• The Cecil

  • African/Moroccan American Nouveau $18-$40
  • 210 W. 118th St.
    New York, NY 10026
  • Neighborhood: Harlem
  • Phone: 212-866-1262
This venue is closed. Located next door to the former Minton’s Playhouse, the Harlem jazz club that shuttered in 1974, the Cecil has large shoes to fill in terms of providing its block with that same sort of understated coolness. The venue, opened by Alexander Smalls and Richard Parsons (Parsons has also revived Minton’s, now as a supper club), is full of warm copper and navy tones, and it bills itself as the city’s first Afro-Asian-American brasserie. The trilateral fusion is free-form—the Gullah jumbo shrimp burger is served topped with kimchi and scallion; the bourbon praline ham is accompanied by cinnamon yam purée and roasted bok choy—but most menu items are generally traditional African or African-American foods, with a noticeable global twist. The skillet-fried salmon is decent on its own, but the surprising addition of plantains and house-made kimchi brings an extra sweet and savory kick. There are a few misses, though: The roasted poussin yassa was overshadowed by the overly sweet bourbon dried fruit. The menu’s standout is the crispy okra fries: Generous slices of okra are cut up, dunked in batter, and fried into delicious, salty wedges of perfection—don’t even consider asking for a dipping sauce.

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  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

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    Accepted/Not Necessary

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