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Center Bar

4.5
101 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
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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
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(212) 823-9500
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Michael Lomonaco
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broadway
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine
What 101 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.7
ambience
3.6
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great view! Not so good by any other standard (food or drinks)

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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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2.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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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4.0Dined on December 19, 2017

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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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Grilled cheese is amazing ! Delicious home made chips ! Must order !

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1.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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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4.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Friendly and professional staff. They perfectly honored our special request.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding
Good before any event being held at time warner centet

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Very very limited menu. Nice for a snack. Not dinner

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Loved the grilled cheese
Expensive but great time was had by all
Great service

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 14, 2017

You must order the grilled cheese sandwich! Amazing. Great wine and specialty cocktail drinks.

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2.0Dined on June 6, 2017

Rude service. Did not honor our reservation and rushed us through to close 40 minutes early!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

This is one of my fav bars to come and unwind, not to mention the great view of Columbus Circle. Service by Chris is outstanding. He is very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Always accommodates my table request even when I'm alone. Food menu is short but well put together and delicious. I favor the salmon, Shrimp and different open faced sandwiches. Drinks menu is extensive and well put together. Juan is one of the most gifted bartenders I have ever met. His drinks are strong but well balanced, flavorful and refreshing. You know they are excellent because even with the ice, they don't get watered down.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Always a treat to be here. Service, view, people, drinks, food - special. I've been several times and each time has been a pleasure.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

Love the grilled cheese sandwich and their hand crafted cocktails. Go here! Make a res and ask for table by the glass.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Perfect for a spot of lunch and lovely glass of wine and also for a light supper before or after attending a concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Service is also gracious + friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Great view, great speciality cocktails, and delicous food. Service was professional and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Really attractive setting on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center, with a lovely view out over Columbus Circle, Central Park and Midtown. The food was quite good, the grilled cheese and accompanying tomato soup were delicious and the drinks were excellent. There was live piano music by the bar that really set the ambiance. Great place to go for a light pre-show dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2017

Great food view and service!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2017

Really enjoyed. Food was good and great for pre theatre

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2017

The drinks and food were delicious. It is too bad the service has gone down hill.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Center Bar at Time Warber Center is a hidden gem in the heart of Columbus Circle. With an outstanding view of Central Park South and a stellar wine list, it's the perfect date night or pre show at Lincoln Center.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Hostess no eye contacts no smiles.
Waiter no smile the entire time maybe that's the theme there. Rushed my dessert order and didn't bother to write down my complete order.

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1.0Dined on January 19, 2017

The server was rude. The hostess was mean. Too overpriced

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2017

Great location and drinks.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Nice place to drop in to after the opera at the Met.

Came for the birthday celebration and was not disappointed. Ask the pianist to play something.

Try the grilled cheese sandwich. May sound "cheesy", but I guarantee you will walk away impressed.

Proof Positive: The only place I have found that serves 15 yr. El Dorado rum, outside of Guyana where it is distilled. 5 stars for that! I have been and partaken in Guyana rum and for this bar to serve it, takes it to a whole other level!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Very pleasant experience. The portions are small. Better place for lunch than dinner

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2016

This is a really great scene in the Time Warner Building-great meeting place for drinks and small plates-near Lincoln Center. Lively and fun people watching!

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

This is located in the mall at Columbus Circle on the 4th floor and it has a beautiful view, especially since it was the holidays and there were giant lit-up stars hanging. It is open air in the mall so there is competing noise from the other venues. However, we were seated next to the piano player who took requests. The menu is small with very interesting small plates that we found just right to share before a concert at Carnegie Hall. It is pretty, festive and romantic.

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2016

location, location, location,
went after a jazz show because of the convenience, time (it was late in the evening) and scenery. We waited for over 20 minutes to get a drink, the steak was not cooked as requested (it was too rare and not warm) and it was difficult to get anyone's attention. I asked for a small taste of the wine before committing--- when I told the waitress I did not like it, she failed to return until i complained to the manager. The waitress seemed disengaged with the diners. What could have been lovely was, instead, frustrating.

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1.0Dined on November 17, 2016

We had a 5:30 pre-show reservation. At 5:45 we were squeezed into a table for two after being told that the people sitting at our table had been there for two hours and were showing no signs of leaving. When we suggested that perhaps they found be offered a drink at the bar we were told that was not their "policy". When the couple st the table adjacent to us over-heard that remark they stated that they, in fact, had been asked to change tables (they had refused). Finally the four of us were moved to a table for three. Uncomfortable, noisy, and didn't honor reservation.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Waited nearly 20 minutes for drinks, AFTER we waited nearly 20 minutes for our order to be taken.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

This is the perfect place to go before a jazz concert. We find the small plates fun and delicious, the service is just right and we like sitting in the outdoor atrium. We've had teenagers with us who are very happy with the burger and non alcoholic spritzers and the wine list has been pleasing to us. We'll go again and again.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2016

The food was very good but expensive for small plates. The live piano was a plus. Small open space but works for one to four people.

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