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The Cecil Restaurant

210 W 118th St, New York City, NY 10026-1736
+1 212-866-1262
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (23 reviews)
“collared greens” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
American, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
210 W 118th St, New York City, NY 10026-1736
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family found This place online thinking it looked amazing. Our reservation is at 8 PM. We were not seated till nine. The front desk host was really nice, can’t remember her name, but she was pretty and had a hat. She gave us a...More

Thank Jazmin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved my bartender's nightly cocktail special on Wednesday April 25 AND the delicious crab cake with quinoa and salad AND and amazing jazz pianist and vocalist. We really enjoyed ourselves here. I think you will too!

Thank Lise B
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

The food is good. I wouldn’t say it’s gonna get ranked in the top steakhouses though. What’s memorable are the other guests. They can get a bit loud and rowdy. Birthdays are awful. They play terribly loud hip hop music by 50 cent “It’s your...More

Thank Feb27AD380
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Came on Sat nite. Really good food (salmon, sea bass great - pasta was good not extraordinary). Good service overall but our waitress was generally MIA. (This made it 4 not 5 stars). Festive atmosphere - particularly birthdays ! Not cheap, maybe a tiny bit...More

Thank daniel N
Reviewed 3 January 2018

I visited on New Year's night, and the DJ's were great! One staff member, not so much. My husband and I waited at the bar for 5-7 minutes, with any acknowledgment. ...there werent any patrons at the bar. My husband finally got the attention of...More

Thank Tayzdee
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Tried calling for reservations but there was no answer. In truth they did try calling back but we were already on the way. We were quickly seated. The vibe is cool with the bar and the dining area on the right. The music was on...More

Thank whileitravel
Reviewed 22 June 2017

the menu was surprinsigly mysterious and delicious. Things we were used to it were suddenly turned into something even better. We loved it. A little bit noisy when the live band is playing but nice place to hand out , have a good diner with...More

Thank Murielle D
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Cool place, I love African food and this place serves some impressive African cuisine with some Asian and American fusion. Very chic setting, love the Oxtail Dumplings and the Gumbo.

Thank jamesohrourke
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Really amazing food with great ambiance. They have live bands sometime. Amazing exotic fusion food. The service was really nice and waiters very patient. Explained us anything about the dishes

Thank Apely_7
Reviewed 13 March 2017

next door to Mintons, after our dinner we walked and had several drinks at the Cecil. Terrific crowd. Good bar scene and restaurant was hoppin. They have same kitchen as Minton. Met the owner, Alexander Smalls. A Gentlemen and you can tell, has a keen...More

Thank Charles D
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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Geri B
27 March 2018|
Response from Feb27AD380 | Reviewed this property |
ABCD at 125st or BC at 116st
rocky g
15 September 2015|
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Response from Amstorer6 | Reviewed this property |
There was a wide variety of dress including jeans but I would say it is "hip" and a little upscale.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 210 W 118th St, New York City, NY 10026-1736
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighbourhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 212-866-1262
Inspired by the travels, exploration and study of the African Diaspora of Chef Alexander Smalls, The Cecil offers a global adventure in tastes and flavors as diverse and dynamic as the community in which the restaurant resides. Its goal is to connect communities through food, comfort and hospitality.
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