Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm; Fri, 11:30am-11pm; Sa, 11am-11pm; Su, 11am-9:30pm
2, 3 at 125th St.
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Marcus Samuelsson's culinary love letter to Harlem gets plenty of attention as a restaurant, but architecturally speaking, that's only half the story: walk into the loft-like room and you're definitely in a drinking establishment. The front of the room is anchored on an undulating, zinc-topped, mahogany-striped bar at which locals and Top Chef Masters fans alike cluster three deep, separated from the sit-down dinner crowd by a glassy room divider filled with decorative ephemera and vats of house-infused liquors. The space has the sort of convivial watering-hole vibe that turns one-time visitors into regulars, with drinks that play up Red Rooster's pan-Harlem shtick: The Apollo, named for the famous theater around the corner, is an herbaceous gin drink with egg white foam; the Brownstoner, a smartly tweaked Manhattan, pairs nutmeg-infused bourbon with cherry heering and St. Germain. The beer list is tightly edited and decidedly quirky is there anywhere else you can get both Keegan's Mother's Milk and Prohibition Ale on tap? but there's at least as much variety to be found on the bar menu, which works through the comfort foods of seemingly all of Harlem's subcultures: mini Jamaican beef patties, dirty rice with shrimp, Latin-inspired yellowtail sashimi tacos, and the excellent, simply-titled Chicken & Egg: a tangy version of Ethiopian duro wat, topped with a fried egg and served with spongy, sour inerja bread for sopping up. In a culture clash perfectly in line with Samuelsson's intentions, it's surprisingly great washed down with the very L.A.-style Gin & Juice martini: Hendrick’s, citrus, bitters, and orange marmalade. Laid back.Flights of Fancy
Curious about any of the strange brews on tap? A flight of any three four-ounce tastes is $9.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.