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Grand Opening of CEDRIC French Bistro – Bar in Harlem

By HarlemHouse

L’ouveture de Harlem’s Cedric’s Restaurant était une nuit à se rappeler (an unforgetable evening).  Cedric opens with a bang!  The who’s who of Harlem popped in Monday evening to welcome Harlem’s  newest addition.  The crowd included local residents and business owners, curious visitors from other parts of the city, and celebrities including Chris Noth of Law & Order, Mr. Big of Sex and the City.

Chris Noth with Cedric

The friendly General Manager Dard Coaxum and the attentive staff were all doing their best to maneuver the crowds.  I was with two friends and we all had a great experience.  I first wrote about Cedric’s for HarlemCondoLife back in June, Cedric Harlem, and I am impressed with their finished product.

We spoke with Cedric and we asked what brought him to Harlem.  He expressed his passion for Harlem and its people and that he wanted to open something in the neighborhood where he lives.

Grilled Salmon

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce

Sauteed Seabass

In terms of the food the portions were substantial and the dishes magnifique.  I had the Fois Gras appetizer and the Grilled Salmon   which comes with Ratatouille (I requested a substitution for mashed potatoes which was gladly met) and it was perfectly cooked and a generous serving.  I recommend it and would have it again.  My friend had the Foie Gras Ravioli and the Pan Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce and Gratin Dauphinois.  Absolutely delicious.   My second friend enjoyed the Red Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and the Sauteed Seabass with White Rice and Provencale Sauce.   Popular dishes at the surrounding tables were the Fish and Chips and also the Mussels which smelled incredible.   Cedric has a variety of five choices for those of you who enjoy Mussels.   You can have them prepared with white wine and shallots, Tomato and Garlic, Old Fashioned Mustard and Cream or Ginger Lemon Grass.

I loved the service and the attentiveness of Cedric, his business partner Fabian, the manager and our lovely waitress. This kind of service coupled with perfect food will go a long way to ensuring success.

Fabian, Cedric & Dard

My only suggestion is that they start taking reservations.  They will definitely need to for the future as I predict demand for seats will exceed supply. The space is not huge, I believe around 40 tables, but feels big with the tall ceilings and the tasteful decor.   Many successful restaurants in Harlem and Manhattan are about this size.  People will wait and make reservations.  A great example is Melba’s.  It is always crowded and has stood the test of time.

The music was fantastic.  Stevie Wonder played continuously through our dinner.  The bar was full and I enjoyed catching up with friends and meeting some great new people.  It was a full house by 7PM and lines of people waiting outside.

It was only the first night, but if atmosphere and crowd satisfaction prevails, Cedric will be a success.  Congratulations and bon appetit Harlem.


Cedric French Bistro and Bar
185 St. Nicholas Ave
212-866-7766


CEDRIC – Update! Good Things Come To Those Who Wait.

By HarlemHouse
It won’t be long now.  Good things come to those who wait.  The highly anticipated Cedric Bistro which resides in the old “Mojo” space on 119th Street and St. Nicholas is barreling along with construction for a summer grand opening.  An inside source at Cedric tells us that it could be as soon as early next month.  See my previous post

Originally it was scheduled to open in June but like everything else around here from condominiums to restaurants, construction delays are pushing things back.  Not too much longer now though.
We will be following their progress closely and bringing you exclusive first hand information as it develops.
Stay tuned.
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Great Progress At Harlem’s New Cedric Restaurant.

By HarlemHouse
HarlemGuy reported a couple weeks back about Cedric Restaurant coming to Harlem.  Cedric Lecendre, a Harlem resident and Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for Cedric which will open within a month.  Stopping by there last Friday I spoke briefly with Cedric and one of the employees.  This will be a French Bistro and if reputation prevails the food will be good.  I can say they are making great progress.  As soon as I get an exact date I will share what I’ve learned.  I look forward to reviewing Cedrics as soon as it opens.

This is a perfect time of the year to open – just in time for Summer dining. Cedric’s is located at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave at 119th St. where the old Mojos was (see prior review).  This will be nice for the mini 119th street strip of restaurant/bars that includes Moca, Billie’s Black and directly next door the new Cedric Restaurant.

Stay tuned for news on the latest progress.

Great Progress At Harlem's New Cedric Restaurant

By HarlemHouse
HarlemGuy reported a couple weeks back about Cedric Restaurant coming to Harlem.  Cedric Lecendre, a Harlem resident and Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for Cedric which will open within a month.  Stopping by there last Friday I spoke briefly with Cedric and one of the employees.  This will be a French Bistro and if reputation prevails the food will be good.  I can say they are making great progress.  As soon as I get an exact date I will share what I’ve learned.  I look forward to reviewing Cedrics as soon as it opens.

This is a perfect time of the year to open – just in time for Summer dining. Cedric’s is located at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave at 119th St. where the old Mojos was (see prior review).  This will be nice for the mini 119th street strip of restaurant/bars that includes Moca, Billie’s Black and directly next door the new Cedric Restaurant.

Stay tuned for news on the latest progress.