Where: 2149 FREDERICK DOUGLASS BLVD NYC
Why: I finally visited Marcus Samuelson’s new restaurant in Harlem, Streetbird Rotisserie. Opened for approximately four months now, Streetbird is right down the street from Samuelsson’s other popular restaurant in Harlem, Red Rooster. In true foodie fashion, I’ve been stalking Streetbird’s Instagram account since they’ve opened. Everything looked so delicious, so of course I had to do a taste test for myself! Last week, I finally got the chance!
The menu is still developing as some new items, such as the “Hot and Messy” and the Curry are new additions since their opening. The concept of Streetbird’s menu is centered around delicious rotisserie chicken creatively mixed into others creations like sandwiches, salads and tacos. What I noticed and also appreciated about the menu at Streetbird is that they offer some tasty vegetable options. The Notti Greens (described below) was simply delicious and actually was my favorite item on the menu during my first visit. It was so nice to be able to order my chicken with vegetables and not the usual fries or carb heavy side dishes. The menu also has serves some southern favorites, namely the Red Velvet Waffles and Chicken and the Blackened Catfish.
The decor of the restaurant was beautiful and also worth mentioning. The designer did an excellent job at executing the history of hip hop. Boom boxes, large TV’s, sneakers hanging from the ceiling, skateboard, and lots of bold colors gets Streetbird an A+ for its artistic and creative décor. I was actually so intrigued by the Decor that I was taking pictures in the bathroom.
The price of Streetbird was also notably reasonable. For me and my dining partner we stayed under $40. (No alcohol).
The Food: here’s what we ordered:
ROTISSERIE CHICKEN (HALF)
AUNTIE MABEL’S CORNBREAD with BIRD FUNK
NOTTI GREENS: (Roasted Green Beans, Chili, Peanuts)
HOT AND MESSY: Toasted Cornbread, Pulled Chicken, Poached Egg, Avocado, Peanut Butter, Bacon
Overall, Streetbird is a delicious, casual treat in Harlem.