On Thursday, April 2, James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny's Supper Club) will open his latest uptown eatery, Streetbird Rotisserie, a Harlem kitchenette highlighting the namesake bird in dishes that span the globe. A nod to his multicultural upbringing, the celebutoque's menu features stir-fried noodles twirled with cabbage, scallions and either chicken, shrimp or tofu; a house-made fermented tortilla loaded with shredded rotisserie chicken, mole and pickled red onions; and a black kale salad tossed with toasted rice, green beans and coconut-lime vinaigrette. Of course, there's also a slow-cooked bird served with a slew of sauces like barbecue, jerk and sweet soy.
At the bar, expect sips like the Juicy Fruit (rum, mango puree) spiked with pickle juice and the Round'a Way Bourbon (tea, tamarind). There are also a number of nonalcoholic options, including fresh-pressed juices like the Bishop, which blends fresh carrot and orange with cardamom and turmeric, and the Big and Kim made with collard greens, apple and ginger.
The restaurant is decked out with a range of hip-hop paraphernalia spanning the late '70s to early '90s, including a floor-to-ceiling installation of boom-box stereos, Beastie Boy album covers, graffiti art and Run DMC portraits. The centerpieces of the space, however, are the historic Harlem elements: reclaimed church pews, a salvaged subway door and even a vintage marquee sign recovered from the iconic M&G Diner that reads "old fashion' but good." 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) at 116th St (212-206-2557, streetbirdnyc.com)
Check out the dishes, drinks and dining room:
C. Chavez Tack Tack at StreetbirdPhotograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Rotisserie chicken at StreetbirdPhotograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Sho' Nuff noodles at StreetbirdPhotograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Sweet Dog at StreetbirdPhotograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Juicy Fruit at StreetbirdPhotograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Word Up margarita at StreetbirdPhotograph: Paul Wagtouicz