Restaurants, Soul and southern American Harlem
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Smoked ribs at Minton's

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Photograph: Zandy Mangold

Buttermilk biscuits at Minton's

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Photograph: Zandy Mangold

Skillet cornbread at Minton's

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Photograph: Zandy Mangold

Buttermilk biscuits, skillet cornbread, rib toast and and crispy fish at Minton's

 (Photograph: Zandy Mangold)
Photograph: Zandy Mangold


The Cecil—The Afro-Asian-American curiosity that won chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson a good deal of acclaim since opening three years ago—seemed to be yet another casualty of 2016 when the team announced its closure by year’s end. But those oxtail dumplings and the collard-green salad live on next door at its sibling Minton’s, the famed Harlem jazz club which is not only absorbing the Cecil’s square footage (it will serve as an event space) but also some of its menu favorites. Johnson cooks dishes like braised pork shank with coconut stone-ground grits and short-rib toast with pickled okra to the sound of live jazz performances during dinner and weekend brunch. 


Venue name: Minton's
Address: 206 W 118th St
Cross street: between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and St. Nicholas Ave
Opening hours: Wed–Fri 6–11pm; Sat, Sun noon–3pm, 6–11pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 116th St
Price: Average main course: $26
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Nice to have real live jazz music in Harlem!  I think the food was good but a little over priced.  Yes, you are paying for live music and the band was excellent!  A little annoying they called three times to confirm reservation and kept mentioning men need a jacket, got it the first time.  Definitely worth the trip if you like live jazz.  Service was excellent, attentive and friendly.  Will be back just to sit at bar and have a few drinks.