Comfort food has taken over the restaurant scene across this country for awhile. It almost seems that every new restaurant is about the casual scene each toting the best this or the best that. I've seen a lot of burgers, noodles, and fried chicken places pop up recently. I'm wary about a lot of these new places but when Root & Bone hit the market with rave reviews of their fried chicken, I had to check it out. My favorite, Bob White, is fantastic and I wanted to know if Root & Bone would measure up. So off I went with Dessert Zombie in tow to celebrate some happy life changes. We sat at a two top table in a fairly small restaurant. Expect to be elbow to elbow with your neighbors. They try to squeeze in as many tables as possible in this place. We arrived at an early 5:45pm for dinner and the place was packed by 6:30pm. All this on a weekday. Yup, it certainly is a buzzed about place.
And now the chicken. The fried chicken is sweet tea brined, fried, then lemon dusted. They also come with a side of spiked tabasco honey. Dessert Zombie and I inquired about getting all dark meat as neither one of use wanted to take the breast meat. And they happily obliged! We each had a drumstick and thigh to enjoy. Four pieces of chicken for $18. So how was the chicken? Really good in fact. The skin was really crispy, the meat juicy and seasoned, and the lemon dust gave everything a nice tang. The spike tabasco honey was really good as well. I surprised myself and kept dousing that stuff on the chicken and biscuits. I was addicted.
Root & Bone
200 E 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009