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
134 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 (72)neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (36)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 (8)romantic (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Always Good
    Brunchbunch
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This is my "go to" restaurant. Great and convenient location, consistent food and service, timely reservations. All around good choice for business, personal, family or "just two".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Wonderful waiter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Good food. Wonderful waiter. One food comment: The salad we were served was not as described on the menu (i.e., no beets, etc. - rather a plain mixed green salad), so a bit of a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    BabetteVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Food is always consistent so when I order a particular dish I know how it will taste.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always very consistent. Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Always very consistent. Good food and pleasant environment. The staff is attentive and do not hover over the table. I have never been rushed. A very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place - dependable
    EELGVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Cafe Centro is a perfect spot if you'd like a quiet, elegant meal with good food in the GCT area. They accommodate groups, and the service is always excellent. Unlike many other pretentious places, they will seat you at your table for a cocktail before your whole group is present, and the food is consistently very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Catherine
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    A great spot right next to Grand Central Terminal in the Met Life bldg...The food, service, etc. is excellent and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent prix fixe
    el515VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    we had the salmon tartare to start, short ribs with mashed potatoes and carrots for the main course, and the molten chocolate cake w/ ice cream for dessert. all were delicious and the service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We met my son her for his bday dinner and it was lovely!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining oasis at Grand Central
    Islander650
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Cafe Centro is extremely convenient, on 45th street at Grand Central. You can feel the floor vibrate when the trains pass underneath! Although the space is large, it is well-designed to give a sense of several small, more intimate dining areas, one with a fireplace, others with a street view or kitchen view through a large glass wall. The bar is separate from the dining area, so there's no ambient noise from the commuter crowd. We were offered a nice corner booth -- perfect for two. There was an interesting range of menu choices for each course. Everything we ordered was delicious. Our excellent server knew the menu and was able to answer all our questions. We have added Cafe Centro to our short list of good places to eat in Midtown.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly Excellent
    criticVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I've always seemed to wind up at this handsome, airy restaurant based on the convenience of its location (in the Met Life Building, adjacent to Grand Central). But every time I go, I have the same reaction---surprise at how flat out terrific the food is. For most people, this is not a destination restaurant, but it ought to be. A wide ranging French bistro menu with some Morrocan accents and classic steakhouse choices offers something for everyone, including super, house-made desserts. All presented by warm, professional servers. Go and be surprised yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant week dinner
    Avendesora
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I went to the restaurant with my colleagues for a team dinner last night and it was a very pleasant experience. The food was excellent (we had the restaurant week menu) and the wine was also very good! The service was more than adequate, even though our server managed to recommend all of the items on the menu that were at an additional price... There was another group sitting close by us and they were being very loud, which was a little unfortunate. Overall everyone had a great time and I was happy to have picked the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revisited
    ALS1
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Cafe Centro was as good as it usually is. We went for restaurant week. The main course portions were smaller tan they usually are for restaurant. Being familiar with this restaurant, I will go back again. They tried to please my party by finding us a table that was acceptable to all four of us. The accommodated special requests in serving and cooking the food. They have great dinner deals on weekday and Saturday nights. Lunch can be somewhat hectic but at diner restaurant is not as crowded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of a mid-town restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Classy, elegant and friendly with top notch service and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great
    PKleinberg
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Went to lunch and had a great meal. The salmon tartare is excellent and generously proportioned. Glad to see this restaurant has maintained its standards. Elliot Spitzer sat in the booth next to mine. Power lunching.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • serviceable salad with good service
    foodiefirst
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    great location...punctual and efficient service.... pricey for what it is... but very convenient
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday on Valentines!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My friend and I had a wonderful time here on Valantines Day, since it also happened to be her 21st birthday. After booking a reservation, in the comments section, I asked for there to be a special message included with the dessert acknowledging my friends birthday. It was wonderful when her dessert came out wishing her a Happy 21st Birthday, also having been adorned with a little candle just for a little extra finesse. The food was great, and the ambiance even more so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tarryhill M
    TarryhillVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Never disappoints! Very professional service, good ambiance,large dining room makes getting a last minute table possible, food well presented and well prepared. Desserts are a hit too. Consistently good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place for a quiet dinne
    CCNYCVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I gather this place rocks with the business lunch crowd, but I've got to say it's pretty quiet for a dinner with a friend or friends. We can hear each other and the food is consistently very good and often excellent. My go to place near Grand Central for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently first class
    Patrick
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This is our "go to" restaurant for a consistently first class dining experience. Excellent food and outstanding service from a professional and courteouos staff.. Don't heslitage, in fact, go out of your way to make a reservation soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location, location, .location
    Steve
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Right in the MetLife building, but we were pleasantly surprised that this restaurant went WAY beyond just location. Delicious, gracious service, everyone very friendly, and we got out in plenty of time for our Bway show.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh, fun and friendly
    Hikergirl
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Pleasant environment, attentive service, and fresh fish.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambience!
    diningmom
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Once again we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Cafe Centro. The Saturday pre fixe price of $29.95 is a bargain at this very pretty Patina Group restaurant. Eric, our waiter, is always attentive but allows us time to decide and linger. It's still our favorite!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Warm & lively atmosphere
    Mskathy
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Popped in here after an event downtown on a hideously freezing night so we could jump on a train at Grand Central afterward. We were delighted with the dinner. They had a great - well-priced - 'cold weather' selection of entrees. We both had the beef bourguignon which was delightful. The crusty bread was excellent. Waitress was helpful and efficient and the chef was nice enough to sub a veggie for the potato in my husband's entree. The room is large, well-lit and bustling, with a welcoming fireplace in one area. A wall of windows allows you to watch the freezing commuters rushing down the street and into Grand Central. We really enjoyed our dinner and will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Venue
    TheWallStreetPoet
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Again recommending this quiet and well-run restaurant for commercial discussions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quiet business breakfast
    MattyhsVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Great place to discuss business over breakfast. Quiet, comfortable, and overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value for food and location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I come here whenever I am in midtown for the excellent value prix fixe menu and attentive service. Decent wine selection by glass. Regular menu also good. Noise can be issue when busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for a business lunch
    BusinessExec
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Excellent for a business lunch - bright, comfortable, warm, friendly service and great food
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had dinner on the 15th and
    HappyRandyVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Had dinner on the 15th and breakfast on the 16th. Dinner was good , not great. Breakfast on the 16th was outstanding. One of the best omelet I have had in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Meal, Wonderful Waiter
    MamaG
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Went with my daughter for dinner. Food was very good. The vegetable soup tasted homemade, and the mussels were abundant and fresh. Also loved my fish. What we really enjoyed was talking to our waiter. It was one of those experiences we usually have when we travel, talking others about how they live and what drives them. Our waiter was an immigrant and his story was delightful. He had such a happy disposition -- and was spot-on with service, too. I've eaten here many times (on my way through Grand Central), usually for business meetings, and it's always good. But best overall for a business crowd, I think.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service. Wonderful
    mews4598VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great food and service. Wonderful central meeting points. Never fails to impress!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoyable, this is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Always enjoyable, this is a great place to meet friends. Good food and never rushed. Easy to reach from Grand Central and no need to go outside on bad weather days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Business Lunch
    Diner
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    An energetic atmosphere and great place to take clients for lunch, with a wide menu and something for every taste. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Business Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    This is just a superb spot for a business breakfast. No rush, plenty of space, excellent service, food is first class and the location could not be more convenient. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snowy Breakfast
    nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Six of us at by the fireplace and had a fabulous breakfast, while NYC got six inches of snow...perfect for hot chocolate and a great breakfast meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro of NYC
    Bird2
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Excellent food in the bistro style. Very comfortable dining room - widely spaced, generous tables so you can have a private conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food and service was top notch;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    food and service was top notch; ambiance/noise level was relaxed and quiet(this was at dinner)-however , be aware it is a totally different atmosphere at lunch-much, much noisier;
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect Spot
    Johnc
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Great place to have a mid-town lunch meeting. Quick and friendly service. Good menu choices and great prices.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    The food is always excellent. The prix fixe is a great bargain. The wait staff was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait till next year....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    I usually find this place an acceptable choice, but holiday madness had its effect on this visit. Long wait to check in amidst a crush at the tiny bar area. The place was packed--there was a table for two next to ours, and they sat three people there--meaning that two people in that party were stuffed in on the bench seat in a space meant to accommodate only one, thus encroaching on my space on the bench seat next to them. Our waiter was pleasant but clearly overwhelmed--requests for ice were ignored and requests for bread had to be made twice. The food was okay although a number of items on the menu were not available. I will think twice before returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot in a great location!
    Napoletano
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Because of its proximity to GCT, one might think this would be a "tourist special" Not so! Outstanding restaurant, great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.