New York: Book a Table at Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem Restaurant
Red Rooster: The Details
Scene: Jay McInerney meets Jay-Z
Food: Grits and shrimp, garden pickles, grilled snapper, sweet potato donuts, whiskey fudge
Prices: From around $35 for lunch to $65 for dinner, including drinks
Reservations: Absolutely necessary at tables and banquettes in back; it's take-your-chances in the front-room bar for drop-on-bys. 310 Lenox Ave., New York; 212-792-9001; redroosterharlem.com..
Required reading before dinner: Inside Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster
Chef Marcus Samuelsson, photographed May 9, 2011, at Red Rooster. Photo © Jennifer Livingston