large Bourbon selection, barrel-aged cocktails and wine from Australia.
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