Chef Marcus Samuelsson, famed founder of Harlem’s Red Rooster restaurant, is bringing his talents to Newark. Marcus B&P, located at 56 Halsey Street, opens on Friday in the newly renovated Hahne & Co. Building.
The 60-seat restaurant is named for the Swedish concept of BP or “back pocket,” which a PR rep tells Jersey Digs means an accessible spot serving approachable, satisfying fare. That fare will include “ riffs on American and Mediterranean classics utilizing local ingredients.”
Menu highlights include Rustic Cornbread with Ronny Brook Creamery butter, Tassot Farm honey, and sea salt; 1/2 Roasted Goffle Road Chicken with choice of Ironbound Piri Piri Oil or Marcus’ Grandma’s Salsa Verde; the Nine Seven-3 Pizza with Taylor Ham, Provolone, and Goffle Road Farm Egg; and the Hazelnut Project Chocolate Bar with hazelnuts grown by Rutgers students.
There will also be grab & go dishes including calzones, flatbreads, and wings as well as local grocery items including honey from Tassot Apiaries, hazelnuts from Rutgers University’s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Piri Piri Sauce, coffee from Toby’s Estate, Marcus’ Dried Cornbread Mix, and local hydroponically-grown produce from AeroFarms.
Inglese Architecture designed the space, which preserves features such as several grand staircases and elaborate wrought-iron banisters. The space will also feature a rotating selection of art from New Jersey artists.
More information, including job openings, here.