23 Oct '12, 11pm
The Red Rooster in Harlem #food
I really liked the cosy and warm ambience of the Red Rooster. The main dining room was crowded and abuzz with conversation as I entered. I sat at one of the large communal tables, which gives the restaurant a nice feeling of being in a cosy family kitchen. I also noticed several nice modern paintings with a Harlem theme (they apparently have an active art programme to acquire works from emerging New York artists). The service was prompt and very friendly. I must confess that I had trouble choosing from the simple menu. They had numerous interesting and intriguing dishes that I wanted to try – like fried chicken Caesar, shrimp and dirty rice, fried yard bird and crab cake. I started with the white bean and Asian pear soup, which was served with some delicious kale. The soup was thick, nutty and very flavourful. The sweetness of the pear and the bitter taste of kale was a ni...