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American Table Cafe and Bar: Marcus Samuelsson Comes to Lincoln Center

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

With an aunt-in-law in town last week and concerts and a circus to entertain her with, I found myself near Lincoln Center around dinner time several times last week and managed to eat my way through most of the menu at American Table Cafe and Bar, Marcus Samuelsson's new casual cafeteria inside the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed lobby of Alice Tully Hall. Those familiar with the space will realize that the "renovation" mostly involved adding furniture (including some plastic cushions attached to the outdoor concrete amphitheater), changing the lighting, and... well that's about it.

It's a minor change, but one that works. The space feels intimate and comfortable without being stuffy, casual without being classless. It's the kind of place you want to go when you have an hour to kill before a show and forgot to make reservations (or don't want to spend the bucks) at Bar Boulud or Boulud Sud across the street. It's the kind of restaurant where you go and order from the counter (look for the iPads whose sole purpose are to display "Order Here" as their batteries slowly run down), but a real live waiter will deliver and clear your food for you once you sit down.


Red Rooster's Mac and Greens

Kate Williams 2 comments

This mac contains just as much greenery as pasta. Braised collards and bok choy pair perfectly with the gooey cheddar-gruyère-parmesan mix, and the hints of soy and coconut lend rich depth. Green as it may be, this is no health food; there's bacon, heavy cream, and plenty of cheese in each and every nook and cranny. More

Red Rooster's Mac and Greens

Serious Eats Kate Williams Post a comment

Marcus Samuelsson's penchant for Southern American-African-Swedish fusion cuisine always makes him an interesting chef to watch. His recipe for Mac and Greens, adapted in Ellen Brown's Mac & Cheese, fits right into his oeuvre. The recipe title is apt, as his mac contains just as much greenery as pasta. Braised collards and bok choy pair perfectly with the gooey cheddar-Gruyère-Parmesan mix, and the hints of soy and coconut lend glutamate-rich depth. But don't be fooled, this is no health food--there's bacon, heavy cream, and plenty of cheese in each and every nook and cranny. More

Serious Reads: Yes, Chef, by Marcus Samuelsson

Serious Reads Leah Douglas 4 comments

Yes, Chef is the pinnacle of chef memoirs; Samuelsson conveys his passion for food and details his long and driven journey to the top, while still recognizing and considering the broader impact of his work. More

On Marcus Samuelsson and Red Rooster: What it Means to Be a Harlem Restaurant

New York Lolis Elie 29 comments

The dust-up between Eddie Huang and Marcus Samuelsson—about Samuelsson's new memoir, Yes, Chef, and the role of Red Rooster in Harlem's food scene—raises some questions that we think about often, about the intersection of "ethnic cuisine" and fine dining. Is Red Rooster a neighborhood restaurant for Harlemites that's also a destination downtowners, or a fancy spot that doesn't belong? More

First Look: The Food from Ginny's Supper Club

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] As a Harlem native and neighborhood regular at Red Rooster, Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem hot spot (take a look at our full review here), I've been following the progression of the downstairs space with great attention. When... More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem

New York Allegra Ben-Amotz 4 comments

Star chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson is a man of the world. The Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef first made waves in New York's dining scene at age 24. His new venture, Red Rooster in Harlem, is a testament to his unique background. Here are some of his most favorite neighborhood spots in Harlem. More

The Brunch Dish: Lamb and Sweet Potato Hash at Red Rooster

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

You'll find tender marinated chunks of spiced lamb, supplementing the potatoes with cubes of sweet potato and earthy beets. The whole thing is cooked down with plenty of rosemary and served in a hot cast iron skillet smothered in creamy, lemony hollandaise. More

Red Rooster Serves A Cheffy Burger—Without the LaFrieda!

A Hamburger Today J. Kenji López-Alt 14 comments

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Red Rooster 310 Lenox Avenue, New York NY 10027 (map); 212-792-9001; redroosterharlem.com Cooking Method: Grilled Short Order: Juicy and well-cooked, but the toppings can be overwhelming. Want Fries with That?: Yes, but ask for them... More

First Look at Red Rooster in Harlem

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 7 comments

"Welcome to Harlem," was the greeting diners got from a smiling Marcus Samuelsson at the Friday night opening of Red Rooster, his eagerly anticipated Harlem restaurant and lounge. A six-year resident of the neighborhood, he's banking his reputation and payroll on Harlem being able to support a moderately high-end restaurant. More

Video: Marcus Samuelsson Talks About 'Top Chef Masters,' Burgers, and More

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 2 comments

In this interview from Chicago Tribune, chef Marcus Samuelsson of C-House and Marc Burger in Chicago talks about winning Top Chef Masters, his best meal in Chicago, the World Cup, and burgers (starts around the 3 minute mark). In... More

Delicious, C-House Leaves Me Grasping for a Definiton of Pizza

Chicago Daniel Zemans 18 comments

I've long been amused by those who eagerly declare that certain styles of pizza are, in fact, not pizza at all. There are plenty of folks who dismiss pizzas that 99 percent of the pizza-eating world would call pizza without hesitation. But like bad weather and crying babies on airplanes, they are mere annoyances that I accept I cannot change and instead try to find something positive. In this case, that means being inspired to try to come up with my own solid definition of pizza. More

Review Says Marc Burger's Angus Burger Is Phenomenal

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 1 comment

Photograph by Mike Doyle at Gapers Block Mike Doyle of Gapers Block says the Angus Burger from Marc Burger, opened by chef Marcus Samuelsson in the food court at Macy's in Chicago, is "good enough to roll around naked in,"... More

Watch Ed Kick It With Marcus Samuelsson and Gael Greene Tonight

New York Erin Zimmer Post a comment

From left: Marcus Samuelsson, Ed Levine, Gael Greene. After work tonight, Ed will be heading uptown to the 92nd Street Y to discuss "Food Finds and Trends" with Aquavit executive chef Marcus Samuelsson, the insatiable critic Gael Greene, and... More

AQ Kafe, the First Swedish Go-To Sandwich Spot and Bakery?

New York Ed Levine 8 comments

Photographs by Robyn Lee AQ Kafé 1800 Broadway, New York NY 10019 (b/n 58th St. and Central Park South; map); 212-462-0005; aqkafe.com Service: Prompt at the bakery counter, a little slow but well-meaning at the tables Setting: Cheerful, airy... More

Dispatch from the NYCE: Marcus Samuelsson

New York Carey Jones 1 comment

Over this past weekend, the New York Culinary Experience—sponsored by New York Magazine and held in the shiny kitchens of the downtown French Culinary Institute—offered two days of cooking classes from some of New York’s most celebrated chefs. With topics... More

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