Celebrity chefs are a dime a dozen in New York and while you’d probably recognize Marcus Samuelsson from winning Top Chef Masters, there’s plenty of proof to back up his credentials at this beloved Harlem restaurant. The Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef’s origins culminate into a one-of-a-kind menu, with blackened catfish and grits served alongside Helga’s Meatballs, (which, in turn, are sure to turn you off the IKEA variety forever). The all-inclusive vibe and pulsing live music makes this an ideal place to spend an afternoon brunch — or, better yet, an even later night.
Harlem is a historically significant, traditionally African-American community that’s easily reached by the express subway train. Once you’ve arrived in the cultural hub, visit the iconic Apollo Theater or jazz clubs, indulge in soul food or gaze at the beautiful brownstones.
Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th Streets)
+1 212 792 9001