Boots and Bones restaurant soft opens March 17

by newjerseyshores | Mar 17, 2023

Boots & Bones JCGet ready to roll up your sleeves, Jersey City. Boots and Bones will soft open Friday, March 17 at 6pm. The all-American restaurant, located at 116 Newark Avenue, will bring a touch of the South to Jersey City, along with delicious barbecue. (Note that they will have a limited menu during their soft opening). The restaurant is being launched by the hospitality team behind New York’s Chinese Tuxedo and Jersey City’s Six26 and The Ashford.

“Boots & Bones is an all-American restaurant with Southern soul barbecue as the bones of the restaurant,” says executive chef Kenny Callaghan. Callaghan worked at Union Square Cafe for eight years and was also responsible for ushering in a new era in New York barbecue with Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard, where Callaghan worked as executive chef and pitmaster. Along with restaurateur Danny Meyer, Callaghan also co-founded the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party — a 2-day festival that brought pitmasters from around the country to New York’s Madison Square Park.

“I love the diversity in New York and saw that here, which is why we chose to open in Jersey City,” says Callaghan. “We want New Yorkers to take the nine minute ride and experience [Boots & Bones].”

Boots and Bones Menu

In order to serve proper barbecue, Boots and Bones’ chef Callaghan oversaw the installation of two massive smokers at 116 Newark Avenue. With these smokers and Callaghan’s extensive barbecue skills, Boots and Bones will offer specials like St. Louis ribs, pork shoulder, beef brisket, smoked chicken, and smoked sausage. Other signature dishes will include gulf shrimp & grits, pulled pork on brioche, and a black angus burger. The menu will also feature custom-made sausage from New York’s Salumeria Biellese and Blue Stone Ground Anson Mills Grits.

While meat will be the main focus of the menu, vegetarians will also be able to enjoy a mix of dishes such as chef Callaghan’s smoked nut-crusted tofu kebabs.

“The menu at Boots & Bones will appeal to everyone, meat eaters, vegetarians, everyone,” says Callaghan. There will also be a family style menu for large groups and a special brunch menu for weekends.

Under The Boot speakeasy to open alongside Boots and Bones

Boots and Bones will feature a full cocktail program created by partner Chris Byrne. The beverage menu will include BBQ-friendly libations, a wine list, and domestic/craft beers. However, there will also be a lower-level lounge by the name of Under The Boot. The clandestine lounge will be reachable via a secret staircase located on the corner of Grove  and Morgan (behind Basile’s Pizza).

“Under the Boot will feature high-end bourbons that are not easily found,” says Callaghan. Signature cocktails will include the Smoked Old Fashioned featuring Angels Envy bourbon; the Medusa (Ketel One, blackberry cordial, St. Germain, fresh lemon juice); and the Hemingway Daiquiri (Bacardi, maraschino, fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice, simple syrup).

You can follow Boots & Bones via Instagram or checkout their website.

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