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The Kitchen Step is located in the Historic Van Vorst District of Jersey City
500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302
p. 201.721.6115
e. info@kitchenstepjc.com


Monday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Saturday: brunch 11:00 AM - 2:45 PM | dinner 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sunday: brunch 10:00 AM - 2:45 PM | dinner 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Introducing The Kitchen Step, a neighborhood bistro in the downtown Van Vorst section that celebrates Jersey City’s rich history and delivers thoughtful market-inspired cuisine and craft cocktails in an intimate and inviting atmosphere.

Just as appropriate for an after-work drink as it is for a full-coursed dinner, The Kitchen Step offers a market-inspired modern American menu marked by executive chef Ryan DePersio’s creative, flavorful interpretations of classic American cuisine.


5 - 7 PM | $5 Battello Wines by the Glass & Draft Beer


We take our name from one of Jersey City’s most notable residents, Cornelius Van
Vorst. In the days of the “courtly Cornelius,” his mansion enjoyed great local fame for its generous hospitality and its kitchen step, which used to attract so many people to the Van Vorst garden gate. By appearance nothing more than a simple slab of marble, the step held great historical significance; before it was used by Van Vorst as a step from his kitchen to his beautiful garden, it served as the pedestal to a statue of King Edward III taken down in revolt by patriotic American citizens and served as a gravestone of Major John Smith of Britain’s army, thus earning its name 'a cornerstone of liberty.'

We hope to honor the spirit of Cornelius’ hospitality and celebrate his mark in Jersey City history by turning out fresh, welcoming cuisine for all of our guests.



A fixture of the Hoboken bar and restaurant scene for more than 15 years, The Kitchen Step is Checket’s third endeavor – including Hoboken’s Turtle Club and Battello, located in the Newport section of Jersey City.

A certified sommelier, Checket continues to pursue his passion to deliver exceptional food paired with flawless service all of his restaurants in the state.



Throughout his career, owner Joe Calafiore has assisted in opening of several notable New Jersey restaurants, including the opening of Battello where under his leadership the restaurant has flourished into one of New Jersey’s premier private dining and catering destinations.



Recognized as one of New Jersey’s most talented and respected chefs, executive chef Ryan DePersio brings a wealth of epicurean knowledge and award-winning experience to all of his kitchens.

At The Kitchen Step DePersio flexes his modern-american muscle, delivering a menu that regularly changes the seasons and features the best of what local markets have to offer in regard to ingredients and flavor.



Drawing from his vast experience in the restaurant industry, which has included stops at 3 West, Mendham Golf & Tennis Club, Battello and most recently Hoboken Turtle Club, Russell’s management style is centered on the philosophy that no sum is greater than its individual parts.

At The Kitchen Step, Russell leads a team in pursuit of the deliverance to guests an unforgettable culinary experience that can be described no other way than exceptional.



With a wealth of culinary experience and knowledge, barman Ray Keane’s career started in Chicago as a member of the pastry team of Michelin 3-star rated Alinea. A trained pastry chef, Keane takes aspects from all of his culinary experiences to craft thoughtfully seasoned cocktails that seek to evoke memories and excite ones taste buds.

At The Kitchen Step, Keane leads a cocktail program that showcases his diverse background, with libations that engage all of ones senses.

Private Dining

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The Kitchen Step's intimate and inviting atmosphere, market-inspired American cuisine and friendly service presents the perfect location for any celebration. Gather at The Kitchen Step with friends, family or business associates to celebrate your special occasion.

To inquire about hosting your event at The Kitchen Step, simply fill out the inquiry form on the right or call us at 201.721.6115.

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500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
201.721.6115 | info@kitchenstepjc.com

Reservations + General Inquiries: 201.721.6115; info@kitchenstepjc.com

To purchase a gift certificate, click here.

Marketing + Press inquiries: Casey Cotton, RELATIVE consulting, casey@relativeconsultants.com