Daily Special: Spring Menus

Market greens, radish, asparagus, pistachio yogurt, sherry vinaigrette, salad

I think the best part about spring is the new menu items chefs have created for their restaurants. It's around this time that new items and daily specials are popping up around town and diners couldn't be more excited. With spring brings a new attitude, hungry people and new ideas on how to cook, what to cook, and where to get the best food. Marcus has rolled out his new and exciting spring menus at Red Rooster Harlem and American Table Cafe and Bar at Lincoln Center. New items for American Table include Pea Soup with ham, basil and sour cream;  Chicken Salad Baguettes with chicken liver spread and Doro Wat Chilaquiles with crispy tortillas, tomato salad, fresh cheese, and lime.

Seafood Salad, shrimp, crabmeat, avocado, curried egg yolk

Head uptown to Harlem and enjoy the new Spring-infused menus at Red Rooster featuring a wide range of flavors from several different cultures. A southern favorite, fried green tomatoes, are accompanied by cult favorites iceberg lettuce, bacon, and buttermilk dressing. Ramen also hits the Rooster accompanied with pork belly, crab, head-on shrimp, and teff noodles. A seafood salad gets a curried egg yolk, and the re-created Chop Suey has fluffy basmati rice and exotic mushrooms.  It's been a harsh winter, and we are all so happy that  Spring is here. Lots of delicious meals and outdoor seating is on the way.

Rooster Noodles, pork belly, crab, head on shrimp, teff ramen, red rooster, ramen

Cuddle Up at Red Rooster on Valentine's Day

Looking for a place to cozy up with your loved one on Valentine's Day? Well look no further than at Red Rooster Harlem. Instead of heading to the ever-crowded Down or Mid-town restaurant scene, why not head uptown with your sweetie for a Harlem-festive V-Day! That night Red Rooster will feature a vast Valentine's Day Prix Fixe Menu with selections that will guarantee to please any date!

On Tuesday, February 14th Red Rooster will feature a special Valentine's Day menu that will help spread love in the air. For $55 per person, you can select from over 12 of our seasonal and classic dishes for a three-course meal that will make you fall in love, well...with our food at least.

Feast on appetizers like Oysters with Ginger Mignonette, Spiced Pumpkin and Turnip Soup, Crab Cakes, and Jerk Bacon & Egg. Following the appetizing starters, Red Rooster favorites like Blackened Catfish, Fried Yard Bird, Uptown Steak Frites, and Coconut Rice and Peas will help set the mood for a romantic culinary experience. Or share either the Harlem Chowder for Two or the Yankee Pot Roast for Two, for the ultimate intimate encounter. Finally top off the night with a sweet dessert like White Chocolate Panna Cotta, Meyer Lemon Tart, or a Chocolate Mousse Share for a perfect ending to a perfect night.

With DJ Cool Marv spinning romantic hits, Red Rooster Harlem will be the place for an unforgettable Valentine's Day Dinner. Make your reservations today by calling (212) 792-9001.

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Red Rooster's Restaurant Week Menu

Are you ready to celebrate 20 years of NYC Restaurant Week? This year marks the 20th anniversary of New York City's beloved Restaurant Week and to commemorate, it's being extended for a total of 20 days!

From January 16th- February 10th, Red Rooster Harlem will participate in NYC Restaurant Week during our lunch hours of 11:30am-3:00pm. As always, for $24.07 you can enjoy a special prix-fixe menu of our classic Red Rooster dishes.

This year's menu includes appetizer selections of Market Green Salad or Peanut Soup, entrees of either Blackened Catfish & Black Eyed Peas or our famous Fried Yard Bird, and finally one of two to-die-for desserts of Warm Apple Crumb Tart or Pecan Pie. All choices are guaranteed to give you the full Red Rooster Harlem experience.

So join us for lunch during NYC Restaurant Week of January 16th-February 10th.  We can't wait to see you in Harlem! For reservations, call Red Rooster at (212) 792-2001.

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Football Food Favorites

By: Dylan Rodgers

What is the first thing you think of when the summer comes to a close? How about when you feel that first cool breeze with the smell of fall floating in the air? Personally, I am overwhelmed with the joy of hitting people and tossing around a pointy pigskin ball! IT'S FOOTBALL SEASON!

There are few things better than sitting around with friends eating mountains of grilled meats and vegetables while watching professionals (and college students) beat the tar out of each other for four hours. And when you're hosting a crowd of 250 to 300 pound ex-players or football enthusiasts, the food is far more important than when you held that book club meeting at your house a few days ago.

Here are some foods to consider when planning a get together with a former O-Line:

Beer: Though beer is not a meal (excluding Guinness or Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout of course), it remains the one of the most important items for any gaming experience. Many football maniacs would more readily have brewskies than food, even those not interested in alcohol. One word of advice: start heavy and go light. This means provide stouts or ambers in the first half, and offer lighter beers in the second. Tactics such as this will help distract the behemoths for a bit.

Meat: Most men wouldn't mind a plate full of meat void of sides and garnishes, so the meat is very important. For a game, focus on finger foods; they're easier to eat on the couch and it helps build that primal connection that football fans long for. Satisfy your guest's palates with sweet and spicy chicken wings or fall-off the bone, melt in your mouth BBQ short ribs. The best part about these, are they can be made at home or on the tailgate!

Dips: 6 words: homemade guacamole, seven-layered been dip, salsa... 'nuf said.

Snacks: Most people when thinking snacks would grab a bag of potato chips. But for this season, try and think outside that loud, crinkly bag.

  1. Make your own corn and flour tortilla chips with sea salt-it's super easy and they are way better than store-bought.
  2. Roasted, red chili corn on the cob. That's right, to the big boys that's a snack.
  3. Grilled, cheese and sausage stuffed jalepenos.
  4. Garlic potato wedges

Now that the food is taken care of, the only thing left is to plan the half-time entertainment, and please, leave the slide show of your trip to Yosemite out of it. Happy Football Season everyone!

What are your favorite football snacks?

Photo: Indirect Heat

Labor Day Recipe Round-up

Still don't know what you're making for your Labor Day BBQ? No worries, we've got you covered! Labor Day Weekend, being the last long weekend in the summer and last chance for summer frolicking, must not be short of extraordinary. So we've rounded-up some quick and easy recipes that should please your audiences, all while using those favorite summer ingredients. And if those aren't enough, check out Food Republic's gallery to what you should cook on Labor Day.

Drinks:

Capirinha Recipe

Strawberry Margarita Recipe

White Sangria Sparkler Recipe

Starters:

Curry-Cayenne Zucchini Chips Recipe

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

5-Minute Creamy Goat Cheese Bruschetta Recipe

For the grill:

BBQ Short Rib Recipe

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Satays and Basil Corn on the Cob Recipe

BBQ Chicken Recipe

Desserts:

Honey Cardamom Granita Recipe

10-Second Mojito Popsicles Recipe

5-Minute Peaches and Prosecco Recipe

What are you planning to cook this Labor Day Weekend?