Red Rooster

Red Rooster

Southern Food Restaurant$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
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    "Mac and cheese, fried yardbird... It's top-notch and worth the trip."(15 Tips)
    "celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s take on American comfort fare"(10 Tips)
    Elizabeth B.
    "Also get the cornbread, sundae, and madame petal cocktail - so good."(81 Tips)
    Jennifer C.
    "The fried yard bird is awesome!"(10 Tips)
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  • Southern food
  • cornbread
  • marcus samuelsson
  • fried yardbird
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  • Ondrej S.heart icon on user image
    Ondrej SedlacekNovember 5, 2018
    Real good Southern comfort food in a cool venue. If the weather permits chill outside and soak up the Harlem vibe. Crispy chicken really hit the spot. Roxy behind the bar was a gem. Very solid 9/10.
  • Sam P.heart icon on user image
    Sam PezzulloNovember 21, 2013
    Marcus Samuelsson hit a grand slam. The ambiance is terrific; like a contemporary speakeasy. The food is even better. Try the mac & greens, crayfish grits, red caesar, and the dirty rice & shrimp!
    Upvoted Mar 24
  • Afi Y.heart icon on user image
    Afi Yellow-DukeMarch 3, 2016
    came to celebrate the other night, and we did. it's all delicious (split the fried bird royale if you can: it's for 3 people), the service is great, and the music's on point. 10/10 would recommend
  • Filippa E.heart icon on user image
    Filippa Edberg-ManuelJanuary 27, 2016
    Delicious mix of Northern and Southern comfort food served up by Swedish/Ethiopian chef Marcus Samuelsson's. Helga's spicy meatballs, hot fried chicken and waffles, Harlem Chowder...go there hungry!
  • Andie R.heart icon on user image
    Andie ReaAugust 13, 2018
    Every single dish was phenomenal. The cold corn chowder was unique and amazing. For dessert, actually preferred the Tiramisu to the Rum Pineapple Upside down cake.
  • Silene L.heart icon on user image
    Silene LimDecember 17, 2018
    We had the cornbread with maple butter which was like dessert, along with the deviled eggs which were delicious, lunch prix fix $30. Fried chicken and shrimp with grits. Delicious! Did not disappoint!
  • Greg T.
    Greg TanFebruary 3, 2019
    Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. When in doubt, fried chicken (it’s a 1/2 chicken!), Mac & cheese. Roxxy the bartender is amazing, super attentive and friendly!
  • Kathleen V.heart icon on user image
    Kathleen VargasOctober 16, 2017
    The food is amazing!! Corn bread hits the spot and the fried chicken ugh to die for! Just keep in mind that it's a long wait but you would be happy you waited :)
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinFebruary 11, 2019
    Split the fried bird royale, its incredible! Also get the cornbread, sundae, and madame petal cocktail - so good. Obamatini is good but spicy
  • Alex P.heart icon on user image
    Alex PyatetskyJune 25, 2017
    #1 all respect to Marcus. Great vibe, ambiance, community #2 food is good, but not lifetime of hype good. My fav was chicken and waffles. But 💯, the gold standard for friend chicken is still Popeyes.
  • Stephen C.heart icon on user image
    Stephen CallahanJune 17, 2018
    This place rocks. We got the Obama Ribs but next time it will be Jambalaya. Nice wine list very well priced and vibrant bar. A clear destination stop. Stroll over a block or two and we the Apollo.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatFebruary 2, 2012
    One of Harlem's best soul food spots, Red Rooster features a gospel group that performs on the weekends. The Yard Bird is a must have, but don't forget to make a reservation.
  • Caroline S.heart icon on user image
    Caroline SchulweisJune 21, 2014
    Start with the corn bread and collard greens for the table. The preserved lemon Aleppo chicken was delicious and a healthy option. Go downstairs to Ginney's Supper Club after for live music & drinks!
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CJanuary 4, 2020
    It was very tasty and everything was perfectly seasoned-best thing was the mac/greens and brussel sprouts, but it just felt very commercialized + quite pricey!! Go to amy ruths for more authentic vibe
  • Krista S.
    Krista Sande-KerbackDecember 31, 2011
    Start off with a signature cocktail, and then I recommend the crabcakes, fried yard bird, or salmon. The pumpkin cake was soft and decadent. Portions seemed just right, and everything hit the spot.
  • citizenM
    citizenMOctober 15, 2014
    His menu has Southern comfort food such as biscuits, cornbread and fried chicken, as well as some Scandinavian classics such as Helga’s meatballs, and Gravlax. Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistFebruary 17, 2014
    Head to "midnight brunch" between 12am- 4am for a killer burger, steak and eggs, or the Bob Harris Ramen with spicy beef and miso broth. Read more
  • Mariel L.heart icon on user image
    Mariel LëmairNovember 19, 2016
    During Fall/Winter try their old fashioned spiced Swedish Glögg cocktail/drink (which is basically a warm red wine drink with a conglomerate of spices in it. They have the recipe down to perfection!
  • Siettahheart icon on user image
    SiettahFebruary 8, 2015
    The Yard Bird was even better than I expected. Delicious greens and the creamiest mashed potatoes I've ever had. The cocktails are strong, try the Brownstoner!
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LJanuary 20, 2019
    How do they make that Yep chicken & waffle so good?!? The chicken is so crispy, tender, juicy, and just a bit spicy with a little sweetness in the waffle to compliment it. Amazing
  • Vincent A.heart icon on user image
    Vincent AcevedoMarch 31, 2014
    To start, try the deviled eggs...simple and delicious. The lamb rib appetizer is a tasty and spicy way to get the dinner going. And the oxtail pasta only leaves you wanting more. Loved everything.
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 19, 2011
    Located in the heart of Harlem, Red Rooster serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. — Mamajo
  • Charlottesheart icon on user image
    CharlottesApril 23, 2015
    Such great energy here. DJ was setting up when we left for the Apollo, but good times were infectious. Or maybe it was the cocktails. I had an Obamatini and Negroni both delicious and packed a punch.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanMay 27, 2015
    Their corn bread is excellent. Soft, great crust, and a certain rawness about it that brings out the most flavor you could expect. The tomato jam they serve with it is excellent as well.
  • Sean B.heart icon on user image
    Sean BesserMay 14, 2013
    Solid food & drinks (Loved the Fried YardBird), but this is a must see place for the almost too good to be true vibe & atmosphere. Hang at the bar to really take it in. Totally worth the trip uptown!
  • Samuel T.heart icon on user image
    Samuel TurnerMarch 3, 2015
    Great for private events. They hosted my wife's birthday brunch and it was perfect. They have a great atmosphere, southern cuisine, and friendly staff. The best spot in Harlem. Highly recommended.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerriJuly 8, 2013
    The pre-fixe lunch is a clear winner. Get the radish salad, then follow up with Helga's Meatballs (best cucumbers on the planet). Finish it off with the raspberry tart and get a pic with Marcus S!!!
  • Dennis B.heart icon on user image
    Dennis BFebruary 8, 2020
    Amazing fried chicken at brunch but super un-amazing weekend reservation policy (they now don’t take brunch reservations). That’s a little ridiculous and I’ll pass from now on...
  • Catherine A.heart icon on user image
    Catherine AMarch 24
    Thigh and drumstick were huge and delicious. Would go back for those. Mac&greens tasted good but Mac was overcooked so not much texture. Any drink can be made into a mocktail.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson’s town house in Harlem serves a mix of multi-culti comfort food (fried “yardbird,” cured meats, and fish tacos). It's every bit as fun and stylish as the chef himself.
  • John C.
    John CarterApril 14, 2013
    Red rooster has a very friendly staff and a very delightful ambiance. I had the pork and beans with a fried egg and pickled cabbage, it was delicious! They also had a wonderful band playing at 11am!
  • Damon S.heart icon on user image
    Damon SununtnasukMarch 22, 2017
    A bit overpriced for the small portions. The collar green mac and cheese was the best dish we had. The Sunday Gospel Brunch is actually downstairs in Ginny's Supper Club. Upstairs is just live music.
  • Ellen P.
    Ellen PetitAugust 14, 2017
    Everything you want in a night out! Great bartenders, skilled & very engaging. Incredibly talented musicians and an overall fun crowd. Next time I'll be back for dinner!
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChiangDecember 9, 2013
    Deviled eggs, fish& (cheese) grits are great . Yard chicken is still good just not mindblowing like expected. Live music. Full bar. Awesome staff and one of the places with the best hospitality
  • Cynthia H.heart icon on user image
    Cynthia HultbergMarch 10, 2016
    Dirty Rice and shrimp appetizer is excellent! Drunken noodles with spare Rib and octopus, excellent! Vibrant atmosphere and great service
  • Zacharyheart icon on user image
    ZacharyJanuary 5, 2015
    I'm pretty sure a chemical reaction occurred between the Red Stripe and corn bread that left me pleasantly full and could probably end the obesity epidemic. Go for the corn bread and Caribbean bacon!
  • Ed K.
    Ed KavisheDecember 23, 2012
    One of the best restaurants in New York City a must visit, don't forget to try the Helga's Meatballs Atmosphere is amazing and Chef Marcus is quite a gentleman, check out the bar downstairs JAZZ
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 18, 2018
    Like an uptown Pastis, the sprawling space is inviting and buzzy—the place to be, north of 110th Street. Read more
  • Compass
    CompassMay 15, 2014
    Jerk catfish sandwiches and oxtail stew are among the ways that celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s take on American comfort fare gives equal nod to his ethnic roots and present-day neighborhood.
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LeeOctober 23, 2016
    Difficult to get a walk in seat on weekends. Highlights of our meal include: fried yardbird and mac n greens. You can also order a side of grits (not on menu)
  • Shah A.
    Shah Abdul-WahidMarch 27, 2013
    Believe the hype and make the trek. The corn bread is amazing. As is the dark meat fried chicken plate. Live jazz music and friendly crowd make for a great night out. Can't wait to go back.
  • Sean S.heart icon on user image
    Sean SmithApril 2, 2017
    Definitely worth a trip. Always have the fried chicken, even if just wings as an appetizer, you will not regret it. All portions are good, so prepare to leave full.
  • Nicole M.heart icon on user image
    Nicole MarkhamSeptember 10, 2013
    Amazing meal! Ambience is great and the food is too! Had the cornbread, salmon gazpacho, and strawberry shortcake w/ homemade ice-cream. Definitely recommend checking out this jewel in Harlem.
  • Liz D.heart icon on user image
    Liz DellAugust 31, 2014
    Bourbon infused cocktails are good. Mac and cheese is intense but delicious. It's a fun spot with a good time vibe. Save room for the sweet potato doughnuts for dessert!
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TaiJune 17, 2013
    Chef Marcus Samuelsson really shows why he won Top Chef Masters and his brilliance at Red Rooster Harlem. Top 3 things for dinner are the Fried Yardbird, the cornbread, and the Mac & Greens!
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 21, 2021
    Esquire: You can’t really attempt to “drop in” for a quick snack of yardbird or shrimp & grits, because before long you’re caught up in conversations with neighboring tables...
  • Patricia A.
    What happens when an Ethiopian born, Swedish bred chef tackles Southern comfort food? it's all good. Never thought grilled Grouper could displace catfish alongside my grits but was I wrong. Must go!
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJanuary 29, 2019
    This place is a scene with eclectic decor and incredible food by famed Chef Samuelsson. Sit at the bar to take in more of the ambiance. Order a side of the Mac & Greens.
  • Ravi R L.heart icon on user image
    Ravi R LalMarch 2, 2020
    Cornbread and sweet potato pudding was like having dessert for starters 🤩 gravy croissant and yardbird were delicious with the fried chicken impressively seasoned different for both
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 28, 2015
    Skip spicy salmon-no spice and 3 pieces on mashed potato for $14. Crispy kale side was deep fried with roasted apple and candied walnuts $7.
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