The Cecil Steakhouse

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$31 to $50
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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: September 4, 2019

Ends: September 5, 2118

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-11:30PM
Tue-Sat 5:00PM-11:30PM

Bottle Service Specials $100 All Day!

Jack Daniels Whisky, Herradura Silver Tequila, Avion Silver Tequila, Titos Vodka, De Luze VS Cognac, Crown Royal Whisky, Crown Royal Maple Whisky, Perrier Joute Brut Champagne, G.H. Mumm Brut & Rose Champagne.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 20, 2019

Ends: August 21, 2118

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-11:30PM
Tue-Fri 5:00PM-11:30PM

Happy Hour Pre-Weekend!

$10 Specialty Cocktails, $7 Well Drinks, $8 Margaritas, Rum Punch, Jack Punch, $5 Shots, Beers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 22, 2019

Ends: August 23, 2118

Availability: Thu-Fri 5:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour All Day!

$10 Specialty Cocktails, $7 Well Drinks, $8 Margaritas, Rum Punch, Jack Punch, $5 Shots, Beers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 20, 2019

Ends: August 21, 2118

Availability: Tue-Wed 5:00PM-11:30PM

What 1408 People Are Saying
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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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

SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I would like to suggest during dinner that you should be able to have a conversation while eating.
I LOVE MUSIC! However, the music was way way TOOO LOUD ! You could barely here the wait staff let alone have a conversation

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

My wife and I went (finally) to the Cecil, celebrating my birthday a week late after my being gone on a business trip. There was a note on the reservation asking for a quiet table and mentioning my birthday. We were greeted by a hostess in a cheerleader outfit (5 days before Halloween!) who asked us to wait 10 minutes for our reservation at the bar. No transfers from the bar to the check at the table. Not a problem, but not very guest friendly. We were sat at a two top closest to the bar directly under a loud speaker. Our waitress was dressed as the Bugs Bunny from Space Jam. There was no mention of our birthday celebration anytime in the evening. Also, we received our entrées without receiving our salad course (which we canceled subsequently). Steak was chewy due to the cut, but borderline inedible due to the quality.
I didn’t find this place to be a “polished” environment for the prices, but rather a very fun, up-tempo bar and lounge – that serves food, with a great community vibe! This restaurant group is great creating a community following, ie- Corner Social.
Unfortunately due to the service, food quality, execution, and loose ambience - the establishment doesn’t live up to the marketing of it being a refined evening in a historical Harlem establishment.

JD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visiting this place and it was very nice. The service was outstanding, the host was really accommodating and pleasant. The waiter was really nice and friendly. They gave us a complimentary bottle of sangria because it was my husbands birthday, which I thought was a nice gesture. The food is excellent, I am vegan so I was pleasantly surprised they had a few vegan choices. Overall we an awesome time and will certainly come back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

She loved it! Definitely will come back again

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a friend’s birthday and I wish we planned going there in the first place. We got a free Sangria bottle and the food was amazingg! Our waitress was nice and accomodating. My lamb chops, plantain, and calamari was amazing. The afrobeats music and vibe was well needed and not expected. Highly recommend!!

E
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding find near our home on the UWS. So happy to have come across it in the listing of opentable.

GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food3service4ambience1

The music was extremely loud. I was unable to talk to my cousins without yelling across the table because the DJ’s music level was extremely loud at 7pm. We were unable to hear the waiter and requested to me moved. The volume remained far too loud so me and my cousins left for another restaurant with a more mature dining environment. I have visited The Cecil several times and I have celebrated several occasions here because of the ambiance and great food, however I am no longer a fan and will no longer visit or recommend The Cecil to family, friends and work colleagues.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great food!

BS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and ambiance. Kind of noisy. There was a benefit dinner which we were not a part of. Singer was lovely but impeded conversation.

S
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I didn’t get offered the happy hour as requested on my reservation. No one mentioned it to me.

WR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The decor is very nice, the food was very good, the service was slow, but I’m going to say that once the bar area gets crowded things slow down. Our waiter was very attentive and did his very best to get things moving quickly when he could. Overall, I would definitely go back and recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely and delicious

g
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The sound was too louder that I couldn´t enjoy the meal. Cecil must define what they want to be, a good steakhouse or a louder bar.

T
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Needs a lot of work. Only3 of us there and the place was relatively empty however we were all missing items that we ordered. We got a bottle of Sparkling water and the waiter poured tap into my existing sparkling water and then proceeded to pour me the remainder of my sparkling into my glass but not refilling the sparkling that he ruined.
Music was too loud couldn't even speak to the people in my own group. Food was trashed, no seasoning, no flavor. Aunt ordered steak and eggs and was given a butter knife to cut the steak. All in all a really bad experience and I thought to call AMEX to get my money back but I'd rather just write this review and hopefully, others will know not to go there whatsoever. What a waste of good space.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Restaurant. Music became to loud was hard to have conversation.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn't know what to expect but our dinner at the Cecil was excellent! The location is great, the decor is amazing, the service was good and the food was delicious. We will be back and we will definitely visit the jazz club next door.

RP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice place. Service was a bit slow once we sat down but overall it was a good place to eat and enjoy some good music, food, and drinks.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was greeted at the door by a hostess that couldn't successfully direct me to the bathrooms. I then waited to be seated because the other member of my party informed me she was running a few minutes late (there would be only 2 of us and the restaurant had available tables). When she arrived we were promptly seated where we proceeded to wait 20 minutes for service. Aside from the one server that stopped by to pour water & did not greet us, we never were served. After about 25 minutes of trying to flag down a member of the wait staff, we decided to leave. It wasn't until I was on my way out of the door that the wait staff felt the need to acknowledge us. Stinks the service was so horrible, I was looking forward to a new brunch spot.

LP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly pleased with our visit to the Cecil and will be returning soon. First of all Thanks to Lateef for superfine service. My skirt steak was tender and tasty; my colleague's pasta was just okay; my other colleague enjoyed her salmon. Dessert was an absolute delight and the bartender knew how to fix a drink. We'll be back and will be recommending this restaurant.

TD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A little too noisy for me, more like a nightclub on Friday nights. But overall, a good experience

AB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is good, service is even better, they are very attentive to your needs in this place, definitely a cool spot to visit

P
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

From the moment we arrived, we had to wait to be acknowledged, even with reservations. It was very loud, the service was nil, and the food was just "ok". The restaurant looked really lovely and special online and the food interesting, so we tried it.
Some friends lived across the street and said they tried it when it first opened and did not like it, but that was some time ago. However, we would not return

SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Oysters were sandy. Steak was a little tough. My friends fish was really good she said.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed our restaurant week experience at Cecil! Great food choices and great service. Since it was a prefixed menu it did make us want to come back and try their other items on their main menu. Also since we went on a Friday it was a nice touch having the DJ play music as well. P.s. still dreaming about those brownies!!

VM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall, the experience was nice. I had the sauteed shrimp and vegetable quinoa appetizer which was delicious. The Lemon crusted Branzino was also good, but the sauce didn't compliment the dish, in my opinion. Didn't really like it. Their Restaurant Week menu wasn't exciting, it actually mirrored an ongoing Special that the restaurant has on a regular basis... And $13 extra dollars for Skirt Steak..(Not Filet Mignon).. Was a little ridiculous to me. Happy Hour was good. Service was ok. A little slow and it wasn't crowded. Overall it was good.. And I would definitely return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Have been to Cecil’s many times before and love the food quality, creativity and service. This time was very loud. The music from the bar much too loud in the dining room.

C
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Happy hour was nice. Wait staff very accommodating. Had appetizers. Calamari was excellent. So was the macaroni and cheese. Raw oysters were a treat. Drinks were not strong but they hit the spot. Will definitely return.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was great. Would definitely come back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This is def s nice spot for a date! The music is r&b (think Monica/Brandy/Joe vibe). The food is good, the mimosas keep following and it turns into a turn up brunch! Went by myself and ended up taking to 2 ladies that were sitting next to me. Def good vibes!!

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Fantastic food! Beautiful artwork!

S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The room is gorgeous- lots of space between tables and wonderful art on the walls. Food was delish!

GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating my Birthday, they made it memorable. The food was to die for & the drinks, was good, the waiters were very nice. Thank you for making my day.

HD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The brunch food is horrible. I ordered the shrimp and grits and could not eat it. Friends ordered the burger and steak compained it was not good as well.

TP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I enjoyed the atmosphere it had a Miami vibe. The food however wasn’t the greatest the chicken and waffles was a little cool and the chicken wasn’t seasoned the greatest. The chicken empanadas were delicious though. The mimosa wasn’t all that great either and my friend margarita was a little too strong. The ambience is what saved the place.

S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food4service5ambience1

On one of the hottest days of the year the air conditioning was not working. Spoke to the manager a few times and nothing changed. It was an extremely uncomfortable evening and I will not return.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had a great time, the food was good and the ambiance was amazing.

ZG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is rocking, the crowd is lively, food service was great and fast

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had a good time there. The ambience was the best part.