Celebrity chef and Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson recently opened his new restaurant, Red Rooster in Harlem
. The restaurant is an amalgamation of several different cuisines. As he describes it in a video interview with the Atlanta Post
, it's American comfort food seen through his lens. Samuelsson's lens includes Sweden, where he was raised, Ethiopia, where he was born as well as American and European influences. The menu include gravalax and his grandmother's Swedish meatballs as well as comfort food like macaroni and cheese and shrimp and grits. Entree prices range from $14 to $32. Check out the recipe for Helga's Meatballs at the NY Daily News
In the video interview, speaks about his desire to create a local spot in Harlem, one that appeals to the people who live and work in the community as well as attracting artists and other creative types. The restaurant is decorated with original art from local artists and the restaurant will have a downstairs room that will be a late-night hangout and performance space.