Marcus Samuelsson Does It Again, This Time With The Nook

Every time I turn around Marcus Samuelsson has opened, created, or become part of a new venture. A couple weeks ago it was American Kitchen, and this time, the Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef has added a takeout counter to his popular American food restaurant Red Rooster in Harlem.

After a stint on Top Chef, winning accolades for his cooking at Aquavit, opening a couple restaurants, writing a memoir, and other such feats, it’s no wonder Samuelsson’s Red Rooster is constantly filled with fans and neighborhood folks looking to get taste of the celebrity chef’s cooking. Enter The Nook, the team’s answer to the crowds, and to lunch.

“It’s intended to serve as a concierge for our neighbors,” said Red Rooster pastry chef Deborah Racicot, who will be filling the small stand with cookies, pastries, and cakes. “There, guests can learn about local Harlem institutions and find farmer’s markets after getting a cup of coffee and a piece of sweet potato coffee cake. We want it to be a full-service spot that’s fun and accommodating as well as tasty.”

Aside from Racicot’s scrumptious treats, The Nook also does to-go dishes including the Chickety Split sandwich, which has fried chicken and sweet chili mayo on a biscuit; and naturally, Helga’s meatballs (named after his grandmother) that are piled high on a pretzel roll. You can also get hot and cold tea made from Samuelsson’s new Ambessa tea line. If you just want to take a little piece of Marcus home with you, you can do that too since the newest Samuelsson corner also sells his books, tea, and other merchandise. All I a can say is, what’s next?

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