Best new neighborhood joint: Red Rooster Harlem

0

Comments

Add +

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Fried "yard bird" at Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Slow-braised oxtail at Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Shrimp with dirty rice at Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Donuts at Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Cheddar apple pie at Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Red Rooster Harlem

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Red Rooster Harlem

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Red Rooster Harlem


OTHER NOMINEES: Earl’s Beer and Cheese, Porsena

Every night’s a house party at Marcus Samuelsson’s uptown sensation—with a live-music jam session up front by the bar, huge portions of rib-sticking food in the hopping dining room and the chef among his guests playing host. It’s not a shocker, then, that the biggest thing to happen to the Harlem food scene since Sylvia’s opened in 1962 earned your votes over cozy spots across town (Earl’s Beer and Cheese) and downtown (Porsena). This is the platonic ideal of a neighborhood restaurant, jammed with an affable mix of first-timers and regulars, VIPs and working folk. On a recent Monday, the Rakiem Walker Project—a musical ensemble featuring Red Rooster waiters—had the whole joint jumping. The food on the tables was just as incendiary, a melting pot of potent flavors reflecting the neighborhood and the chef’s polyglot Swedish-Ethiopian roots: crispy fried chicken, fiery jerk bacon with a runny egg, Swedish meatballs and African-style piquant peanut soup. This must be what home tastes like when you’re from so many different places. Red Rooster Harlem, 310 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) between 125th and 126th Sts (212-792-9001, redroosterharlem.com)

RELATED
How to book the chef's table at Red Rooster Harlem
Harlem's original Red Rooster
Red Rooster Harlem chef Marcus Samuelsson featured in Most Stylish New Yorkers
Spend a day in Harlem

Users say

2 comments
J Spear
J Spear

Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Food varied from average/expected (mac n cheese) to divine (jerk bacon & eggs, catfish with grits). Service was warm, responsive, friendly and helpful. Definitely worth checking out. One of the best dining experiences I've had in a long while.

Morgan Dowdy
Morgan Dowdy

RE: Best new neighborhood joint: Red Rooster Harlem 1) Not a "joint" 2) Exclusive of vast majority of "neighborhood"