Its finally time to take a look inside Marcus Samuelssons Harlem eatery, Red Rooster. As youre probably tired of hearing by now, this is the former Aquavit chefs venture into American comfort cuisine. Look for him in the open kitchen, flanked by executive chef Andrea Bergquist, a Chopped contestant and Samuelssons former chef at Merkato 55. Starting this Saturday, the 76-seat dining room (plus 24-seat front café and 20-seat bar) will serve dinner from 5:30 till 10:30 p.m.; lunch (including a $16 prix fixe), brunch, breakfast, and late-night service will follow in a few weeks. As you can see below, the menu (still in draft form) offers refined soul-food classics, one or two bistro staples, a couple of Scandinavian touches, and some fish-shack nods, including a corn dog and lobster roll hybrid. Now click through our slideshow and ask yourself whether this can replace Sylvias (across 126th Street) as Harlems main dining draw.
Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Ave., nr. 126th St.; 212-792-9001