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  • African, Asian Fusion
  • 210 W 118th St, New York NY10026 40.8047878 -73.9522072
  • (Btwn St Nicholas & 7th Ave)
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  • (212) 866-1262
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User Ratings (Based on 4 reviews)

3.815
Food 3.3 Value 3.9
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 4.3

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 866-1262
Website:
www.thececilharlem.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm-10pm Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 11am-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Group Dining, Trendy, Online Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Catering

User Reviews

  • The Cecil

    Posted by anonymous on 08/08/2014

    SO, SO GOOD!

    amazing restaurant. highly recommend.

  • The Cecil

    Posted by Lloyd on 05/24/2014

    just ok

    I thought the bar atmosphere was very nice. Don't go there for the food just don't. I had the oxtail dumplings it was just ok. I had the praline ham it was so salty. My friend had the seafood gumbo and the seafood smell was so strong he couldn't eat it all. I couldn't eat all the ham. I'll go again when the change the menu. All the host's and waitstaff were very pleasant.

  • The Cecil

    Posted by FrenchSoiree on 02/05/2014

    We Will Go Again. ...but not in the next 5 minutes.

    The resto photographs much better than what it actually looks like in reality. We thought it was going to be much more up-scale. An "event" and "must see" type of destination place. It's nice and well appointed but it looks as if not too much money was invested into interior design. The materials used just look cheap and the cafeteria style layout doesn't help much in off-setting that feeling. The tables are wide (an increasingly rarity in NYC) and spaced nicely apart (another rarity.) The lighting is far too low to such a point that you cannot see your food and its beautiful preparation. Finally, it's loud! It's a bit pricey but the taste, quality of food, and portion sizes, justify the prices. We had quite a few doggy bags! We tried the Suya which was excellent! the flavors--just WOW! The Mac & Cheese, while quite good, we didn't understand the raves over it. I've had better. The Duck Fried Noodles was quite tasty but needed a bit more duck. The Lamb Shank was so well seasoned and aromatic that even the leftovers scented my apartment. For dessert we had the Cheese Cake which is made from goat cheese. That's a winner and I'm not much of a dessert person! Also, the Spiced Nyangbo Crema which was very sweet but nice. The food is very good and we found the service to be quite good. Much love and respect to that waitstaff who run up and down those stairs! WHEW!!! We "get" the concept of recreating an African Hut eating experience but I certainly have learned that I don't like eating out of a bowl. I should have requested a plate. Also, I now appreciate more traditional glass/stemware. It's different... We would say that it is a resto that you would like to experience. The bar area looks as if it would provide a different but very fun type of experience. We'll go again but from our experience it is not something we would like to do regularly.

  • The Cecil

    Posted by eve on 11/08/2013

    Just OK

    I had the prawn appetizer which was good. Dinner consisted of the sea bass which was ok not too flavorful. My guest had the beef which was tough and not flavorful. My other guest had the salmon which was mediocre at best. Seasoning, flavor and tenderness is important in a meal.

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