Time Out New York Awards Red Rooster "Best New Neighborhood Joint"

We're proud to say that Red Rooster Harlem has just been awarded the 2012 Best New Neighborhood Joint by Time Out New York. Every year the highly regarded Time Out New York honors the city's best restaurants, chefs, bars and barkeeps. This year's award were hosted at Skylight West in Hell's Kitchen last night.

Over 100,000 votes were cast to determine the ten winners in the Readers' Choice category in addition to the ten Critics' Picks winners and we're happy to say that thanks to your support, Red Rooster Harlem won the Best New Neighborhood Joint award. With great competitors like Porsena and Earl's Beer and Cheese, we're happy to have been selected as a new neighborhood favorite.

At Red Rooster Harlem, we pride ourselves in providing great food, service, and an atmosphere that the whole community can take part of. Come join us uptown to get a little taste of Harlem and see what all the buzz is about!

Best Bars For Seasonal Drinks


Besides beautiful produce, spring brings innovative new cocktails perfect for sipping on breezy nights. The mixology movement has emphasized using fresh fruits and vegetables, and in New York City, bartenders are already taking advantage of the March harvest.

At Red Rooster's copper bar, Moses Laboy slings some of Harlem's most deliciously seasonal drinks. The Dillio combines peanut-infused bourbon with dill, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger liqueur. Combining African and Scandinavian inspirations, the cocktail takes the edge off New York's blustery March weather.

In Brooklyn, Fort Defiance focuses on old-fashioned drinks and a welcoming atmosphere. This spring, Fort Defiance's bar will debut the King Bee, a vodka based drink that involves a little lemon juice, Benedictine, bitters, and prosecco. With the base spirit, Comb vodka, getting its flowery aroma from Darjeeling-tea, the King Bee is just right for warmer spring days.

For a taste of New Orleans, head to Maison Premiere. Featuring an absinthe fountain, this bar replicates New Orleans' sophisticated and class drinking scene. The Lafitte's Swizzle is a mix of Pernod 68 absinthe, lime, orgeat, parfait amour, and chilled water. Sweet, nutty, and liquorice-y, this cocktail is best consumed as a festive nightcap after a heavy late March meal.

To read more about spring cocktails in New York, click here. If you feel like staying in instead of going out, make a March Madness cocktail-a blend of strawberries and mezcal appropriate for basketball watching or an extraordinary Friday night.