Café Centro
Café Centro

Café Centro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafecentrony.com/
  • Phone: (212) 818-1222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Call Sharon Collebello at 212-949-8248.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 45th Street & Vanderbilt Ave.
  • Public Transit: Subway to Grand Central station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Café Centro
Café Centro is a bustling midtown brasserie with a stylish look that echoes the glamour of Paris in the 1930's. Guests can watch our chef as he prepares French-inspired cuisine with Mediterranean accents and sear top quality steaks. Pastry chef Ken Larsen's sumptuous desserts are not to be missed. The well priced wine list has received numerous Wine Spectator awards and has been voted "Best Beaujolais Bistro". Regular wine dinners are well attended. The attached Beer Bar is a great place for New York’s best burger, a casual lunch or to unwind over craft beers and cocktails. For parties of 12 or more please call our Catering Department 212-949-8248.Visit our other great restaurants by clicking on the link below.


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Café Centro reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (68)good for groups (40)fit for foodies (36)neighborhood gem (31)great for outdoor dining (21)special occasion (20)great for brunch (15)romantic (13)notable wine list (7)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • ALWAYS CONSISTENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    I have entertained various parties at Cafe Centro both over lunch and dinner over the past five years. All guests were mostly surprised that they had never stumbled across this fine establishment. In fact, most returned (on their own) and brought others to dine. No need to make any changes just remain consistent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • silkcityVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Cafe Centro is a very good restaurant, and is consistently so. I've dined there on at least six occasions and have never been disappointed. A choice table next to the fireplace was an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs to work on staffing
    PmagVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Dined here twice in the last two weeks. Lunch was great, food and service. Dinner was a significant let down. Service was at best, competent. Must do better for these prices.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Business Breakfast
    JordyVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Prices are moderate for Breakfast yet the food,Atmosphere and service are superb.Thanks to the wonderful MGMT Team and Staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Place for Birthday Dinner
    HelloVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We enjoyed our beautifully served dinner at this lovely space. The food was really good, especially the dessert.
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  • Reliable quality
    NYDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is a favorite for entertaining out of town guests. The food and service are reliably good. The location cannot be more convenient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, poor service
    CTLeftyVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food here is wonderful. The duck, salmon and beef bourgignon were prepared very well. The service however was not wonderful. The waitress was hovering and cleared the table before all of us were finished. The restaurant had plenty of tables available, but we were rushed out. No second cup of coffee nor hot water for tea were offered. The table was cleared of everything before we were ready to leave. It was very rude and the sign of someone who needs to learn good server ettiquette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for business lunch, convenient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great convenient location adjacent to GCT and the 4,5,6. Good seafood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot
    Hojo
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Nice restaurant, good service, clean, and enjoyable. As opposed to a lot of NYC restaurants, we did not feel like we were on top of other parties.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable
    CrotonCherVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We loved the service and the food and felt that we got a very good value for what we paid for dinner and drinks. Will definitely be back for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • boothbayVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    A special treat was the steak tartar special. Not something offered often at restaurants. It was delicious. The beef bourguignone was also well prepared - the sauce was exceptionally good with a deep glistening color and fork tender beef. We also enjoyed the prix fixe dinner with the pumpkin soup to start and the squash ravioli as the main course. Both were delicious and the wine pairings were a treat, especially the Moscato desert wine. It was an excellent value with nice sized pours. The bread here is worth noting - quite delicious and served with butter and an herb cheese spread. This continues to be one of our New York favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Breakfast
    drsdayton
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great location, great food, easy place to meet / talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    werdna18
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We selected the Prix Fixe dinner menu. Portions were small, but truly imaginative. And after 3 courses, you do not leave hungry. Service was excellent, true European style. We recommend requesting waiter Eric. He is from France, knows the menu well and is most gracious.
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  • Simpletaste
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Good food, good menu, and good service at a convenient location
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cafe centro
    upstatediner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Needed a large table to spread out papers. was accommodated with a short wait and not made to feel demanding
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for what it is
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Both New Yorkers, I met a friend there and we were both horrified at the prices for a restaurant in Grand Central. Not only were they high, but entrees came with no sides, which had to be ordered separately. Restaurant wasn't too crowded but waiter seemed to be rushing us through the meal, from the ordering to the dessert and bill. When he asked if he could take away our plates, he proceeded to completely clear off the entire table, removing the bread and not asking us if we were finished. Even though he was efficient, the waiter bordered on rudeness and seemed uninterested in our satisfaction. Other folks there were very nice.
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  • Never Disappoints
    DINE4BIZVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    From the bread to dessert everything was delicious. I had the Price Fixe dinner with butternut squash ravioli that was amazingly light. Wine pairing spot on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    Brunchbunch
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Cafe Centro is my "go to" restaurant whenever I need to be near Grand Central and I have friends or a business lunch or dinner. Always reliable. Good ambiance. Reasonable noise levels. Food is very good and offers a broad selection. Service is reliable. All around a great choice for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Have been a regular for years but as the prices have gone up so has the level of noticeable salt. Way too salty as well as way too noisy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DELIGHTFUL, DELICIOUS
    Aitch
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    As always. excellent in everything from first to last
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we'll be back
    Bart
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great job, food was excellent, interesting new specials, eclectic presentation and combinations on the menu, plus it was not so noisy that we could in fact talk and have meaningful conversation, keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Lovely
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food is always delicious and the service spectacular. Always a lovely experience, especially after a long work day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Grand Central Spot
    Mavendetout
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I've been to Café Centro several times over the years. When in Manhattan I stay at one of the University clubs nearby so the Grand Central area is key for me. To my mind, Café Centro combines terrific level of service and fine cuisine coupled with a very nice wine list. Always my 'to to' in midtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Nancy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and service are consistently good here, more interesting choices than the standard bistro. The prix fixe is an amazing value, and wines by the glass are well chosen. I should go back more often!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foody
    Foody
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food, ambiance and service are good. Location right near GCT is wonderful. Have been many times and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Service is great. Food usually is good, but this time I went for lunch the Asian chop salad which usually delicious was actually soggy and awful. My tuna tartare was not well seasoned and I got a very bad stomach ache afterwards.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • joyboyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Three out of four dishes in our lunch were winners, the frisée salad, however, was a big disappointment. Very pleased with Atlantic salmon, etc. and also appreciative of wait staff & reservationist.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rip off
    susanVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I think it is a disgrace to charge $4.75 for an ice tea REFILL filled with ice and very little tea.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent French at Met Life Bldg
    BeachEsqVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have been dining at Cafe Centro for many years. Excellent French restaurant with attentive service. Always looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gourmetgalVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had a business lunch to schedule in midtown and selected Centro primarily because of its location. The rewards of my choice went well beyond being able to just hop off an air-conditioned bus on a hot afternoon. Having mentioned in my reservation notes that we needed to talk, the restaurant assigned us a lovely quiet table in their smallest room. Next we were given the prix fix lunch menu, which was cooling and delicious. We tried both the chilled gazpacho and the frisse salad and then all had cold poach salmon. Portions were generous, especially the included cookie plate. We will be certain to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Getting even better
    ClaudetteNY
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We usually come here once a year, except we'd forgotten what a perfect dining experience you have at Café Centro. Service is attentive and accommodating, the food is pretty sublimes, and they make a very generous martini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    the schnitzel we (4 of us) ordered was disappointing, very dry, obviously precooked before and heated for service.This was lunch and the dish was the special of the day. We have dined there many times and will probably go back. Bad dishes do happen.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Breakfast
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I would describe Cafe Centro as a hotel restaurant that isn't in a hotel. The prices are a bit high, and I probably wouldn't seek it out as a destination, but on the other hand if you need a spot to meet someone for a business breakfast near Grand Central (as I did), it's hard to imagine a more perfect place. The food was fine, the service was attentive and the tables were spaced well apart so it was possible to discuss business in reasonable privacy.
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  • Thebullet
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Though we sat outside on noisy 45th st it was still nice to dine outside
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Breakfast Spot
    Nick
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The location can't be beat, the food is very good and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent service and location
    blank
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Service was excellent and the food was good. good selection of food. glad it was not too many. very convenient location for mid week business or family lunches and dinners
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Choose Cafe Centro purely due to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    its location. Very convenient & the food was good considering the number of meals they pump out. But the pace was frantic and we felt a bit rushed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Civilized Dining Experience in NYC
    WeezyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A spacious seating arrangement, moderate noise levels and over the top service make for the most civilized dining experience in NYC. We always ask to be seated at Eric's station who steers us through their chef's latest exciting creations and we never fail to have a great experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    Reviewer
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good food, good service. A great location for a business lunch or quick dinner, esp if you are a slave to a train schedule. Bar is good for a drink as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My favorite restaurant for dinner -- not crowded nor noisy, fine menu and service, reasonable cost.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate