Samuelsson Plans Music and Brunch at Red Rooster

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Photo: Patrick McMullan

We found Marcus Samuelsson dressed in a three-piece suit at Pier 60 last night, where he was honored by CCAP (Careers for Culinary Arts Program) at their 20th anniversary benefit. While he wouldnt reveal the exact location of his new Harlem project, Red Rooster, he did give us a few clues about the menu. Well have the fried chicken and the collard greens and Southern meets Northernstyle dishes, but well also have some that represent the Italian-American and Jewish-American communities who have been there forever, too. All that, plus music and brunch! Samuelsson hopes to get in on the festive after-church scene typical of spots like Sylvias or the shuttered M Diner (I loved going in there on Sunday mornings, he said of the latter), and hell also have a basement space for live bands.