Café Centro
Café Centro

Café Centro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafecentrony.com/
  • Phone: 2128181222
  • 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
135 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (73)neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (37)good for groups (35)great for outdoor dining (29)special occasion (27)great for brunch (15)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (9)notable wine list (9)romantic (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Terrific Grand Central Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our server was especially fabulous - caring, knowledgeable, sensitive and respectful of conversations at our table, as well as cheerful and didn't hover. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good place
    bdaygirl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    ate here ....two birthday dinners restaurant week menu very good. wine good. quiet enough. recommend
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good if you stick to basics.
    stitcher
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmmm....Creme Brulee!
    Tracey72
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    argmza1973
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The quality of food and service is outstanding. A+ grade
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as I'd remembered
    new2Atlanta
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Lunch
    Upstream
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food.
    Worththemoney
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sam 1937
    Sam1937
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Theatre Dinner Find
    MarkD
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peter22
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Friday evening during restaurant week, we had a very pleasant dinner at Café Centro.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food for thought
    Kellyyip
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply wonderf
    mews4598VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food gets better and better. This time the lobster was outstanding and the rhubarb dessert was fabulous. Everyone enjoyed the best cookies ever😍😍😍
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Have been here many times over the years... Never disappoints... Comfortable atmosphere, good food and nice service...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Good for breakfast, lunch and drinks after work. I come here often with business colleagues.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Above my expectations
    lavflyVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • the most under-rated restaurant
    Dan505
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best.
    JordyVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Prices are moderate.Service always top notch.One will never feel like a 2nd class citizen here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Midtown Business Lunch
    TheWallStreetPoet
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Continuously excellent venue for midtown business luncheons with friends, clients, colleagues, even adversaries. Excellent fare. Attentive staff at front and at table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch review
    FoodLvr
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ladyWholunches
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.