As of January 1, 2017, The Cecil is closed. Thank you for your patronage.

Please join us for dinner, drinks, and live music next door at Minton's.

Located in the heart of Harlem, New York, The Cecil was an international destination showcasing the techniques and influences of African cooking throughout the world.

The eclectic flavor profile, recipes, and menu conceived and created by Alexander Smalls and Executive Chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson was an eatable culinary conversation celebrating the foodways of the African Diaspora, a result of the forced migration of African slaves throughout the five major continents of the world from Africa to Asia, Europe, North and South America. Resilient African people worked the land, farming and creating a legacy of food preparation and hospitality throughout the world while infusing African traditions and history in every dish. Esquire's 2014 pick for the Best New Restaurant in America, The Cecil took this rich history and created a culinary discipline that we call Afro-Asian-American cooking, a bold cuisine in praise of the extraordinary contribution of these ancestors.




(212) 866-1262


210 West 118th Street
at St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10026

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