Dinner With Chef Marcus Samuelsson: His Sip, Chat, Chow….
Marcus Samuelsson is an award-winning chef (one of MY FAVES), cookbook author, food activist, and winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters”! He’s known for his bold flavors and global influences- particularly from Africa and Sweden. His food is inventive, classy, well-executed and flavorful.
Red Rooster [in Harlem] is Marcus’ latest venture, and here it’s all about cooking from the SOUL- featuring a menu of New American comfort food classics. I was there a few weeks ago and enjoyed every bite! Red Rooster is a wonderful addition to Harlem!
Check out Marcus’ Sip, Chat, Chow:
Tricia: What’s your favorite Sip- restaurant that has a great wine and/or cocktail menu?
Marcus: Lani Kai. I’ve been really into bourbon lately, so something like The Black Pearl hits the spot for me.
Tricia: What’s your favorite Chat- go-to restaurant when dining with friends and/or family?
Marcus: Momo in London is fun! I love the lamb skewers over couscous.
Tricia: What’s your favorite Chow- restaurant for dinner?
Marcus: Odeon tells Tribeca’s story. Something as simple as Steak Frites is delicious yet inclusive. Also, it’s shareable.
Tricia: What’s your favorite Crave- restaurant that satisfies your current craving?
Marcus: Lenox Lounge. It has a certain mystique to it, and you can get a great drink and listen to live jazz, my current craving.
Tricia: What’s your favorite late-night Chow- restaurant for after hours noshing?
Marcus: I like what Paul Kahn and Donna Madia are doing at Publican in Chicago. I trust the kitchen, so I like to try something different any time I’m there.
Tricia: What are your favorite dishes on Red Rooster’s menu?
Marcus: I love the Chicken & Egg, inspired by Ethiopian dor wat, The Blackened Catfish for its simplicity, and The Chocolate Peanut Tart.
Tricia: Who would you like to go to dinner with- dead or alive?
Marcus: I would love to chat with Diego Maradona, such a fascinating soccer player yet a really bad coach- such a contradiction. Nelson Mandela would come too, and we’d all discuss soccer.
Tricia: What’s your favorite junk food?
Marcus: I love a really great burger, which isn’t really junk food if you use quality ingredients.
CHAT: Thanks, Marcus! I’ll see you soon- probably at Red Rooster!
Lani Kai- 525 Broome St / 646-596-8778
Momo- 25, Heddon St, Soho, London W1B4BH / +44 207 434 4040
Odeon- 145 W Broadway / 212-233-0507
Lenox Lounge- 288 Lenox Avenue / 212-427-0253
Publican- 837 W Fulton Market, Chicago / 312-733-9555
Red Rooster- 310 Lenox Ave / 212-792-9001
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