The vision of New York businessman Richard Parsons and noted restaurateur and chef Alexander Smalls, the Cecil is New York City’s first Afro-Asian-American brasserie.
Inspired by the travels, exploration and study of the African Diaspora of Chef Smalls, the Cecil is a study in contrasts. Working with design architect Sarah Garcia, the global adventures that inspire the tastes and flavors of the cuisine provide the basis for a lyrical sophistication blending the past with bold, contemporary styling. The main restaurant envelops guests in warm earth tones, enhancing the aromas of the cuisine, while the bar and lounge mixes 1940’s noir with a sampling of modern patterns and textures. Art is central to setting the mood, including a lounge highlight, “A Kiss…” wire mesh sculptures by Eric Boyer [www.boyermesh.com], and a custom Portrait in the main dining area by Jerome Lagarrigue.
The Cecil is located in NYC at 210 West 118th Street and is one of two lively restaurants working in harmony to bring jazz, global cuisine and community together in Harlem.