Now Open: Minton’s in Harlem Goes Old-School

By Anne Roderique Jones  |  October 22, 2013

We got word in early September that Richard Parsons, the former Time Warner CEO, would be opening Minton’s - set in the historical jazz club once called Minton's Playhouse on 118th Street in Harlem - and it’s finally here. Doors opened yesterday, with chef Alexander Smalls (of previous hits Café Beulah and Sweet Ophelia's) at the helm. His signature "Southern revival" fare (with a Low Country lilt) is presented as a super-traditional set: one prix fixe menu for $90, with a handful of à la carte items. You may start with a deviled egg topped with smoked trout, followed by sherry she-crab soup and a smoked quail entree, with banana cream pie for dessert. Another nod to the past: men are required to wear a jacket.

There’s live jazz as well, with many of the players who once performed at the original Minton’s Playhouse coming back for seconds.

206 West 118th St.; 212-243-2222