Red Rooster Harlem

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6218 reviews
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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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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Red Rooster lunch is the time to go - the nights are horribly loud and crowded. The food was all really good too.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding evening: atmosphere, service, food - everything was just fantastic! I highly recommend the Obama short rib, but all dishes were absolutely delicious. Definitely one of NYCs favorites.

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RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

To loud music. Impossible to talk and Even beat the waiter.

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MC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I loved my visit to Red Rooster with a group of friends. The food was rich and satisfying. We enjoyed the cornbread, seafood jambalaya (though this was more like a paella), short ribs, and the hot yardbird, of course. My only gripe is that we waited 20 minutes for our table, despite having made a reservation.

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n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent drinks and great atmosphere for a date night. Skip the chicken, and go straight to the must try short rib.

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MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at the Red Rooster is the best experience in NYC. Don’t miss it!

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EV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is definitely the highlight if Red Rooster. It was a little too dark in the restaurant and space is limited. I'm a large man, so the wooden chairs wobbled a little. People without reservations waiting to be seated kind of stare which is noticeable. However, once the food arrives, your mind blocks out everything and focuses on the food. I started with the Pumpkin soup which was perfect for a winter day in NYC. I ordered the ribs for my entree. It was the perfect portion. My wife had the hot honey chicken. It's a big piece of chicken that is fried and seasoned perfectly. I know because she took some home and I ate it. It didn't stand a chance. The chicken didn't even dry out in the microwave so I could only imagine how juicy it was when they brought it out. Overall, my experience was worth it. A little expensive for comfort food, but worth it because service was very attentive and respectful. I'd definitely dine their again.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch with my bff and I loved it!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Food was good and service was A+

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ID
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of all the restaurants we have tried while on vacation in New York, this has been our favourie by far. Easily accessible by subway, this place is thumping! The vibe and music are fabulous and the food and service outstanding. We had never tried this type of soul food before and we are hooked! The portions are overly generous and the restaurant very kindly offered a take home pack. I could not fault this restaurant at all!

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not southern soul food but it was still good

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This place is definitely hip and happening! Easy to get to off the subway in Harlem. Cozy booth and indoor décor really set the mood! Even the bathroom décor was impressive :) Service was attentive and food was yummy! A bit pricy, but overall a delicious meal - prefix lunch menu was amazing and allowed you to try a bit of everything! Even saw the owner walking around and greeting patrons - a major plus! Definitely a gem worth stopping by at!

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at dinner! All the food was fantastic and the service was great. Our appetizer came out about 2 minutes after we ordered and entree was right on time as well. We got the seafood jambalaya for two, which was big enough for two people to have two dinners, and delicious.

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DA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! It’s a happy place with delicious food

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken dish was the best I’ve ever tasted. I’ll definitely be back

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f
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and environment. It could a little bit cheaper, but it’s not a place to eat in a daily basis. So, it was worthy.

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F
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Very very noisy. Did not serve drinks until we had finished the appetizer. Good if you like spicy soul food in a very noisy atmosphere. Cheerful wait staff but noise was overwhelming, even without my hearing aid.Would not return.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here.. our waitress was excellent! Food was excellent. We will definitely be returning..

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and Service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chicken is always superb! However, the sides need work. The restaurant tries to do a twist to classic dishes like Mac & cheese and sweet potatoes, but I am not a fan.

The drinks are also amazing though.

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AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I was excited to finally dine here for brunch. We were a party of 4 and were seated promptly when we arrived. The tables are very small for the amount of food that can fit for 4 people. The waiters and staff bumped into my chair numerous times while dining so it was a very uncomfortable set up. We ordered cokes and had to remind our waiter after our appetizers were served and main courses were coming out that we still didn’t have our drinks. The table he served seated behind us who arrived after us had their drinks served immediately. The food came at different times. I was not able to try one of the items since as I was eating one, a server bumped into me causing multiple glasses of water to fall and spill over myself, another guest, and onto our plates. These items were not refunded and we still had to pay for a meal we did not get to eat. Terrible service but for the food I did manage to try, it was very good. I hope to revisit again to give it another chance but it’s unlikely with the thousands of other amazing restaurants in the city.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken and waffles were great! Loved the atmosphere and the service was very attentive and friendly. Will definitely be coming back.

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NT
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Our food and server was good. However, we were rushed to pay the bill by the Manager after dining 1.5 hours because he said he had another commitment for our table. Very Disappointing and not if I’ll return.

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GA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! GO HERE!

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting friends from out of town and wanted to see what Red Rooster was all about. Delicious!

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Red Rooster is a staple of the Harlem scene. If you are visiting New York and desire a truly authentic experience, devoid of tourist trap hangups, come to Harlem and experience the true vibe of New York’s history meeting our country’s present. Creative drinks, relaxing and inspiring anbiabce, and a simply divine cuisine will leave you happy and comforted.

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was worth the hype and was a high point of our trip to NYC.

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, great band (Salomon Hicks), wonderful bartenders

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to savour chef and owner Marcus Samuelsson's twists on southern soul food. Never had a bad experience here.

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ST
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was really good! I loved the decor (especially the bathrooms - super cute!).
The service started out great, and we got really good recommendations for food. However, it took a very long time to get our check. We had to ask a few people. Also never got a drink refill that I requested. I would guesstimate that from the time we finished eating, to the time we got our check was about 45 minutes. At first we were just chatting and did not notice, but after a while we were feeling quite forgotten (the table next to us saw 3 couples - and we are not slow eaters, I promise). Once we received our check it took almost 10 more minutes to get someone to pick it up, and we had to ask random waiters walking by for help. Had we not been forgotten, I would probably have given 5 starts across the board.

I would go again and give it another shot though. Perhaps something happened that we were ignorant of. :)

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a chance and booked Red Rooster for an early dinner on New Year's Eve. The joint was jumping but our reservation was honored promptly and the service was top-notch. So much fun to listen to a terrific jazz/R&B group, Rakeim Walker Project, and watch the crowd at the bar, the diners and the wait staff groove in unison. Red Rooster never disappoints but this was a great evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

It was very noisy and host staff isn’t very polite. The food is definitely not as good as it use to be.

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RR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I discovered red roster years ago when it was truly authentic. The food was great and gospel singing was a huge plus. This weeks experience was abismal at best. The “band” spent an hour wrapping g presents at brunch hour in the front of the restaurant. The server was dismissive and absent. The food was not as described and when mentioned the waiter responded by saying they sometimes mix it up. Really? $23 for two eggs and A couple of nacho chips versus what was described as pulled pork with homemade mole? The worst tourist trap I’ve yet to experience. Stay away until they can get their soul back. Sad indeed as I have recommended this place so mNg times over the years but cannot do so again. Count your money on one off tourists and sacrifice the soul of what founded the restaurant.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We heard a lot about this restaurant from NYC foodies. Marcus creations are amazing and this place is really a treat. The service is outstanding. They make you feel like a regular on your first visit. We look forward to making this a regular destination when in the city.

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MH
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere at a Red Rooster is vibrant, eclectic and welcoming. The bar area pulsed with fun music and lively conversation. The place was packed with a highly diverse crowd and staff of all ages, ethnicities, orientations, cultures, SES- you name it. In a time when places can be so divided and exclusive, Red Rooster is so inclusive, it is a very special place. The art on the walls, the historic photos, the aprons designed by local artists worn by servers, all pay homage to the neighborhood,and simultaneously celebrate and support the community. The food is equally diverse and delightful-a delicious, creative fusion of different traditions and cultures. The wait staff was friendly, supremely knowledgeable and, again welcoming-consummate professionals. For our group, it was love at first sight. Go now: go often! We intend to.

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G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal great service. Always a great time

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DC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cornbread is so yummy that we always order it for appetizer and dessert. And the vibe is always energetic and fun.

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