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Harlem Helps: A Benefit for the Families of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 8, 2015

Charleston Benefit

Chalreston Benefit

On Wednesday, July 15, the Red Rooster team and I will be hosting a benefit in honor of the families of Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC. There come together as a community over food, drink and music that is inspired by the people of South Carolina. The event features a both lunch buffet and a 3-course seated dinner, for $30 and $75 minimum donation respectively. . Tickets and more information about the event is available here.  Below are both lunch* and dinner** menus. I hope to see you there.


*Lunch Menu:

-“City” Captain – Dark Meat Chicken, Tomato Curry, Buttered Charleston Gold Rice
-Catfish and Grits, Green Tomato Chow chow
-Low Country Pork Shoulder with Cheerwine Cider BBQ Sauce

-Collard Greens
-Mac and Greens
-Edamame Succatash
-Watermelon and pickled tomato salad
-Mustard Potato Salad

-Groundnut Sandwich Cookie (filled with chocolate)
-Citrus Buttermilk Pie
-Hummingbird Cake

**Dinner Menu:

-Teff Hoe cakes with Berbere Pimento
-She-crab salad Biscuit
-Crispy Oyster with Uni Comeback Sauce
-Cowpea Fritters
-Fried Green Tomatoes with Benne Seeds and Pickled Benne Aioli

-Shrimp and Grits, Corn and heirloom tomato, Bird Funk, Cheddar Bacon Grits
-Cheerwine Briased Pork Cheek, Jalepeno Creamed Corn, Watercress, pickled Squash, Boiled Peanuts
-Hot Smoked Carolina Coast Fish, Butterbean Succotash

-Pickled Peach & Blueberry Cobbler with Brown sugar & Bourbon Ice Cream




HarlemHarlem Eat Up

Harlem EatUp! Tickets On Sale Now!

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 24, 2015

Tickets are on sale now for Harlem Eat Up, a four-day festival highlighting Harlem's chefs and artists.

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Come see all that Harlem has to offer during this first ever food, art and culture festival happening May 14-17!

Join me and my friends Bobby Flay, Aarón Sánchez, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag and more as we celebrate my neighborhood.

I am thrilled at the opportunity to highlight the beauty and diversity of Harlem during this four-day festival. Sit in on my culinary demonstrations, learn what a “typical” day entails, or stop by Bier International to dine at Harlem’s first beer garden.

For those with children in tow, join me for an afternoon in Morningside Park or listen in on a variety of talks given by some phenomenal chefs and artists including Daniel Boulud, Derrick Adams, Marvin Woods and Melba Wilson, among others.

For more information about this flagship event, including detailed descriptions about the events and how to purchase tickets, please visit

I hope to see you there!

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Harlem Helps: $50,000 to Survivors of the East Harlem Collapse

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 4, 2014

(Photo by Ron Walker)
(Photo by Ron Walker)

(Photo by Ron Walker)

On Wednesday night, the Harlem community and beyond joined together to raise up our neighbors who had suffered the terrible explosion at E 116th and Park Ave. weeks ago. Through ticket sales, raffles, and auctions, we were able to raise over $50,000 to support the efforts of the American Red Cross of Greater New York in aiding the survivors. And those who could not give money gave their time, effort, and goodwill, all of which made the benefit a truly a night to remember.

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Chelsea FC Partners with FC Harlem

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 24, 2013



It was a special day at Red Rooster last week when an abnormally large table of tall, athletic young men came in for lunch. They were London’s world-famous soccer team Chelsea FC’s Under-21 squad, getting a feel for the neighborhood before announcing a partnership with FC Harlem. Between training with some of FC Harlem’s players at their Riverside Park field and visiting the historic Apollo Theater, they chatted and ate with Marcus at Red Rooster.

Not only did they attract a more than a few glances and photos in their matching jerseys, but also they gave Marcus one to keep. Read More


Harlem’s Peartree Preschool Visit Red Rooster

By Aerian Brown | July 23, 2013

Peartree Visits Red Rooster
Peartree Visits Red Rooster

“Yes, Chef!”

Red Rooster may have hosted the Clintons, Obamas, U2, and the Swedish Royal family in the past, but none compared to the nervousness of entertaining this tough crowd: 8 preschoolers from Peartree, a progressive preschool that opened on West 112th Street in May. The eager bunch arrived early in their day to get a tour by Chef Joel Harrington before snacking on warm cornbread at one of Rooster’s large banquettes. Read More


The Grange Bar and Eatery Opens This Month in Hamilton Heights

By Christopher Stewart | June 5, 2013

The Grange

The word is out…Harlem is now the place to be, be seen, and to experience a massive amount of incredible dining options. This month, the new addition of  The Grange Bar and Eatery will be opening in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem.  With the feel of a 19th century barn, designer Benjamin Kay  (whose recent restaurant work includes Corner Social) has implemented old and new touches to The Grange which is his latest restaurant venture. The feel of the new restaurant will be a farmers kitchen, bar, and neighborhood bistro. Read More

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Morningside Park Farmers Market Opens this Month

By Christopher Stewart | May 14, 2013


Harlem, farmers market, fresh

I think next to outdoor dining, my love for the farmers market is a close second place to the things that I anticipate most about the spring and summer months. It’s now that time of year when the two combine and farmers markets are starting to pop up. This month, the Morningside Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market will begin to gather local farmers and purveyors from the tri-state area. Everything from fresh produce, meat, dairy, beverages, and even plants for your home and specialty baked goods will be available for purchase starting May 25th and running through December 7th. Farmers markets are a great way to incorporate fresh ingredients into your meals and also support hard working local farmers and artisans. Read More


Willie Mays’ Birthday

By Mac Malikowski | May 6, 2013

Willie Mays and Jimmy Piersall.

Happy birthday to Willie Mays, baseball hall-of-famer and old school Harlem resident, who turns 82 today. Mays spent the majority of his major league career with the New York and San Francisco Giants before finishing with the New York Mets. Read More


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