Richard Parsons, the former Chairman and CEO of Time Warner, is gearing up to open two new projects in Harlem this fall: The Cecil and Minton’s. Here’s a look at the former, a bar and restaurant that is slated to open later this month on 118th Street. The team from the restaurant is pitching this as an “Afro-Asian-American brasserie.” Alexander Smalls, who was formerly the chef and owner of Cafe Beulah, is running the kitchen at The Cecil. The chef’s menu includes things like a summer roll made with house-cured salmon, a collard greens salad with spiced cashews, and ahi tuna with bok choy and Chinese sausage.
Minton’s, which sits next door to The Cecil, will open later this fall as a supper club with nightly jazz performances. For decades, this space was home to Minton’s Playhouse, a club that hosted numerous jazz greats over the years. Alexander Smalls is also the chef at this new project. The Cecil will open to the public on September 23. Take a look around
Thursday, September 12, 2013, by Greg Morabito
[All photos by Daniel Krieger]