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The Cecil Harlem :: My Black Journey

Selfie with Chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson

Take the culinary pulse of Harlem, New York, and all indicators lead to The Cecil. The Afro-Asian American brasserie is a hangout for cocktail sipping and gandering at pretty faces as well as an avant-garde flavor experience. Led by a respected corporate magician, noted restaurateur and rising culinary master, the corner of St Nicholas Avenue and 118th Street is alive and kicking.

On the eve of spring, I chatted with Chef de Cuisine Joseph “JJ” Johnson about community, fried guinea hen and his culinary journey. 

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