The upscale steakhouse that occupies the space that once housed Blend nightclub has finally opened on Chestnut Street, according to Boozy Burbs. Roots, with locations in Morristown and Summit, has a bevy of dry-aged steak options, a full bar, wine lists and six beers on tap. Both the steaks and seafood is shipped fresh every day, and all dishes are made on-site, according to Boozy Burbs.
The restaurant, similar to a Ruth's Chris or Morton's, will be open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner. The Harvest Restaurant Group, which has 10 Roots locations in total, fully renovated the former nightclub. This is the tenth restaurant, third Roots Steakhouse location, and first entrance into Bergen County for the NJ-based Harvest Restaurant Group. The first and second Roots restaurants are in Summit and Morristown.
The details of Roots shouldn’t come as much of a surprise for seasoned diners. It’s an upscale steakhouse, in the vein of Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris, a place where Harvest’s Andy Silverstein wants people to “feeling like they’re dining in NYC”.
The menu (view on their website) is a la carte, with both dry aged and wet aged steaks (from 21-28 days depending on the cut). The chain is a “stickler” for fresh ingredients, bringing in both steaks and seafood (their section is considerably larger than most chains according to Silverstein) fresh everyday, and make everything from scratch including their fresh popovers (they come with each meal) and desserts.
The bar features a wine list of approximately 150-250 bottles, with 12-18 at any time by the glass. There is a specialty cocktail program and 6 beers on tap. This includes 2 from their sister restaurant Trap Rock Restaurant and Brewery in Berkeley Heights.
The 140 seat restaurant (The downstairs area, for those who remember the space, will eventually be converted into a private dining area) will operate for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
Roots Steakhouse 17 Chesnut Street, Ridgewood, NJ Website
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