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About The Cecil Steakhouse

Welcome to Cecil Steakhouse!

210 W 118th St
New York, NY 10026
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
Corner of St. Nicholas

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 866-1262

Website:
http://www.thececilharlem.com/

Entertainment:
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!

Parking Details:
118 between St Nicholas and 8th Ave or 122 and St Nicholas

Public Transit:
B/C to 116th street or 2/3 to 116th street

Executive Chef:
Elpidio Escamilla

Private Party Facilities:
From memorable business dinners to special celebrations with loved ones, The Cecil is available for a variety of private events.

Contact@thececilharlem.com

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (888) 648-7518

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Cecil Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Special Occasion (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (13)
Cozy (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fun (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Casual (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Live Music (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Business Meals (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Overall good very noisy

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic restaurant! Great food, attentive staff, amazing environment!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Good time!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.
Thanks Trevor.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was very flavorful. Great portion sizes and wonderful ingredients. Love the artwork and ambience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 30, 2018

Lamb was great, amazing ambiance and service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was great, the salad was excellent,had a great time and have no complaints

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food will be back for brunch. Great hospitality

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Had a winderful time. Music superb food delicious and great great value for money. Highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Spicy, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Friendly, attentive service. Excellent food well prepared and presented and perfect portions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was outstanding, atmosphere wonderful. The redesign of the restaurant really worked for us. Looking forward to our next visit

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

It was a really intimate place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fun, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food and service was great...we didn't like the Sangria...Great place to celebrate a birthday!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was overall excellent , highly recommend the new Chocolate Lava Cake

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The newly renovated place is beautiful! Went there for brunch. It's pricey and the food was average and plates are small. That being said, the ambiance is wonderful!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Waited entirely too long for food with no explanation?

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a party of four for Thanksgiving dinner. Rhe food was very good, as was the service and restaurant ambiance. We especially enjoyed the low noise level, which it easy to carry on a dinner conversation.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great place and great ambiance

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Awesome Great food great time.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Meat wasn’t first class and wasn’t cooked as ordered.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is not a match to the old menu. We waited for coffee and water for a long time. The hostess and the bartender saved the day

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