Harlem Resident and CNN Anchor Don Lemon enjoyed an evening out the other night with friends at Cedric’s on Harlem Restaurant Row. As Don has mentioned on his show, the popular prime-time weekend edition of CNN Newsroom, he lives in Harlem and enjoys living here very much. We here at Harlem Condo Life can understand why and believe Harlem to be one of the best neighborhood communities in New York and the surrounding Boroughs. Thanks Don Lemon for following us on twitter @HarlemHCL and we wish you continued success on CNN. Keep up the great work!
Cédric French Bistro (website & menu)
Cedric French Bistro (Review)
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I had the pleasure of dining at Maison Harlem this weekend. It’s easily a top 5 local favorite. The crowd is hip. The food is delicious, plentiful and well priced. The staff is nice, attentive and knowledgeable. I loved the fact that I was able to speak to the staff and the the owner in both French or English as the mood dictated. This was my third visit to Maison and each time Samuel Thiam (one of the owners and the evening’s host) has greeted us graciously. We were accompanied by a large group including visiting friends from out of town. We enjoyed a variety of appetizers, dinner and desert. See their full menu here MAISON. I recommend the seasonal oysters, steak tartare, french onion soup or the fried calamari for starters. For entrees the wild mushroom risotto with grilled seafood is very good. My friend ordered it and said that this is what she came back for. The grilled new york shell steak is delicious with either red wine or peppercorn sauce. Other popular dishes that stood out were the grilled salmon, the duck leg confit and the daurade sauce vierge (royal dorade fish with sauce vierge, grilled asparagus & new potatoes). Ask for their specials and deserts. We loved the creme brûlée and lava cake.
MAISON HARLEM Wild Mushroom Risotto
MAISON HARLEM Daurade Sauce Vierge
I’m told from friends that the burgers are excellent but I’ve not been their for brunch or lunch yet. I was happy to see that on the lunch menu they offer croque monsieur which is a childhood favorite of mine.
Maison takes reservations (recommended) for parties of four and higher. Each time I have been there the bar has been crowded – whether it be middle of the week or on the weekend. This is impressive and shows that by word of mouth and reputation Maison Harlem is a success.
MAISON HARLEM les toilettes
341 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10027
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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.
Pan Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce
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
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