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HARLEM—It wasn’t long ago that it looked like soul food in Harlem was in trouble. Stalwarts like M&G’s Diner, Copeland’s and Louise’s all shut down within a year or so of one another.
Some blamed a gentrifying Harlem, others thought a new awareness and focus on health issues like high blood pressure and obesity led to the decline.
But soul food is now alive and well in Harlem thanks to its connection to the African-American culture that makes Harlem a top tourist destination. Along the way, some restaurants have developed their own take on soul food and some of the stalwarts have changed with the times.
“Restaurants like Red Rooster have reinterpreted soul food so we now have more options. Before, you only had traditional options like fried chicken and fried chicken with fried chicken,” said Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, a founder of Harlem Park to Park, a business alliance that includes several restaurants that cook soul food or a variation thereof.
At celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant — named after a famous Harlem speakeasy— he serves many southern classics with a twist. The fried chicken is fried yard bird with a white mace gravy. The macaroni and cheese is made with Gouda cheese. There’s cornbread but you can get it with tomato jam. It’s his take on comfort food.
“They are taking food that is traditional to us and approaching it differently,” said Nikoa-Evans.
For many years, even as Harlem gained new residential developments, its restaurant scene—with the exception of a few reknowned soul-food places—had lagged. That’s no longer the case, as Frederick Douglass Boulevard has become a veritable restaurant row and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster has become one of the hottest places in the city, from a location just north of 125th Street.
In fact, over the past three years, at least a dozen new restaurants, cafes and bars have opened in Central Harlem, between 110th and 125th streets. Notable newcomers include Cédric, a French bistro; 5 & Diamond, a nouveau American spot; Bier International, a popular beer garden; Lido, an Italian restaurant; Harlem Tavern, which transformed a former auto body shop into a massive outdoor dining area; wine bar Nectar; and cocktail lounge 67 Orange Street.
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By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo
HARLEM — Just call it the Red Rooster effect.
Ever since the hotspot owned by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson opened late last year, more attention is being paid than ever to Harlem’s burgeoning restaurant landscape.
“Harlem’s restaurant scene is more exciting now because of the attention. The sustained coverage of Red Rooster has brought more people here and they are discovering new places,” said Sakita Holley, a publicist and editorial director of the soon-to-be relaunched Eat in Harlem blog.
The diversity of restaurants has increased quickly. From beer gardens such as Bier International to speakeasies such as 67 Orange and a brick oven pizzeria planned for Lenox Avenue, Harlem residents have more choices than ever before.
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So put on your chicest get-up this Thursday and head uptown to show off your style at none other than the hippest spot in Harlem, Red Rooster. The party starts at dinnertime- 5:30pm.
HARLEM — Coming soon to Red Rooster — bicycles.
The Harlem eatery is getting ready to add a handy way to get around the neighborhood to its lineup of home cooking and comfort food, Gothamist reported on Thursday.
“Our bikes are in! Soon, you’ll be able to borrow a bike from @RoosterHarlem for free to ride and see the neighborhood!,” Chef Marcus Samuelsson tweeted on July 26.
A staffer at the restaurant told Gothamist that a date for bike rentals hadn’t been set, and she didn’t know how many bikes would available for use.
“We don’t know how it’s going to work at all, all we know is that he’s gonna do it,” she said.