Jeff McInnis Opens Root & Bone in New York City

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Photos courtesy Root & Bone
Root & Bone. Jeff McInnis takes the South to South Manhattan.
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.

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.

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Bucket of bird at Root & Bone.
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.

Southern peaches take on the Big Apple.
Other offerings include grilled peaches "Caprese" with goat cheese ($12), braised short rib meat loaf ($21), and shrimp 'n' grits ($21).

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.

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Pathetic really... How about highlighting the Chefs and Restauranteurs that are truly contributing to the local food scene in Miami?! .... furthermore, you'd think such a "talented culinary duo" would come up with some new ideas, but I guess those are in short supply these days? 


place is amazing.. went for friends and family both thursday and friday.  Jeff changed his chicken and it is better then ever... Sorry yardbird...

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