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Combining Cultures and Passions: An Interview with Red Rooster Chef Rory Young

By Cyndi Amaya | June 7, 2012

Chef Rory Young

Many people often say that the one thing that can unite different cultures, even if the location, language, or customs vastly differ, is food. Clearly, every person eats and many cultures tend to have similar strong connections with food, even if the ingredients are different.

Similarly, most individuals have numerous passions in life, but it’s rare to see a seamless combination of them or transition from one to another. One exception, of course, can be between different arts since the common thread between all forms of art is creativity.

One particular chef at Red Rooster, Rory Young, has learned just how to combine not only cultures but also passions in life. Coming from a different culture than he was raised in, and having experienced different careers, Rory has now learned how to adapt to different customs, cuisines, and arts. From advertising to pastry and from Central America to the Upper West Side, Chef Rory sat down with us to share his many passions… Read More


Seeing Red: Mixing The Sweet With The Savory

By Jeannette | March 20, 2012

Chef Peter Steele

By: Allana Mortell

I live by the mantra, “Life’s too short – eat dessert first!” When you’re having an off day or need a small pick-me-up, I like to think there’s nothing a cup of dark chocolate mousse can’t fix. So, when I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Chef Peter Steele, the newest pastry chef of Red Rooster, it was like a dream-come-true.

But other aren’t too keen on sweets, so it’s often hard to get restaurant-goers to leave room for dessert. But to Chef Peter, he takes that fact like a challenge and creates desserts that all audiences will love. By combining the sweet with the savory, Peter has innovative dishes pumping out left and right from the Red Rooster kitchen that just might make you want to eat dessert first, too! Check out Chef Peter’s story and the science of pastry… Read More


Seeing Red: Some Like It Hot

By admin | March 1, 2012

Chef Maria Gutierrez

By: Cyndi Amaya

There are certainly many talented individuals in the kitchen at Red Rooster Harlem, but one of them stands out not only for her spunk but for her spicy dishes as well! Chef Maria Gutierrez has been gracing the Red Rooster kitchen since its opening and has certainly staked her claim and position as one of the spiciest chicks on the line.

From her signature Mole to her Salsa Verde, Maria has proven herself a worthy contender in the kitchen ring. With her around, only one saying comes to mind, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” Check out our interview with Chef Maria at Red Rooster. Read More


Seeing Red: From the Nation’s Capital to the Capital of Entertainment

By admin | February 17, 2012


Almost everyone in New York City, except for the few natives of course, have a make or break story about coming to New York. But whether you came here or grew up here, you stay for one reason- for the great opportunity to do what you love. For Virgil Reginald Beaty, Jr., or Reggie as we know him at Red Rooster, he came to New York from Washington, D.C. with a set plan to pursue a career in finance and and since fallen in love with New York’s theatrical appeal.

Today for Seeing Red, we take a look at one of the Rooster’s friendliest bartenders and get his take on how the finance industry wasn’t as stable as he once thought; but most importantly how he learned to go after what you most love! Read More


Seeing Red: The Talent in the Kitchen

By admin | September 29, 2011

Charlene and Rachel

Today for Seeing Red, we take a look behind-the-scenes where all the magic happens in Red Rooster- the kitchen! Chefs Charlene Johnson-Hadley and Rachel Hien are both line cooks for Red Rooster and can always be found behind the line with warm smiles and laughter. Their different backgrounds play a large role in their culinary careers and in these two quick interviews, we get a closer look at the Red Rooster’s talent. Read More


Seeing Red: Red Rooster’s Nook and The Marcus Palmer

By admin | August 26, 2011

Steven Green

Today for our Seeing Red series, we’re featuring someone who wears many hats at Red Rooster Harlem, Steven Green. Many recognize Steven’s face from working in Red Rooster’s Nook during the morning, but now Steven has also added host and barista to his job description. With all of these responsibilities at Red Rooster, all would be surprised to find out that Steven is only 20-years-old! We asked Steven a few questions and even got his special recipe for a refreshing summer drink, the Marcus Palmer. Read More


Seeing Red: The Best Cappuccino in Harlem

By admin | August 9, 2011


Today in Seeing Red, we’ll start our feature of Red Rooster employees with none-other than one of our best baristas, Ijenla Ifill. Ijenla is known for making some of, if not, the best cappuccinos in Harlem. Originally from Georgetown, Guyana, she first learned to make her coffee specialties when she arrived in New York City. She now works the morning shift at the Rooster and serves our customers during our Brunch hours. Her knowledge of coffee and teas, along with her warm smile, make her a crowd pleaser for those looking for just the right Brunch drink. Read More


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Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger