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Dinner at Red Rooster in Harlem, New York

This weekend I took Amtrak to New York City for a reunion with my friends Jenny and Laura whom I've known for 14 years!!! I've seen these girls individually over the years, but we haven't been together in the same place in FIVE years. It was time for the reunion of the three musketeers.

We talked. Ate. Watched movies. Hung out with the cutest dog named Otis (check out my instagram feed).

We also went to the 9/11 Memorial and Cloisters. Cooked brunch. Watched HGTV. And went to Red Rooster for dinner.

Red Rooster was the only requirement I had on my list of things I wanted to do. It's a restaurant in Harlem run by Marcus Samuelsson that has quite an eclectic menu, great vibe, and live jazz music on Sundays. I'm glad Jenny made reservations! The place was packed.

Below are some photos, but first a few of my thoughts:

1. Make reservations.
2. Have a few cocktails at the bar: I had Uptown Girl that had the sweet smell from the honey, the sharpness of the apple and a few bubbles.
3. The service was a bit lacking. Practice your patience.
4. Please try the appetizer of fried chicken and waffles for me when you are there: we could not order it because at 7:00pm the restaurant ran out! Sigh.
5. MUSTS: cornbread (sweet with butter), fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs!!!
6. Make sure one of your friends orders shrimp and grits: the portions are generous for sharing with others ;) The shrimp was spicy and perfectly charred.
7. Laura and I shared the lamb shank with mashed plantains: great presentation and flavors, but alas the temperature of the dish was lukewarm. We did not send it back.
8. Order dessert! The sweet potato doughnuts were superb and, lucky for me, the cinnamon sugar did not overwhelm these fried pillows. If the restaurant has red velvet cake, get it. You will not regret it.
9. Go to the bathroom. Yes, seriously! The bathroom at Red Rooster is gorgeous. See the photo below.
10. Make sure you come back for brunch: that's on my list of things to do the next time I'm in New York.