Restaurant: Cedric Bistro – 185 St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan, New York

Harlem’s “restaurant row” is one of the city’s up and coming neighborhoods and the restaurants down Frederick Douglas Boulevard between 110th Street and 125th Street are no joke. Lido, which I’ve previously reviewed, is located on this strip and Cedric, located just off of Frederick Douglas, definitely lives up to the neighborhood hype.

Cedric Bistro in HarlemLast weekend, a group of us visited Cedric for brunch. It was a gorgeous day out and if you’re looking for an open air dining experience in the neighborhood, Cedric is the place to be. The restaurant is cozy, with about 15 tables, and is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows on two sides of the restaurant facing the street. On a nice day, these windows are swung open giving you a nice breeze and great atmosphere as you eat.

The service at Cedric is a little slow. After being seated it took a good 15 minutes before a waitress came over asking for our drink orders and another 15 minutes before those drinks arrived. However, the place gives off that vibe and encourages you to relax, enjoy the atmosphere and company, and take your time. They don’t rush you out.

Omelet with Spinach and Goat Cheese
Omelet with Spinach and Goat Cheese

For brunch, I ordered:

  • Omelet with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Our food arrived fairly quickly (compared to our drinks) and there was an unanimous decision that is was all very good. I’m a sucker for goat cheese so I wasn’t complaining about my meal. I did notice that the spinach appeared to be a little bit watery as there was some liquid (I assume it was water) under my omelet but it didn’t detract from the taste, just from the visual appeal. My omelet came with both a side salad and fries which were nothing to brag about – I mean it’s just fries and a salad. I will say that the fries were a little soggy and I would have liked them a little crispier.

The Verdict

If you live around Harlem’s “restaurant row,” I encourage you to give Cedric a try, especially if it’s a nice day out. Brunch is a little bit pricy with entrees around $15-$20 and drinks priced at $7/each. There are no unlimited drink specials or complimentary drinks with your order. The food is above average but the real highlight is the atmosphere. Enjoy dining al fresco and relaxing as you are encouraged to stay as long as you’d like. I would pay Cedric a visit again.

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