Center Bar
  • Address:
    10 Columbus Circle,Fourth Floor
    New York, NY 10019
    Neighborhood:
    Columbus Circle
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Center Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centerbarnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128239500x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday & Tuesday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday 4:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday 12:00pm-12:00am, Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Michael Lomonaco
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Center Bar
Welcome to Center Bar, an elegant restaurant, wine bar, and cocktail lounge, offering a sophisticated selection of savory and sweet small plates that draw on the flavors of the world, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean. Center Bar's menu is prepared to order in a display kitchen under the direction of Chef Michael Lomonaco, whose neighboring Porter House New York has established itself as on of the city's leading modern steakhouses.

Chef Lomonaco's celebrated cuisine is complemented by an 80-bottle wine list of extraordinary fine wines and champagnes from around the world curated by Wine Director Brad Nugent, and a definitive selection of classic cocktails created and adapted by master bartender James Moreland.
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Center Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • Nice spot, just not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very nice view of Columbus circle. From the photos seen online, my impression was a full restaurant and not just small plates for meals. Luckily I made reservations for a special occasion, so I didn't mind dishing out extra dollars for small plates.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine views
    Louster
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    What a great place for a quiet drink overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. Met friends for a drink before dinner and it's all about the views. Service was great, drinks moderately priced and the location is ideal.....and the shopping's not too shabby either!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It feels like New York
    PatsFanNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Soaring views of 59th Street. American songbook piano playing in the background. Tasty specialty drinks. And a delightful staff. All of this conspires to create a magical New York experience when you have a drink at Center Bar. It's a favorite spot of mine, especially to take visitors from out of town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paulj399
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    my wife and I went for drinks and snack we enjoyed ourselves. The staff was very attentive but not in your face.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is a great place to go in the Time Warner Center to relax and have a drink. Enjoy the view both outside and in the Center.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Light and Lovely
    SimplyDivine
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I love, love LOVE the Center Bar! The drinks are always intriguing, delicious and seasonal. The service is sublime and the snacks are a range of homey (Grilled Cheese Sandwich with yummy sweet dip) to Haute (Tuna or Foie Gras). There is a lovely piano accompaniment and a view overlooking Central Park. And if you get bored you can go shopping at the Time Warner Center!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A wide list of very creative cocktails and lots of interesting small plates to share. Very efficient and knowledgeable servers. Fantastic view of Columbus Circle. Terrific for dining before or after Jazz at Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 16 reviews are from the Center Bar reviews archive.
  • Great setting/ staffing issues
    DannyGNYC
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    One drink took about 20 minutes to get to the table after ordering. Server apologized but she seemed swamped. Couldn't tell what was going on behind the bar. Food was perfect but people are going there for drinks, not the food. Otherwise it's great for a relatively calm, non-crazy and sophisticated environment for drinks with friends.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Center Bar!
    AlokUWSVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Absolutely love this place. As someone who spends a fair amount of time at Center Bar trying (albeit unsuccessfully!) to drink all their red wine and the house Pinot Noir in particular, I must say it is a brilliant place. The staff is also extremely attentive and nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Last night in NY
    Lyndajanette
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Wanted somewhere special to reflect on our wonderful 3 weeks in New York. Center Bar (or Centre Bar, as Aussies would have it), fit the bill perfectly. Great service, ambiance, pianist, and brilliant food. Thanks, will cone again. Lynda Edwards
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place...
    AlokUWSVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Almost like a second office, social place and everything else for me. I think I need to go here even more than I normally do. I could safely say I drink about 10 bottles of their wine every month.....
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brian is the best waiter in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Brian is the best waiter in the world!!!!! Brian is gracious and proficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My plate was not memorable- I had fluke - but everything else was excellent. We had drinks, a plate apiece, cappacino and dessert. Very comfortable place not overcrowded and the noise level was subdued- highly conducive to conversation. Great spot to meet with someone you want to talk to. Of course, there is abundant natural light and the view up Columbus Avenue is a plus.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Preface to The American Songbook
    GandyDancer
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Before or after performances of The American Songbook at Lincoln Center, the excellent drinks and well-executed small plates menu at The Center Bar in the Time-Warner Center provide the sophisticated lady (and gentleman) the right setting to while away the hours as time goes by. Attentive service, and great view of the atrium and the City beyond. I'll take Manhattan - the drink and the view. Although the menu is limited, each small plate dish is imaginative and well-executed. Extensive wine and liquor lists.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the bar and the view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Love the bar and the view if you are luck enough to get a table by the railing. The food is well thought out and you can have a small plate with a lovely glass of wine in a relaxed setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just perfect.
    BAYSIDEQUEENS
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Center Bar has impeccable service. The server, manager and front desk all helped in serving me and my girlfriend and made me feel almost famous as how good they treated us. Food is worth the price and isn't that expensive anyway. Was able to get a bottle of pro secco for only $48!! Service, food, drinks and priceless view was all too well worth it. Have been going here and will go much, much more often!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • with a view of columbus circle,
    nyceater
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    with a view of columbus circle, classy piano music, fabulous cocktails and gourmet treats, this was the perfect date night spot. Thank you Center Bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique views
    Klari
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Center Bar offers a unique view of the Columbus Circle/Time Warner Center. It is located on the 4th Level of the TWC overlooking the Circle entrance. It is above Buchon Bakery and about the same size. With the piano (providing very unobtrusive music) this means limited seating but all with a nice view. The menu is dominated by specialty cocktails with a few Small Plates. The food is OK to GOOD with prices to match the location. A nice place to take visitors for a drink.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bar not a restaurant
    Nianqua
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Very limited food choices--great place for a drink with a wonderful view
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Center Bar
    Dougal
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    This was a nice surprise. A good choice of cocktails which were very well executed. We had a charming server who looked after us well. The food (small plates) was fantastic. We've already recommend it and we will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great atmosphere and energy
    skipperc
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    went here pre-theater... service was great with suggestions of both cocktails and appetizers. upscale atmosphere yet friendly - beautiful view. great for both business and personal occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinking spot
    CTX99
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    The Center Bar is a great place to hang out for a quick after work drink/snacks. It's a trendy spot in the Columbus Circle - Time Warner building. Good variety on drinks, a good place to just have a drink and relax.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    UWSfoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Made a last minute res. for a special night. Although unaware,the staff greeted us warmly and brought us to a front row/center table. Started with cocktails (delicious sidecar!! ), shared the yummy arancini and pork belly. Moved on to wine and halibut -wonderful! Ended with panna cotta and something decadantly chocolate! Everything was worthy of a do-over. We will definitely be back. Only flaws-the wine was not a very generous pour....they could have given at least another ounce. The plates were designed to be small - and were. They definitely left us wanting more- but that was also a sign of how good it was! A rarity-Chef Michael Lomonaco was there - as he usually is at Porterhouse- another wonderful favorite. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.