Jazz & Blues


The Red Rooster/Ginnys

New York City-City-Center

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

Named after a famous neighbourhood speakeasy, Marcus Samuelsson's lively Harlem bar and restaurant has been instrumental in the reinvigoration of the dining scene in that part of town.

Named after a famous neighbourhood speakeasy, Marcus Samuelsson’s lively Harlem bar and restaurant has been instrumental in the reinvigoration of the dining scene in that part of town. The room is divided into two distinct sections; there’s a big, bustling bar up front with a large, inviting dining room at the back. The walls are lined with atmospheric black and white photos of jazz musicians, a nod to the neighbourhood’s heritage and, despite Samuelsson’s Swedish roots, the menu is all about American comfort food: fried chicken and grits and the like. There’s also a reasonably priced Taste of Harlem prixe-fixe menu. House cocktails include the seriously moreish Harlem Nights In Winter (Bushmills whisky, Godiva chocolate liqueur and bourbon whipped cream not a drink for dieters!) and the Obama-tini, featuring vodka, grapefruit pineapple and pepper (the President was famously, of course, a Harlem resident while he attended Columbia University in the 80s). For snacks and soft drinks, The Nook serves teas, coffee and pastries as well as goods from local producers. In fact, there’s a great emphasis on really being part of the community, which has been Samuelsson’s home for six years: food is locally sourced, and the venue aims to help showcase local artists and musicians so check out some of the pictures on the wall, as the painter probably lives round the corner. They’ve now gone one step further, opening a live music venue and cocktail lounge, Ginny’s Supper Club, in the basement, complete with a small stage from which jazz can be performed to an admiring, cocktail-sipping audience.

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