A destination restaurant, Red Rooster is the only reason many well-heeled New Yorkers ever come to Harlem. Three words why: Chef Marcus Samuelsson (also of Aquavit, he won Top Chef: Masters in 2012). So is it “all that”? I’m on the fence. Yes, it has a wonderful atmosphere (it’s one of the few truly multiracial social scenes in the city), a hopping bar, live music in the basement, and a handsome decor. Most of the appetizers—which, like the rest of the menu, range from Southern classics to African fare to Scandinavian cuisine—are delish. But when it comes to the pricier main dishes I’m inevitably disappointed, especially in the signature yard bird (fried chicken, very dry), and Helga’s meatballs (too heavy). Since I once lived in the neighborhood for six months, I ate there half a dozen times, and eventually started making my meals entirely of appetizers. If you do the same, I think you’ll enjoy the place immensely.
New York City
New York City› Restaurant
310 Lenox Ave (btw. 125th and 126th sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Harlem Hours Mon–Thur 11:30–3pm and 4:30–10:30pm; Fri 11:30¬–3pm and 4:30–11:30pm, Sat 10am–3:30pm and 4:30–11:30pm; Sun 10am–3:30pm and 4:30–10pm Transportation Subway: 2, 3 to 125th St Phone 212/792-9001 Prices Main courses $25–$48 Cuisine Type American/Scandinavian Web site Red Rooster
Map310 Lenox Ave New York City
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