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The Cecil
American Restaurant$$
Today 5:30 – 10:30 PM
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210 W 118th St New York, NY 10026
210 West 118th StreetUSNew YorkNew York10026
$$American Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
American Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
New American Restaurant
Asian Fusion Restaurant
African Restaurant
Salad Shop
Today 5:30 – 10:30 PM
Tuesday 5:30 – 10:30 PMWednesday 5:30 – 10:30 PMThursday 5:30 – 10:30 PMFriday 5:00 – 11:00 PMSaturday 5:00 – 11:00 PMSunday 11:00 AM – 9:30 PMMonday 5:30 – 10:30 PM
The Cecil is an Afro-Asian-American Brasserie, integrating the rich culinary traditions of the African Diaspora with the ingredients and tastes of the New World.
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Airy brasserie serving Afro-Asian-American fare & cocktails in a chic space with leather banquettes.- Google
"1.- The Oxtail Dumplings: Excellent green apple curry and taro sauce."
"Skip the Kimchi Bloody Mary: Overpriced and mediocre."
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betty vandiver
in the last week
Nothing ...the tried to seat our party right by the swinging doors then a waiter was horrible neber checked on us. Rang up the bill incorrectly we waited 37 minutes for dessert ice cream came completely melted never agin
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Doretha Pendleton
3 months ago
We had a few hours in Harlem and we had investigated restaurants to make a good choice. Cecil's did not disappoint. Sabe (forgive spelling) our server described the food with such elegance and class. The descriptions of the dishes were dead on, the wording just intrigued one to try it all. We shared appetizers, the West African Chicken Suya, Crispy Mushroom Salad and Mac & Cheese Casserole. So delicious. That's after we started with great specialty drinks from the bar. The atmosphere was wonderful. The restaurant became more lively the longer we stayed. We could tell by the eclectic guests we had made a great choice. For dinner we had Wagyu burgers, St. Louis ribs w/slaw and Grouper special. We shared our entrees but everyone thoroughly enjoyed their personal choices. For after dinner I experienced one of the best cups of coffee I ever had and with scrumptious desserts. The chocolate was so decedent but light in the Nyangbo Cream, the Coconut pie (it was warm and delicious), and the Baobab-the olive cake and lavender honey cream--I was ready to order a seconds. I can't tell you how satisfying the meal and experience was for our foursome! We are still talking about Cecil's. We tried to make our group who went to other Harlem restaurants envious of our choice to go off the beaten path. I don't get to New York often but when I do, Cecil's will be a definite destination. It will not disappoint.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Hello Doretha, On behalf of the entire team at The Cecil, I want to thank you for visiting us and for sharing such a wonderful review with the Google community. It is really a delight to serve all of our guests and we dedicate ourselves to become better every single day. To receive feedback like the kind that you have given in your review really warms all of our hearts. I hope that you will join us again for more great food, delicious cocktails and lively company. We will be here waiting and ready to serve you again. The chicken suya and the mac and cheese happen to be two of my favorites but I can't get enough of the mushroom salad either. Whatever you fancy, we promise to have more of it here for you to enjoy on your next visit. And if you are in the mood for more great food and some awesome jazz music, just ask and we can walk to sister restaurant and jazz supper club - Minton's. Warmly, Julia Julia Collins Vice President Harlem Jazz Enterprises 212-866-1262 ext 101
James Hunter
5 months ago
This place is wonderful. It's like the food version of Robert Glasper "Black Radio 2" album. The pineapple rice is to die for. Trust me people if your looking for good food, great service classy black people and or white people as a nice vibe you hit jackpot with this place. There is even a door man. Plus there is a parking garage right near the restaurant so you can bring out Benzes or the Teslas if don't want to take the 2 or the 3 at 116th street 2 blocks away. I highly recommend.
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ples montgomery
3 months ago
First time in, very pleased. I love a smooth home street feel. Comin' back soon!
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Lady Ace
2 months ago
Lapin and I came here on a Tuesday night. We made reservations two weeks in advance and we were seated with 10 minutes of arrival. When we sat down our waiter immediately bought water for us after asking our preference. After 20 minutes of waiting, no one acknowledging us...the guy who bought the water said he would be our waiter since no one else wanted too (what does that even mean??). He said he was new when we asked him questions about the menu but he was more than happy to find out. While he was nice, he barely came around and we were pretty left alone. Portions of our meal we were ignored, we had no silverware, extremely long wait time for our food, or plates with our plates being piled up. I tried flagging the manager's attention but apparently we weren't worth it either. Though, the waitress with the green and black hair, after we told her how unsatisfactory the service was, she did her best to provide good service. She check in every so often and was very friendly. She was absolutely the saving grace for the otherwise poor service. We did have one male waiter, he seemed a bit nervous and was soft spoken and he was helpful but he wasn't our waiter so we only saw him twice when he came by to remove the plates because he saw it on table and no one removed them. We ordered the spicy broiled prawns ($16). They were delicious but the appetizer only had 2 prawns. I ordered the gumbo ($33) and it was lukewarm when it came. It looked and tasted like slop -- there was a few shrimp, no crabmeat, and a couple small pieces of chicken. Lapin's bone in steak ($54 or $57) was good but he said his steak had some wood chips on it. His entree came with fried okras which tasted super delicious and I ate most of them. We ordered the Nyango Cream ($10) dessert to share and it was tasty. Lapin got the Blood and Fire ($14) and enjoyed it. He said it was nice and strong. I got the Lychee Lemonade ($10 or $14) and it was okay. It wasn't strong or very tart which depending on your taste can be good or bad. The waiter-in-training at first said he would bring us a taste of the lemonade since I was between getting two drinks. He, however, never did bring a sample and quite forget he even mentioned it. The food was okay but it was a bit pricey for the portion sizes. The service could use some improvement. And the guy who was a manager on that Tuesday night, thanks for ignoring us.
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Umair Zia
3 months ago
The following are exceptional: Ox-tail Dumplings, Brisket and Eggs (my fave), Duo of Dogs, Caribbean French Toast, Duck Confit with Yam Waffles. Skip the Kimchi Bloody Mary: Overpriced and mediocre.
Nathaniel Sinckler
6 months ago
It was way too loud. The atmosphere was like an episode of love and hip hop. They need to play music or have a jazz band so people have an opportunity to keep their mouths closed. The price point on the piri piri chicken and waffle is way off. $22 for over done chicken and one pancake is absurd. The drinks and the beautiful hostesses and waitresses are great and that's what's saving this place.
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April K
7 months ago
Had the Feijoada, which was so spicy and so good. The restaurant is nice, low lighting and nice décor. Very loud so talking to companions was a bit of a struggle. Service was just okay. Hostess seated us pretty quickly as we had a reservation but waiter was a bit inattentive.


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