Red Rooster Harlem
Red Rooster Harlem

Red Rooster Harlem

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://redroosterharlem.com/
  • Phone: 2127929001
  • Hours of Operation:



    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Fri 5:30pm - 11:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm -10:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining Room Available
  • Private Party Contact: Erica Morris x
  • Entertainment: We offer live entertainment:
    On Sunday Gospel Brunch (reservations accepted downstairs in Ginny's Supper Club)
    Sunday Night (Jazz)
    Monday Night (Rakiem Walker Project)
    Tuesday Night (Latin Night)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 125th and 126th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Red Rooster is conveniently located on the 125st. Nearest trains are
    the 2 & 3. Also in walking distance of the A/C or the 4, 5 & 6 NYC Transit Train Lines.
A word from Red Rooster Harlem
Located in the heart of Harlem, Red Rooster serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy, Chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his passion for food to the neighborhood he calls home.
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Red Rooster Harlem reviews from OpenTable diners
565 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (304)neighborhood gem (304)vibrant bar scene (296)fit for foodies (294)special occasion (208)great for outdoor dining (173)great for lunch (171)good for groups (144)great for brunch (137)late-night find (134)romantic (70)notable wine list (43)kid-friendly (35)scenic view (22)Show More
  • Loved Red Rooster!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Super energetic atmosphere. The food was amazing and service was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine comfort food
    mwagnerVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I adore Marcus Samuelson and could not wait to try Red Rooster and I was not disappointed! Everything was excellent from the service to the food and the energy in the room! I can't wait to return! The Market salad was light and fresh, followed by crispy & juicy Fried chicken and then a decadent S'mores dessert. :) Happy dance~
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    TK11
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    the food was great, the service was great. Very good selection of food and beverages. The prices were reasonable. Just a very nice and friendly place. All and all they operate like a restaurants that respects their patrons. I cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Rooster
    mnbnycVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This one never fails to please. The food and the service are great and it is a real neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently excellent
    ChantboyVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    And Marcus was have a lunch meeting right in front of me. It was Restaurant Week so it was a steal. The bar is as top-notch as the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding evening at Red Rooster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Red Rooster Harlem was just as great as we expected. We are so happy that we made the trip specifically to this restaurant, even though our hotel was in Midtown. Staff was wonderful and knowlegeable, ambiance great, and the food out of this world. The Harlem Chowder is meant for two people, but could have easily fed a family. Also, we knew to expect this amazing seafood "work of art" to have a little 'kick', after reading Chef Samuelsson's book, and we loved it. However, I could see how it may be too much for some. The menu is an interesting selection, sure to offer less spicy options, too. Great to see that in addition to some American Classics, Mr. Samuelsson also honors his roots to both Ethiopia and Sweden in his Menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OperationDinnerOutVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The menu is not particularly unique, and very comfort-food based -- but the food is of the highest quality and unbelievably delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • got2Breal
    got2Breal
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Good but not great food. Expected more. Good atmosphere though. Unfortunately the staff was nice but not that good. Plus long wait for drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    rkakarala
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Red Rooster is one of my favorite restaurants. I don't make it to New York as often as I like but every time I do I come here. The food is great and their cocktails are always special. After 9:00 on weekends the live music keeps the bar and dining area hopping. One note this is not a quiet place for conversation with friends or a romantic date on live music nights. It can be noisy but if you are looking for a hopping time with great food and drinks then weekend nights. If you want a quieter place then ealrier on weekday nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal, top notch service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a great experience at Red Rooster. The food was amazing. Try the Caribbean Bacon. The service was well above average. It was our first visit and it won't be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a pleasure!
    Amymc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed so much while we were at Red Rooster. Signature cocktails were amazing, had cornbread and deviled eggs for snacks. Caribbean bacon for appetizer and the Yard Bird and Spicy Chicken for dinner. All was fantastic. Best cornbread I have ever had and I'm from the South!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food
    Pammyp
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The fried chicken (yardbird) was the best I've ever had...not sure of the spices used, but I sure would like to be able to duplicate it at home! Fun atmosphere...wish I'd seen Marcus! :(
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique
    ReluctantVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Red Rooster's high brow comfort food perfectly matches its casually placed Avedon photographs and equally casual unobtrusive service, which is simply impeccable. Simply outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud, too expensive.
    2loud4comfort
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The music was unbelievably loud. I Could not hear the person sitting next to me. Left hoarse and with a headache. Definitely not the place to bring someone to have a conversation over dinner. Maybe a nagging partner. Then you don't have to pretend not to hear he person. The food quality and portions sizes have gone down since my last time there. They gave us 4 thin tiny slices of smoked salmon on the Gravalax and the waitress almost took the plate away with 1 piece still on it. That was 25% of the appetizer. The strawberry short cake was dry. I ordered the Salmon entree. Why would you serve a warm dish on a cold soup? My entree turned tepid and unappetizing. Mango sorbet was delicious. Not worth the money. Overall poor experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was my anniversary and my husband had been talking about Marcus's restaurant for some time now. I wasn't really keen on the travel to Harlem but thought it would make him happy . . . well, I'd go back in a heartbeat. The food was excellent, the service was very attentive but not intrusive, the Latin music featured that evening was vibrant and the establishment was packed! All in all, it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious comfort food!
    Flomofoodies
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our family ordered the Yard bird and Mac n cheese with either bacon or lobster which all were outstanding. Also loved the wings and cornbread with tomato jam. Service is very attentive. Shared the sundae dessert, which was over waffles! Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    RobK
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    After all the hype, my wife and I expected more. It's a fun place with fun food, but the quality of the food is not great. The dishes are interesting, creative, imaginative, and so full of salt and sugar that you'll go through 3 pitchers of water. The Swedish Meatballs were tasty, but overly processed and too salty. Spicy Tomato Soup was delicious, as was the cornbread. Peaches and Cream dessert so sweet as to be inedible. We were there on a Monday, and it was crowded but not insane. That is, till about 9pm when the band started playing. After that, our conversation came to a halt because of the noise. However, once we finished dinner, we went to the bar which was a fun scene, cool crowd, and the band was terrific.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    jessrobson14VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My family and I are from Sweden, so I had been wanting to try Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant in Harlem for a while... When my parents came to town we headed to Red Rooster and had an amazing spread of food. Between the three of us, we split the swedish meatballs, salmon dish, lamb tostadas, chicken wings, corn bread, a side of the mexican street corn, and then the peach tart. It was all delicious, especially the corn bread! I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing place!
    Brookdawn
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Loved our lunch, food was delicious and there were good vegetarian options. Service was outstanding and everyone was so friendly . One of the best restaurants we've gone to in NYC!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great energy with unique food
    Linda
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The place was hopping - reservations are a must. The food was unique (chicken waffles, lamb curry tostadas, or jerk pork chop anyone?) and delicious. We were there on a Saturday, so there was live music that was outstanding. People were standing on the sidewalk just for a chance to hear the music. We were one of three tables there celebrating a birthday, so we weren't the only ones who thought it was good for a rowdy celebration. Not the place to have a quiet conversation. Someone said the portions were small; I think they were just normal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dino
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service and greeters were EXCELLENT. Food was mediocre; not memorable at all. Beautifully decorated, and great live music.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Invisible Guests
    KMTDK
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation, but were told we could wait in the lounge and would likely be seated early in the dining room. We sat in the lounge for over 30 minutes and NO ONE even attempted to serve us, not a drink or anything. We tried speaking to the hostess again, but she looked right through my husband. The couple at the same table in the lounge seated after us were offered menus. We were obviously invisible! Service was non-existent, it was a very uncomfortable experience and we chose to leave. We met some New Yorkers the next day who were not surprised by our experience. Then, to top things off, they mark us as a no-show with Open Table. Nice...NOT! Don't know if it's a decent place to eat, would not go back or recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    ARG1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    They had a last minute reservation for Saturday night, so we sat at the Chef's table and were able to see into the kitchen. It was a really fun environment and I liked the idea of a Chef's/Community table. We ordered the cornbread and it was incredible. Served warm and with butter and tomato jam. I got some to go and ate it for breakfast the next day… that good. For entrées we split the Fried Yard Bird and the Chicken and Waffles. They Chicken and Waffles was one of the best I've ever had! I loved that they served whipped chicken liver with it as a speed. The Fried Yard Bird was also excellent. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rtlovesny
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed this restaurant so much!! The food was different and excellent. The service was good and the staff extremely pleasant. We felt very welcome and well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot!
    emjaysea
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've been to the Red Rooster Harlem the last two times I've traveled from Denver to NYC! It is my favorite restaurant now. The staff is wonderful and the food always delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Project Manageer
    hotplace2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I simply love this place, the food, ambiance, staff was exceptional. I can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    HarlemNight
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had a very good dining experience. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the Wait!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a wonderful Friday night dinner at The Red Rooster. Excellent staff, great energetic atmosphere. It was very difficult to get reservation … we are not from New York. But once we got reservations we were delighted with the experience. Chicken and waffles and hot wings appetizers were excellent. Shrimp and grits …. perfect portion and very flavorful. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Rooster
    allarounddiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Famous for fried chicken, but it is so "overfried" that the skin is like plaster. Didn't expect that. Front staff extremely cordial: Especially Nicolette at podium & floor manager Chari, probably NY's best-dressed/most stylish floor manage. Would try again, but would ask that the chicken not be fried to a "hard golden black." That said, inside was moist! I saw deviled eggs on menu and thought of the ones Mom made. These were okay, but a dash of relish would make a huge difference. I may be wrong, but I detected a dash of real bacon bits on top. Nice touch. Next time, I'll try the mac 'n lobster. My dining buddy is still raving about that. And he loved the fiery wings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summer2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, Great service and friendly dining. The cornbread is so good. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was creative and excellent. The service was amateurish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • super nice
    Ace73
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was our first visit at Red Rooster. We are Swedes, so we found out about it as Marcus is famous in Sweden. We quickly found out that this was a very good choice of a restaurant. The service was fantastic, a lot of people cared about us and were willing to help with our food and wine choices. Excellent tastes! We will definitely come again during our future stays in NYC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harlem gem,tasty food,left hungry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Decided to try Red Rooster for Restaurant Week only to find out they only have those prices for the lunch menu. Huh? Don't understand that and they actually shot themselves in the foot because my parents and I spent much less on drinks, etc. Then we usually do when we dine out for dinner. I ordered the salmon but although very tasty I had a small piece of salmon gazpacho and about 12 black eye peas, needless to say I had to eat again a few hours later.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy to say my doubts were WRONG!
    PiQueen
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I looked at the menu online and wasn't initially impressed. But it wasn't my choice to go here. I ordered the mac and greens with bacon, aunt had the salmon and cousin had the shrimp and grits AND chicken and waffles. I WISH I COULD GO BACK NOW! I mean RIGHT now...at 7:54 am! The food was delicious and our service was outstanding, everyone, but especially our server! Can't remember her name (blame the food) but she was great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine not great. Not worth the price
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were expecting some amazing food based on the buzz about Red Rooster, but were unimpressed by the food. The service was also odd: one bus person kept coming over and asking to remove plates or drinks that were clearly not empty. The server was fast to greet but then disappeared a few times. The food came fast at first and then we felt left on our own. For appetizers, we ordered the deviled eggs which had a bizarre texture (although the chicken skin mayo was good), the chicken and waffle which was very disappointing (way dry chicken, soggy waffle), and a watermelon and tomato salad which was tasty. For mains we had the pork chop which was the only stand out item and shrimp and grits which were meh. The peach pie had soggy bottom.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic
    Mici
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We tried the Harlem Chowder and it was delicious beyond all expectations!! There was more seafood/lobster/etc in it than the two of us could eat.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like the other reviews
    UptownDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was just okay..though service was great...Went there for $25 lunch...salad was wimpy and unevenly drenched in oil and salt..Mac Cheese with lobster was very good...dry wimpy side salad with a couple of raw vegetables accompanied the mac and cheese-....Dessert was biggest disappointment, 3 non-eventful small donuts sitting in a bit of sweet potato and a dollop of whipped cream....just don't understand the hype....live in the hood, and still trying to find a great restaurant...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth Revisiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I am lucky enough to visit NYC a couple if times a year. With so many wonderful restaurants in the city, I rarely return to the same one twice. Red Rooster is the exception. It is a long cab ride from where we stay In Chelsea, but the fun atmosphere, attentive wait staff, and incredibly creative food make it worth the trip. I am tiny and normally bring half my dinner home. The blackened catfish was so delicious that I ate every bite and would have licked my plate clean if it wasn't impolite. I enjoy looking at all of the photographs in the restrooms! My only minor complaint on this visit was that it seemed to take a long time for our check to arrive after we finished our meal. However, this will not keep me from returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Gem
    1HappyDad
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My 13-year-old had lunch at the Red Rooster on her summer "to do" list. Even though we showed up 30 minutes ahead of our reservation, we were seated promptly and politely. Also, while the Rooster is obviously a destination for the influential, business minded and sophisticated crowd, the wait staff treated my daughter as they would any diner. Our server, Martina, engaged my daughter in conversation and made her feel welcome even though she was the youngest person in the restaurant by far. As expected, the food, ambiance and service was great. We went during Restaurant Week and was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service makes the difference
    arp46
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    When we arrived we were offered seats at a common table surrounded on both sides. I demurred and after about a 10 minute wait we were given an actual table in the dining room. I had brought wine and expected to pay a corkage fee for its decanting and serving. After we ordered, we sat and waited and finally the waiter told us they were seeking a decanter. Then the salads came (he neglected to ever bring the corn bread) and I insisted he open the wine so we could drink it rather than wait for the decanter (which NEVER arrived). The salads were excellent and the main courses came without the french fries ordered. I asked for them and they were delivered undercooked, a pale white color instead of GBD. No corkage or charge for fries.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate