Posts Tagged ‘Cecil’s’

Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close | Grub Street

Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close | Grub Street

By Sierra Tishgart In 1974, a fire burned down the Hotel Cecil in Harlem — home to legendary jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. Thirty-nine years later, in 2013, businessman Richard Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls opened two businesses in its place: Minton’s, a bar with live music and snacks, and the Cecil, a full-blown, 200-plus-seat restaurant. […]


The Cecil Wants You to Eat With Your Hands | NY Times

The Cecil Wants You to Eat With Your Hands | NY Times

By JEFF GORDINIER The dish is called Hands Only, and the folks behind the Cecil, the restaurant in Harlem where it is served, are not kidding about that. To give you an extra nudge of encouragement, they usher it to your table with a hot aromatic towel that has been steamed with lemon thyme, kaffir […]


Harlem is Hot, and Chef JJ Johnson Fans Delicious Flames | Village Voice

Harlem is Hot, and Chef JJ Johnson Fans Delicious Flames | Village Voice

By Jacqueline Raposo Once a week, chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson and his team at Harlem’s The Cecil (210 West 118 Street; 212-866-1262) feed their upstairs neighbors. It was a deal owner Richard Parsons and chef Alexander Smalls made when they recognized that the tenants got most of their meals from City Harvest and other local organizations. […]


The Cecil Opens in Harlem | NY Times

The Cecil Opens in Harlem | NY Times

By FLORENCE FABRICANT Richard Parsons describes this restaurant, a restoration, as an Afro-Asian-American brasserie. (It’s adjacent to Minton’s, the late 1930s Harlem club that he has also revived, which is to open this month.) The food represents the traditions of the African diaspora combined with Asian and American cuisines. Look for spicy ginger squid, citrus […]

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