Red Rooster

Red Rooster

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
460 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • cornbread
  • marcus samuelsson
  • lively
  • seafood
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  • Afi Y.
    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
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • Filippa E.
    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!
  • sam p.
    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!
  • 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
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonJanuary 19
    Hot chicken wings, cornbread, Brussels sprouts, & yardbird for 2 (includes Mac n cheese and other delights) were all very good. It's a loud spot, fun for a special occasion and good for groups.
  • Caroline R.
    Caroline RubinJune 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!
  • Vincent A.
    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.
  • Siettah
    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!
  • Sean B.
    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!
  • 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
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayJuly 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!!!
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfApril 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.
  • 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.
  • Em F.
    Em FeherAugust 10, 2013
    Place has a nice ambiance and the food is super yummy! Hellas meatballs is highly recommended. Then the party starts and it becomes a mad house! If you want a fun night out red roster is the place!
  • 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.
  • Samuel T.
    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.
  • Ed K.
    Ed KavisheDecember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nicole M.
    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.
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.January 12, 2014
    what a community. the warm kind of place you want to spend time in, hug the hostess, and keep coming back to order anything and everything on the menu. gospel brunch is also awesome!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Cynthia H.
    Dirty Rice and shrimp appetizer is excellent! Drunken noodles with spare Rib and octopus, excellent! Vibrant atmosphere and great service
  • Zachary T.
    Zachary TanoJanuary 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!
  • Liz D.
    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!
  • 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!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    To know: The burger's name is inspired by a triple-double score in basketball, an ode to the Harlem Globetrotters. It is made with two 4-ounce patties. Read more
  • 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.
  • Phanessa
    PhanessaMay 12, 2015
    No reservations on weekends, get in before 11am and avoid a long wait. Sundays feature amazing live music. Get the chicken and waffles, you won't regret it.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LachmanMarch 30, 2012
    Yard bird and Mac and greens. Appetizer tacos were a perfect light starter. For dessert get the sweet potato donuts. Make sure you go downstairs for some live music, cocktails and dancing.
  • D
    DFebruary 28, 2015
    Cauliflower soup, Fried yard bird with Mash potato & greens, Helgas meatballs, Corn bread and sweet potato donuts! Everything was Delicious!!!
  • 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.
  • Otelo B.
    Otelo BurningOctober 31, 2012
    Loved the biscuits and gravy, and arugula salad. Red Rooster is a great place to have dinner before heading to see a film at @myimagestudios. @oteloburning Opens Nov. 30!
  • 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.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusNovember 14, 2011
    President of the Apollo Theater, Jonelle Procope loves the Southern inspired cuisine and warm, diverse atmosphere here. Be sure to stroll down to the Apollo after your meal and read more on MetroFocus Read more
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakNovember 8, 2014
    We had the Harlem chowder for two, but it was actually for four. A delicious mountain of sealife topped with a whole lobster. Wine selection was great too.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJanuary 27, 2012
    Best soul food joint in Harlem, there's even music and dancing downstairs on Friday and Saturdays. Exceptional corn bread. Get the yard chicken and then have the sweet potato donuts for dessert.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 26, 2011
    Marcus Samuelsson's hotly anticipated Harlem global soul food joint is luring the food lovers and critics from across the city uptown. It's totally worth the trip. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Lilitherapy
    LilitherapyJuly 5, 2013
    ¡Cada bocado delicioso! ...Every bite delicious! Great food, coffee, desserts and service :D Chicken and Waffle!! Perfect!
  • Autumn W.
    Autumn WallerMarch 1, 2014
    Went for Harlem restaurant week. An amazing incredible lobster Mac collard greens and cheese. I'm pretty sure absolutely everything would have to be good here. Quality quality
  • Ariana V.
    Ariana VoyerSeptember 12
    Fried yardbird for two! Comes with mac & cheese, waffles, biscuits and a generous portion of fried chicken
  • Magnus H.
    Magnus HultMay 16, 2013
    Awesome ambiance, huge portions. Smart people around us came in larger groups and went for starters and sides to share, which should be more than enough food for anyone.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DollDecember 31, 2014
    Fun place for lunch! Combining soul food with a modern elegance and very pleasant staff. Reservations recommended as there can be a long wait at lunch.
  • Kerin L.
    Kerin LinJuly 9, 2013
    Can't go wrong with the chicken and waffles appetizer! Chop suey and jerk chicken were equally amazing. Pass on the rice pudding - the pina colada flavoring was overpowering.
  • Yolanda Shoshana
    Yolanda ShoshanaJune 29, 2011
    A classy spot in Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster is where it's at. The food is global, delicious, and epic. It's a sexy environment w/ a diverse crowd. The bourbon cocktails are off the hook!
  • Osei V.
    Osei VJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Bourbon fan? Ask the bartender for the "Earl of Harlem". Great mix drink with Marcus' own peanut infused bourbon (100% rye), Earl Grey syrup w/ touch of coriander, honey, lemon juice, etc. Enjoy!
  • Harlem G.
    Harlem GuideMay 16, 2013
    My dining experience was good and the staff was very attentive and accommodating. The meals here are pricey for the typical Harlem resident but the cornbread makes it worth it.
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽May 2, 2011
    Try the dirty rice and shrimp, perfect harmony of spices and tempered heat, offset by creme fraiche type sauce on the perfectly grilled shrimp; the toasted rice bits stuck to the skillet are a treat !
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