The Cecil Steakhouse

4.3
1321 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Welcome to Cecil Steakhouse!
The Cecil Steakhouse is a modern, upscale haven in Harlem. It is about fully engaging the five senses. You will be in our warm dining room that houses a modern décor of paintings and sculptures.
After dinner and upon reservation you can be brought over to Minton’s Playhouse in a fashion that can only be described as a Goodfellas Moment straight out of the Martin Scorsese movie. To get to Minton’s from The Cecil Steakhouse, you never have to step a foot outside. You will be going through our kitchen, through a privileged area, reserved for those who want the full Cecil and Minton’s experience. As you are guided through the bustle of the kitchen, you will be transported to the most iconic and oldest jazz club in the United States.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.2

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

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1321 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was only fair. Not much flavor/seasoning on any of the food. Mashed potatoes were chunky and seemed to have pieces of potatoes not fully cooked.

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and energy at Cecil's is amazing! The food was delicious! There were 5 of us and NONE of us were unhappy with their meals! The appetizers and drinks were all great! I can't say enough about Cecil's! It really was a great way to end the week. We'll be back again, SOON!

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HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, great music, great food, great service.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent defintely coming back
Food and drinks were delish

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was there for my sister's birthday and everyone had a great time and loved the restaurant and food. Only thing is our waiter was a little confused and the music could have been better. I was there a few weeks ago and the music was so much better. But overall it was great and I will definitely return.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my huaband here for his Birthday and he couldn't stop thanking me for picking such an amazing place. This restaurant is literally a hidden GEM! Everything from the ambiance, food, service, music and drinks was phenomenal. We've been to nearly every steakhouse but never encountered this type of experience of perfection! They also have a very decent prefixed menu for only $49. I can't wait to return to this place. Cecil, you guys are awesome!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was decent. Nothing to rave about. Wait time was very short. Service was poor. Drinks were subpar and overpriced. My group enjoyed the ambiance and live music

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QV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated immediately. The jazz band was great and brunch was delicious. Will definitely visit again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I decided to book a last minute dinner for my husbands birthday in the same area as we had a later commitment. I looked at what was available and came upon this establishment. We checked in for our reservation but still had to wait at the bar which wasn't a problem. Fifteen minutes later we were seated;; the cocktails were delicious.
Lovely patrons were dining and pleasurable even though we were close to one another. Service was ok. I had to inquire frequently about some items as surrounding dinners who arrived and were seated at the same time were attended to immediately.
The food was ok, the music though enjoyable was super loud. The managers or whomever of importance they were checked in frequently with other diners as they did their rounds.
I'm glad Pablo did his best as he was overwhelmed, but I question coming back. It seems unless you are a tourist or a regular diner its not much of a welcoming atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my second time at this Steakhouse. Its Steaks do not disappoint. The food in general is well seasoned and aesthetically sophisticated.

They tend to have a staffing issue. The first time I went it was quite a disappointing experience, particularly because of the service. This latest visit had the potential of being a similar experience; but the manager stepped in and acted as our waiter for the heart of our visit. There were a handful of customers. Not sure why there was still a staffing issue.

However, I do plan to give it another chance because the food and ambience alone make it a great dining option in Harlem.

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BC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I went to celebrate a friend’s Birthday, Everything was great.... The service, the food....Thank You

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m
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, music was very entertaining and venue was beautiful. Overall great vibe!

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SV
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to our server Manuel for making my celebration such a special evening!

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was the wife's birthday. We went there for the food. Am a visual artist and I posted my picture with one of the paintings by JTLISS on Instagram and through the posting I got connected with him. World is getting smaller. The only problem, on my reservation, I ordered a slice of cake with a candlelight. No one paid attention to that request.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Will certainly visit again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

It was a birthday dinner for a friend.. There were three tables only and still could get a better service.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience wonderful service and amazing food. Quick and easy. Only issue is The noisy People. Other people making too much noise cackling loudly. Other than that amazing Restaurant wish it was located somewhere else.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Laura’s Chicken was amazing!

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D
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my teenage son, a fellow steak lover. We both had the New York strip steak and I would say that it was perfect, along with the spinach and potato sides. They seemed to have a nice selection of bourbons and wines to choose from. I liked the ambiance, which included unique pieces of artwork of various mediums. The service was attentive and well paced, not too quick or too slow.

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KG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, food and service were fantastic! Great dining experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and wonderful atmosphere.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

evening. However, food wans

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n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Valentines Day dinner. The service and meal were spot on. The music was a lot great.

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing time, the food was great the atmosphere was amazing.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drinks were delicious and it was excellent customer service

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The high price doesn’t equal to the quality of food. Need to get a better chef

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IO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was just ok. The vibe was nice and the live music was added value.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt like I was back in the 40’s. So classy and jazzy. Great service and great food.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved this place. The food was so very delicious. The live band was amazing and very entertaining.

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great and well seasoned. The ambience and cleanliness of the restaurant, bar area, bathrooms were excellent. I would definitely come here again. The only con we experienced was an inattentive server. It was a busy Saturday evening so I’m willing to overlook that and return in the future.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Alittle pricing for the portion but cuisine food👼🏿.

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Steak was tough was not worth my $42 the shrimp was ok I enjoy that for the appetizer

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FM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I honestly felt that the place was a bit disorganized. From serving the drinks to food service. I feel they would benefit from hiring more staff and coming up with some sort of routine. I was particularly not pleased that I had to wait 10-15 minutes to get a drink, also that the food came out 1.5 hours after we had ordered. Other than that, the food quality was great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business Brunch...music too loud and difficult to hear my colleague

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Took a while to get a seat even after having a reservation. Overall it was really good and the ambiance really did it for me

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. My wife and I had a date night here and choosing this place definitely won me extra points because she absolutely loved it.

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for restaurant week 2019 and the food was delish an the service was great. The manager came by just to see how our dinner was going and gave us a “VIP” tour of Mintons afterwards. We will be back!

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was absolutely please with this restaurant, the artwork is beautiful. The live band music was great, and the food was amazing. Taking me there was a wonderful birthday gift from my children. Will definitely return soon.

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n
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. There were maybe 8 tables in total that had people and most of them were tables of 2. We told our server that we were doing restaurant week. He took our drink and app order. The drinks and apps came, while we were eating our appetizers the staff came by to collect our menus when we hadn’t even ordered the rest of the meal. When we were about finished with our appetizers our server decided to take out dinner order. When the main course arrived two of them were wrong and when we said something about it the server replied he put it correct on the ticket and didn’t bother or offer to do anything about it. I then had to ask if we could order our dessert.

Good food, bad service.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very good as the staff was very attentive, the music was good and not too loud so I could talk without yelling. Excellent interior design and great tasting food. My date and I really enjoyed the experience and I will be returning.

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