Going Hip in HarlemPosted: May 28, 2015
dievca loves to be in the City for Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend. Everyone with a house in the Hamptons, Fire Island, and Connecticut, etc. heads out of the City.
dievca stays in.
The Friday of Memorial Day weekend, dievca had a friend who said she has wanted to go to Esquire Magazine’s Best New Restaurant. A group formed and said o.k. – let’s try to get reservations. Bingo! No problem, everyone was out of the City. Fabulous.
Up to Harlem they went to visit The Cecil.
A dynamic and classy group looking for a very nice evening out and they got it!
Waiting at the bar for everyone to arrive, dievca was seated comfortably in a cosy corner with a friend looking at these two pieces on the walls:
The restaurant refers to itself as “Afro/Asian/American Cuisine” — it sounds like a mouthful, but the offerings were very clear and excellent.
dievca ordered the fried guinea hen scented with cinnamon, it was flash fried and she was delighted – savoring it with an East African Beer. Everyone shared the appetizers (oxtail dumplings, sake braised lamb ribs) and a little from their plates (good friends do that), so the salmon, duck, crab burger, skirt steak and mac/cheese casserole were all tasted.
Not a bad plate among the bunch.
The deserts were mostly unidentifiable — so rather than asking the waiter for more elaborate descriptions, four were chosen on a whim to share and everyone delved in. Again, fabulous. (BTW – dievca could identify hers as rice pudding with fresh mango sauce and there was a flourless chocolate cake in the mix). Excellent African coffee to enhance the sweets.
The atmosphere was very chic — but not pretentious. Surrounding conversations were active, but not overwhelming. The food amount was just right and the people watching was delightful. Some excellent and hip dressing. From suits to t-shirts and jeans — but nothing looked wrong. It must have been the artwork framing everyone in a beautiful manner.
If you are in the City — please consider a visit to The Cecil. dievca thinks you won’t be disappointed and it’s fun to see how Harlem is becoming the new hot area.
dievca was wearing: