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Café Centro
Café Centro

Café Centro Details

  • 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: French, Mediterranean
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant for dinner -- not crowded nor noisy, fine menu and service, reasonable cost."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our server was especially fabulous - caring, knowledgeable, sensitive and respectful of conversations at our table, as well as cheerful and didn't hover. Bravo!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "ate here ....two birthday dinners restaurant week menu very good. wine good. quiet enough. recommend"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I went to Café Centro for dinner during Restaurant Week. It's a lovely quiet atmosphere. NOTHING on the Restaurant Week menu appealed to me except the dessert part. Watermelon/tomato gazpacho - really? Spaghetti with clams and cockles - cockles? I ditched the $38.00 menu and chose the crab cake appetizer (great) and the rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes (they kindly switched the French fries). The chicken and potatoes were very good. I enjoyed my dinner. I just think the restaurant week menu could use some tweaking."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We found Café Centro almost by accident as it was kitty corner to our hotel. We ended up going back there three times as it was one of the few places in New York that understood what Celiac Disease was and had many gluten free alternatives. great wait staff and the best crème brulee in New York!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The quality of food and service is outstanding. A+ grade"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I've eaten here twice in the past month. (It was formerly a favorite, near GCT.) On both occasions, the food was disappointing. The second time was during Restaurant Week...food was almost cold when served, and the main courses were really ordinary. The desserts, however, were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Café Centro is a great place for a business lunch. You are able to talk without being rushed and its central location in midtown is a plus. The food and service was very good."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This is the best meal I've had out in a long time. The food was superb. Service was excellent and the staff was welcoming."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We were six adults. The restaurant was not crowded which may have helped to create the low noise level and excellent service. We had six main dishes, four appetizers and three desserts. All of the dishes were excellent and well presented. All the drinks and wines were given excellent ratings by the guests. A very pleasant experience; we will go again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Having waited until the last minute to buy show tickets, I found that all the so-called "hidden gems" and better-rated restaurants on Saturday evening were booked solid. Cafe' Centro, apparently bustling during the week with the business crowd, was by contrast an easy walk-in with no reservations. The place offered a moderately elegant setting with first-class food and friendly, accommodating (but not intrusive) service. An easy cab ride down 42nd afterward with plenty of time to spare. Will keep Cafe' Centro on my shortlist for pre-show, and other, meals."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Friday evening during restaurant week, we had a very pleasant dinner at Café Centro."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was fine as always. I have been to this place many times for lunch, however, this was the first time I patronized the restaurant for dinner. Though I gave a 20 percentage gratuity, the service could have been better, e.g., a very long wait between the entrée, main course and dessert, and it wasn't even busy that night."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food gets better and better. This time the lobster was outstanding and the rhubarb dessert was fabulous. Everyone enjoyed the best cookies ever😍😍😍"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Have been here many times over the years... Never disappoints... Comfortable atmosphere, good food and nice service..."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I eat at this restaurant a lot. It's in a great location for subway, metro north, bus & taxi. Food is consistantly good. I had ordered a dish the last time I was there that was too spicy for me. No questions asked they replaced it with another entree of my choice. I don't think anyone can be disappointed at this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Good for breakfast, lunch and drinks after work. I come here often with business colleagues."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I was very pleased with my dinner at Cafe Centro. Well-rounded menu, reasonably priced to moderately expensive. Fabulous baguette to start, and ample wine list by the glass. Crab/lobster cakes delicious, steak frites excellent, onion soup looked authentic. Good portions, except my only disappointment was in the sea bass. It was very tasty, but it was a slight and slim piece, in a broth. With nothing accompanying it. Will definitely return just won't order the sea bass. Hamburger looked sensational."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I have been a regular at Cafe Centro for many years. The quality of the food has been very consistent over the years. It is highly under-rated because I rank it among the top 10 best restaurants in New York"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Prices are moderate.Service always top notch.One will never feel like a 2nd class citizen here."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Continuously excellent venue for midtown business luncheons with friends, clients, colleagues, even adversaries. Excellent fare. Attentive staff at front and at table."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great French cuisine. Wonderful variety and excellently crafted menu. Exceltional service and atmosphere for a business lunch or dinner, but great for non-business too! A little pricy, but that was expected."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Nice place for lunch. Good service. It was definitely too noisy. Their signature salad was very good, as was the trout. The booth we had was very comfortable."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times over the last 10+ years. The last 2x have been not up to the prior experiences. This time I specifically requested that the bacon be done "crisply" on the $29 lobster club. It arrived with soggy very undercooked bacon. When I asked for it to be replaced I was told that it gets like that on the sandwich - what? My friend's burger had perfectly cooked bacon and when I pointed it out he grudgingly brought me other bacon - 10 mins later and it was charred to petrification. I gave up. Also some of the lobster was shredded and tough. I had a much better experience from Luke's Lobster food truck the week before. Wine was good and so was creme brûlée, but for $62 (with tax and tip) I will not be rushing back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "If you need a reasonably priced, reasonably quiet place with decent unexciting food for a business breakfast near Grand Central, Cafe Centro is just right."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Coming into town and staying right in Grand Central is a blessing in bad weather and just for a time when coming in just for a lunch and heading back out. Food is good, not outstanding . The place is pleasant and the staff friendly."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "First time visit will be back. Greeted well by staff and our server was especially efficient and friendly."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The location makes this ideal for a business lunch or a relaxing dinner after work. The food does not disappoint and the wines are good yet affordable."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I was dissapointed at the recent service here and embarrassed because the place was my suggestion. As this is usually my default for a quick dinner with a friend or client. Reservations were for 5:45 on a quiet Monday night!!! My guest was seated and I joined him around 6pm. The server never came to the table to take our order for beverages but served others in the area who arrived after us. We didn't receive our meal until much later. No apology from the waiter and we left a good tip. I will not recommend this restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Great place for a luncheon meeting or dinner with friends. Excellent service and food is consistently good."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Restaurant accomodated to the request for a quiet table, server was well-educated about the options, and honestly stated that the bass portion was on the small side. Love the small baguettes, all food was very good. Chose it for location by Grand Central. Price/value is fair; it is not a bargain."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Someone had recommended I consider Cafe Centro for a midtown breakfast meeting and I'm glad I did. The menu had some good options at reasonable prices (for the area). I had an egg white omelette, which was very good. The space is large, though some of the tables are very small (I had to ask to switch after being shown to my table). The service was prompt and friendly."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I go to Cafe Centro frequently and enjoy it. This time I order a bottle of white wine, the bottle was warm. It would have taken some time for it to chill. There was no offer for a free round or a subsitute bottle. Very disappointing"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Best French cuisine close to Grand Central and Grand Hyatt ! Satisfied All my associates ! Outstanding service! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Cafe Centro has excellent French cuisine, very attentive service, an interesting wine list, and a warm atmosphere. I have dined here many times; and, keep coming back. I recommend Cafe Centro, as well as the other restaurants in the Patina Group. I have dined in all of their restaurants; and, have always had an excellent experience."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Very good food, service, ambience. But a bit pricey...."
    Dined on 5/20/2014