Marcus Samuelsson Is Opening A New NYC Restaurant. Here's What You Need To Know

Here's some good news for hungry New Yorkers (and foodie tourists, too!): chef and Food Network personality Marcus Samuelson is reportedly opening a new restaurant in Manhattan in 2021. According to Eater, the Chopped judge who's beloved in the city for his celebrated Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster, is hoping to delight diners downtown with his newest endeavor, which is yet to be given an official name.

This will be the fourteenth restaurant under Samuelsson's belt, as noted by his website, which includes two other NYC restaurants and two more in nearby New Jersey. The new spot will be located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, taking up the entire block from 26th street to 27th street, between 11th and 12th Avenue — so almost as close as you can get to the Hudson River. Right now, there's no date set for when the doors will open, but a spokesperson told Eater that it will be sometime this year.

Stay tuned for more details to come

At this point, there's probably more that we don't know about Samuelsson's new restaurant than there are concrete details. Along with the name and launch date, the menu is still yet to be released as well. But here's what we do know: expect some exciting fusion cuisine. A spokesperson for the building where the new eatery will be built told Eater that it "will be inspired by Samuelsson's 'Swediopian' roots, and will serve as a cultural immersion spot for building tenants and the general public." 

Chef Samuelsson, who spoke exclusively with Mashed earlier this year, talked about how his Ethiopian roots and Swedish upbringing have had a huge impact on his life and work as a chef. On top of that, Samuelsson sees the new restaurant as a celebration of New York's diversity and resilience. "Emerging from such a challenging year for restaurants and the arts in the city, this is an important time to be committed to New York," Samuelsson said in a press release obtained by Time Out New York. He added that "for me personally, this is an exciting opportunity... to create an environment that celebrates the amazing creativity and diversity of our great city." Whatever Samuelsson is cooking up at this new restaurant, we're definitely excited for it.