Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 11/06/2013

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  • The Cecil
    210 W. 118th St., 212-866-1262, Harlem, Manhattan
    New York City's first (self-proclaimed) Afro-Asian-American brasserie has come to Harlem, a place where spicy prawns are served on yam flapjacks and the collard green salad is studded with azuki beans and seasoned with coconut dressing. Executive chef Alexander Smalls built a wide-ranging menu for this handsome 140-seat space, from savory oxtail dumplings with green apple curry to a completely satisfying and gooey macaroni and cheese casserole laced with pepper ham. Lunch, brunch and dinner are all being served, and the menus vary for each. The staff is so welcoming it's almost jarring. Former Time Warner chairman Richard Parsons is behind the restaurant as well as Minton's, the jazz supper club next door.

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