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Center Bar, New York, NY

Center Bar

4.8
4.8
123 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Welcome to Center Bar, an elegant piano bar, and cocktail lounge, offering a sophisticated selection of savory and sweet small plates. Center Bar’s menu is prepared to order in a display kitchen under the direction of Chef Michael Lomonaco, whose neighboring Porter House Bar & Grill has established itself as one of the city’s leading modern steakhouses.

Chef Lomonaco’s celebrated cuisine is com¬plemented by a list of extraordinary fine wines and Champagnes from around the world, and a definitive selection of craft cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 823-9500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Michael Lomonaco
  • Neighborhood
    Columbus Circle
  • Cross street
    Broadway and 59th st
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    A B C D 1 Trains
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

123 Reviews
  1. JamieM

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to go to when in NYC. It was not crowded and piano player was excellent. We ordered the Porter House burger—-excellent!

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  2. JARSD

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friends and I have been coming here regularly for years before Lincoln Center Jazz shows, and the drinks are great, food is perfect for pre-jazz shows, the hostess and the service are very friendly and attentive, and pianists are always divine! And the glittering views of Central Park and the East Side are spectacular!

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  3. Tobilicious

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Center bar used to be my favorite spot after a long day or before Kazz at Lincoln Center. It now feels old. The menu , food presentation , mediocre . The hostess has been there for years and continues to keep the place moving smoothly. It just lost its energy.

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  4. JudiD

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a fun, charming place ideal for drinks but they do have a small menu. I wish they would expand it a little bit with maybe some vegetarian small plates, diet, friendly, but the drinks are great and it’s wonderful to be able to look over and see the beautiful holiday lights!

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  5. Eastsider

    New York City

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service! View is gorgeous. Love the piano music!

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  6. JARSD

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always lovely. Chantel is great! Food is very good. Great drinks. Servers are attentive. Piano is great.

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  7. JeffreyC

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a another wonderful dining experience tonight before attending Jazz at Lincoln Center concert. Our waitress Nicolette was professional and friendly and Chantelle the Hostess gave us a lovely greeting.We hadn't been back since the Winter. Food was great. We'll be back.

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  8. Davidschu

    New York City

    295 reviews

    3.0

    295 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    This is not a place for a fine lunch or dinner. It is in an open area on the 4th floor of the center, open to anyone walking b, families, babies, etc. Would be fine for a drink and a sack, but definitely not a dining destination. Nice piano music. We will not go back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I booked a reservation for 430 but the restaurant didn’t even open until 5. Management needs to fix this discrepancy so customers don’t a reservation when the restaurant / bar isn’t open.

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  10. JeffreyC

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful dining experience. It's definitely the place to be when going to Colombus Circle. We hadn't been there for a few months and were greeted warmly by Chantelle ,the hostess and felt so comfortable. The food was terrific and listening to the music played by the pianist we totally enjoyed our evening before we left to attend the jazz performance at JALC. We'll be back.

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  11. Joan

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for cocktails, especially during the holidays

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  12. MEI5

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to meet for a drink when the conversation really matters. And I love that you can book a reservation for drinks.

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  13. JeffreyC

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love dining at Center Bar. Its a perfect spot to have a relaxing time before the jazz concert.We enjoy the food and drinks,the vibe and the pianist playing requested songs.The hostess,Chantelle has always been friendly and we love sitting at our favorite table. We'll be back.

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  14. Playaneuron

    New York City

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The Begum Playaneuron and I visited Center Bar for a pre-opera meal. The usual places were booked. Center Bar is mostly bar, but it takes advantage of the Prime Rib kitchen to prepare small dishes. The dishes were excellent - great Caesar salad, extraordinary salumi platter, excellent hamachi crudo with hot pepper oil. The first two were very large small plates - the hamachi was quite small. The restaurant is on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center, with a lovely view of Columbus Circle and Central Park beyond. The service was abysmal - the charcuterie came without bread or mustard, which we had to request. Water came well after we ordered the food. The food came before the silverware and napkin. We ordered espressos - and we had told the wait staff that we had a Met curtain - but they hadn't come fifteen minutes after they had cleared the table and we had ordered the espresso. I went up to the desk to ask them to cancel the espresso and while I was at the desk the coffee arrived, They comped the espresso, which was nice. I suspect that one problem is that everything that doesn't come from the bar has to come from the Prime Rib kitchen, which is relatively far away. The restrooms were also in the Prime Rib. So, a really good small pre-opera dinner, and we will try it again because the food was excellent - makes me want to try the Prime Rib.

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  15. Babs

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The small plates are pricey but the drinks were good, and the place is quiet enough to carry on a conversation. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Seating was comfortable, and of course, the view is splendid.

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  16. Chanukha

    New York City

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good. So was cocktails. Price is what it is these days. Airy layout. If in the area, good for meeting.

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  17. KatinaB

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They have not served food since reopening. If you are an upscale bar you need to have a food menu that compliments the drinks as you offered in the past. I had to go to the somewhere else for dinner...wish I had known no food would be served prior to making the reservation....

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  18. Ratitou

    New York City

    82 reviews

    2.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Big disappointment because there was no food. Just drinks. No ambiance, just the shadow of pre covid hot spot

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  19. JARSD

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Center Bar needs to resume food service. The Center Bar used to serve excellent food. Since reopening after Covid, they are not serving food. We have been regular customers for years and urge management to resume food service.

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  20. NYCenteroftheuniverse

    New York City

    171 reviews

    4.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful ambiance and atmosphere with beautiful views of Columbus Circle, very good cocktails and pleasant and accommodating service. We highly recommend Center Bar for cocktails and civilized relaxation. As an added benefit, you may then stroll a few steps down the hall for a delicious dinner at their wonderful affiliated restaurant, Porterhouse.

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  21. AnthonyCT

    New York City

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Center Bar is an absolute treasure. Overlooking the Time Warner Center Atrium and Central Park, it is a wonderful location. The drinks were perfect. The service was amazing. They remembered us from a month ago. All in all - terrific.

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  22. Aunt

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is no food. The website has not been updated to show that food is not offered. Only drinks are offered at this time.

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  23. cesny

    New York City

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Center Bar has not returned to serving food. My Dark and Stormy drink was not good. The Ginger Beer did not have flavor and that kick the ginger beer usually has. The waiter was terrific!

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  24. GretaAM

    New York City

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ideal spot for a glass of wine and small plates. It's never too noisy so you can have a conversation and the view is my favorite. I love bringing visiting clients or friends here. Service is alwaya good. I do wish there was a greater selection of finger foods to SHARE.

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  25. Eastsider

    New York City

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Center Bar is a great place for drinks and small plates. The food is good and attractively presented and the setting and view are lovely. It's a welcome convenience for a quick drink in a peaceful and attractive setting. The live piano is an added plus.

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  26. mipg

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view! Not so good by any other standard (food or drinks)

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  27. darcysings

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their pisco sours... and all cocktails are above delicious... and we crave the grilled cheese sandwich..... it is over the top tasty.

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  28. JS68

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We had reservations at 6pm on Christmas eve. When we arrived we were told the kitchen closes at 6pm. We were taken back, between the restaurant and open table, so you not believe this is something to be known when you book reservations? I have never booked a reservation to sit at a bar and drink. Very confusing.. once we showed our concerns, the staff allowed us to order food very quickly I might add. I do not think we will return.

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  29. Eastsider

    New York City

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great place to go for drinks and small plates. Shrimp, cheese and toasts are all delicious. The piano is an added treat and the view is wonderful.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Grilled cheese is amazing ! Delicious home made chips ! Must order !

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  31. JessicaT

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Hostess was extremely rude. Plenty of spare tables and she advised a 30 minuet wait. I then booked a table online in front of her and she sat us straight away. We ordered drinks and there was lipstick on the glasses! We had high expectations and were extremely let down!

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  32. luvnyc

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    as a general rule, I love small plates, and the small menu offerings here all terrific. They range from good to outstanding. So even though the service is never that great – hard to get the waiters' attention, often have to ask for things twice - and it's a bit pricey for the quantity, the bill isn't is outrageous and the food is excellent and keeps me back in spite of being far away. must haves are the kale-duck confit salad and the grilled cheese.

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  33. UrsulaD

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly and professional staff. They perfectly honored our special request.

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  34. HeatherM

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place! Our waitress Wen was so friendly and energetic, my friend and I had a terrific time. I have already recommended the bar to others as a great place to meet after work with an amazing view.

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  35. melindab

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Good before any event being held at time warner centet

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  36. GaltDines

    New York City

    56 reviews

    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Brief, pleasant spot to “whet the whistle” and have a small dish before a show or to plot strategy before moving on with dinner theatre. Catch your breath - and have a snort while looking at the slow moving red lights of traffic on Columbus Circle.

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  37. Dave

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very very limited menu. Nice for a snack. Not dinner

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  38. Thom

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the grilled cheese Expensive but great time was had by all Great service

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  39. RobertChoi

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    If it was 10% cheaper it would be more ideal. Overall reasonable but it's in the middle of the Columbus Circle mall @ $20 a drink.

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  40. SportySpice

    Atlanta Metro

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    You must order the grilled cheese sandwich! Amazing. Great wine and specialty cocktail drinks.

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FAQs

Center Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Center Bar

10 Columbus Circle,Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Broadway and 59th st
  • Neighborhood
    Columbus Circle
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    A B C D 1 Trains
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Michael Lomonaco
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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