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Brooklyn Eatery to Cook Up Southern Favorites at Rockefeller Center

By Nikhita Venugopal | September 5, 2013 2:04pm
 Carroll Gardens southern food restaurant, Seersucker, will host a two-week pop-up restaurant at the Rock Center Cafe in September.
Seersucker at the Rock Center Cafe
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CARROLL GARDENS — Popular Smith Street southern restaurant Seersucker is heading to Manhattan this month to cook up some of the restaurant’s popular dishes at Rockefeller Center.

The menu, to be served at the Rock Center Cafe, will combine Seersucker favorites and a few new delicacies, said Chef Rob Newton, who is also behind Carroll Gardens Vietnamese restaurant Nightingale 9 and coffee shop Smith Canteen.

The mix, he said, is for the benefit of Seersucker regulars who work in Midtown and diners who are new to the Southern-style restaurant.

“Seersucker at the Rock,” running Sept. 6- 20, will include the restaurant’s biscuits with slow-roasted plum marmalade and salted molasses butter, fried green tomatoes with shaved country ham, and fried young New Jersey chicken with buttermilk dressing.

A three-course, $38 prix-fixe menu and a la carte options, ranging from $10 to $27, will be available for lunch and dinner along with the Rock Center Café’s regular menu.

Newton’s memories of the Rockefeller Center restaurant stem from his parents, who always made it a point to dine at the café, he said.

“It's one of the most iconic places in Manhattan, he said in an email. “When you see the skating rink and the skyscrapers and the Prometheus statue, you [can't] help but think you're in the center of the city — which you are.”

Newton, who will be cooking with executive chef Anthony Prontelli and his crew, is also looking forward to serving out-of-town diners who often visit the Big Apple landmark.

“So many of the guests at Rock Center Cafe are from out of town, and as much as I love Brooklyn, I know a lot of tourists don't venture to Carroll Gardens," he said. "So it's a great way to showcase what we're doing.”