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The Cecil

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Located next to the former Minton’s Playhouse, this Harlem brasserie brings new life to the block with an Afro-Asian menu and vibrant scene.

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Cocktails & Appetizers for Two

$82 $49 40% off

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  • Two small plates or salads to share
  • Two cocktails per person

    Valid toward the full menu

What we love

  • Inspired by the cuisine of the African diaspora, The Cecil’s menu blends African, Asian, Latin and American cuisines.
  • Start your evening with cocktails like the Blood and Fire (tequila, Jamaican sorrel, fresh lemon juice) and the Thai 75 (gin, Thai basil, fresh lime juice, sparkling wine).
  • Then, dig into small plates like ginger squid with okra and sweet chili-peanut sauce, and sake-braised lamb ribs with za’atar goat yogurt and curry crunch.
  • Topped with Cloumage cheese, shiso, cornbread croutons and lime-mango dressing, the smoked watermelon salad also makes for a delicious choice.
  • Chef de Cuisine JJ Johnson was recently named to Zagat’s 2014 “30 Under 30” list of culinary up and comers. Eater.com named Johnson to its list of this year’s “Young Guns”; the site also called The Cecil one of New York’s “38 Essential Restaurants.”

What to know

  • Redeem by: Thursday, November 20, 2014
  • This offer is subject to Terms and Conditions
  • Must be 21 or over to consume alcohol; valid government ID required
  • Limit one per member; a second voucher may be purchased as a gift
  • Limit one voucher per table
  • Valid for walk-ins or reservations
  • Subject to availability
  • Gratuity is not included; we recommend tipping on the full value of the service(s) ($82)
  • Tax is not included and will be charged at time of redemption
  • Offer is final sale and non-refundable
  • Voucher may be used to obtain the discount until November 20, 2014; after this date the voucher is valid for the amount paid for five years from date of purchase, longer if provided by law


210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026

About The Cecil

From businessman Richard Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls comes this Harlem restaurant, dubbed New York’s first “Afro-Asian-American” bistro. Here, the menu takes cues from the African diaspora, blending African spices, textures and cooking techniques with Asian, Latin and American culinary traditions. Guests can look forward to dishes as varied as beef suya, udon noodles, feijoada and gumbo, loaded with smoked chicken, Chinese chicken sausage, Gulf shrimp and crabmeat. To drink, there are creative cocktails like the The Masai, made with bourbon, fresh lemon juice and pomegranate reduction.

Adjacent to the former hotspot Minton’s Playhouse, The Cecil offers a similarly hip scene. The front lounge features low-lit globe lamps while the dining room is done up in stylish copper and navy tones. Go for dinner and then head next door for live jazz, just as New Yorkers in the know did back in the bebop era.

— Natalie Brewster, Gilt City Editor

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