Going on a Picnic? Let the Nook Help You Out

With the official start of summer just around the bend, outdoor dining should be on top of our minds. If you're not among the 1% lucky enough to have enough space for a grill, let Red Rooster take the guesswork out of what to eat al fresco. Check out one of our options, as featured in today's New York Times. Click here to read the whole story, including where to find great picnic options across the city.

NYTimes Nook Picnic Basket

Check out our list of menu items and see you at the Nook!

Nook at Night Opens, Late-Night Tacos Abound

nook, red rooster, taco, marcus samuelsson, nook at night Only in New York can you so easily find hot, late-night snacks—maybe that’s how New Yorkers are able to sustain the city that never sleeps. Now, the Nook at Red Rooster offers its own after-dark treat.

Stop by the takeout window between 11:30pm and 3:00am Friday and Saturday, and choose your pick of skirt steak, goat, and sweet potato tacos at one for $4 and two for $7.  (Has there ever been a better match than beer and tacos?)

Need a story to go with your late-night bite? The goat taco was named after famous Harlem street ball player, Earl Manigault whose nickname was "The Goat", which also stands for: The Greatest Of All Time, or in Chef Harrington's words, The Greatest of All Tacos.

Even better? Take in the music and booze at Ginny’s, and grab a taco on your way out—the perfect, on-the-go bite for the way to your next stop out on the town.

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Red Rooster for Hurricane Sandy Relief

As the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy comes to light, restaurants and businesses across New York (and the country) are doing everything they can to help those in need. Here at Red Rooster in Harlem, we know the resilience of our community and how much they appreciate when others reach out to us. As we prepare some long-term plans to help out businesses hardest hit, we have activated our Sandy Relief Menu, with 20% of proceeds going to City Harvest. Please help us in supporting the victims of Hurricane Sandy with the The Sandy Relief Menu. The 3-Course Menu is $75, with 20% of all sales going directly to City Harvest. Items include:

The Sandy Cocktail Rum, Ginger beer, Simple syrup **** Dirty Rice & Shrimp Aged Basmati, Curry Leaves Almonds **** Roasted Duck Breast Yams, Curried Lentils, Mustard Greens, Rum Sauce **** Smoked Sandy Pecan Cupcake White cake, Smoked pecan cream, Brown sugar frosting, Pecan garnish

Smoked Sandy Pecan Cupcakes will also be on individual sale at The Nook for $3.95, with $1 from each sale going to City Harvest.

The Sandy Cocktail will be available at Red Rooster and Ginny's Supper Club for $10, with 20% of sales going to City Harvest.

Sneak Peek: Spicy Chocolate Cookies at the Nook

The Nook at Red Rooster launches September 14th, and we're giving you guys a sneak peek of the goodies we're going to sell out of our window. Today it's a taste of pastry chef Deborah Racicot's chocolate-y creations--a combo of sweet and spicy, we tried each flavor and haven't picked our favorite just yet. 

Above is Debra's take on a Skor bar (remember those?) with a crunchy addition of toasted barley and peanuts. It's work in progress and you can say the team has no problem being the guinea pigs for these tasty treats. Stay tuned for a look at all the goodies that will be available from the Nook--think danishes and donuts to sandwiches and fresh juices. And rumor has it there'll be some surprises at night as well.