Red Rooster to bring authentic Harlem taste to Shoreditch


A Red Rooster restaurant recently opened in Shoreditch. Pic: Natasha Chisabigo

Chicken lovers should make their way to Curtain Rd, Shoreditch as a taste of Harlem has recently arrived in the form of the critically acclaimed restaurant Red Rooster.

Founded in Harlem, New York, as a neighbourhood restaurant by the chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster made its name serving up comfort food such as fried yardbird and Helga’s meatballs.

Samuelsson has seen the likes of John Legend, Mindy Kaling and even former president of America Barack Obama delight in his creations and now he’s brought them to London, adding a few dishes that will be unique to his Shoreditch restaurant.

He said: “We’ve been working on this for many years and we couldn’t wait to be part of the London restaurant scene.”

Londoners will be able to try the Harlem restaurant’s famous dish ‘Helga’s Meatballs’. Pic: Gemma Bell and Company

The restaurant will mirror its New York predecessor by having live music five nights a week.

Live acts will feature young, up-and-coming London talent along with a local London gospel choir, serenading guests during what has now become famous in Harlem as Gospel Brunch every Sunday.

Samuelsson says of the Shoreditch location: “I feel proud to be in an area which, culturally, has many similarities to my Harlem home”, adding that he believes London and New York have a strong bond, making it the ideal choice for his second Red Rooster restaurant.


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