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The Cecil Steakhouse

1144 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Welcome to Cecil Steakhouse!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(212) 866-1262
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Elpidio Escamilla
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Private party facilities
From memorable business dinners to special celebrations with loved ones, The Cecil is available for a variety of private events.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (888) 648-7518
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Cross street
Corner of St. Nicholas
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Parking details
118 between St Nicholas and 8th Ave or 122 and St Nicholas
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Public transit
B/C to 116th street or 2/3 to 116th street
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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!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1144 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPlumbster (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

A great restaurant for Steakhouse cuisine. Best new spot in Harlem.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

Townsendjr (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Overall good very noisy

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

DRJEL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

ReginaldR (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Good time!