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Red Rooster Harlem

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  • American (Traditional), American (New), Southern & Soul
  • 310 Lenox Ave, New York NY10027 40.8081474 -73.9449096
  • (Btwn 125th & 126th St)
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  • (212) 792-9001
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User Ratings (Based on 64 reviews)

2.895
Food 2.8 Value 2.3
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 792-9001
Website:
www.redroosterharlem.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx Happy Hour Mon-Thu: 4pm-6pm
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-3pm+5:30pm-10:30p Fri: 11:30am-3pm+5:30pm-11:30pm Sat: 10am-3pm+5pm-11:30pm Sun: 10am-3pm+5pm-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, People Watching, Prix Fixe, Trendy, Live Entertainment, Happy Hour, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Red Rooster Harlem

    Posted by harlemfoodie on 02/29/2012

    I want to like it so much!

    I moved to Harlem pretty recently, and I have fun checking out new restaurants. I want SO badly to like the food at Red Rooster more. The place has great energy. The drinks are solid (though you have to be very patient on a crowded night--I have waited almost 20 minutes for a drink), the staff is friendly, and the crowd is diverse and well-heeled. BUT, the food is just lackluster. The crab cake is a total disappointment--too much filler and doesn't taste bright or fresh. The catfish is good, but came lukewarm and somewhat soggy overall (soft catfish over mushy veg, etc.). I do really like the mac 'n greens, and I enjoyed the dirty rice and shrimp as well--good flavor and satisfying. I just feel like, for the price point, especially in this neighborhood, it should really be better. Stay at it Red Rooster--I keep coming back and crossing my fingers!

  • Red Rooster Harlem

    Posted by Jel212 on 02/13/2012

    Killer Atmosphere, Good Food

    My hubby took me for my birthday dinner, since I'd just finished Chef Samuelsson's autobiography, Yes, Chef, and was completely enchanted by his amazing life story. I was in love with the place from the minute we drove by looking for a spot - the outside facade and glance in to the hoppin' bar area were so inviting - especially on a flurrying, freezing night. Walking in confirmed my initial "like" with fantastic, warm colors, a live Jazz band (Sunday night!) and a warm, friendly hostess (is this NYC or not!!??). We sat for a bit looking around at the rest of the patrons - everyone was just so attractive and not-too-trendy, and the waitstaff all the same, it was a pleasure. I can't say enough about at atmosphere - I didn't stop smiling over it the whole time. Unfortunately, our seats were moved after a few minutes to push tables together for a table that ended up not being used, but the staff was nice enough to remedy that with a free order of the scrumptions, chewy-with-crunchy-outside, steaming-warm cornbread. We skipped the overpriced drink menu, and dove into the food, starting with the dirty rice and shrimp appetizer. I adored the unique mix of spices, crunch, sweet raisins, and cool yogurt. It was unlike any flavors I've had, so very hard to describe. The one sour note was that my husband got some kind of pepper or something massively hot, and was gulping water and eating the rest of the cornbread to recover (and he can do hot). Something must've been left in after cooking. For entrees, he had the salmon with citrus sauce and long beans, which he loved, and he isn't always thrilled with salmon, so that was nice. I found the peanuts+citrus a bit unusual for me to reconcile. I had his grandmother Helga's swedish meatballs, and they were perfect - so homey and rich, with wonderfully sweet, tangy lingonberries, refreshing pickles, and a side of immediate-transport-to-sweden (I imagine) potatoes with cream and dill. I was very happy, and he loved mine, as well. As a side we had the roasted squash with fried sage. It was, for some reason, just okay. Nothing special, we didn't even eat that much of it. The best part was the pureed pumpkin with pumpkin seeds. For dessert I voted for the rice pudding, which was a very interesting take, with cold, thick rice pudding, heavenly pineapple in rum, and crumbled macaroons (that part I didn't love). Really enjoyed overall, and a nice lightly-sweet finish to the evening.

  • Red Rooster Harlem

    Posted by novicefoodie on 12/22/2011

    Needs Work

    I wanted to be impressed with Red Rooster. I came in to a packed restaurant, thrumming with music and energy. The atmosphere was very positively charged, raising my expectations for dinner. Unfortunately, though, dinner disappointed. We ordered the dirty rice and shrimp and crab cakes to start. The rice came out way overcooked-it was so bad we had to send it back. Crab cakes were fine-nothing to write home about. The waiter then screwed up our drink orders-he was very polite about it but given the problems with the appetizer, we were pretty uncomfortable. Two of the main courses (yard bird and mac & cheese) were good but not exceptional. The blackened catfish was bizarre-the fish was moist but had a really odd taste. The only part of the meal that we really enjoyed was dessert-the sweet potato doughnuts and the spiced pumpkin cake. Not really a wonderful dining experience then especially given the price point. If you're headed to Red Rooster, grab a drink at the bar and enjoy the music but definitely have dinner elsewhere.

  • Red Rooster Harlem

    Posted by Upper West Sider on 12/18/2011

    Nice Sunday brunch and great music

    I was immediately impressed when I walked in to Red Rooster for the 1st time today. We had to wait but it was a pleasure to hear the singer and piano player. The food was good (although my hamburger was undercooked - even asking for medium well) and the service very good. The atmosphere is what makes this place very special. I would go back just to hear the music.

  • Red Rooster Harlem

    Posted by Catherine on 11/27/2011

    Overated...

    I guess this place is ok if you enjoy waiting for a table an hour after your reservation was made. Or if you feel the need to be seen or to see psudo celebs. I guess people don't go to restaurants for the food anymore. Cause if they did this place would be empty. The food is way to expensive to be this bland. Use some spices they aren't that expensive. Won't be returning. A total waste of time and money.

  • Red Rooster Harlem

    Posted by kilo on 10/14/2011

    Mixed bag

    My spouse & i took our best friend here (his request) for b'day. after trying to get a rez online, i just called. (we had a time constraint). we got a weds nite rez for 9pm. this place is hoppin'! bar packed, restaurant packed. we waited 25 min to be seated. our server was very attentive & had a great sense of humor. drinks were long in arriving, but food followed swiftly. we had 2 pescatarians and 1 vegan at table so our choices were limited, but not disappointing. vegan had market green salad & coconut rice/peas - excellent. friend had striped bass - excellent. i had oysters ( not worth the price) salad & crab cakes-pretty delish. all in all...not a bad meal. would i go back? probably not as DJ was spinning tunes too loud and i have a thing about having to yell to my meal mates over good food.

  • Red Rooster Harlem

    Posted by figuero on 09/21/2011

    Disappointed

    I like the look and the feel of the restaurant. the crab cake was so disappointing. I thought it would be fresh crab meat. if it was ever fresh it was so full of filler and over cooked and did not taste like crab. the mac and cheese was good but the salad that goes with the mac and cheese was over salted. My friend had the same level of one dish not good and the second dish was ok. that is why it gets a 2.5 rating.

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