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This rating is long overdue. I for one held off on going to Red Rooster because of all the hype but it did not disappoint. We went on a Friday for dinner and drinks. The service was great and the clientele was a mix of locals and tourists. We tried an assortment of dishes- our favorites were the oxtail pasta and the salmon tostadas. We also enjoyed the huge portion of jerk pork. Taking a star off because one of the bartenders was very heavy with the sweet and sour mix in all her drinks.
I was incredibly impressed by the service at Red Rooster. A friend and I walked in on a Friday night and in a stroke of great serendipity, they found us some space at a table! Even though we were clearly not big spenders (and were surrounded by folks who likely were) the staff were attentive, organized, and utterly on top of their game. The hostess, our waiter, the runners, and the manager were clearly working together seamlessly. When my dining companion asked about details of food preparation, including what kind of oil the fries were cooked in, our waiter was knowledgeable, respectful, and efficient. He asked pertinent questions that made it clear he was determined to get a great meal on the table that she could enjoy without any worries. It was a delightful experience.
Great atmosphere. Creative food. A truly special place in Harlem. Make sure to order the cornbread with honey butter, the mac and greens with lobster, the grilled salmon, the oxtail pappardelle, and the doughnuts for dessert. Those are my absolute favorite dishes, though all of the entrees are pretty good, depending on what you are in the mood for. Weekday lunch is fine to walk in and get a table, however you probably should make a reservation for dinners and weekends. It gets pretty packed.
The bar is one of the busiest and most frequented in Harlem. The cocktails are really good. In the summer I really enjoy the Rooster Punch, a spin on the classic rum punch. A very good friend of mine enjoys the brownstoner, one their signature bourbon-infused cocktails. The wine selection is solid, featuring a really delicious german riesling that is on the sweeter side.
I must note that I have been eating here from the first week it opened. I have seen both the physical space and the menu evolve. I definitely recommend a visit whether you're a native New Yorker or an out-of-towner.
Went to this restaurant while visiting the Big Apple. The atmosphere was wonderful. The staff was so incredibly nice, friendly and welcoming. The food was exceptional. My friends and I posted every artfully plated item of food we ate on instagram. The plates were beautiful and the desserts mouth watering. The only downside is that I did not get to meet Chef Marcus Samuelsson. If ever in New York again, I will return. Thanks for the great time and exceptional dinning experience!
Had my worst restaurant experience.
Made a 7:30pm dinner reservation for a party of 5 to celebrate 2 birthdays. Waited for 45 minutes... still no table... so the hostess brought 5 glasses of Procecco. I was served last; I told the hostess I don't drink. Before I could even ask for a non-alcoholic beverage she was gone. We waited another 10 minutes, and again went to ask the hostess about being seated. The same answer a before - it will be just another minute or so. I waited about 5 minutes, asked the hostess again and left.
Do not eat here unless you like to be treated badly. Personally Red Rooster Harlem should be CHOPPED.
Authentic, vintage decor - amazing overall atmosphere. Excellent customer service, very attentive. Very well kept; clean, smells good - very intimate and maintained bathrooms. Lots of different dining rooms (from outside when the weather is nice, to the bar/main dining room, and the rooms downstairs). Of course, the food is exquisite. More of a contemporary approach to soul food - or new American - takes southern staples and adds modern flair (like cornbread with honey butter and tomato jam). More of a fine dining establishment than an institution - but makes an effort to keep the culture alive. Must visit - and though it is expensive, the quality is there.
Red Rooster is slightly overrated, but don't take that as a reason not to go! The ambiance is really nice. Trendy, posh, and cultural. Located right on 125th, it's easily accessible. It's a popular restaurant, so we had to wait to get a table. It took about half an hour, so I wasn't too mad. We sat outside, but it wasn't bad beacuse it was warm.
The food was delish. The portions are on the smaller side, but that's to be expected. The peanut butter pie was my favorite part of the meal. So good. The white wine, Resling I think, was great as well.
I think at night they have acts come sing, usually jazz or something like that. It really sets the mood. I will definitely be back!
Great Pub and wonderful atmosphere. I am going back there often.
What a great location and atmosphere. The live music and spontaneous dancing is wildly fun and unlike most New York City restaurants. The night time crowd is a little much, so making a reservation is recommended and don't be offended if the bar tender doesn't acknowledge you right away or forgets to bring your check - its busy ... I just wish they had a little better bar set up for when it is crowded because it is not the most comfortable setting. Otherwise, everyone is great and the food is wonderful. Not a huge variety for vegetarians, however.
Was awed by the distinct flavors that exploded in the dishes I tried. Got to meet and chat with Master Chef Marcus Samuelsson #PERFECT
I hesitated going - heard great things, but thought it might be a bit of a tourist destination. Instead, had a great time, great meal, and a commitment to go back as often as I can. The gospel brunch is a highlight.
I went on a Sunday night with my husband. About a 20 minute wait. I ordered the Mac n Greens with lobster. I thought the mac n cheese would come separately from greens. But they were actually together. It tasted amazing. I highly recommend it. My husband got the meatballs which tasted great. We sat outside because it was such a beautiful evening. They also had live music going on inside. It was awesome. I will be returning.
The best thing about this place are the customers. The service was lacking as was the food and wine which gave our entire party significant GI upset. Definitely not to be repeated!!
The food in this Marcus Samuelsson restaurant is impressive. Most of the dishes are stick-to-your-ribs yummy and incredibly flavorful. The service is wonderful; every single staff member that I've interacted with has been very friendly. I love how the decor is casual and colorful; it feels as though only the food is being used to speak to the upscale nature of this restaurant. I will definitely return for another meal here in the future.
Eat there in a group of 7. Seafood chowder for 2 was massive, could easily be enough for 4. Burgers were great. Swedish meatballs were incredible ( there mainly Swedish in our. group)
People talk about this place like it's a cult classic. And the atmosphere and decor are nothing short of that. Service is also excellent.
But the food - "comfort food" - is boring and unhealthy, and the prices are way to high for that quality of food.
delicious. the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. my no doctor was so tasty and i don't really like bourbon that much. try the brownie sundae with popcorn icecream. sounds crazy but what a treat. who knew that chicken liver butter on a waffle could be so addicting??
Cute ambience and concept, I wish their service would match up the reputation.
I went out for dinner with my father and the food was on the money. The atmosphere was smooth and cool. The waiters and hostess were courteous and pleasant. I enjoyed myself and would recommend this to anyone who wishes for a Harlem vibe and a good time.
The atmosphere was nice the drinks was good. I'm a real fan of the owner because Top Chef was my favorite show and I really was happy when he won. The food was awesome we had the shrimp and dirty rice and a double burger I believe. We ate the shrimp twice but I ordered the island bites and that was the only thing I was disappointed about. The cod fish was too salty which ruined them. Other than that everything was great. I hope to meet the owner one day. I think he did an awesome job. God bless.
Great pre Apollo Theatre meal. Jag the spring spaghetti and the shrimp and grits. The tastes were great and the flavors blended well. Management was accommodating when they seated a woman next to me worth so much perfume she smelled like she fell into a street vendor's table of inscents and essential oils.
This is the second of Marcus Samuelson's restaurants that I have been to, and I have to say I was slightly disappointed with this one.
Red Rooster is one of the most popular restaurants both in Harlem and New York City, but the meal that I had left much to be desired. While I really like the interesting blend of ingredients that Marcus is famous for creating, I found the food to be lacking flavor.
The staff was very friendly and attentive.
Didn't love it, didn't hate it.
The worst experience at a New York restaurant. First, a rude and un accommodating hostess, and then an unserviceable and bitchy server/bartender, had to wave and call out three times to get him to serve me, asked for my check twice and he was upset, showed an attitude the second time I did it.
The food was not even ok, borderline bad, ordered the upgraded mac and cheese with lobster (extra $9 for that) and it barely had 3 little lobster pieces and tasted just ok, the wings were bland. And expensive to top it all.
I didn't understand all the hype about this place, would not go back.
Took my daughter and friends here for her birthday. We had such a good time . I liked the atmosphere and the food was great. Will be back soon.
The food is great which is why is usually crowded. But the hosts and staff haven't quite figured out a system to quickly seat and serve patrons in a manner that doesn't affect their delicious plates. Even with a reservation my friends and I ended up waiting 45 minutes to be seated then another 15 minutes before our order was taken. we don't mind waiting for perfection but that was a bit long and we still needed up at a community table. This happened on three separate occasions. I'll still go there because the foods great but only on days when I'm not starving and I don't have anything else to do afterwards that I would be late for.
This Harlem dining destination is home to Chef Marcus Samuelsson. He lives in the neighborhood and the menu shows a clear nod to the prevalence of soul food as a prime cuisine.
The menu offers an array of wonderfully prepared and presented dishes. My preference is the perfectly fried chicken and waffles. It is served with a chicken liver butter that is shockingly addictive.
Generous portions, perhaps a little too much given the richness of the food. Great experience however - good staff and lovely beers. (Mothers Milk was superb)
Service could use work. I came in to order a pickup since I live around the corner, the hostess let me know I could order at the bar before the kitchen closes. The bartender told me she could not put my order in and referred me to the restaurant to order from a server, the server who looked like a deer caught in headlights told me she could not take my order and proceeded. I believe it was a manager that came to my attention quickly after, she tried her best to accommodate but by that time I had a bad taste in my mouth. I work in be service industry and that was very disappointing.
Having resigned ourselves to the reality that Red Rooster now exists for the tourists, we returned after a long hiatus and were quite pleased with the food and service. The fried catfish and leg of lamb were delicious, and the duck liver macaroons were creative. (I don't recommend the dessert macaroons because the texture is all wrong--they are very heavy and dry.) Our server really made the evening. Far from exhibiting the slick attitude that has characterized the place lately, he gracefully handled our dietary restrictions and time constraint, gave good advice, and was extremely pleasant. I would gladly dine with him again!
2013: Sadly, the restaurant has become more of a tourist attraction than a neighborhood gathering place. While the food is still good, the service has gone down the toilet. During our fifth and last visit, we were given the "first time" tourist treatment. The staff tried to sell us a wine of a cheaper vintage than was listed on their menu (at the same price of course)--three times! To top it off, when our table was not ready upon our arrival (not a big deal) the host gave complimentary drinks to other diners who arrived at the same time we did, ignoring us completely! I can only hope that once the hype wears off the Red Rooster will return to its classy neighborhood roots.
I love the Red Rooster, and it's not just Harlem pride. From the drinks to the menu to the music, it's a great place for a special occasion or just getting together with friends.
I've had brunch, dinner, and supper at Ginny's. The meat (lamb, chicken, fish) is fantastic. I find the legumes (black-eyed peas, lentils) a bit dry. Veggies (e.g. roasted winter vegetables) are amazing! Service is top-notch, and they are very accommodating of dietary needs. If you can catch some live music (gospel brunch or evening jazz) all the better!
The place only gets more popular. I strongly advise a reservation!
I came to new York for the first time and my first night there I went to Jay-Z's 40/40 club. In there I met a guy there and we were talking and I happened to start talking about Harlem with the guy. He immediately told me if I went to Harlem that it was a must to go to Red Rooster cause the chef cooked for Obama. Second I heard that I knew my mom would go. They open for dinner at 430pm. We got there at 5pm sat down right away with no reservation and the place was packed. As I sat there with my mom, I had a cowboys hat on and a gentleman started asking me questions about the Cowboys season and little did I know it was Chef Marcus that I was talking to. He then started to tell me Emmitt smith came there often for a intercity kids program and how Smith makes sure they come by his restaurant. So Marcus can feed and talk to the kids also. I thought that was awesome. He took a picture with me too! Now the meal was out of this world. I had "the shrimp, hog and grits". I had never tasted something so unique and flavorful. Seriously if you are in Harlem and you don't go, it would be a sin!
A sophisticated upscale spot that's got great inventive food. Friendly service and a great atmosphere. The fried chicken is phenomenal. The cocktails are excellent.
One of my favorite places in NYC! Great food, great service, great live music! Come prepared to wait to be seated. But the experience is worth the wait! The waiters are very professional and provide excellent service. The live jazz on Mondays is second to NONE.
One of the best southern foods in NYC. Fried chicken with waffles are the must order. Rooster Royale is a great drink. Meatballs are good but not very spicy. Service is great and ambiance is upbeat. Definitely worth the visit!
I have been to Red Rooster several times in the past on my visits to NYC. However during my visit to Red Rooster during the last week of January, 2016, I was. Not pleased. The hostess was improperly dressed and her manners were mediocre. I felt as if I was being racially profiled because I was given a bad table in the walkway area, even though there were many center tables available. The soap dispenser in the bathroom was broken. The entrees were average, but the dessert was delicious. On a positive note, My daughter enjoyed the Restaurant Week picks.
This restaurant is decent, but pretty overrated. Everyone talks about it and reservations must be booked months in advance.
For all the fanfare, the food is pretty good. The tables are packed together so that waiters are consistently bumping you (a very NYC touch, but not what I would expect at such a highly touted place).
I will say that the live music is really really nice. But overall, I would not rate this as a MUST eat here, the way many people do.
Unimpressed. Better Southern/Soul food elsewhere.
I'm a big fanatic of Southern food and had high hopes for Red Rooster. All three times I've visited, I've been stuck behind a line and wait of approximately and hour (sometimes more). The food is average, the ambience is nothing special... I have a hard time understanding what the hype is about.
Great venue and design, amazing music, and extraordinary vibes. Besides the occasional hater that interrupts your flow, my only problem are the bartenders with blatant attitude. Regardless, one of my favorite spots.
Make a reservation. Was here for a business lunch. This place is really fun. My guest had the wings for an appetizer. We each had the salmon, which was incredibly delicious. We shared the roasted Brussels sprouts. Yummy. This is a lively place with delicious "down home" food done in amazing ways!
First, let me say that the rooster sangria is the best sangria I have ever tried.My wife found the recipe online and wants to copy it. It was a Wow! We had 3 appetizers: the Double Dutch Lobster Roll, Fried Green Tomatoes and the Wild Wings each with their own distinct style. The wild wings were good and the blue cheese dip enhanced it. The lobster roll was good but nothing that I will remember down the road. The fried green tomatoes were not your traditional fried green tomatoes. It included bacon, pimento cheese and to sweeten it watermelon. It gave it an interesting taste. The service was good and the atmosphere was very friendly at the bar with good music in the background. It is certainly worthy of a return visit.
Though they should offer a few more kid freindly options, the food was pretty good.. While it was super busy, the customer service compensated for the delays and mishaps in the kitchen. The Manager, David D was amazing and exemplified A+ customer service. He went above and beyond to ensure that folks walked away with a positive exeperience. We would definitely go back.
The food is overrated but the bartender is great he make great cocktails on the spot based on what ever you tell him. Go sit at the bar have him make you the drinks and recommend the food. He is the bartender with the funky mustache
I get it, you are looking for a fancy chief cooking. But the fact of getting a whole fried chicken for $82 is not right. When you ask forbiscuit they will say we are limited. Okay but at least cook the food clean. The chicken was really bad. I would like to think that it'should just my bad experience. Not everyone goes there would have the same experience.
I have to say, I was very disappointed with the quality of food. My sister ordered a burger to be made well done, instead she received a half cooked burger. The drinks smelled like dish detergent with a not so pleasant taste. The fried yard bird was burnt and the corn bread was more like pound cake that was lightly toasted.
Really good food, but overwhelmingly loud. The sound almost felt solid when we first opened the front door. We ordered the fried chicken for two: the batter was very well spiced and perfectly crispy; the waffles were very flavorful and just the right mix of crispy and moist; and the sauces were great matches to the chicken and waffles. However, maybe because the chicken was fried whole, the wings and legs were a bit over-cooked (the thighs were perfect) and the Mac and Greens were a bit underwhelming.
Came here for lunch. Friendly staff, cool atmosphere, reasonable prices. The crispy bird sandwich was amazing. Highly recommend.
Holy cow... or should I say chicken. This place has the game locked down on poultry. We had a full course tasting comprised of multiple appetizers, a delectable main course and a sweet dessert. The first thing you should know about Red Rooster is that the servings are huge!! After getting halfway through my appetizer, I was already feeling full. Luckily there was enough food to take home as leftovers for the next day. One of the highlights from the Red Rooster was the Chicken and Waffles, a full thick waffle served with a succulent piece of white meat chicken. All in all a wonderful culinary experience for the senses
What a fun spot! The vibe is happening and cool, but nothing too ritzy, just solid cool. The food is excellent - the cornbread some of the best EVER! And the cocktail list is creative and it delivers.
Visited mid-week on a gorgeous Manhattan day and sat outside. Service was friendly and helpful. Entree served with no accompaniment e.g. naked gravlaks. Food very tasty however. Whatever you do, do not try to order a bloody mary mid-week unless you want a bloody battle on your hands! Brava to a great staff who managed a difficult customer well.
Very nice food! Great atmosphere and happy service staff. Prices are on the upper end but are justified for what they serve. Will definitely come again .)
Catchy, danceable music and cool decor (kind of vintage mixed with the usual fancy bar decor). Bartender makes a mean dark and stormy. A bit loud to have a conversation in, but still include this in your night out if you want someplace to chill/dance. Drink prices are about average for the neighborhood, $10-20.
My husband is an executive chef so he wasn't impressed with the food and neither was he. The sweet potato and apple soup needed salt. It was really bland. I hated how much sauce was on my crispy bird sandwich it was so messy. I wasn't impressed with the flavor either. The house made chips were really good. The service was good the staff was very polite and accommodating. Overall we were disappointed and not impressed we get better food in Miami. We won't be returning on our next visit to NYC.
I don't even know how to describe how incredibly delicious the food taste at Red Rooster. I had the shrimp and grits...it bathes your tongue in a faint Louisiana buttery spice taste.. definitely not low calorie. We are here visiting for our family reunion and the famous owner agreed to take a picture with us in front of the restaurant. He also had one of his co-workers give us a tour of his establishment.
The service was fine and friendly. The hostess greeted us with a smile and our server was sweet. He wasn't overbearing but still attentive. The space is huge and very clean. The food was underwhelming. Someone forgot the salt in most of the items. The fried chicken was a little too crispy and there needed to be more seasoning in the reading. The chicken was juicy but needed salt. The mashed potatoes and collards were on point. The mac and cheese was pretty good and the greens added a different flavor profile. The deviled eggs were fine. The meal was fine but prices a little pricey for what it was.
had one of the best nights of my life here. the atmosphere and performances were absolutely AMAZING. we even got to meet the chef/owner of the resto and he was very gracious. food was also delicious. by far my favourite part of visiting new york
Just a great restaurant all around. My sister is a chef, and even she was impressed. Cheerful staff, filling meals, and a perfect atmosphere. Would totally recommend it.
Absolutely excellent food here. You will be happy with any item on the menu. Red Rooster is where brunch goes to flourish. The service is friendly and very rapid. The restaurant can get quite busy, particularly later in the AM on weekends, so be prepared to go if you want to avoid a crowd.
My favorite is the corn bread! The French toast is excellent as well - no doubt that it is my favorite in NYC!
We went on Sunday to have brunch with the sound of jazz music. The show started at 11am. Loved it! And I had a Rooster scramble. Very tasty!
Best tasting food we have had so far in New York. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and beautiful music in the background. Will definitely return if I ever get another chance to come to New York again
Pricey but food and service was great!
Food is just delicious. I went for brunch. Get the chicken and waffles. Just great! Service was on point. Environment was very laid back. Definitely recommend.
I was so exited to have dinner here but my exitment ended after a long wait to get a table despite my reservation. Despite the years of watching Marcus's Recipes. Despite all this publicity of the restaurant on internet. I realized that above all your expectations not always you should be trust certain places. My wife and I sat down at the table, the restaurant to apologize for the wait gives us a corn bread to start, thats nice we said! In the meantime we are waiting looking at the menu (we were very happy and thirsty) after few minutes we were ready but no one of the 13 people at least of the staff showed up to get our order, because YES, the restaurant it's packed. Finally a guy came with the cornbread but not to take the order, we said OK they are busy. We started to get impatient and than we called a waiter to take the order at least another appetizer and two cocktails because we are hungry and thirsty chewing our delicious free cornbread ! We are trying to relax and have a conversation in the meantime the other appetizer arrived but we don't see any trace of the cocktails we just see a total confusion in the dining room. After about another 30 minutes, we had already finished our starters and were ready to ask for the bill to leave when suddenly the manager approaches our table, he apologizes for the inconvenience and he want to repair the unfortunate situation offering cornbread ??? (But it was free for the wait?) And the 2 missing cocktails That they forgot because a missing of an ingredient and a lack of comunication with the waiters. He said that if we don't leave he wanted to offer us drinks and appetizer. I agreed just because we were seriously thirsty but after the drinks we left, it was too tedious to stay another hour trying to have a normal dinner. End of the story we really appreciate the Manager to try make us happy again. But my opinion a restaurant like this it's should be 100% efficient all the time! We weren't lucky this time...
Went there this morning for a family gathering and early brunch. Luckily there was a Harlem Gospel Choir Entertainment. Had the best time ever at a Restaurant. The food was Amazing. I had the Egg White Spinach Omelet with trucker fries and biscuits. Delicious! Each of my daughters, G-daughter and son in law had a different dish and they were very happy with their food. The waitress was Emma and was supported by several other hosts. I can't thank this staff enough for the Amazing food, Service and Entertainment. Above and Beyond our expectations!
One of my colleagues recommended getting together at Red Rooster. Wow! Really great Southern style dishes! Reservations recommended! I had the shrimp and grits. Excellent! Grits nice and fluffy. Other dishes at our table included the crab cake fritters and chicken n' waffles. Both looked really good (I'll order next visit!) Atmosphere is relaxed and neighborly. Live music in the evenings make this a great hangout. Dessert special was a little disappointing--- it was a chocolate cake that was dry and hard. But the fresh fruit was great.
Beautiful ambience, great music - really GREAT MUSIC - food and cocktails. You definitely have to make a reservation. I had a vegetarian gumbo as my main course and it was delicious. I'd also recommend their corn bread! - yummy! I would not recommend the place for a first date or if you want to enjoy a conversation, the music (once again) is great, but too loud.
Very cool spot. Food could have been a bit better as we tried "the best" things on the menu and they were just "good". It was quite refreshing to see such eclectic decor and inclusive imaging in the art. I love that it brings black and white people together in such a well celebrated environment.
Fun space for brunch. This place is good when you want some comfort food you won't make at home (mainly because no one would put that much creme fraiche in eggs themselves). Definitely worth a try if you can snag a table. Try going before noon on a Sunday.
The food was great. Our waitress had great customer service. My issue was My girlfriend and I are pretty sure that the cooks forgot our order. There was only two of us and I never complain about wait times but when a family of seven walks in 15 minutes after you and gets their order first.... something's up. We also noticed the bus boys would bring out orders to the patio looking extremely confused. If I didn't speak up about our corn bread I don't know if I would've got it. We were pretty sure the owner or manager came out to talk to us when the food was taking long. She was nice but, was just out there to reassure "it's coming". No apologies nor offered for something to be comped. Our waitress did apologize when we got our bill. I would try them again when I visit NYC hopefully on a better day.
Overpriced and overrated. Food was mediocre. Drinks were good. Had better chicken wings from Korean places.. better rice from the halal truck on the street. We had a nice server but they put us in a made up table in the hallway.
Yupscale Southern classics in a smartly designed room with moderate acoustics. The crab fritters were packed with sweet crab meat held in form by a perfectly round fried 'shell' of breading, but the star of the meal for me were the addictive fried green tomatoes, best I've tasted in the North so far. I liked my fried chicken just fine, but I enjoyed my companion's catfish over grits even more. Service was friendly and efficient but if you're expecting a bargain, maybe look elsewhere, the place isn't cheap. They were setting up for live music just as we were leaving, so I'd love to go back for that.
This is a unique experience and definitely worth the trip uptown to Harlem. The ambiance and live jazz bands are fantastic along with the very friendly and classy service. The food is also top notch. Cannot recommend enough.
delicious southern food! Come here prepared to eat. I highly recommend if you love creole food or if you are from Louisiana. I gave a 4 star only because I ended up getting a rash due to food allergies.
- delicious southern food
- lovely interior
- large portions
- more affordable if you come for lunch
- high in calories
- expensive especially for dinner
If wasn't for the jazz singer (Ms. B) who 5STAR Great..I would have departed .The food was pricey and the portions were very small we had mac/cheese and fried chicken quarter with a tablespoon of sweet potatoes /greens mixed together it was a Sunday afternoon. .hot day they give us water without any ice. service was quite slow..from seat to meal was about 30 minutes after waiting an hour to be seated. The food was 3 of 10..the people were very nice waitress and every one else.. we will not be going back..this was highly recommended. ..over rated..we were quite disappointed.
All of the appetizers were great! Corn soup and fried green tomatoes were super flavorful.
Chicken and waffles and fried yard bird were finger licking good!
Shrimp and grits had a perfect southern flavor. The burger was huge and super tasty!
Loved the decor and had great service from Jack.
Went here for Sunday brunch and had a wonderful time.
Mac and Greens - Was tasty but missing the collard greens. Would probably not order again.
Braise of the Day - Lamb Sugo topped with eggs sunny-side up and pickled vegetables, was very tasty! Super rich and filling, lamb was very tender.
Shrimp and Grits - Some of the best I've had, loved the gumbo they pair this with as well.
The restaurant is trendy and the staff friendly. The food was okay. I went for the brunch menu I think I would have preferred the dinner menu. We tried the staple yard bird and cornbread. Pretty good. I will go back and try the burger. It looked amazing.
Decided to have brunch here on Sunday morning. Reserved a table on open table to beat the line. We were able to sit outside. Staff is very friendly, we ordered the cornbread for the appetizer, and the french toast. The portions were perfect, no too small or not too big. The flavors were delicious and a great twist on some classics. The cornbread was 2 pieces, served with honey butter and tomato jam. The taste was great! They had live music playing inside which was a nice ambience on a Sunday morning. Highly recommend going here!
We traveled from Nantucket to NYC specifically to go to The Red Rooster. My husband knows what a huge Marcus fan I am so he booked the reservation as a surprise for me. This place did not disappoint! From the moment we walked in we felt welcomed and at ease. The energy and friendliness of the Rooster was everything I'd hoped it would be. I am also a pretty big foodie, so being able to see the line of cooks preparing such amazing food was fun for me. The hostess, who was so gorgeous my nine year old couldn't stop staring, was so friendly and wonderful with our two young daughters. The food is interesting, prepared perfectly, and there is a good mix of all of the styles and flavors I've come to associate with Marcus Samuelsson. The fried yard bird is a must have. Also, get the Yes, Chef cocktail. Lucky for me, my husband also got me The Red Rooster cookbook so I will be attempting to recreate these favorites at home!
The Rooster is nice, but more importantly it is fun and welcoming from the second you walk through the door. This is truly a happy place! I can't wait to go back!
Food is just ok and this is coming from a true Southern Girl. I've had better Shrimp and Grits and fried chicken at home. The service was slow, but pleasant. The servers were polite and friendly. The temp. of the food could have been hotter, but our overall experience was good. The best dish was the mac and cheese.
Red Rooster is my favorite restaurant in NYC. The entire experience was wonderful and memorable. The hospitality and vibe of everyone inside (and on the porch) was both energetic and relaxing. Our Sunday dinner was phenomenal. We shared a pitcher of sangria and had the bbq ribs, blackened catfish and mac and greens. All were amazing but I'll be back for the mac and cheese.
The food was fantastic and the band was amazing!! Our waitress was super kind, helpful, and patient. Our vacation to New York was great and we would definitely come to Red Rooster again.
I highly recommend this restaurant, it was a memorable experience and totally worth it! Thank you so much to Red Rooster for putting the cherry on top to our vacation!
This place is one of a kind! The most unpretentious spot I've been to in years! Great food, wonderful, great jazz super club that turns into a disco at 1130 on Saturday! The crowd was mixed, friendly and ready to mix and mingle! Go alone or with friends you won't be disappointed!
Today was my first time eating at Red Rooster. I made a reservation for brunch and chose the deviled egg appetizer and the yard bird as my main entree. The hostess was super friendly and professional! I was seated outside as requested and on the table was a dirty glass turned upside down which I noticed were on all the tables. Why have that as decor? Yuck. The deviled eggs came out fast as did my entree. I mean like within 5 minutes which I thought was awesome. The deviled eggs were good but I wish the portion of fried skin was larger. The entree is where the trouble began. I was given white and dark meat. The crust on the white meat was not cooked all the way so there was a layer of corn meal mush over the chicken and the dark meat barely had any crust. The collards were awesome! It was supposed to come with sweet potato mash but they gave me old red potatoes instead. They tasted reheated and were cold. I informed the waitress and she was attentive and said she thinks they ran out of sweet potatoes. The manager comes and states that the sweet potatoes are not ready to be served and that he would give me a different side with no charge. I thought the no charge part was hilarious. Why would you charge me for a substitution of something you don't have ready. I ordered the mac and cheese. This took a little longer to come than the rest of my food so I knew it would be yummy. It was cold, watery, and disgusting. I ate one bite and asked for a carryout container in which I left on the table. I explained to the manager that if they would have told me before bringing my food they didn't have the sweet potato mash I would have chosen a different side. His remark is that he will make a note of that. What a smart remark. A friend of mine is hosting a dinner here in a couple of weeks and I am not looking forward to it. There are so many other restaurants in Harlem that are much better.
Its one of the few places in Harlem where the food, bar and entertainment is unique. Yes most people come for the food but also the entertainment which gives the Red Rooster an unique experience as part of its rich legacy. You wouldn't be disappointed from the experience and the legacy continues. Enjoy.
Great atmosphere. Great food. The DJ had me dancing from the time I arrived to on my way out the door. Loved my first experience! Will definitely be back.
The atmosphere was cool, the bar area was loud but the dining room was not overwhelmingly so. We had the corn bread, full fried chicken with Mac&cheese and biscuits as well as the Brussel sprouts and crab cakes.
The crab braces were small but delicious, the corn bread was great, the Mac and cheese was probably the best I've ever had and the fried chicken was the also possibly the best I've ever had, and I've had tons of fried chicken (ate it on a weekly basis living in Seoul for 3 years). Albeit I'm from Minnesota so there is probably a lot of great chicken out there I'm yet to taste. The only disappointment was the biscuits, which were dry and didn't come with honey or butter to moisten them up. For 3 people we had too much food and had leftovers to take back. Overall it was great.
The food was good but did not live up to all of the hype. The most flavorful food I had were the mashed potatoes. I'm addicted to mashed potatoes in general, so I'm easy to please in that regard. The inside dining area was small and cramped and very noisy, particularly on Monday night when I was there. There is a special performance, happy hour that attracts revelers as well as diners.
This place has one of the best comfort food. Went there with GF and the fried chicken was amazing. The waitress was great and attentive even though it was incredibly busy. Can't remember the specific drink I has but it was nice and strong -- I think it was served with Hendricks :) will definitely go again.
Visited Red Rooster due to name recognition, good reviews, and location. My friend and I were excited to give it a try. Our enthusiasm quickly died and was replaced by deep disappointed. We arrived for our 5:30 reservation and the hostess pointed to a table and said "put them over there" and had another hostess lead us to a table. After walking past TWO empty tables for two, we were seated at a table at the back of the room, on the backside of a BOOTH, next to the bussing station, with two very rickety chairs. We had the pleasure of sitting next to the wait staff while they assembled, and refilled water jugs. I had waiters and staff bumping my chair every time they turned the corner. I couldn't understand why we had been dumped at this table. The hostess in question looked a lot like my friend and I (*ahem*). Yet we were dumped at a table against a wall with rickety chairs while there were empty tables available. I am truly disappointed. I have not experienced that particular treatment before, not as far as I know anyway. I really didn't expect it in Harlem. I really regret not speaking to the manager last night. I regret not just getting up and walking out. I was truly offended. The food was okay, so I applied two stars.
Great ambiance, delicious and real 🦀 fritters, tasty corn bread, but cocktails aren't that good, ordered red sangria ( no fruit added) place is over crowded and if you don't have a reservation they seat you any where by the bar and leave you forgotten. Takes to long to take the order and to get you the order. Way over rated and price.
We came here with a reservation at 12:30 on a Sunday for two and it was super packed to get in and lively with live soul music. The line was due to people listening to music and those who were going downstairs to Ginny's. The restaurant itself was more near the back and not as large as I thought.
Service was kind and prompt, especially with water top ups. We got the mac and greens to start and the chicken and waffles + the other fried chicken dish which was substantially larger and pricier. The chicken leg was better than the thigh piece. The mac was so good, super creamy and cheesy! I also loved the chicken and waffles - the mix of syrup, hot sauce, soft warm waffle and the crispy chicken. The music made it feel very homey and I loved being a part of it.
This place was fun and lively! It's pretty loud on a Saturday night but in a happening way. Even though we had a dinner reservation we still had to wait about 20 minutes. The food was pretty good and they have classic things like fried chicken. Many of the items are a bit spicy. My friend who is gluten free was really only able to eat a couple of things. I would go here again.
Had a fantastic dinner there last night. Not only was the food out of this world but the service was impeccable. The music was lively and the decor was unique and fun!! We ordered the fried bird royale. Multiple people came to us apologizing for a delay (even though it wasn't even that long of a wait). Then they brought us free cornbread with tomato jam and a honey butter. Best cornbread I’ve ever had. Then they brought us free wings, which were delicious. The chicken was perfectly fried, the biscuits had an unreal honey glaze and the Mac and greens was heavenly! Red rooster holds itself to a high standard for food and service and it was abundantly clear. When we were finished with dinner, the chef came over to personally ask us about our meal. Thank you for a fantastic evening, we will definitely be back soon!
Don’t waste your time going there, except if you like lot
Listen to extremely loud music. It is mostly a tourist trap and some people are dazzled by the light of celebrity chefs. My ribs must have been salted more than once. I couldn’t eat the dish. “The chef” should take care of the restaurants he openned instead of spending so much time on TV. The service is below average.... there are much better options in Harlem.
Amazing spot in Harlem. Had the chicken meal, with the biscuits and mac n' cheese. It was incredible. The hot n' hot sauce is amazing and the meal is really fun to split. We left feeling full and as though we had an experience with our food at Red Rooster. Definitely worth a visit if you're able to make it out there in Harlem
It was my first visit to Red Rooster. The ambience of this restaurant is very trendy. The crowd is very diverse ( age and race wise) This is very cool place ! I wish our waiter was friendlier.. We weren't offered any dessert. Once we finished eating our food the waiter brought us a receipt without asking us if wanted to order anything else.
I first heard about Red Rooster on the video blog worth it. From what I saw and heard in that video I knew I wanted to make the journey to Red Rooster and after several months I finally made it. I was afraid that I might of built it up to much in my mind by the time I finally was able to go. Red Rooster was worth every second of my wait.
I had the Yard bird to eat and an old fashion to drink. Both were the best I have ever had.
I would recommend making reservations when you go because their reputation makes a packed house.
The food was very good, but a bit on the saltier side. When the place is packed you may not be waited on immediately but service was well considering. I also hear that there is a lounge with live music as well but I have not been myself. If you are only coming for the food you will be satisfied, but the lounge adds a layer of extra enjoyment
This place (Upstairs) is one of the best restaurants in Harlem, to me! The food is absolutely delicious. I have been there on several occasions. The music and ambience is the best. Not easy to get a last minute reservation, which my husband loves to do. Anywho, there is live music downstairs which is a plus. But...downstairs at Ginny's Supper Club there is not much variety when it comes to the menu. The food does not match the price. Also, it took so long to get our food (table of four). The set was over by the time we received our food. Just go for drinks downstairs and eat upstairs.
RR is the place to go for food, fun, and drinks. We went here to celebrate a friend's birthday and I loved the vibe in this place. The music was right, a grown and sexy crowd, and delicious food. We ordered the Bird Royale ($76). It was pretty expensive for chicken, but it feeds 2/3 people. The presentation was pretty cool as well. Make sure you go downstairs to Ginny's supper club. This place is worth a trip, just make reservations for dinner. Next time we're in NY, we will certainly be back. I highly recommend the Red Rooster.
Food is SO good!! Came here on a Friday night and we got lucky and didn’t have to wait too long. I’d make a reservation if you can. Brunch is also super yummy. Drinks are great and vibe is super cool.
Amazing place , lovely food and above all amazing live music! A lovely experience for whoever is a music lover as you can enjoy your food while a band and a singer perform live. It was really nice and it added on to the tasty food and good service. Would recommend and go back
Excellent dining experience. The wait staff is kind, professional and engaging. Seating allows interaction and conversation with other diners. I ordered shrimp and grits and my colleague had chicken and red velvet waffles. The food was rich with flavor and taste! I didn't see anyone on their cell phone throughout my visit.......to busy enjoying good food in a relaxing environment!!I plan on flying back to Harlem soon to share this dining jewel with my husband!
Enjoyed a late brunch here at 1p. There weren't any tables, the wait was an hour and 20 minutes. But we were able to find a bar seat and got relatively lucky. The food was good, service was fine, they were super busy. The nails came out really quickly. Portions were on the larger side. Great vibe and mix of people inside
The food is good and service was great. The host had a slight attitude but our server was great so she made up for him. The music was nice and cute atmosphere. But the food is over priced. Unless I'm missing the memo they use organic/free range type chicken , I just don't see why the $27.50 chicken could not be $20. TIP: Make reservations!
Sensor overload - in a good way :-)
The atmosphere and service is CRAZY FANTASTIC!! Just for that I would definitely go again. The food had good potential - IMO, the flavours are far too much in-your-face so it detracts from one bite to the next as you are either shocked by the flavour, or trying to work out what it is.
Again - the waiters are brilliant- each and every one of them. The music très funky. Great place to go after Apollo Amateur night, as the fun continues!
The food at Red Rooster is really great. One of the best chicken places I’ve been to in NYC for sure. It’s not the cheapest place in the world, but the portions are huge and worth it. The vibe is also pretty brilliant, everyone that goes there is out to have a good time and it’s contagious. Be warned it is very loud so I wouldn’t recommend for a romantic date out, but for any other occasion it’s a great choice and you won’t be disappointed.
My husband and I have been following Marcus Samuelson since he was a chopped chef, and the food experience overall was splendid. We got the hot honey yard bird. The chicken was tender, well seasoned and a touch of sweet. You could really tell they put a lot of thought and love into their dish and the result reflected just that. I'd definitely go again.
This place is great, the only problem is the waiting, but it can't be helped I guess. Me and my friend ordered few of the appetizers to share, they were pretty good, especially the Mac and cheese. The chicken wings were good, but the sauce might not be for everyone. The crab cakes were alright, but nothing special. And the chicken with waffle was spicy, so if you are not good with spicy, beware. They have a separate dessert menu.
The food and experience lived up to my expectations with very few exceptions. The restaurant is loud due to the musicians located at the door but it's enjoyable (see video). We were served by Michael who was knowledgeable and attentive. Our meal started with crab cakes which were full of crab and not breading 🤗. We ordered the famous honey glazed chicken, jerk chicken, and short ribs. We all enjoyed our food but the fried chicken was the favorite. The plating and plates themselves could use some updating. We finished with a chocolate dessert which we shared and overpriced glasses of champagne to celebrate our trip.
The service here was super. I love the fact that they kindly redid my order when I didn't enjoy what I first ordered. I recommend the Mac and Greens and the crab cakes. Omg it was good!!!! I will def come back again. We also ran I to two celebrities while there. So always look ya best 😉
As soon as you walk in, you know you're about to have a great experience. Great decor. Don't get me started on the food. Every single on of the food is amazing. I sat in the bar and they serve food at the bar too. I don't remember the exact name, but I ordered something called Honey BBQ chicken, and it was the best chicken I have had so far. If you love chicken, this is the place to be. Dan was the bartender. He made me a drink called Savoy and wow! It was amazing. If you're having trouble deciding on a drink, ask Dan. Highly recommended. WARNING: the portion of all the items are huge! Probably the best thing to do is to share the food with a friend or family.. or a stranger lol
You must have the fried chicken here if it is your first time. The dining area is lively and often has live music on the weekends. It is a bit pricey for the quality of food and they rely on grease and fat for hearty flavor vs. sophisticated flavors.
The hot honey yard bird was sublime. Seriously amazing, with LAYERS of flavor. The atmosphere and live music were great too. I would definitely recommend!
The place looks beautiful and has a great vibe. Problem is the wait time and if you are not ready for it then do not go here. We had to wait an hour to get seated after which we had to sit on hard chairs when some of the tables were free and they wouldn’t move us. However, I am still giving them five stars because of how amazing the food was ! I don’t think I have ever tasted burger that is as soft and delicious as here! Their food looks amazing and tastes even better! Definitely worth going here one time, but again if you’re not up for the wait time go somewhere else.
This place is great, my wife and I came here for dinner because Buzzfeed's Worth It video. We ordered a side of corn bread and the hot honey yard bird, its served as half a chicken glazed with spicy honey with garlic mashed potatoes and braised cabbage. The corn bread was a game changer and the best I ever had. Let's not forget about the entree, the chicken was perfect from the white meat to the dark meat, not dry and overcooked. Make a reservation if you can because it can be really busy and you might end up waiting for a while for a seat. Luckily we came in early before the crowd started rolling in and were seated within 30 minutes.
Took me some time to really let my feelings settle. All things considered the food was good. But they did seat us a party of 10 at a table meant for 6. We had reservations for 2 weeks...c'mon that's inexcusable. The drinks was pleasantly strong n well made. But when the appetizers came so did the logistical nightmare of trying to eat at the small table. I asked to have our seats changed but the waitress said we would have to go downstairs and there was no room downstairs. I asked for a manager and God bless his soul he immediately sought to rectify our situation. He changed our table and our night actually got better. Now the food as I said was good but the choices and menu changed over the years. Not all good,Not all bad. I wish I can find the receipt with the mangers name on it to personally thank him again for salvaging an awful night.
Red Rooster is all what it is hyped to be. I visited when I attended the US Open tennis championships and the atmosphere was electric. People were just themselves. A wonderful dining and entertainment experience. Highly recommended. 👍🏾👍🏾to Marcus Samuelsson and his staff. ❤🖤💚
I had the honor of sitting at the chefs table and sampling many many delicious items. Not only is the menu diverse and exquisite, the staff and decor are as well. This was one of the greatest restaurant experiences I've ever had. Thank you Marcus! Oh try the chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, ribs, cornbread and apple butter and donuts. Dear Lord the donuts...
Great home comfort food for the NYC cold winter days. Food is delicious and worth the trip to Harlem. Really fun, energetic vibe in the restaurant. Perfect for dates and groups. Make a reservation for sure!
Best Fried chicken I have ever had!!!
This place is beautiful and the staff is very friendly. Great food and good drinks as well.
Went for dinner and got the Yard Bird as well as the chicken and waffles. Everything was amazing
Food: impecable. Service: fantastic. Drinks: exquisite. This past weekend I was there with an old friend. We had appetizers, entrees, sides and desert. From the minute we sat to the minute we left, not only was my palate fully engrossed in the delectable delights I tasted, but I truly enjoyed the environment and the mood. The music was loud enough to be heard but quiet enough to have a conversation without having to yell. Overall, I can’t say enough good things. Highly recommend!
The food I found above average but not great. I experienced the Obama short ribs. My wife enjoyed the chicken and waffles. Service was good and accommodating. The atmosphere was great - lively and of course soulful.
Red Rooster was definitely a unique experience. The food was so tasty and the atmosphere vibrating - mature yet playful. Really enjoyed the overall dining experience. ALSO be sure to check out the Jazz club downstairs after dinner which also adds to the experience. Only downfall was that the staff were rushing the service to turn tables.
Loved this place. The ambiance is very lively with colorful decoration and great soul music playing. They have a bar and tables for sitting as well. There are many options for brunch dishes and cocktails. I ate the biscuit with fried chicken and dirty gravy and it was very tasty. The service was very good. Wait can be long on the weekends.
Incredibly disappointed. The yard bird is touted as fantastic and well spiced/seasoned but it was just standard decent fried chicken that does not deserve a 27$ price tag. From what I had been told and read I was expecting something unique and different but this just falls short in every way. The food is good but does not live up to the hype. Save your money for Sylvia’s, it is right across the street!
Went to Red Rooster Christmas Eve. It was my first visit to the restaurant, and I was so excited to be there. I am a big fan of Chef Marcus and wanted to support him and his restaurant. The place has an AMAZING vibe, with contributions from the decor, the bar, fantastic music and very friendly and efficient staff (kudos to Monica as she was able to reserve a table for me w less than 24 hrs notice). Sadly, however, the food fell far short. There was a price fixe menu that night, so perhaps that played a part. Admittedly, the corn bread was delicious, however, the salad and short rib were much too sweet. There was nothing on the plate to counterbalance the sweetness. Portions were also small. They ran out of chocolate cake (which can happen at any restaurant), but the only other option was a fruit cake. Overall, a very disappointing meal, especially since I was expecting something top notch. And as some others have said, I felt somewhat rushed through the meal. Anyway, I plan on giving Red Rooster another try, as I'm guessing/hoping it was simply an off night food wise.
My review is for the night scene on Fridays and Saturdays...
I love that this place is in the city. They have African and hip hop music. The crowd is mature, you will see couples on the main floor and then on the lower level (where they have a club) you will find more singles... the lower level feels younger and more lounge-like but the music is louder and more hip hop is played. Main level is more sophisticated and smooth.
They have drinks at a average price, they have coat checks, it's not crowded to the point that it gets annoying, just about right. Cover fee for the LOWER level is $10 for girls and $20 for men. Main floor has no cover fee.
I think it's an excellent place to start the night, to jam to great African music, and to relax.
I can't wait to return to Red Rooster Harlem! The atmosphere, music, the eclectic feel, the great staff, the vibe and the DELICIOUS food is more than reason enough for me to want to come back. I enjoyed every moment and I had the privilege to enjoy this restaurant during the annual Harlem Derby (a twist on the traditional Kentucky Derby) in May during my visit. The staff was friendly and attentive, the recommended drinks and food options were yummy and I had a great time for literally my first visit to Harlem. The live music was fantastic and we had a blast. I look forward to hopefully returning again next May to take part of the annual Harlem Derby tradition!
First time in Harlem as an adult and I didn't know what to expect. The Red Rooster is a gem in so much as the place was really, really cool. We sat at the bar and ordered up some non-traditional cocktails - they were great. I tried the deviled eggs - they were also great. However, for lunch we had their burger and the hot honey fried chicken - both were average at best.
For me personally the food was good, but not the best. No doubt that the fried chicken is very tasty, but for someone who does not like spicy food, I didn’t like the fried chicken very much. I rated 5 stars because the staff is friendly and the food is good and for those who like spicy food, this is the best place to eat at. In my opinion I believe Sylvia’s is better, but off course it differs from each persons preferences and points of view.
I am writing this at home after one of the most amazing meals I've ever had. The flavors still lingering with me I cannot say enough how absolutely delicious every meal that was ordered at our table was. (Yes, I tasted them all!) The attention to detail in every part of this dining experience really made it a stand out that we'll remember.
Girl wanted fried chicken. So I'll get her some juicy chicken at Harlem. Ya'll know Chicken gotta be thick and juicy. Or else they're gonna complained it's...read this and 2487 more