Set in the ground floor of the old Hotel Cecil, Alexander Smalls and Richard Parsons's new restaurant, The Cecil, neatly follows Harlem's historic neighborhood narrative. In the 1940s and '50s, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker bebopped their way into the jazz canon at Minton's Playhouse, a club adjoining the hotel, but by the late 1970s, Minton's was closed and the Hotel Cecil fell into dereliction. It was home to the homeless, the mentally ill, and... More >>>