Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 05/06/2015
Photo: Tanya Blum
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2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 212-206-2557, Harlem, Manhattan
Maybe it's because it's in Harlem, or maybe it's because it's helmed by Marcus Samuelsson; either way, Streetbird Rotisserie has a joyous, energetic vibe. Hip-hop and street culture are incorporated into the design, from invigorating graffiti and a boom-box installation to light fixtures made from a drum kit. Compared to Samuelsson's nearby restaurant Red Rooster, it's more in line with a luncheonette. Rotisserie chicken can be ordered by the quarter, half or whole bird, dark (ebony) or white (ivory) meat, plus look for platters of wings with blue cheese yogurt and crispy chicken with cheddar in a potato roll. Sides of vibrant green papaya salad, collard greens, french fries, cornbread and a "sweet dog" dessert of brioche with almond paste and whipped cream are priced at an accessible $4–$5. The line to get in begins early and no reservations are accepted, so be prepared to wait.