The most admirable thing about the opening of The Cecil at 118th Street and St. Nicholas is that the actual restoration of the old storefront did take place. All of the old cast iron details have been refinished with a glossy coat of red paint, the neon sign repaired and the entire endeavor lights up this quiet corner of South Harlem on any given night. New graphics on the awnings also give a nod to the old neon sign and provides just the right balance of old and new to restaurant's overall outer appearance. The only miss that we see here is the scrim printed with the old photo of a Great Day in Harlem in the bar area. All of the renovations on the exterior already talks about the legacy of the place visually and having the old image up seems like an afterthought that is trying a little too hard to give the space more history credentials.