The Cecil, created by New York businessman Richard Parsons and noted restaurateur and chef Alexander Smalls, is New York City’s first Afro-Asian-American brasserie.
Inspired by the travels, exploration and study of the African Diaspora of Chef Smalls, The Cecil will offer a global adventure in tastes and flavors as diverse and dynamic as the community in which the restaurant resides. Its goal is to connect communities through food, comfort and hospitality.
Afro / Asian / American cuisine is a fusion of the best of what each of those distinct food cultures has to offer. It traces the global migration of African-descendent people through the influence of African spices, textures and cooking techniques on traditional American, Latin and Asian dishes.
Guided by this concept, Executive Chef Smalls and Chef de Cuisine
Joseph "JJ" Johnson have conspired to create unique plates that combine
the familiar with the unexpected. You won’t find food this imaginative and delicious anywhere else in New York!
A wonderful and authentic culinary experience that celebrates the diversity and commonality of the Afro / Asian / American experience. Executive Chef, Alexander Smalls' masterful preparation and elegant presentation of Africa's global influence on food culture and cooking techniques ignites a new conversation in the culinary discussion.
The world's best ingredients are expertly combined in ways where they would not ordinarily occur. In each dish, you will taste the journey and global influence Africa-descendent peoples has gifted to the world.