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Red Rooster

310 Lenox Ave., New York, NY, 10027
nr. 125th St.
212-792-9001

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5
Food: 5
Service: 5
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

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42% would go back.

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Love this

By fuggirl01 on 3/24/2014

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Its good!

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16 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

pea soup

By bigvalerie on 5/30/2012

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

this was the most disgusting soup i ever had, the waistres brought me water when i asked for sparkling water, the cornbread was cold the soup was nasty, ( not a fan )

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51 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS!!

By freshly on 1/21/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I really wanted to like this place. Marcus Samuelsson, is one of my favorite chefs, in New York. Been to his Aquavit restaurant in Midtown and it was just fabulous. So, at Red Rooster, I was expecting the same standard in quality service and food than what I got. Mr. Marcus Samuelsson should really take note at all these mixed reviews. The host and hostess provided very inconsistent and unprofessional services. The place was a total chaos between the bar scene (lack of quality bartenders) and the hostess negotiating seating arrangements. The hostess initially said our wait would be ½ hr for a Sunday bunch, which I thought, not bad, and she promised to seat us at a nice table for two. While waiting at the bar we squeezed our way through folks to get the bartender’s attention to order drinks. I ordered a dark and stormy, but just got a dark drink, no stormy there! A random lady also standing next to me by the bar tapped my shoulder and said she was waiting for the bar seat. I was like, “really lady, are you kidding me?” Then 45 minutes later, we ended up at a communal table!!! Wait, it gets better, my friend's steak was over-cooked, and my final dark and stormy, was a lemonade-looking cocktail. Apparently, another bartender didn’t know how to make a dark and stormy and neither did my waiter! The bottom-line, not sure what’s all the hype about but I guess folks are coming in droves purely because of the name, so “New York”.

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67 out of 125 people found this review helpful.

ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS!!

By freshly on 1/21/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I really wanted to like this place. Marcus Samuelsson, is one of my favorite chefs, in New York. Been to his Aquavit restaurant in Midtown and it was just fabulous. So, at Red Rooster, I was expecting the same standard in quality service and food than what I got. Mr. Marcus Samuelsson should really take note at all these mixed reviews. The host and hostess provided very inconsistent and unprofessional services. The place was a total chaos between the bar scene (lack of quality bartenders) and the hostess negotiating seating arrangements. The hostess initially said our wait would be ½ hr for a Sunday bunch, which I thought, not bad, and she promised to seat us at a nice table for two. While waiting at the bar we squeezed our way through folks to get the bartender’s attention to order drinks. I ordered a dark and stormy, but just got a dark drink, no stormy there! A random lady also standing next to me by the bar tapped my shoulder and said she was waiting for the bar seat. I was like, “really lady, are you kidding me?” Then 45 minutes later, we ended up at a communal table!!! Wait, it gets better, my friend's steak was over-cooked, and my final dark and stormy, was a lemonade-looking cocktail. Apparently, another bartender didn’t know how to make a dark and stormy and neither did my waiter! The bottom-line, not sure what’s all the hype about but I guess folks are coming in droves purely because of the name, so “New York”.

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63 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

Worth it for the Yard Bird only.

By sonsyNY on 1/17/2012

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Dined at the bar on a Sunday night. To cut to the heart of it, I couldn't help feel that despite its best efforts, the kitchen is dialing it in and resting on laurels. The service was really great, and I have to give it to their bartenders because the crowd was tough. But the main problem seemed to be the kitchen was all over the place, and even though our food came out perfectly timed, it was cold. But everyone, every other diner at the bar that night, had some issue with their food. The Yard Bird really is worth it, it's fantastic, but the mash was luke warm and cold on the edges. Perfect cornbread. My peanut soup was good, but cool. My mans crab cakes and meatballs were lovely, but both pretty much cold. We had been excited to dine there, and still had a fun time, but it certainly wasn't a well oiled machine.

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66 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

Divine Food & Wonderful Service!!

By BookishBetty on 1/14/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Have been to eat here three times for dinner, that's how good it is! Every time, the food has been consistently amazing, and we leave satisfied. We have never had a reservation because they are impossible to get less than a month in advance, so we go early. The first time we waited and sat at the no reservation higher bar tables which are a tight fit, but the food more than compensated. Second time we were seated outside which was lovely, again consistent good service and food. Last time, we showed up early on a Friday with family, and they were so nice despite our lack of reservation, and gave us a regular table in the recently opened up basement area space. Because they had just opened the space, they were a bit confused about table assignments and such, but apologies were plentiful and the manager even stopped by to see how we were doing. Because of long times between drink deliveries and confusion with which waiter was taking our order, they comped drinks and coffee/tea after dinner. Despite these troubles, my family, husband and I adored all our food, almost licked our plates, and reveled in our drinks! This is the sort of customer service one seeks fervently in this city, and I write reviews when service and food quality blend for a great experience!! Would recommend lots of things since everything we've tasted has been good, but especially the cornbread which we ordered multiple times last visit.

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58 out of 111 people found this review helpful.

Utterly Disappointed!!!

By mrtmrscbrown on 12/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

My family and I had lunch at Red Rooster today and it was a huge disappointment. The wait to be seated was a little long however, i decided to stay with the thought that a long wait means good food and service. Boy was i wrong! Once we were seated, we were not greeted by a server for over 20min and that was only after bringing it to the attention of another server. I ordered the fried chicken caesar salad and it was disgusting. There was a poached egg, over peppered lettuce and a fishy flavoring of some sort. Where is that considered a caesar salad? i returned the salad after determining it was inedible and received the fried chicken with collard greens. Another let down. The chicken was flavorless, the greens were mushy and the cornbread was anything but cornbread. The menu is very limited, overpriced and misleading. As a supporter of small business I try my best to give all a fair chance however, we will not visit this establishment again.

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59 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

I am sooo disappointed !

By gthiggy on 9/13/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I hear so many great things about the chef, mags,tv etc..... eating the food just made me angry and frustrated. It was a hodgepodge of flavors that didn't work. I took a friend who eat anything and she didn't enjoy it. As for my mother who has her southern roots in cooking for 60 years,she had nothing to say but a raised eye brow when she saw the one slice of corn bread for $5.00. The chef must not know what going on in his restaurant or he just hype. oh, this is the first time i ever wrote a review.

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68 out of 137 people found this review helpful.

Hit or Miss

By TantrisKB on 7/21/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This restaurant is hit or miss. We ordered two apps and two entrees. The appetizers were amazing - especially the ceviche tacos. My main course - the steak frites - was a mix of miraculous and inedible. The entree consisted of a flank steak with a bone marrow and crab compliment. The compliment was one of the most sublime things I have ever tasted. The steak on the other hand, was one of the worse I've ever had with a toughness reminiscent of poor quality or old frozen meat. In restaurant this busy, that is unacceptable. The salmon and peanuts entree is delicious though a little salty, and for the price, not much of a meal.

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77 out of 144 people found this review helpful.

Soul(less) Food

By jld0226 on 5/23/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

While the ambience, energy and live music were outstanding, the food was lost in the middle of an identity crisis. Is this restaurant a diner? Soul Food? Fine Dining? Our table ordered the entire menu and while some dishes were very good (short ribs), some were frankly inedible (mac-n-cheese, collard greens). Everything seemed to have an unnecessary and detrimental flourish, while some items were plated on diner dishes and some were composed formally. In addition, it would have been nice to get a basket of hot, steaming biscuits when we sat down. Instead, we got two TINY pieces of hard bread and a bizarre and unappetizing chickpea spread. A restaurant sets certain expectations when advertising itself as "soul food". If it fills these expectations, great. If it changes one's perception with its creativity, even better. Unfortunately, Red Rooster neither delivered a comforting soul-food experience, nor any sort of innovation or creativity. Mediocre fried chicken with a sumac tomato sauce is still mediocre fried chicken.

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