If our sources can be trusted, the New York Times photographer paid a visit to celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson's bumping Harlem restaurant Red Rooster just last week, making a Sifton review tomorrow very likely. And per a tipster: "Sam Sifton was spotted all four times he came in with no service difficulties and clean plates for every dish." Interesting! But do clean plates equal happy customers?
No question, the restaurant is an area game changer with a notable vibe, and Sifton loves getting to describe a place in terms of how it fits into the fabric of a neighborhood. Also, the restaurant generally has solid, affordable food, and Samuelsson is on the scene to glad hand all who come by. Platty gave it two, will Sifton? [Red Rooster, late afternoon; NYT]