In Chapter 3, “Hedging Her Bets” the narrator tries to get Krissy to step up her dating game by taking her to one of my favorite Harlem restaurants, Red Rooster Harlem.
Excerpt from Chapter 3 – “Hedging Her Bets”
“When we walked into the brimming Rooster, my friend whisked us to our table. Since it opened, the restaurant had been overflowing with the who’s who. Famed Swedish (by way of Ethiopia) chef Marcus Samuelsson struck gold when he decided to merge upscale dining and soul food right on the top edge of SoHa. Downtown elite flocked for the buzz and cool points, Harlem’s elite flocked for the convenience and people watching. Before the Rooster landed, we hadn’t had an “it” place in Harlem in a while, and it quickly became the place to be seen. Even President Obama made a well-noted visit when it first opened.”
Red Rooster Harlem is thrilled to join Harlem’s vibrant community alongside local legends like The Apollo Theater, Studio Museum, Sylvia’s, and The Schomburg Center. We named our restaurant after the legendary Harlem speakeasy that was located at 138th Street and 7th Avenue, where neighborhood folk, jazz greats, authors, politicians and some of the most noteworthy figures of the 20th Century – such as Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Nat King Cole and James Baldwin – would converge to enjoy drinks and music in an inviting atmosphere. At our Red Rooster, we want to embrace today’s Harlem with that same spirit of inclusiveness and community.
Co-Creators Andrew Chapman and Marcus Samuelsson have long wanted to open a restaurant that would have a positive impact on the neighborhood’s culinary landscape and its community at-large. We want to share the story of Harlem with our guests, and offer a platform to celebrate local artists, musicians and culinary talents. We aim to play a role in the future of Harlem, by hiring our family of staff from within the community; inspiring better eating through neighborhood cooking classes; and buying from local purveyors.
Harlem is a unique and historically rich neighborhood that we are honored to be part of. We invite you to please join us uptown and share the in the spirit of Harlem at Red Rooster.
Award-winning chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson was the youngest chef to ever receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times while at Aquavit as Executive Chef. In 2010 Marcus was the winner of Top Chef Masters Season 2 and also served as the guest chef for the first State Dinner of the Obama administration.
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“A scene to say the least”, Marcus Samuelsson’s “jumping Harlem joint” provides “outstanding” Southern-accented American fare and “wow” cocktails with a side of “superb” people-watching; maybe it’s “expensive for the neighborhood”, but nonetheless it’s “always packed”; P.S. there’s often live music downstairs at Ginny’s Supper Club.