When you next find yourself in Harlem, go a little early for a leisurely soul food brunch at Marcus Samuelson's Streetbird. They don't take reservations for brunch, so no need to plan in advance, go on a whim!
When you walk in, you will find yourself in a super cool kind of curated mess. With record albums, dominoes, denim pockets stitched together to make couch cushions, sneakers hanging from the ceilings, retro signage, and graffiti covered walls, the space is dope! It's like being in a time capsule from the 90s! There is so much to see. Paired with the dopest 90s and beyond hip-hop playlist, you are in for a super fly brunch!
The people, from the servers to hostess, are unbelievably kind, so much so that when I was writing this feature and asked a friend wether he'd been he noted the super kind service as well—talk about above and beyond! When they recommend the Frozen Dark And Stormy to you, take them up on it, between the mix of flavors and the texture of its icy frost, it's the best one I've had to date. As for the food, the menu, as the name of the restaurant would indicate, is very chicken centric. All of the chicken dishes are about equally good, it really depends on your mood. Feeling for that mix of sweet and savory, go for the Chicken & Waffles. Do me a favor and don't avoid the Notorious C.O.B.B. because it's a salad and you're in a soul food spot. That would be huge a mistake since it is loaded with juicy fried chicken and spiraling bacon strips! And, whatever you get, add on an order of the Return Of The Mac! With it's big rigatoni and heaps of cheese, it's absolutely going to make everything else you have on the table taste even better with a bite of it here and there.
A warning, with all of the singing along to that sick playlist and Frozen Dark And Stormy cocktails, you'll likely find that time has passed far faster than you had expected it to. Suddenly, it's time to start planning for dinner. Well, a mere six blocks away is another of Marcus Samuelson's restaurants, Red Rooster. And, like that, now, you've spent the entire day eating in Harlem.