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One of NYC’s Most Exciting Chefs Just Surprise-Opened His New Restaurant

After departing Harlem’s the Cecil and Minton’s, the James Beard–nominated chef J.J. Johnson was left without a professional kitchen to call his own. He nevertheless published a cookbook, Between Harlem and Heaven, and began actively laying the groundwork for his … Continue reading

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Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close

Chef Johnson will shift his attention to nearby Minton’s.Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp! In 1974, a fire burned down the Hotel Cecil in Harlem — home to legendary jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. Thirty-nine years later, in 2013, businessman … Continue reading

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A Guide to Harlem’s New Wave of African Restaurants

Take the A train to Africa. Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine Harlem’s African-restaurant scene has been fairly insular, mainly attracting immigrants homesick for their native dishes. And as upper Manhattan continues to gentrify, beloved neighborhood spots clustered around 116th Street’s … Continue reading

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