The Cecil Steakhouse

4.1
1387 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Group Bookings
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.

Special Offers

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: 20 August 2019

Ends: 21 August 2118

Availability: Sun 17:00-23:30
Tue-Fri 17:00-23:30

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: 22 August 2019

Ends: 23 August 2118

Availability: Thu-Fri 17:00-22:00

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: 20 August 2019

Ends: 21 August 2118

Availability: Tue-Wed 17:00-23:30

What Insiders Are Saying

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A fantastic Harlem restaurant serving African/Asian/American fusion food.

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What 1387 People Are Saying
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TD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 15 August 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 9 August 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 9 August 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 8 August 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 2 August 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 2 August 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 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 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 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service! Fantastic food! Beautiful artwork!

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 24 July 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 24 July 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 21 July 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 21 July 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 19 July 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 13 July 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 7 July 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 7 July 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 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

MT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Service was HORRIBLE Food served was not hot

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 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 30 June 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 29 June 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 28 June 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 28 June 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 23 June 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 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

JF
1 review
Dined on 19 June 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.

SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time! Food, drink & service was amazing. Our waiter Manuel was courteous and very attentive. We will be back very soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Party going on at the same time. Food took a long time to come. Steak was average.

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Service was slow but the host was informative. I ordered Ribeye steak and mashed potatoes were delicious. I will definitely return back.

CW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Miguel was AWESOME, and Rosa was PHENOMENAL. I enjoyed myself so much that I’ve canceled a previous reservation and moved the event here!!!

JD
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Service was HORRIBLE!! First, I made a 10 pm resevation on the website and they called me to ask if I could come at 9 because the kitchen was going to close. I made it there by 9:15. I ordered a shot of Hennessy and it took the waiter 20 minutes to come back and tell me they were out of Hennessy!! I let that go and ordering from the menu and in this EMPTY restaurant I STILL waited another 20 minutes before I decided to leave. I LIKE the Friday and Saturday music they have but I will NEVER eat at Cecil's.

KM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Reserved at Cecile for brunch after confirming on phone that there would be live Jazz. On arrival was told that live.music had shifted next door to Mintons.
And so was escorted there.
Music was good, food a d service were good as well.
However, seating plan is not conducive to live music as the tables are positioned sideways to the stage. Perhaps changes can be made.

AT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lateef was an awesome server. The drinks hit!! But I wish the lamb and steak was seasoned all over.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and staff

p
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best ribeye I ever had. Reservations got messed up and they put us straight in minots jazz which turned out awesome. Highly recommended

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

The service was poor i waited for 20min for 1 drink. The place was not crowded at all the manager was very helpful and the hostess as well the food was great but they give very little portions. Overall the customer service from the waiter was horrible.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

It was way too loud. Couldn’t even hear the people we were sitting with. Service was slow and our waiter hardly checked on us. The food was good but too salty. However, we do love all of the artwork!

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