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Location: 310 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan
I recently had the opportunity to finally experience Red Rooster for the first time. Unfortunately the dinner was for a good friend's going away party, but the somber mood did not detract from the amazing experience. In case you, like me, are unfamiliar with gourmet culinary circles, Red Rooster is chef Marcus Smuelsson's foray into the Harlem restaurant scene. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, Marcus Samuelsson is a critically acclaimed chef, author, and reality TV star with a well-regarded reputation for bringing unique and distinct dishes together that reflect his diverse background and culinary education.
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|Warm Apple Crisp - Photo by Denizen|
After dinner, my party couldn't resist sharing the Warm Apple Crisp for dessert. Now, I'm normally a sucker for anything a la mode, but this was literally one of the best deserts I've had in recent memory. The apples were warm and rich, the oatmeal topping crunchy, and the ice cream cool and sweet.
So the next time you find yourself in Harlem... actually, you know what? Make a special trip. Yes, to Harlem. Red Rooster is that good. And with New York City Restaurant Week coming up, you have no excuse. And when you get back, swing back by here and leave a comment to let us know what you thought!