Join us for Easter! We will be serving our Brunch Ala Carte Menu and Specials. Enjoy Live Music throughout Brunch. Doors open at 10am
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Great entertainment (Jenn..yay!) pianist, friendly bartender and a damn good tres leches!
Good spot for happy hour, groups and bday celebrations.
Loving the new decor of The Cecil. Wasn’t too loud or too quiet. Cute jazz band offering a some background music to add to the nice ambiance. Trevor who waited on us was awesome as well!
Our server Brian was excellent. He was very attentive and all of the food was delicious! We also appreciated the complimentary coat check.No complaints here!
The food was not hot.
I've waited some time to experience the flavor of the chef's artistry at The Cecil and it was worth the wait. Can't wait to go back.
We waited 2 hours for our food, which was bland at best. The service was superb though. They really did try to accommodate. But waiting 2 hours for food is unacceptable. We were the first party at the restaurant. There’s no reason we should have waited 2 hours for food.
The experience was amazing!! The staff was personable and professional, and we loved the food!!! The atmosphere was wonderful!!
Excellent service, reasonable prices and lovely ambience.
I really appreciated the way the hostess and waiters were very attentive with my party. They provided a great atmosphere and gave their very best in service. Thank you for making my boyfriends birthday a great night!
Loved the food!
2.24.18. We celebrated my new job!! Yay!! Our initial impression was being nicely charmed by the chic decor, and prompt, warm service. Sadly, the food quality and presentation were not on par with typical steakhouse offerings in this price point. My 20 oz. ribeye was served with overcooked portobello mushrooms, and roasted red skins. My sweetie's sides were cold and small as well. I'd rather pay extra for nice, á la carte sides, but we didn't order any because we assumed the mushrooms and potatoes WERE the sides. Oh, and the NOISE!? Mid-way through our meal, a rowdy party of six was seated next to us. We both looked at each other, and sadly said, "Oh here we go again". I refuse to understand or accept how people can be so comfortable with acting like fools in public. And restaurant owners usually turn a deaf ear to this. Quickly after they settled in, we could not hear ourselves speaking to each other over the loud talking and laughing from this group. So we left earlier than planned. We skipped dessert and ordering more drinks, though we originally intended to really indulge. I mentioned the noise level as we were leaving, only because it seems restaurant owners are loathe to do anything but shrug in agreement. And rowdy people tend to get confrontational when asked to be quiet. Best to take our money elsewhere, I guess?
Restaurant was chosen for its reviews of the African Caribbean menu with specialities like oxtail dumplings and Mac and Cheese. Learned upon arriving that restaurant changed chef and menu in October 2017 to a classic American cuisine. Disappointed, but willing to give it a try.
Ambiance was posh and cozy. Arrived at 5pm, about 1hr earlier than scheduled, yet we were received well and seated promptly. Waiter was very professional and attentive.
The appetizer of Caesar Salad and main entree - Red Snapper with potatoes and asparagus was presented well and delicious. The Kale Salad and Fried Calamari was very enjoyable and well prepared too.
I would recommend Cecil Steakhouse for a lunch or dinner venue. Although the menu was classic American, the meals were tasty and enjoyable.
Delicious steak and relatively moderate prices make this place a winner. Plus the proximity to Minton's, which allows you to have an exciting musical denoument to the evening.
I went with two college friends we’re all from Harlem. The renovation of the Cecil has made it a great spot in the middle. Honoring jazz legends with music and photos on the wall is an education. I was a littleDisappointed when my server could not correctly identify the jazz legend on the cover of my menu. The service the house the way dresses should never say I don’t know to a question that there should be an obvious answer to. As for the cuisine, one friend had been there before and repeated the order of the lobster ravioli and convinced our friend to order the same. Both were very satisfied and my one taste left me wanting another bite. I was happy with my arugula salad and filet mignon cooked medium Between the three of us 3 apps 3 entrees it was $146 not including 20% tip ( oh I forgot the two alcoholic drinks( mine hiccup, lol) They have a great bar area and a nice size floor which can be used liberally for dancing. Can’t wait to go back for more. Change is good people.
A great restaurant for Steakhouse cuisine. Best new spot in Harlem.
This was the first time me and my wife ever been there. The experience was absolutely wonderful. I will suggest this place to anyone who is looking for something beautiful and casual.
Overall good very noisy
Fantastic restaurant! Great food, attentive staff, amazing environment!
I’m taking The Cecil off of my list of favorites :(
Dropped in on VDay an hour earlier than our appointment reservation, planning to hang at the bar if nothing was available yet, but thankfully we were sat within a few minutes. Quite a few tables empty anyway, the place is pretty spacious and comfortable.
Soon as we got past the bar and into the dining room there was a hint of cleaning chemicals/musty smell in the air, which eventually became less noticeable, but still...
We were offered still or sparkling water, and not informed its was gonna be an $8 bottle of “pellegrino” till we saw it on the check. Rude.
The VDay pre-fix options seemed kinda boring compared to the awesome fusion menu this place used to boast before it closed and reopened as a steakhouse.
Got a weird, overdressed, sad salad with no crunch, canned peaches and about a thousand olives.
Then a large but fatty filet mignon showed up, which wasn’t bad but wasn’t great, neither of us could finish it cus it was just kinda bland and chewy. 90mins into dinner we were just disappointed with the meal so we took our dessert to go.
Wont be back, definitely not worth the money anymore.
What a shame, this place used to be awesome and even if the service has always been slow you could at least count on the food being outstanding: Now its barely a steakhouse.
The food and environment were great. The portions were not very large. Do not think you will leave with left over food. The server was excellent. The cost is on the expensive side.
Unbelievable experience. It's was a dinner date for valentine. We had an early afternoon reservation, it's was quite, maybe 5 couples in the restaurant. Just the way, I like it. The staff was on point. The food was great, we selected the pre-fixed menu at $89 per person. Wife had the salmon & shrimp for the main, since it was "Ash Wednesday". She love it, but she would of wanted a starch item in the dish. I had the vegetarian lasagna, so, so tasty. Will be back there soon, wife want to try their steaks, after all, it's a steakhouse.
Wife mentioned the ladies bathroom was also on point. It must of been nice, since she don't usually brought that up out ofor the thin air.
I went to Cecil's for restaurant week with my family, my 1st time and was very happy.The whole experience was Wonderful. I enjoyed everything, the food, the staff,the atmosphere was Beautiful. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to everyone. I'll definitely be back.
Was invited for the 1st week of Restaurant Week & returned for the 3rd week with a different group. The food was delicious (everyone cleaned their plates) and the service was spot on. Very attentive, didn't have to wait for the food once the order was placed. Would highly recommend, especially if you want to bring a date.
My wife and I lingered awhile, enjoying a couple appetizers, entrees and a few drinks. It added up -- topping $200 -- but was very good, and our server was attentive. Outstanding appetizer: Clams Casino.
I had the pleasure of dining at The Cecil for Restaurant Week a couple days ago. They opened at 5pm and when I arrived for my reservation an hour later, it was still fairly empty. My first impression was that the restaurant was very intimate and romantic. The music that played was a nice 90s/00s R&B mix, very chill. The host and wait staff were all very pleasant and came around with perfect timing, not too frequently and not sparsely.
For my 3 course meal I chose the vegetable empanadas, the pan seared salmon, and the tres leches cake. I ordered a bottle of sparkling water ($8) and a Corona to drink with my meal.
The empanadas (2 of them) were delicious and served with a portion of salad in the middle. The star of the evening, the salmon with grilled shrimp & asparagus, came to the table still steaming. It was absolutely delicious and very flavorful. The tres leches cake was the perfect ending to the night. It was very light and sweet.
Overall, the night and definitely the food received an A+++ from me. I'll definitely be back to try other menu items.
The restaurant was amazing and the service was above and beyond. The food was spectacular, our waiter Tony made us feel as if we should come every week for Brunch. It was a great time!
The staff was very attentive and nice Never once did we have to ask for anything. We were seated right away and service was one of the best. I loved it so much that going back.
I went for the restaurant week dinner. The menu included shrimp, beef, chicken, or vegetable empanadas. I got a shrimp and a beef which both were delciious. The shrimp was more of a shrimp salad with onions and other vegetables. The beef was more traditional and was well seasoned. For my entree, I got the skirt steak with mashed potatoes and french beans. All were fantastic. The steak was medium and cooked perfectly. The potatoes and beans paired well, of course. For dessert I got a decadent brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was a small serving but filled me up nicely.
The food was very flavorful. Great portion sizes and wonderful ingredients. Love the artwork and ambience.
Lamb was great, amazing ambiance and service.
The food was great, the salad was excellent,had a great time and have no complaints
Great food will be back for brunch. Great hospitality
Had a winderful time. Music superb food delicious and great great value for money. Highly recommended!
We dined at this restaurant for NYC Restaurant Week. The prix fixe prices did not seem like any discount off their a la carte menu and the portions were mediocre at best. The service and ambiance including their artwork were excellent, but the prices were above market for the portions given.
I hate to write this review, but I submit it here, hoping that it helps the restaurant improve. The Cecil Steakhouse is out of its league at this price range. We waited at the door for about ten minutes (the hostess claimed they were waiting for tables to clear; the restaurant was half empty and tables were set). Our “two top” was about an inch uneven and spilled a bit of an “up” drink over the rim. I asked for a shim. They didn’t have one or didn’t know that you could just create a shim with a bunch of cocktail napkins or a matchbook. We moved to the next table. I ordered three courses and my bf ordered two. I said to just bring the salad and crab cakes together, so there was no coursing issues. Our food – I’m not kidding here – came 1 hour later. I literally was getting $30 out of my wallet to leave for the drinks and walk to another spot, when our FIRST course showed up. It wasn’t bad. Food was decent. Crab cakes were overdressed with tons of raw onions. It ruined what could have been a good cake. Main courses were hit or miss. The sea bass was nicely cooked, but overdressed with lots of stray unexpected additions. I hate olives and there were tons of olives that are nowhere noted in the menu. Ruined it for me. Lobster ravioli also had potential. I tried my bf’s and I thought (for a second) it was al dente, but it was really just dry pasta on the edges of the ravioli, not al dente and not cute. For $200, Cecil, you are way out of your league in service and food. You have potential - Please do better. (PS: They never fixed our uneven first table, and we watched while the next victim spilled his drink.)
Th food and service we're incredble. I also like the new desgn if the restaurant. The only down-side is that it's very loud in the restaurant. Can be difficult to have a conversation.
Went there for the live jazz brunch. Music was good, but for short segments, separated by long breaks. Receptionist had to prepare our table, as restaurant crew apparently could not do it fast enough, and our reservation time had already passed. Brunch menu was not too extensive, and the prices were relatively high. It was nice for a meal, while listening to live jazz (even if for short periods of time), but I would not return just for the brunch.
Attended NYE celebration - Prefix menu. My reservation was at 10:15, we stood at the front desk for 20 minutes before we were even acknowledged - and sat 10 minutes later. So 30 minutes total waiting at front desk. Given the special occasion, the service was slow, but the waiter was good when he did come around. We weren't served our main course until after the ball dropped about 12:15 and our desserts not until 1:19am. I will comment that the food was excellent, i would return for the food itself, but probably not for an event. The drinks we ordered did come timely.