The Cecil Steakhouse

4.3
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1447 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Welcome to Cecil Steakhouse!
The Cecil Steakhouse is a modern, upscale haven in Harlem. It is about fully engaging the five senses. You will be in our warm dining room that houses a modern décor of paintings and sculptures.
After dinner and upon reservation you can be brought over to Minton’s Playhouse in a fashion that can only be described as a Goodfellas Moment straight out of the Martin Scorsese movie. To get to Minton’s from The Cecil Steakhouse, you never have to step a foot outside. You will be going through our kitchen, through a privileged area, reserved for those who want the full Cecil and Minton’s experience. As you are guided through the bustle of the kitchen, you will be transported to the most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.

Specials

1 BOTTLE OF SANGRIA FOR FREE FOR BIRTHDAY DINNER PARTIES OVER 6 GUESTS

It's your birthday! and you are looking for the perfect spot to celebrate your life and enjoy amazing food...So, Come to The Cecil Steakhouse. We love celebrating with our guests, and this is why we are gifting you a full 750ml bottle of our In house Secret Recipe Sangria red or white for birthday dinner parties over 6 guests. MUST SHOW PROOF OF BIRTHDAY WITH A VALID ID.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 29, 2020

Ends: December 31, 2020

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-11:00PM
Tue-Sat 5:00PM-11:00PM

BOOK A SIP & PAINT PARTY AND GET YOURS FREE

Book a SIP & PAINT PARTY for a minimum of 10 people on Saturdays Brunch, and get yours for FREE. 1 HOUR guided PAINTING CLASS with Teacher Artist Rooselvelt Blackrose Taylor, and UNLIMITED MIMOSAS for 90 Minutes.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 1, 2020

Ends: April 26, 2020

Availability: Sat 12:00PM-4:00PM

What 1447 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is awesome! The server I had is amazing. The food is good. The atmosphere is so energetic and fun. They definitely gained a new client!

AN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was a great date with my Husband. The ambiance and food was fabulous.

BL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service, I did not sit at 10:15 I had to wait 40 more minutes. It was a very bad experience for me, I do not recommend it

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Because of the holiday the reservation didn’t really matter. Was sat 40 mins after. Place was packed but it was nice & fun. Portion for the pre fix meal was pretty small but the food was pretty good.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I want to first start by saying thank you so much to Kenneth! Even though it was super busy and we had to wait a while for seating, he made sure we were seated in a timely manner. I want to commend him on his professionalism even though some of the customers were being rude about the wait (like it’s Valentine’s Day, some people were enjoying their loved ones so their reservation took longer than expected! Did you expect people to just eat and leave? Smh customers🤦🏾‍♀️) he remained calm! Kenneth was so vibrant and welcoming that I will be visiting again! Thank you for your vibrant energy!

The food was so so good! Love the ambience and the music was fantastic!

BH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite spot. Wow ! I loved it here. This spot was amazing.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Two couples who came after us were served while we were still waiting for our order.
We mentioned it and someone (not identified as a manager if one) took two drinks off our bill which was nice

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I would definitely go again but definitely not during the weekend. Too many large parties and noise level was over the top.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with great music and fantastic food!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent from the door, to coat check to the Bar! Upon call for dining reservation everything was great! Attended Restaurant Week for a taste of what the restaurant offers. The vibe was electric, although the music was a bit loud to talk, but "Hey", is what Friday night, time to let loose! Special recogntion to, "Jose". As our server, he was exceptional and such a delight. Will definitely return. Upon
departing, the lounge area was a total, "mood". Thank you!

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First - the Staff was great from Welcome, checking coat then drinks at bar while wait for others (Suma (she) Bartender was great), it was not crowded (a Wednesday night) so we were not rush to sit for dinner which gave us time to chat and enjoy the happy hour. Once seated our Waiter was also very welcoming and gave honest answers on food and what to expect if you were not use to a certain dish (for my friend it was the Lamb). I had the skirt steak and it was great as well as the sides.

We all enjoyed our food and we will definitely be back... it was my First time. Unlike other restaurants the participate in Restaurant week, they gave you food actually on the menu and regular portion size so that was much appreciated. How else would you know if you wanted to go back?

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The place was moderately filled for a Tues eve but not crowded. We were directed to the bar where they encouraged that there was still a Happy Hour window. However, they transferred the drinks to our dinner bill and we were charged full price. Oh well, innocent mistake. There was a special restaurant week menu in place and it was a good value and great food. The food is the main reason I would return. The service was ok, but the server brought us another table's meal at first. Another honest mistake. I made the reservation on OpenTable and noted this was a birthday dinner. To be sure, I called and spoke with someone to request a birthday candle in the dessert and they assured me they would. Unfortunately, at dessert time, there was no candle and it was too late for me to say anything further. Overall, an OK eve but some simple touches could have made it much better. Also, IMHO, adding crisp white table cloths would be appropriate for a place like this.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The reputation and menu of The Cecil has gone down tremendously since becoming a steakhouse under new ownership (I’m assuming it’s under new leadership). Six of us gathered for brunch recently and I was embarrassed by the meal we received (i.e. an eggs benefit with two poached eggs but one English muffin and a poorly done steak considering this is now rebranded to a steakhouse). If you are planning on dining at The Cecil assuming it’s the former fusion menu and Esquire-recognized and awarding winning restauraunt it used to be in years past - do yourself a favor and don’t go. It’s not the same restauraunt at all anymore.

MN
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came for the first time for Restaurant Week. Delightful space. Everything was well prepared and flavorful. Decor, vibe and food all come together to make it a special place. Service was not at that level but not bad.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

from the moment you enter the bar lounge area you know that you are in for a treat.. Have a seat at a bar and share a cocktail and you may as well stay there for the rest of the evening. I had my martini and I knew... gin, dry, stirred not shaken, lemon peal...
For dinner we shared the tomahawk Steak.... oulala oui... heaven in a plate all that with a bottle of chateau neuf du pape...
I can't wait to go back

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent; I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone I know. I took my. IRC’s for the first time and she was impressed

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my friends 30th bday and her engagement the the whole staff made her feel so so special! I love the Cecil!

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food and ambiance is good however, every time I've gone they've messed up my order and the service is pretty slow. Will mostly likely go back at some point because I like the energy but I know what I'm getting...

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Boyfriend birthday! Had a lovely date .. ambience was great and he enjoyed himself too . We had a great time.

TJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall a wonderful, pleasant experience from the hostess, waiter & bartender

JS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom here for a nice dinner after a concert. Really nice atmosphere and super friendly staff! The food was sooo good and definitely worth every penny. It did start getting loud in there later towards the evening so if you’re looking for a little turn up while you dine this is the place to be. The DJ was playing ALL the jams.

D
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Great spot to dress up, eat great, and listen to dope music. Definitely a great spot if you love r&b and hip hop.

NS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant was recommended as a great place for brunch. It wasn't busy when we arrived for brunch on Sunday. We ordered and we waited and waited and waited for our food. Server informed us 'he just checked and our food would be out in a minute'. 15 minutes later our food arrived...lukewarm. Music was all over the place literally. We were seated in front of the dj booth. One minute the speakers were playing and one/two songs later the sound was so distant it could have been coming from the kitchen. I brought guests from out of town and I raved about this place. So embarrassing...

T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I went for Sunday brunch, apparently there is a $20 different in price between Saturday and Sunday brunch. They did not make that clear and they presented the Saturday menu. Sunday is on the back so that’s what they should have presented.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed celebrating my bday here. Everything was on point from the food to the DJ. Will be return 👍🏼

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Appetizers were excellent. Drinks very good as well. Service and background noise was very chaotic and disruptive for a steakhouse. If you have a great product, then the focus should be on the delivering great service and not on unnecessary cacophony. Probably would go back for brunch and not dinner.

BO
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Everyone was kind but nothing went right. They tried to fix the mistakes but the hole was too deep.

RH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was an event going on and the host made sure my date was satisfied with her seating even after the third move. Francisco our server was attentive and our steak and shrimp came out on point.

M
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite restaurants. the ambiance is amazing and the food is even better

v
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My hubby and I came to celebrate my birthday and we were given the recommendation by relatives. the food, music and ambience exceeded my expectations and we will definitely be back some time soon.

F
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous I would highly recommend it here the service was outstanding the food was delicious everything was unreal

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun boozy brunch

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a very nice time. The food was great and the service was excellent!! The music was way too loud for for my taste. It Didn’t seem appropriate for people who were just there to have dinner. Overall Cecils was nice and I would go back but maybe a little earlier in the day.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cecil’s Steakhouse was amazing. The food was great and so was the staff. The manager I believe his name was Victor came to our table and greeted us and even chatted with us for a bit and shared jokes. The bottle of rum punch was also delicious!!!! They definitely made my birthday great with my friends!!

JB
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a business meeting at Cecil's on Tuesday. Absolutely loved every aspect of the restaurant. Food was great, service - the best and the ambiance makes Cecil's a must go to place.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’ve been a patron at the Cecil Steakhouse many times before. So I was initially confident that my experience with my guest would be great. Staff was courteous all the way thru. But, after being seated it took abt 45 minutes for not only our order to come out, but most of the restaurant. We were told that because of a party in the back room all other orders were ‘backed up’. To appease us we were offered a round of drinks and some bread. Orders finally arrived, two of us ordered the bronzini. To our surprise and disappointment we received a tiny sliver of a fillet instead of the traditional whole fish. In the end the courtesy drinks were added to our bill, then removed, and my credit card was misplaced, eventually found. I believe in trying to cater to a younger crowd, that some of the charm and exquisite service may be sacrificed. My out of town guest have said they would not recommend this restaurant. Shame.

BA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There was hair in my food but other then that everything was great. Good food, great music, service was great. Good place to go

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice room , very colorful art, loud music on low quality speakers was a nuisance. A diverse menu , serving steak, seafood , pasta, could be soul food, could be Latin and this one thing is certain , Cecil did not master any of its dishes. Not a steak house.
Lovely staff.

GL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Steak was over cooked, management wasn’t accommodating. Nothing like how the Cecil use to be, i won’t be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The ambiance in the space was nice for a Saturday brunch. However, the food arrived luke warm and was honestly sub-par. Also, the server was very pleasant but it appears as though she needed an extra set of hands to manage the tables.

Overall experience 6.5/10