Indoor & Outdoor Dining

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The Kitchen Step is proud to showcase our beautiful indoor dining space as well as our outdoor patio for an unforgettable dining experience. 

Currently, we are accepting reservations for dinner for our indoor dining room. Outdoor dining as well as Saturday & Sunday brunch are reserved for walk-ins on a first come, first served basis.

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To view this week's menu and place an order, click here.
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500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
201.721.6115 |

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Introducing The Kitchen Step, a neighborhood modern-American 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-course 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.


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.



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.


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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

The Kitchen Step is proud to showcase our beautiful indoor dining space as well as our outdoor patio for an unforgettable dining experience. Currently, we are accepting reservations for dinner for our indoor dining room. This can be done through our website, or over the phone with a reservationist. For brunch, we welcome guests for walk-in only. To be added to our waitlist, you may approach the host stand in person, and add a name & phone number. We will reach out to you as soon as a space becomes available. We are looking forward to serving you!


Monday - CLOSED

Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Saturday: brunch 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM | dinner 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sunday: brunch 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM | dinner 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Please Note: A 2.99% transaction fee will be assessed for all credit card transactions

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Kitchen Step is an upscale, modern-American neighborhood bistro located in the heart of downtown Jersey City.
We believe that our staff is our family, with every employee critical to delivering an overall excellent experience to our guests.

We are currently searching for several new team members to join our family.

If you or someone you may know shares in our passion, pleas fill out the form below with a few details about yourself & the position you are interested in and we will be in touch!

We look forward to working with you. 

**We are an equal opportunity employer**

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