Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 09/02/2014

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  • Root & Bone
    200 E. 3rd St., 646-682-7080, East Village, Manhattan
    Two Top Chef alums have put soul back into the Alphabet City space that once housed the long-running Mama's Food Shop. Jeff McInnis (season 5) and Janine Booth (season 11) make a convincing case selling Southern foodways to Northerners, especially when it comes to sweet-tea-brined, free-range chicken, deep fried and dusted with pickled lemon. Supper here should also include moist corn bread with clotted cream and house-made preserves, and a heap of waffle-cut fries with dill pickle salt and a piquant rémoulade dip. Gooey cheese sauce and bacon, for $1 extra, make them into a gourmet version of potato skins. And say "yes, please" to banana cream pie. Since bourbon is also big in the South, you'll see a lot of stellar labels, best drunk neat or on the rocks rather than muted in a cocktail. Right now, this joint is rocking and worth a detour.

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