The Cecil

I’ve been wanting to check out The Cecil ever since it opened a little over a month ago. The cuisine: Afro-Asian-American. Intriguing! We ventured uptown to Harlem and met up with some friends who live in the neighborhood. It was their first time dining there as well, so we were all pretty excited to chow down. I had been eyeing the oxtail dumplings from day one, so naturally, we had to order them. They met all of my expectations… and then some! The oxtail was so silky and tender… I could have eaten fifty of those heavenly little dumplings (OK, maybe more). The Skuna Bay salmon summer rolls (our server told us that the salmon was cured in bourbon) were light and fresh, and the West African Beef Suya was pretty tasty (loved the apricot compote and grilled plantains). For our entrees, we went big and ordered three huge pots of gumbo and macaroni & cheese. The gumbo was chock full of smoked turkey, Chinese chicken sausage, shrimp, and crab meat — lots of flavor and a nice amount of heat. We ordered two versions of the mac & cheese (one with the ham and one without). It was rich, cheesy, and hearty — the perfect meal for a cold night. (I ended up taking home the leftovers and munching on them for lunch the next day. Yum.) To finish off our delicious meal, we shared the whiskey sticky bun. Absolutely amazing. I’ll take ten more of those, please!

The Cecil: 206 West 118 Street (between St. Nicholas Ave and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd)

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AFRO-ASIAN-AMERICAN OXTAIL DUMPLINGS with Green‌ Apple Curry Sauce, Taro Root

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SKUNA BAY HOUSE-CURED SALMON SUMMER ROLL with Citrus and Tamarind

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WEST AFRICAN BEEF SUYA with Rum Soaked Apricot Compote, Grilled Plantains, Groundnuts 

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MACARONI CHEESE CASSEROLE with Rosemary, Caramelized Shallots, Pepper Ham

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AFRO – ASIAN – AMERICAN GUMBO with Smoked Turkey, Chinese Chicken Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, Crab meat

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Crispy Okra Fries

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Whisky Sticky Bun, Bananas, Honey Whiskey, Diplomat Cream, Pistachios, Ginger Ice Cream

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The dining room

The Cecil