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A fantastic Harlem restaurant serving African/Asian/American fusion food.

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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 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

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

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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

The Cecil Christmans Eve
Ala carte dinner menu Ugly Christmas Sweater Party $25pp 10pm- 2am
Winner wins a bottle of Veuve Clicquot

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

$30 Cover Charge in advance for The Cecil Lounge
$50 Cover Charge at the door for The Cecil Lounge
All Dinner reservations $95 pp for a Three Course Dinner with bottle of Veuve Clicquot or Malbec, or Sauvignon Blanc

The Cecil Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

4.4

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Organic (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

Waited entirely too long for food with no explanation?

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 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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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great place and great ambiance

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Awesome Great food great time.

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 (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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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our server was amazing the food amazing the music/dj amazing the crowd amazing especially for the African American community!! Loved everything

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The service was exceptional

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our server was outstanding!!
Food choices and quantity of portions should be improved.
Entertainment was very nice, the band was great.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

I had a late reservation and was asked to order promptly as the kitchen was near closing. My side dishes were cold so I had to send my food back. Overall I would attend this location again but I would definitely try an early evening reservation as opposed to the 9:30pm one that I had. The food was good enough to give it another try

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food and service were excellent. It does tend to get a bit loud during peak times so if you want to have a quiet conversation, go off hours.

Tags: Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a wonderful time. Very happy the Restaurant is back! However, would have nice if bread/rolls were served. The food portion size could have been a little larger.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Maybe we hit a bad day, but I was disappointed. Venue is amazing. Enjoyed the bossanova twist on some classic songs on the excellent sound system. Interesting wall murals and artwork. Great vibe. Food was adequate to good. Service was the failure. Service staff was friendly but obviously poorly trained. Manager, cast from a Robert Palmer video, seemed more interested in a promotional video they were filming then ensuring tables were served. The restaurant was only half filled for Sunday brunch in early afternoon, and we waited 20 minutes for a drink, and watched as a table of older women walked out. A little quality control from management and it could really be great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We loved the old Cecil so were particularly disappointed at our experience. Staff was very pleasant but the kitchen didn't get our order out until some thirty minutes later despite our being the only table there. Food was served cold and was less than inspired. One dish had to be sent back because there was a hair embedded in the omelet. I understand that this was the first brunch served by the new management so we can hope it improves. We won't be returning until we see a slew of positive reviews.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Beautiful restaurant filled with art and great music. Creative menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Had New Years Eve dinner here. The staff was very acccomodating as we were extremely late for our reservation. Would definitely recommend. Food was delicious

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Came in with a few friends and had a wonderful meal. Staff was accommodating to one person with allergies, everyone enjoyed their food and ambience was lovely.

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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Wonderful! I've been wanting to try the Cecil for ages, and it did not disappoint. I took a friend who was visiting from the UK. The service was gorgeous, perhaps we were lucky but the vibe in general seemed friendly. The food was all exceptional. Really fun fusion of such a variety of African and Asian flavors. I'd definitely come back. Don't hesitate!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Disappointing! We were greeted an welcomed warmly. Our server was gracious and attentive as with her support team. Now the food. The appetizer jumbo shrimp was delicious looking but extremely dry. Our main meals of Gumbo, pork chop and fried chicken were also were presented well and looked very appetizing. The Chop and Chicken were very dry possibly over cooked. The gumbo was lacking in flavor. A very good friend of ours recommended Cecil and swears by it. We'll just to try again with him with us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2016

The oxtail dumpling appetizer alone is worth the trip amazing. The drinks are pretty good too!

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2016

mac and cheese is the best. very sad that cecil is closing :-(

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Tasty asian-african-fusion kitchen. It's not cheap but you get high quality for your money. Service is great.
As a couple we shared five starters, because we wanted to taste as much as we can and it was worth it. For dessert we had Baked Alaska: Yummy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Great find in Harlem, oozing with elegance! The collard green salad was excellent and the mac and cheese some of the best I've had! The Oxtail dumplings, which received raves, came out cold and had to be sent back. While good, not as good as the mac and cheese. The waitress was friendly and accommodating and suggested the fantastic Pumpkin n tart to complete this wonderful Christmas Eve meal! Will definitely return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

The Cecil was excellent. Attentive though not intrusive service, by which I mean my girlfriend and I were talking and not looking at the menu, but when we did the server came over and was on point. Gave us specials, took our order-friendly and professional. My girlfriend had the fish catch with parsnips-excellent- and I had the beef ribs. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone and the black eyed peas were delicious. They had some teriyaki styled fried okra that just made the whole dish. Went to the bar for an after dinner drink. Disappointed they had no port, but they had a good Sauternes that worked. Great food and vibe.

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2016

The decor was amazing and the food outstanding!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We had been wanting to go to the Cecil for awhile. And boy are we glad we did! The food is outstanding. Very creative menu. Many delicious plant-based options. Will definitely go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2016

The food was amazing! combining African and Asian was genius!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Atmosphere, food, service and cocktails were all super - super meet up for a few lady friends and we had a great dining experience and great visit. Definitely recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2016

I had the ribs and they were very salty as well as the salad that came with it. My server, Tam, was just okay, not attentive at all.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Loved visiting The Cecil with a friend. The food was great, and the live music was wonderful. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

As a Harlemite, i'm absolutely kicking myself for not having visited sooner. I read the raves at first opening but was still a bit skeptic. The "fusion " was far more folksy and accessible than i'd anticipated and was just what I wanted: familiar comforting, sumptuous brunch faves in a cozy setting. Elegant, no pretense. Warm as can be. Defiitely returning...telling everyone...singing praises.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 18, 2016

The service was exceptional and the food amazing. We went to the restaurant on a Sunday for Brunch and had a great time. The Jazz Duet was the perfect addition to a memorable experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

We came here for a great dinner and then went to watch a show at mintons afterwards. Spent about $150 for 2 people but that's with appetizer, bottle of wine, entrees and a desert. We recommend this place any day!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

it was incredible. the food is so delicious. I highly recommend the mac and cheese, the dumplings, the pork, fried rice. Everything is delicious.

The drinks are good as well.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Walked into a surprising space, with a great ambience and a salute to its roots.

But, the story of the space and its history is lost. They need to make sure every diner knows about the history of the location, it community service outreach, etc. Market the story!!

But the rumor it, its closing so get there soon or an experience is going to be missed!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2016

The food was incredible! Jazz brunch was amazing!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Super atmosphere, sleek and attractive. Waitstaff was warm and helpful and accommodating. The food was superb – very unusual and beautifully prepared. I will definitely go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2016

This was my first time attending The Cecil. Great atmosphere, good food, cozy spot the waiter was excellent. I definitely recommend this spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for a Date
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