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About The Cecil Steakhouse
Welcome to Cecil Steakhouse!
New York, NY 10026
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Closed
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday
5 pm - 12 am
Thursday - Saturday
5 pm - 1 am
Saturday & Sunday Brunch 12pm - 3pm
12 pm - 3 pm
Corner of St. Nicholas
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Join us for Jazz brunch Saturday and Sunday!
Take a short walk and visit our sister restaurant next door, Minton's for live jazz Wednesday-Sunday!
118 between St Nicholas and 8th Ave or 122 and St Nicholas
B/C to 116th street or 2/3 to 116th street
Private Party Facilities:
From memorable business dinners to special celebrations with loved ones, The Cecil is available for a variety of private events.
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (888) 648-7518
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Cecil Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
We used to enjoy the menu when this restaurant was the Cecil. I was looking forward to trying the new Cecil Steakhouse. The drinks were delicious and the service was great.
We did not have the steak. We had the Chilean sea bass. It was mediocre and overlooked. We had the burger. A good Steakhouse should serve an excellent burger. This burger was too small for the bun and not at all noteworthy. We had the chicken empanadas and calamari as appetizers. The empanada was greasy and the calamari overdone.
I sat at the bar waiting for my friends to join me and Decklyn, the Irish bartender, made me a yummy ginger cocktail. He kept me company with interesting conversation. Once my friends arrived and we couldn’t stop talking to get our table, he invited us to just eat at the bar. He helped us with our order, and was a great host.
The recorded and live music was easy and fun.
The food was amazing. I had the kale/fruit salad and the quinoa and shrimp. Heaven!
The phrases "brunch in Harlem" and "brunch at a steakhouse" both conjure specific sets of expectations. Neither is met by this new incarnation of the Cecil. I walked into the dining room and wondered why it was empty. The menu came and I understood. Some restaurants have trouble deciding what they want to be. The Cecil doesn't know where it wants the be, either.
I am a District Manager for a Pharmaceutical Company. I am always looking for new places to eat or to hold a dinner program for clients. I booked reservation for this restaurant because of the great reviews. I was seated right away the waiter took our order. The waiter returned to my table to tell us that the restaurant is not serving from the dinner menu until after 5pm. I ask to speak to the the Manager she stated that the kitchen have to prep from brunch to dinner, and that my food will served in 20 min . I was okay with that, when my food arrived it was cold and my side order were wrong. I called the waiter over to make him aware that the side orders were wrong he stated to me this is what the chef served. I couldn't believe it, At that point I was done the waiter kept apologizing. I explain to him it's not his fault, The manager walked pass our table several time you would think she would have stop to ask if everything turn out okay.
I gave 1 star for the food because it was cold and the side order were wrong and cold.
I'm sure it's a nice restaurant but I will not be returning.
Cecil’s has been reinvented as a steak house, but retains the classy decor and high end service. The food was very good, but selections are limited by the steakhouse identity. It was also surprisingly empty on a Friday night. I hope they make a larger push to let people know they are back in business. We would love to have them succeed and maintain their presence in the neighborhood.
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