Red Rooster Harlem

4.5
6317 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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DR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great service, great food and a place i will return too.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice and attentive staff and he food was great!

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AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was so excited to go but I found the food way overhyped. The cornbread and biscuits were hard as rocks and the beans were undercooked. The Mac and greens were delicious and the chicken was cooked well but overall I didn’t find it worth the money or hype.

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

Very good! Food and service were great. Restaurant has good vibes. Would definitely do again!

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N
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess was friendly. My waitress was amazing. Great overall experience.

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

We’ve been here twice, both on a Sunday night and have really enjoyed the live music.
The fried chicken is really good, and the vibe is full of life. Fun place to go!

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J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Impeccable service. Food not up to par. Actually mediocre. Music too loud to have a conversation.

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j
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

felt like a very upscale fast food restaraunt
drinks expensive too
otherwise ok....

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

The food was Great! However, the flavor of the chicken on the Fried Royal can be over powering.

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

Great service this time, she was very helpful and kind. always great food and ambiance.
Definitely going back bring my visiting fiends

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The staff was very friendly and treated me extra special, which I appreciated. I loved the biscuits!

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HD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corn bread, deviled eggs, hot chicken n waffle n rooster slam washed down with spicy obamatini, mimosas n Harlem love. Make res but sit at the bar if avail. This is my sat am happy place

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T
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, insanely good food! Would highly recommend a visit, book a table in advance. The bar is also in itself a note worthy destination

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PH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thought the restaurant was beautiful. The service was fantastic. The food was pretty good. However, didn't appreciate them refusing to honor the Restaurant Week deal. Felt it was dishonest. We would of went someplace else if we knew they wouldn't honor the deal. But when you make reservations and show up on time what can you possibly do when an establishment refuses to be honorable? So we stayed and ate.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like the relaxed , cozy yet good spirited feel of the evening dinner crowd here. Celebrating my mothers 57th birthday, this is was a homerun with Hot yard chicken, two sides of mac and cheese that was splendid in texture( teaching even my mother a thing or two) who hails from southen USA. Reservations were honored speedily, Chef made an appearance at the table and took photos happily! The dirty sauce was outstanding but portions weren't enough to share. Pitcher of "rooster punch" gave enough of a buzz for increased happiness. Appetizers and sides are the way to go! Will go back to try more dishes, didn't get to have the Flatiron Steak. Birthday girls grin never left her face! Awesome, awesome experience.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I would recommend against ordering the steak, about a third of mine was fat and simply wasn’t worth the price. When I told the waitress that it was fatty, she said she would tell the chef but I never heard back from anyone. However the deviled eggs are amazing and other dishes were good. I’ve had good meals here before, I wish I had stuck to what I knew was good

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IN
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a lively, artistic bistro. The service was excellent. We enjoyed the house salad and squash soup enormously. The corn bread was killer! Even better than the last time I dined here -- now with loganberry compound butter. We loved our desserts - the peanut butter dessert is a chocolate mousse treat with the right amount of delicious peanut butter. My husband enjoyed his tres leches cake (though it is misnamed as it has nothing to do with the Latin dessert with that name). Our one misstep was the "root vegetable lasagna"; it is a vegetable stew with a strong spicy flavor and nothing hinting of lasagna. The staff was wonderful as they offered a replacement. This is an example of how names of dishes is important. There is nothing wrong with this dish, just that neither of us would have ordered it if we understood the flavor profile and lack of noodles.

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NT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food is pretty mediocre. Crab cakes were tasteless and rubbery. The jerk chicken lacked the seasoning that would characterize it as "jerk." I'm all for reinterpretations of classics, but it lacked taste. Very load and crammed in. Animated waitress with great enthusiasm did not make up for a pretty mediocre (and expensive) experience.

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SU
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent creative food, extremely generous portions for Restuarant Week. Friendly relaxed vibe , aim to please staff. Terrific restaurant.

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

We did the restaurant week menu which was fantasi

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MH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was outstanding. Food was delicious and such nostalgic flavors! I could have ordered everything in the menu. The ambiance of the restaurant was so timeless. You felt like you were at someone’s home on an autumn afternoon weekend. It really was such a charming experience.

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GM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, courtesy and warm friendly staff. A special place for drink (cocktails are simply incredible!) and dinner, serving good, wholesome and tasty food.
Live band shows are frequent and only add to the already groovy atmosphere.
Staff was so nice, they offered a dessert with a candle for my partner's birthday. A real treat!
Thanks a million, we will surely be back!

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p
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I don't think the Red Rooster put their best foot forward for restaurant week. Not a good idea for people who haven't been there before and have not incentive to go back.

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FM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

A lovely space, eclectically designed - loved it. Had to ask for someone to take our order. Bussers very attentive, however. Wait person asked if we wanted corn bread - of course we said yes. Did not know they charge $7 for one piece until the check came. Shrimp & grits was wonderful but my yardbird was way overcooked. Peanut crisp delish but my tres leche was blah. Coffee is great!

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NW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a friend in town and decided to take her to a more authentic place in Harlem and we had an amazing time! :) My friend said it was the best shrimp and greets she ever had.
The food is delicious, the service was super great and the venue is super accomodating. Will be back for sure.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I are visiting NYC from Louisiana. This was my second time eating at Red Rooster. It was just as amazing as I remembered. This was my husband's first trip to NYC so it was his first trip to Harlem and Red Rooster. He is still raving about his steak and the Mac & Greens! To top off the excellent meal and service, we also had the blessed opportunity to meet Malik Yoba "Mr. New York Undercover" himself! He graciously spoke with us and even took a selfie. The experience could not have been any better! I highly recommend Red Rooster.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a friends birthday and the service was top notch. We appreciated the service that was given to us.

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RU
New York Area
169 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It's been a few years since we've dined at Red Rooster and we felt that the menu items are now more reasonably priced. Hands down - short rib was the favorite. The ambiance is always fun.

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AP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried was superb! We will definitely go back. The staff was very attentive.

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SL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Red Rooster is a lovely place, but I was really disappointed with the food. My shrimp and grits was *very* salty, almost to point of being inedible. My sister had the yardbird, which was fine but not great -- not, as the host had promised, "epic." We had high expectations, maybe too high, and we were both underwhelmed.

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J
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Brunch experience !

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating my boyfriend ans his best friend’s birthday. The food was incredible and the ambiance was just the right setting. Also loved being able to access the downstairs lounge area for free after our dinner. Highly recommend trying out this place if you haven’t done so already!

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JB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive staff explained menu items to our pickiest teenager and gave great recommendations. Delicious food and drinks!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice casual place in Harlem with excellent food as well as services. Unfortunately we went on a rather cold night and a few of the tables weee directly looking at the door. May be they can consider having a bar between the dinning area and the door?

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating our birthday and a friend suggested Red Rooster Harlem. He spoke very highly of this restaurant so we decided to dine here. My sister saw one of the servers take a rag to clean up something wet on the floor and without washing his hands went back to serving food. Not cool!

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SR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had heard about this restaurant for years, but had been unsuccessful in getting a table until the other day. I was unprepared for their touted squash soup to be sweet: it was topped with honey and walnuts. This was not the restaurant's fault; I don't happen to like my soups sweet. I then ordered the shrimps and grits for my entree. While tasty, it was very salty, which diminished the overall enjoyment. It was good that the soup was filling because there were exactly two shrimp, two slices of okra, and some collard greens over the grits. True, it was rich, but it was only because I had eaten the soup that I was satisfied. Having tasted this dish in Charleston, SC, where the portions are very generous and it seemed impossible to find an eaterie where it wasn't delicious, I was disappointed. Our waitress forgot to put in our drinks order and we didn't get them until we were nearly finished with our entree. There are very few entree options for gluten free. Overall, I wouldn't rush back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time (as usual) at red rooster. The staff was great. The food was great. The atmosphere was great. And the drinks were great!

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s
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food and service was good however the portion of the food very small considering the price. Next time will go for appetizers and drink. I left still hungry and I eat like a bird.

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Rooster is always a great time - great food, wonderful service and a super fun vibe!

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G
London
21 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a great experience as usual at the Red Rooster. The whole fired chicken was amazing. Highly recommended!!!

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