Posts Tagged ‘Renaissance’

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. […]


Time Travel Tuesdays: A Renaissance In A Forgotten Neighborhood – The Talk of Heights-Inwood | NY Times

Time Travel Tuesdays: A Renaissance In A Forgotten Neighborhood - The Talk of Heights-Inwood | NY Times

By MOLLY IVINS Published: October 9, 1981 North of 155th Street in Manhattan is an area that its residents like to call the real Upper West Side. Unlike the lower Upper West Side, it is a section where people do not roller-skate plugged into a tape-cassette, there are no hanging plants in the bars and […]


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 […]


Wealthy jazz patron Richard Parsons seeks music and food ‘renaissance’ in Harlem as he plans to reopen Minton’s  | NY Daily News

Wealthy jazz patron Richard Parsons seeks music and food ‘renaissance’ in Harlem as he plans to reopen Minton’s  | NY Daily News

By Michael J. Feeney / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The former head of Time-Warner is bringing back a cherished Harlem jazz hub. Richard Parsons is trumpeting the return of Minton’s Playhouse — now known simply as Minton’s — a name synonymous with the greats of the 1930s and ’40s. The W. 118th club will also […]


Paul Lomax Profiles Mr. Renaissance

BY Paul Lomax Meet a modern-day Renaissance man, who post by post is bringing down the urban borders of Broadway by tirelessly chronicling the arts, culture and business events of Washington Heights and Inwood through the communities most popular and ever-growing über on-line blog: the “Uptown Collective.” “The Uptown Collective is here to fill a void, […]

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