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Jan 17, 2011 02:21 PM

The Red Rooster - anybody been?

Has anyone been to The Red Rooster? Want to go and just wondering if anyone had a review...thx!

Red Rooster
310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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    1. I haven't been yet but here's a review from Chu on Food:

      The buzz is generally positive on Eater:

      And for what it's worth, Eric Ripert tweeted:

      "Having a great lengthy super Xmas lunch at Red Rooster in Harlem. Markus Samuelson restaurant is for sure the next hot spot in NY..."

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      1. re: Riverman500

        Thanks Riverman500, want to check it out soon, so will get back with a review. It looks like a fun place to try.

        1. re: Riverman500

          Re: Eric Ripert. Praise from Caesar is praise indeed!

        2. I'm seriously considering reserving for my girlfriend's birthday on the 24th, but I'm pretty concerned that its Yelp rating is only 3 1/2 stars. I'd like to solicit comments, especially critical comments if anyone has any.

          1. I've only been there for brunch. When my husband tried to reserve for dinner, he was told that the restaurant was booked for the month for the time we wanted (and the other availabilities did not work for us).

            Regarding brunch, I'd say it was worth a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. But that doesn't mean it was bad in my book. While brunch did not wow any of us (I had the corn bread & the wood oven baked egg), we were sufficiently intrigued by the combinations of ingredients and flavors to want to come back and try the rest of the menu.

            The guy next to us had the burger, and even for someone who doesn't eat burgers, I have to say it looked absolutely mouthwatering. We asked him how he liked it, and he said he loved it.

            So long story short, I'd definitely go back and have dinner before I form a solid judgment of this place.

            Service was fine, and I love the circular bar at the front.

            Oh, and Marcus Samuelsson was walking around thanking people for dining there (including my table). Nice person and gesture.

            1. Love Red Rooster! I had a great dinner there last week. The food was terrific- definitely beter than 31/2 IMO- closer to 4.5.

              I had the fried chicken with white gravy, which was moist, crunchy and flavorful. Although they say it's spicy I didn't find it particularly spicy. Also had the collards, which are pureed with kale and mustard greens and topped with frizzled onion -so yummy I could have eaten another order.. The cornbread ($4 for 2 large pieces) was among the best I've ever had. But the real star of the evening was the mac and cheese my friend ordered. Over the top delicious.

              Although I've read some complaints about the service and the hostesses, my experience couldn't have been better..Not only was our server good but the hostess and the manager went out of their way to accomodate us. When I realized I couldn't sit in the chairs and needed a booth because of serious back problems, they sent someone downstairs to see if they had a more comfortable chair and when they couldn't find a different kind of chair they find us a booth (on a busy night) put us at the bar while they set up the table and bought us drinks.

              The vibe in the room is great- we wound up getting into a conversation with the people next to us. Enjoyed it so much I booked a reservation for this week.

              Red Rooster
              310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027