Last Wednesday night saw TGATP happily trekking uptown for the a preview of chef extraordanaire, Marcus Samuelson’s new hot boite, The Red Rooster (310 Lenox b/tw 125th and 126th). Combining Samuelson’s exquisite take on American cuisine with an eclectic mix of live music, this spot promises to become a TGATP favorite! Of his new venture, Marcus states on his blog, “My hope is that Red Rooster will build on Harlem’s rich culinary culture, and that people from all over the world will celebrate all that Harlem has to offer. I’m looking forward to this new adventure.”
The opening night event was sponsored by BlueStar, the manufacturer of high-performance cooking equipment for the home, which recently announced that it has teamed with Marcus to launch the “Inspired by Marcus” line of ranges for the home chef. In addition, BlueStar has a hot new feature the allows consumers to customize their new BlueStar range before they buy through its “Build Your BlueStar” web site tool.
Marcus and his lovely wife Maya, were the perfect host and hostess. My sister was very delighted that he introduced himself and chatted, like an ole’ friend, to her while she awaited my arrival. I look forward to reviewing the restaurant’s fare in a future post, as dessert was the only option when I arrived on the night.
About Marcus Samuelsson
Chef Samuelsson is the youngest chef to ever receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times, the first of which was awarded to him after just three months as Executive Chef of Aquavit. He has received consecutive four-star ratings in Forbes’ annual All-Star Eateries feature, named one of the 40 under 40 by Crain’s, and was hailed one of The Great Chefs of America by the Culinary Institute of America. Also named by the World Economic Forum as one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow, this Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised talent studied at the Culinary Institute in Goteborg, Sweden before apprenticing in Switzerland and Austria. Having made Aquavit a landmark in Scandinavian dining in New York City, Samuelsson has found additional success as the author of The Soul of a New Cuisine and New American Table. Most recently, Samuelsson was guest chef for the Obama Administration’s first State Dinner honoring the Prime Minister of India.