Going Hip in Harlem

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.

Chaz Guest Geisha

Chaz Guest: Geisha

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:

Free People Moss Jersey Blouse Rust

Free People Moss Jersey Blouse Rust

Ecote Farrah Culottes Charcoal $54.00

Ecote Farrah Linen Culottes Charcoal

Gianvito Rossi Halter-Strap Sandals

Gianvito Rossi Halter-Strap Sandals

Chain Earings

Bing Bang Multi-Chain Earrings

Gold toe Ring

14K Gold Toe Ring

Melissa Joy Manning Opal Cuff

Melissa Joy Manning Opal Cuff

Melissa Joy Manning Sterling 14K ring Cuff

Melissa Joy Manning Sterling 14K ring Cuff

13 Comments on “Going Hip in Harlem”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    Lovely cuffs. The Hen and Cinnamon sounds warming x

  2. esther says:

    and a good time was had by all! food sounds yummy…nice outfit 🙂

  3. Cinn says:

    Love your outfit… And that food sounds great

    • dievca says:

      Thanks Cinn. I felt very comfortable and relaxed, but not sloppy. After doing work in OH/PA — I realized how much easier it is to get a good meal in NYC. And this restaurant was at my personal top in NYC. No wasted calories.

  4. jackiemallon says:

    I’m making a note. I don’t often head far for dinner, usually downtown because I hate to cab or subway any distance but I will keep this suggestion in my hip pocket to impress people that I keep abreast of cool eateries 🙂

  5. Just two blocks up from where we stayed last year! I really liked that part of Harlem – Cecil already noted for next time… xxx

  6. hispetitelle says:

    You had me at oxtail (I have Jamaican friends). Don’t you just love those finds? I haven’t had a good cup of Kenyan coffee in forever.

    I would love to see Harlem again. I remember how everyone would simultaneously grab their bag when the train stopped at 125th St during the morning commute.


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