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I usually don’t go too far uptown (don’t want to risk a noise bleed) but for Marcus Samuelsson, I thought it was worth the trip. I headed up to Harlem on Friday afternoon for a power lunch at Red Rooster with an extraordinary group of people.
As you walk into Red Rooster, you’re greeted by a bustling bar (with a communal table), vibrant colors and walnut-wood molding. A line of shelves stacked with jars, books, candles and antiques separates the bar area from the dining room. A great energy fills the beautifully designed resto.
Once seated, I continued to explore the intricacies of the design that included wonderful pieces of art (some from the Studio Museum), interesting wallpaper and an open kitchen. And guess who was busy at work in that open kitchen?! Yes, it was Marcus!
The affordable menu at Red Rooster is based on Marcus’ innovative take on American comfort food classics. The dishes are filled with robust flavors, global influences, unique pairings and a few surprises.
Michael White is at it again. His new restaurant Ai Fiori, in the Setai Hotel is open! Ai Fiori is inspired by the French Riviera and Mediterranean Coast. I went there for lunch earlier this week, and the 2nd floor resto was adorned with modern art and flowers. There’s an elegant silence to the dining room. Ai Fiori is classy with excellent food and service.
Lunch was wonderful….I’ll definitely go back for dinner. Now for my CHOW FAVES:
So everything that happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas! This Vegas Thai resto migrated to NYC a few weeks ago.
Everything we had was very good- some more memorable than others. The bold flavors, spicy kicks, textures, high quality ingredients, and combinations really got us excited . The broad menu offers regional and inventive dishes.
Tom Yum Koong: Spicy sour soup with prawns, lime, lemongrass and cilantro. A wonderful way to start the meal- a warm, flavorful bowl of yumminess!