Introducing Red Rooster's Midnight Brunch

2014_MidnightBrunch_vFINAL (1)

Need a place for late night eats in Harlem? How about yaki skewers, a bowl of ramen or a fried pork sandwich from our Midnight Brunch menu? Red Rooster keeps the party going and the champagne flowing until the wee hours of the night. Make reservations to secure your spot by the DJ!

Call the reservation line at 212.792.9001

Check out the menu here

 

The Good Eats at Smorgasburg: Umame Nuts

Umame Nuts Taking seaweed to elevated heights from its association as wrapping for sushi or a simple salad is no easy feat. But Li Liang has embraced the sensory power of this ocean greenery. He is the owner and creative force behind Umame Nuts, a name he’s coined for a healthy snack inspired by Shanghainese and Taiwanese street food. Each Umame Nuts blend is a textural experience, as they are blended with tai cai seaweed, organic brown rice crisps, tapioca syrup and a small amount of cane sugar. The umami, or fifth taste (other than sweet, sour, bitter, salt), naturally occurs in the seaweed. Natural glutamates creates the savory note in Umame Nuts. No MSG and absolutely nothing artificial is found in the recipe. The company has already garnered recognition and acclaim, having won the grand prize at the Entrepreneur Challenge & Competition, a prestigious platform that showcases Taiwanese American entrepreneurs who are engaging and inspiring the community.

Umame Nuts

After a grueling stint in finance, Liang felt his health deteriorating and decided to reconvene, looking to his own culture and finding inspiration in his parent’s and grandparent's food. He began cooking and tinkering more in the kitchen much like his parents who love to make their own snacks, desserts, cured meats, sausages, pickled vegetables (from their garden), yogurt and infused liquors. His career change sparked the philosophy of Umame Nuts: “To deliver simple, thoughtful and delicious foods for thoughtful people. With a huge paradigm shift in food, food is not just fuel; it is synonymous to lifelong health and well­being.”

Umame Nuts

Each flavor has a different nut, seed or dried fruit, roasted at low temperatures to maintain nutritional value. His snacks are a clean eater’s dream: they’re preservative­-free, gluten-­free and vegan. And his target demographic? Anyone who lives at the intersection of hectic yet healthy. "There are many brands that seek profit as their bottom line but we recognize the importance of simplicity and premium ingredients in serving a happy, healthy lifelong customer,” he says.

Liang currently sets up shop at Smorgasburg on Saturdays and Sundays and humbly admits that they sell out most weekends. Visit their website for more information www.umamenuts.com and follow @umamenuts on Twitter for weekly updates.

For more stories from Diana Tsuchida, click here

LA List: Sticky Rice at Grand Central Market

Photo courtesy of Sticky Rice Tucked away in Stall C-4-5 of L.A.'s iconic Grand Central Market, the 4-month old Sticky Rice stands out among the pupusa, ceviche and tacos stands that litter the food court. The Thai takeaway spot is one of the first tenants of this new class of vendors that are bringing brought in to modernize the offerings at Grand Central Market, which has occupied the space on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles since 1917. Owner David Tewasart, who also owns Soi 7 and Spirit House, wanted to open a spot that highlighted the food he ate in the kitchen, instead of the dishes that were offered on Americanized menus to guests.

"The older generation catered their food to the way they wanted to eat, which meant sweet pad thai and softer flavors, but everyone's palates are becoming more discerning and adventurous," said Tewasart. "We're trying to move away from California Thai and focusing on more regional dishes like grilled meats and spicier, fresher salads."

Photo courtesy of Sticky Rice

The menu moves away from haute cuisine and offers homey comfort eats like grilled chicken, sticky rice and papaya salad, spicy penang curry with beef, and a Thai sausage made with fermented rice, food that is found in the Northern parts of Thailand outside of the capital city Bangkok. When I asked how they ferment the sausage with rice, the chef at the grill station gave a coy smile and replied, "It's a secret."

Photo courtesy of Sticky Rice

Without a doubt, the coolest item to order is Sticky Rice's papaya salad (Som Tam), which is made to order the traditional way, with a mortar and pestle. Garlic and chili peppers are first crushed to release the juices, then fish sauce and lime juice are added to create the dressing. Fresh green papaya, long beans, peanuts and carrots are then added and blended together to create a light and refreshing salad. Check out the Instagram video below:

"We're not trying to reinvent the dishes but are doing Thai the way we want to do it by upping the quality of the ingredients and not dumbing it down," says Tewasart. "At first my mom was confused about our location, saying 'Why are there not one hundred things on the menu and where is the parking?'" he laughs, adding, "but I think she's coming around."

Sticky Rice, 317 South Broadway. Grand Central Market, Stall C-4-5. 626.872.0353. (@StickyRiceGCM)

Uncle Boons

Photo courtesy of Uncle Boons Like so many things that happen in New York, Uncle Boons came onto the food scene with a bang. Owners Matt Danzer and Ann Redding (who also happen to be married) met while cooking at Per Se and decided to open this Thai spot tucked away in New York's SoHo neighborhood. Moving away from traditional takes on pad se ew and mee krob, the latter gets a dose of spicy sweetbreads while curries have additions like sour orange and crispy duck thigh (gaeng som). Beer slushies and a decent wine list are available to help temper the heat of the spicy roasted chicken salad (yum kai hua pli), and the crab fried rice (kao pat pu) and grilled head on prawns (koong) are not to be missed. If there's room, you have to try the fresh coconut ice cream sundae.

Uncle Boons

Screen Shot 2013-08-29 at 2.42.59 PM

7 Spring Street (between Bowery and Elizabeth) Nolita NY 10012 646.370.6650 uncleboons.com

For more of Marcus's Recommendations:

Marcus's Top 5 Songs of All Time Oakland, CA's Food Scene Celebrity Crushes and Kitchen Pranks Three Goats Inaugural Fundraiser Harlem Style

New Dining Options Come Uptown to Harlem

new restaurants, Harlem, uptown, dining, cuisine, Vinateria The memo is steadily being passed around that Harlem is now the place to be for dining. Within the hot summer months, several new restaurants are popping up all over Harlem and current restaurants are switching things up and changing not only the menu items, but also adding additional touches. With new restaurants coming uptown, you can literally eat at a different establishment every night, have a new experience and also have a great time. Whatever you are craving, whether it be Italian, African, Soul Food or a variety of beers, Harlem is continuously growing the food scene.  Check out these 5 new places to dine Uptown.

BARAWINES -  This brand new wine shop and eatery just opened on 120th street and Lenox Avenue at the very beginning of August. With a great wine selection and food to match, be sure to pair your glass of red wine with the roasted duck on the dinner menu.

BARAWINES 200 Lenox Avenue, at 120th Street, New York, N.Y. 10027 646.756.4154

 

FLAT TOP BISTRO - Newly located on Amsterdam Avenue, Flat Top Bistro is bringing the creamy bone marrow, burrata and tomato salads Uptown. With a mix of old school and new school touches, this small restaurant with a eye-catching communal table is great for a cozy dinner with friends.

FLAT TOP BISTRO 1241 Amsterdam Ave., at 121st Street, New York, N.Y. 10031 646.820.7735

 

VINATERIA -  Vinateria is a new addition to Frederick Douglas Boulevards "Restaurant Row". Serving dinner and brunch in a modern and chic building, here you can find the classic hand cut beef tartare with cornichons, capers, and a fried quail egg.

VINATERIA 2211 Frederick Douglas Blvd., at 119th Street, New York, N.Y. 10026 212.662.8462

 

THE GRANGE - This farmers kitchen, bar and neighborhood bistro has been a Harlem go-to since opening recently. A market friendly menu and a variety of beverages available, like seared skate in lemon butter, salads, and a bar bites menu with grilled octopus tacos.

THE GRANGE BAR & EATERY 1635 Amsterdam Ave., at 141st Street, New York, N.Y. 10031 212.491.1635

 

JADO SUSHI - Jado Sushi is still relatively new on Frederick Douglas Blvd between 114th and 115th Streets on the "Restaurant Row". This sushi restaurant has been a great addition to the neighborhood, providing great Japanese food and now they have started outdoor seating and a brunch menu, taking the classic Eggs Benedict and adding a panko crab cake, lotus root chips and salmon caviar for a Jado touch.

JADO SUSHI 2118 Frederick Douglas Blvd., between 114th & 115th Streets, New York, N.Y. 10026 212.866.2118

What new restaurants in Harlem have you dined at?