From Our Editors
Over half a million dollars went into the renovation of this French bar and restaurant on a rapidly gentrifying stretch of Harlem’s St. Nicholas Avenue. Owner Cedric Lecendre opened his eponymous restaurant in 2011, with good food and good ambience as the bistro’s central philosophy. Cédric is one of the only bistros in Harlem to offer a lunchtime fish ‘n’ chips option, which speaks to the casual nature of the easygoing eatery. A tight selection of wines and cocktails surround an array of small plate possibilities, like mussels served with nearly half a dozen sauce options. A zinc-topped bar and full-length windows that open onto the street give the bistro a decidedly French feel.