Minton's, Harlem, New York
The Facts
NAME: Minton's
IT'S: A historic bepop and jazz lounge under new management

11-01-2017

OPENED: January 11th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Joseph "JJ" Johnson
LOCATION: Harlem
ADDRESS: 206 West 118th Street
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 116th St
OPENING TIMES: Wed - Thurs 6pm - 10pm Fri - Sat 6pm - 11pm Sun 6pm - 10pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: (212) 243-2222
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

Minton’s

OPENED1110 DAYS AGO

Minton’s, the historic Harlem jazz and bebop club, has reopened with a brand-new menu and a fresh new coat of paint, bringing a historic part of this neighborhood back to life and ready to feed and entertain a new generation of city dwellers.

It’s been a while since we wrote about a new restaurant opening in Harlem but with spots like the Harlem Hookah Lounge and now Minton’s opening up in town, there’s more reason to take a trip to this part of town.

To prepare for the re-opening, Minton’s has enlisted the help of Executive Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson, who hails from The Cecil (now a merged sister restaurant of Minton’s). He, along with Chef de Cuisine Tiffany Minter, leads a menu that’s as perse as the city; the focus here is on taking traditional dishes and adding a unique, global twist. The short rib toast, tasty by itself, comes dressed with spicy picked okra and yogurt, giving the dish hints of the Middle East. A decidedly French chicken liver mousse is spiced up with skillet cornbread and a fruit jam of dried dates, cranberries, white raisins and apricots.

Minton's Lamb with Plantains_LizClayman_

Repeat patrons of The Cecil will find that some of its favorites have made their way over to the menu pages of Minton’s, including an Afro-Asian-American gumbo (smoked chicken, Chinese sausage, Gulf shrimp), oxtail dumplings (with green apple curry and taro root) and the Wagyu burger (self-explanatory).

Although the menu may seem to be a perfect example of modern fusion, the plates are served up on a decidedly classic backdrop. Founded in 1938, the walls of Minton’s are still adorned with period-piece murals, including a 1948 original by Charles Graham. Some say that it depicts Billie Holiday sleeping on a bed after one too many drinks – although, of course, no one knows for sure.

Minton’s is now open five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday with dinner service, with additional hours for brunch on the weekends. If you’re the kind of person who likes a side of jazz with, say, the lamb round with Caribbean plantains and azuki red beans, you ‘ll be hard-pressed to do much better.

For more of New York’s best new bars and restaurants, refer to our Just Opened map.

Photo Credit: Liz Clayman

The Facts
NAME: Minton's
IT'S: A historic bepop and jazz lounge under new management

11-01-2017

OPENED: January 11th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Joseph "JJ" Johnson
LOCATION: Harlem
ADDRESS: 206 West 118th Street
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 116th St
OPENING TIMES: Wed - Thurs 6pm - 10pm Fri - Sat 6pm - 11pm Sun 6pm - 10pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: (212) 243-2222
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

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