Jeff McInnis Opens Root & Bone in New York City
Miami lost not one but two great chefs when the James Beard finalist and Janine Booth teamed up to open Root & Bone in the Big Apple.
Photos courtesy Root & Bone Root & Bone. Jeff McInnis takes the South to South Manhattan.
Instead of reflecting on things that could have been if the talented duo had decided to open a place in, say, MiMo or Wynwood, let's look on the positive side: Now you have a reason to visit your relatives up North.
They say Miami is the sixth borough anyway, so consider Root & Bone, which opens today, a great restaurant that's a bit of a schlep. Located in Manhattan's Alphabet City at 200 E. Third St., the eatery lends a bit of Southern charm to New York.
The menu feature a down-home array of goodies created by executive chef Jeff McInnis and chef de cuisine Janine Booth, with items that call to chefs' respective roots. McInnis is represented by the bucket of bird. A half ($16) or whole bird ($32) is sweet-tea-brined and then dusted with pickled lemon. An Australian rack of lamb ($27) pays homage to Booth's Aussie background.
Bucket of bird at Root & Bone.
McInnis spoke with Short Order about Root & Bone, how New York has been treating the talented team, and how it compares to Miami.
New Times: How does the food scene in Miami differ from New York? What's the good and bad of both?
Jeff McInnis: While the past decade has shown the tremendous growth of Miami's food scene, and I will always cherish being part of that, the food scene in New York is far more vast with many more culinary options. There are so many more restaurants here in general, so standing out among the massive crowd is key. The pace of things is also very different here and something someone from Miami must get used to, and fast.