The Cecil Steakhouse

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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

1 BOTTLE OF SANGRIA FOR FREE FOR BIRTHDAY DINNER PARTIES OVER 6 GUESTS

It's your birthday! and you are looking for the perfect spot to celebrate your life and enjoy amazing food...So, Come to The Cecil Steakhouse. We love celebrating with our guests, and this is why we are gifting you a full 750ml bottle of our In house Secret Recipe Sangria red or white for birthday dinner parties over 6 guests. MUST SHOW PROOF OF BIRTHDAY WITH A VALID ID.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 4, 2019

Ends: September 5, 2118

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-11:30PM
Tue-Sat 5:00PM-11:30PM

Bottle Service Specials $100 All Day!

Jack Daniels Whisky, Herradura Silver Tequila, Avion Silver Tequila, Titos Vodka, De Luze VS Cognac, Crown Royal Whisky, Crown Royal Maple Whisky, Perrier Joute Brut Champagne, G.H. Mumm Brut & Rose Champagne.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 20, 2019

Ends: August 21, 2118

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-11:30PM
Tue-Fri 5:00PM-11:30PM

Happy Hour Pre-Weekend!

$10 Specialty Cocktails, $7 Well Drinks, $8 Margaritas, Rum Punch, Jack Punch, $5 Shots, Beers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 22, 2019

Ends: August 23, 2118

Availability: Thu-Fri 5:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour All Day!

$10 Specialty Cocktails, $7 Well Drinks, $8 Margaritas, Rum Punch, Jack Punch, $5 Shots, Beers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 20, 2019

Ends: August 21, 2118

Availability: Tue-Wed 5:00PM-11:30PM

What 1398 People Are Saying
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BS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambiance. Kind of noisy. There was a benefit dinner which we were not a part of. Singer was lovely but impeded conversation.

S
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I didn’t get offered the happy hour as requested on my reservation. No one mentioned it to me.

WR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The decor is very nice, the food was very good, the service was slow, but I’m going to say that once the bar area gets crowded things slow down. Our waiter was very attentive and did his very best to get things moving quickly when he could. Overall, I would definitely go back and recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely and delicious

g
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The sound was too louder that I couldn´t enjoy the meal. Cecil must define what they want to be, a good steakhouse or a louder bar.

T
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Needs a lot of work. Only3 of us there and the place was relatively empty however we were all missing items that we ordered. We got a bottle of Sparkling water and the waiter poured tap into my existing sparkling water and then proceeded to pour me the remainder of my sparkling into my glass but not refilling the sparkling that he ruined.
Music was too loud couldn't even speak to the people in my own group. Food was trashed, no seasoning, no flavor. Aunt ordered steak and eggs and was given a butter knife to cut the steak. All in all a really bad experience and I thought to call AMEX to get my money back but I'd rather just write this review and hopefully, others will know not to go there whatsoever. What a waste of good space.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Restaurant. Music became to loud was hard to have conversation.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn't know what to expect but our dinner at the Cecil was excellent! The location is great, the decor is amazing, the service was good and the food was delicious. We will be back and we will definitely visit the jazz club next door.

RP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice place. Service was a bit slow once we sat down but overall it was a good place to eat and enjoy some good music, food, and drinks.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was greeted at the door by a hostess that couldn't successfully direct me to the bathrooms. I then waited to be seated because the other member of my party informed me she was running a few minutes late (there would be only 2 of us and the restaurant had available tables). When she arrived we were promptly seated where we proceeded to wait 20 minutes for service. Aside from the one server that stopped by to pour water & did not greet us, we never were served. After about 25 minutes of trying to flag down a member of the wait staff, we decided to leave. It wasn't until I was on my way out of the door that the wait staff felt the need to acknowledge us. Stinks the service was so horrible, I was looking forward to a new brunch spot.

LP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly pleased with our visit to the Cecil and will be returning soon. First of all Thanks to Lateef for superfine service. My skirt steak was tender and tasty; my colleague's pasta was just okay; my other colleague enjoyed her salmon. Dessert was an absolute delight and the bartender knew how to fix a drink. We'll be back and will be recommending this restaurant.

TD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A little too noisy for me, more like a nightclub on Friday nights. But overall, a good experience

AB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is good, service is even better, they are very attentive to your needs in this place, definitely a cool spot to visit

P
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

From the moment we arrived, we had to wait to be acknowledged, even with reservations. It was very loud, the service was nil, and the food was just "ok". The restaurant looked really lovely and special online and the food interesting, so we tried it.
Some friends lived across the street and said they tried it when it first opened and did not like it, but that was some time ago. However, we would not return

SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Oysters were sandy. Steak was a little tough. My friends fish was really good she said.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed our restaurant week experience at Cecil! Great food choices and great service. Since it was a prefixed menu it did make us want to come back and try their other items on their main menu. Also since we went on a Friday it was a nice touch having the DJ play music as well. P.s. still dreaming about those brownies!!

VM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall, the experience was nice. I had the sauteed shrimp and vegetable quinoa appetizer which was delicious. The Lemon crusted Branzino was also good, but the sauce didn't compliment the dish, in my opinion. Didn't really like it. Their Restaurant Week menu wasn't exciting, it actually mirrored an ongoing Special that the restaurant has on a regular basis... And $13 extra dollars for Skirt Steak..(Not Filet Mignon).. Was a little ridiculous to me. Happy Hour was good. Service was ok. A little slow and it wasn't crowded. Overall it was good.. And I would definitely return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Have been to Cecil’s many times before and love the food quality, creativity and service. This time was very loud. The music from the bar much too loud in the dining room.

C
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Happy hour was nice. Wait staff very accommodating. Had appetizers. Calamari was excellent. So was the macaroni and cheese. Raw oysters were a treat. Drinks were not strong but they hit the spot. Will definitely return.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was great. Would definitely come back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

This is def s nice spot for a date! The music is r&b (think Monica/Brandy/Joe vibe). The food is good, the mimosas keep following and it turns into a turn up brunch! Went by myself and ended up taking to 2 ladies that were sitting next to me. Def good vibes!!

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Fantastic food! Beautiful artwork!

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room is gorgeous- lots of space between tables and wonderful art on the walls. Food was delish!

GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was celebrating my Birthday, they made it memorable. The food was to die for & the drinks, was good, the waiters were very nice. Thank you for making my day.

HD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The brunch food is horrible. I ordered the shrimp and grits and could not eat it. Friends ordered the burger and steak compained it was not good as well.

TP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed the atmosphere it had a Miami vibe. The food however wasn’t the greatest the chicken and waffles was a little cool and the chicken wasn’t seasoned the greatest. The chicken empanadas were delicious though. The mimosa wasn’t all that great either and my friend margarita was a little too strong. The ambience is what saved the place.

S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 1

On one of the hottest days of the year the air conditioning was not working. Spoke to the manager a few times and nothing changed. It was an extremely uncomfortable evening and I will not return.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I had a great time, the food was good and the ambiance was amazing.

ZG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is rocking, the crowd is lively, food service was great and fast

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a good time there. The ambience was the best part.

TJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

MT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was HORRIBLE Food served was not hot

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

We had a 12p reservation, arrived at 11:50a and the restaurant wasn’t open yet. A woman hosting (on her first day) told us the staff hadn’t arrived yet. We were finally seated around 12:15 (After people who arrived after us were seated by the way). Didn’t get greeted by a waiter for another 10-15 mins. Busboys were great and attentive. The food was in a word, horrible!! I got the chicken empanadas and the chicken and waffles and everything tasted like frozen boxed food they threw in a microwave. Only one person from our party enjoyed their meal and he got the steak and eggs. For a fixed price $55 brunch, it was not particularly cost effective...and again, it tasted horrible. The only redeeming factor was the ambiance. A great uptown crowd. A slamming DJ playing great music. That and the people I was with made it an enjoyable brunch.

JL
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

The Sunday brunch experience was overall good however the food and the prefix menu was not the best. I had a party of 6 and we ordered pretty much everything that was listed and unfortunately, nothing stood out to us that we would recommend or try again. I feel for it being a $55 set menu the food should be elevated or at least give more options if you do not want to do the prefix food menu. Our server was good and very attentive with our needs. However the Sunday brunch crowd was high energy and full of life. We had fun! But the food sucks

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated my mother’s birthday. Great vibe and ambiance. There was a party going one before my reservation which made the front very crowded before walking into the main dining room.

Other than that everything was great!

ME
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good dinner, but the service wasn't as attentive as I expected. Also, the noise level was very loud due to a DJ.

YY
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was decent. It was a little clubby and loud but energetic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food could have had more flavor, the appetizers were bland, and the restaurant was overall understaffed. The waiters were overworked and food and drinks were delayed because of it. Really nice atmosphere and ambiance but lacked value for the price.

PB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love The Cecil Steakhouse...we always have an amazing time!

JF
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Cecil was fine. I just wish it were outstanding. The restaurant is very well appointed — loved the banquettes for every table. If only the food and drinks were as good as the decor. Service was also good, although we had questions about items on the menu that our waiter couldn’t answer.
We were able to go through the kitchen to Minton’s, which was unforgettable. I just regret that the cuisine and drinks didn’t reach the same high standard.

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