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81 Good

Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised Marcus Samuelsson interprets American comfort food with jerk chicken, Scandinavian meatballs, and crab-cake sandwiches.

310 Lenox Ave., New York, NY, 10027


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Marcus Samuelsson always seems to be working on a dozen different projects — it’s possible he never sleeps — but no matter what else he has going on, his Harlem flagship remains the focal point of his ever-changing business empire. To his credit, Samuelsson seems determined to make the restaurant as approachable as possible, keeping prices relatively gentle, while offering expansive menus that should have something to please locals and tourists (lured by the chef’s celebrity) alike.

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Insider Tips Ginny’s Supper Club, located in the basement, is a very solid spot for strong drinks and live jazz.

Recommended DishesThe Langston’s crab cake; hot honey yardbird.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!