Up next in the recap of our recent New York City trip eats is a little restaurant that Haris picked out in Harlem: Red Rooster.
The place itself was rather nice. We didn’t make reservations which led us to being seated in a very odd corner, next to a booth, but off to the side, almost in a hallway connecting the bar area to the dining area. I’m not gonna lie, it was a little off-putting at first, but it did give me a chance to check out this really awesome lightbox where the restaurant appears to grow its own herbs. Talk about fresh and sustainable!
Our meal started out with some cornbread and pumpkin butter, which was pretty tasty, moist and hearty! I loved the addition of the pumpkin butter as opposed to regular butter. It really added a nice flavor to a bread i don’t typically like. Haris of course loved every moment of this little bread.
But that’s not all he loved. I mean look at that face! He was so excited when his fried chicken arrived that I had to beg him to look up and pose for a -picture before he dug in.
He ordered the Hot Honey Yardbird, a dish he was researching and excited to eat for weeks before we even made it to NYC. His thoughts on the whole dish? “They make vegetables taste good… and this is some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.” And then he offered me a little bite before eating the whole dang thing.
I opted for the Shrimp and Grits. It was a great decision. There were so many great flavors here and they even made okra taste good! Also, it was pretty light, unlike Haris’s chicken. Overall, this was a great meal, even though our seats were in such an odd place, which felt like they were shaming us for not making a reservation. All in all, I think I’d pass on going here again. But check it out…make a reservation before you go.
Address: 310 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, NY 10027