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Red Rooster Harlem

My friends and I had been meaning to try Red Rooster in Harlem literally for years. I don’t know what took us so long, but we finally planned a time and headed to the restaurant for brunch one Saturday.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

In true Harlem style, the place is lively and colorful, waking you up more quickly than any cup of coffee can.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Greg and I were joined by Lauren and Taylor.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And Kendall and Jess!

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We were ready to eat!

We started with Deviled Eggs, featuring black-eyed-pea mayo, fried capers, and onion jam.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We also had Marcus’ Cornbread, served with pumpkin butter.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Speaking of Marcus, Red Rooster’s chef is Marcus Samuelsson, a popular figure on the Food Network. Apparently he and Greg are Facebook friends, which the rest of us discovered when Marcus hilariously walked by our table, stopped, turned around, warmly greeted Greg with a handshake, and kept on walking. Who knew Greg was so connected?!

For main courses, Lauren and Jess had Poppa Eddie’s Shrimp and Grits with gumbo stew, chorizo, okra, creamy stone ground grits, and lobster.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Taylor dined on the Yep! Chicken and Waffle with a fried chicken leg and hot maple-chili sauce on an apple cider waffle.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kendall ate fried chicken topped with a fried egg.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I chose Mama’s Breakfast Pie with Korean BBQ shortrib, creamy potatoes, and baked eggs.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And Greg had the Rooster Slam with an apple-cider waffle, French toast, beef sausage, hot honey chicken, crispy bacon, and a fried egg.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The food was delicious, and we loved the soulful twist on traditional brunch fare.

Red Rooster Harlem - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

To find out more information on Red Rooster, and to make a reservation, click here.

~A

P.S. My plaid top is by Nicole Miller. You can shop the designer here.

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