Where: The Cecil, 210 West 118th Street (at St. Nicholas Ave) New York, NY 10026
Love at First Bite: The Cecil is a hidden gem in Harlem, serving some authentic and delicious Afro / Asian / American influenced dishes. Brunch at The Cecil is anything but boring. With intriguing menu items such as the Deep Dish Caribbean Toast, Smothered Chicken & Grits or the Roti Pizza, there is surely something for every taste bud at The Cecil. During my first visit, I made a pit-stop at the bar to order some brunch, one Sunday afternoon after church. One glance at the menu and I knew that if all went well, I would be back for more. On my first visit, I ordered the Pork Chops and Fried Rice, (Pictured Above), which happens to be the best dish I’ve ordered on a brunch menu in a very long time. The flavors were complimentary and the pork chop was grilled to perfection; tender, juicy with a crispy exterior. Honestly, I would have never thought to put a Pork Chop, Fried Rice and an Egg together on a Brunch menu, however, let me assure you, the combination works!
Needless to say, all went well during my first bite at the Cecil and I will be back! I enjoyed the vibe, food and service. If I visit for dinner, I plan to try the Afro/Asian/American Oxtail Dumplings and the West African Beef Suya and let’s not forget some Okra Fries!
So yes, it was love at first bite!
(Please note: I do not see the Pork Chops and Fried Rice on the current menu online).