Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, Piri Piri Sauce.
The highly anticipated Cecil opens today with a frenzy of social media flying in as fast as they possibly can just to experience what all the buzz is about. We here at Harlem Condo Life are among the enthusiastic media, and look forward to our first time experience with Cecil. We have high hopes for this old meets new establishment and newest addition to Harlem Restaurant Row. They have our attention with small plates such as “Broiled Giant Spicy Prawns, Yam Flapjack, with Piri Piri Sauce” (above ) and “Spicy Crispy Ginger Squid with Okra and Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce.” Or a shared bowl for two of Afro / Asian / American Gumbo (Smoked Turkey, Chinese Chicken Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, and Crabmeat)
Take a peek at Cecil’s menu (below) with a scrumptious assortment by – Chefs Alexander Smalls – Restauranteur, and Joseph “JJ” Johnson – Chef de Cuisine.
The Cecil MENU. Here is a photo they sent us of their sticky buns. I don’t know about dinner, but I am ready for these sticky buns right now! They also were recently written up in the Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal. Both The Cecil and Minton’s were mentioned in Huff Post BLACK VOICES and one dish in particular that stood out to us was the “Black Benne Seed Ahi Tuna.” Looks delicious.
photo by Lucy Schaeffer for Huff Post
So let’s get our forks and knives ready, and go experience the new CECIL together. I’m up for the adventure and ready to dig in. See you all there!
210 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
Tel (212) 866-1262
The Cecil New Restaurant in Harlem
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The finalists are in and it’s going down! Monday, August 26th at Harlem Tavern hosted by Bevy Smith with music by DJ Stormin’ Norman. Uptown Battle of Bars VIP Showdown will start at 6 pm to 10 pm at Harlem Tavern. Harlem Tavern is located in the heart of Harlem’s Restaurant Row at 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 116th Street. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Visit uptownbattleofbars.eventbrite.com to buy tickets.
See yesterdays article in The Daily News 12 barkeeps vying for supremacy in Uptown Battle of the Bars…and all have a shot! Pictures in this post are originally from the Daily News.
See our previous post Uptown Battle Of The Bars Competition.
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Heard it through the grapevine, One Morningside Park is already 40% sold. A lot of showings are happening with brokers and clients for this condominium complex. See our numerous previous posts for detailed information on our Harlem Real Estate Menu. One Morningside is located on 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue in South Harlem. Many contracts are out and 1 to 3 bedrooms have already been snatched up by eager buyers.
The sales office is now open by appointment only, to look at available floorplans for sale. We can provide additional information if you’re interested, here at HarlemCondoLife. Contact us via email at HarlemCondoLife@gmail.com. A friend of our blog just purchased a one bedroom one bath unit. The fixtures and design looked quite nice and the site has a feature where you can see what the expected view will be from the unit you are interested in.
Here are recent pictures taken yesterday of One Morningside Park. They have a ways to go but the structure is now fully erected. They expect to be finished by January 2014. Stay tuned for more on One Morningside Park.
View towards Central Park from One Mornigside Park
One Morningside Park view from Frederick Douglass Boulevard Circle
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Wall of Fame
We finally have a good diner on Lenox in Harlem. This afternoon we attended the soft opening at Harlem Shake and enjoyed exactly what you would expect, shakes and burgers. Very pleasantly pleased by the retro fifties decor (by Dennis Decker) right down to the order-and-pick-up diner style format. The official opening will be held in 2 days on Thursday, May 16th. They are waiting on their license for outdoor seating as well which will expand the diner for the summer months.
Her eyes follow you
The shakes are delicious! We recommend the Red Velvet Shake. Our favorite burger of the three that we sampled was the “Hot Mess” spicy, messy and everything good. The fries were good. Nice and piping hot, skin on the potato and just the right amount of salt.
We predict many future busy nights here as they are set in the perfect location on the South/West corner of 124th street and Lenox Avenue.
They have added some very cool touches such as the Wall of Fame (above) which consists of a large collage of celebrities from Bill Clinton to Cassandra Wilson who have autographed their head shots on the wall. We predict this will soon become a Harlem Hot Spot for local Harlemites as well as tour busses and the Sunday brunch crowd passing through and taking pictures of Harlem Shake. While we were there, already a group of kids came in and asked if they could take a picture inside the place. With it’s retro vibe, even though it is brand new we had the feeling that it had been there for years. Also they serve wine and beer for those that want drinks with their fries. The music playing was a little hip hop, a touch of rap and some R&B and great soul classics. Perfect.
Thank you Jelena, for your hospitality today. Congratulations to the whole crew and welcome to the neighborhood!
Fantastic design by Dennis Decker. Well done.
*They will be open from 11am to 11pm weekdays and weekends they will be open until 2am.
Vintage jet magazine covers drape the bathroom walls. Fantastic!
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