New York Central

3.8
247 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Overlooking the splendor of 42nd Street, New York Central is a full service bar and kitchen offering only the freshest seasonal and locally-sourced products available. While enjoying an eclectic menu of culinary pleasures, New York Central offers the versatility for an experience any time of the day, whether it is a power breakfast, business lunch, happy hour, casual dinner or late-night drinks. Offering a kid-friendly menu, New York Central is suitable for every party.

Due to limited seating availability we kindly request reservations be made for dining guests. Exclusive coffee service is available on a first come first serve basis in our lounge.

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What 247 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went here with some friends while on vacation in NYC celebrating 2 birthdays - 6 of us total. The ambiance is fun and has a glass wall looking out to the street. We were seated at a fantastic table with a partition from the rest of the restaurant. Our waiter, however, was terrible. Ignored our table completely. We had to flag him down for every order and to refill drinks and to get our check. I only gave 2 stars because they gave us 2 free birthday desserts because I mentioned it in our reservation. The food was excellent, a shame our server sullied the experience.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was there for breakfast and the waitress made me a fabulous Bloody Mary. The next time I am in NY midtown I will definitely come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Was looking more for a restaurant vibe and that was more of a bar

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was terrific and the breakfast very tasty. Had an enjoyable early Sunday start to a busy day!

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Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location, view, service, and food are fantastic!

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but the selection was limited

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DI
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I will write my comments after my private note is reviewed and appropriate action is taken.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing Christmas dinner for our first time in New York.
Food was delicious and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend.

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Location is great, decor is fine. Food is meh, service was off, getting pushed to move off our 2 top lunch nothwithstanding the place was almost empty on a Friday at 2. Price is not terrible, but high for what you actually get. Main thing going for this place, and that is something, is the location is great to Grand Central.

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was very good and we had a nice view of 42nd St out the window. The specialty cocktails were underwhelming and the food was average. I had the one vegan option on the menu, the Beyond Burger, which in the realm of vegan burgers was the same thing that I can get from Whole Foods and cook at home. Disappointed at the creativity - could have done so much more...

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DE
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid service and surprisingly good food... this is a hotel restaurant with checking out for a business lunch. Great job!!

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The food was just ok. But even for NYC the prices were outrageous. $7 per coffee and $7 per oj that they didn’t even ask if we really wanted.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Our meal was a disaster. They had not received our reservation, which had noted that it was an anniversary dinner. I assumed that noting that fact would result in something pleasant like a free glass of champagne or a free dessert. In fact, NOTHING special was done to celebrate our special night. The waiters did not seem to know their job very well--the only time we were really helped was when we needed to choose a wine. A member of staff who knew all about the Riesling on the menu consulted with us. And the food was excellent. The mistake we made was to assume that you can go home again--the old saw is correct: you can't go home again! We last ate at the restaurant in the Hyatt at Grand Central 37 years ago, on our second wedding anniversary (we had honeymooned at the Hyatt Embarcadero Center in San Francisco). It was a delight, with tablecloths, carpeted floors, beautiful lighting--the perfect place for a romantic dinner--and it was quiet. Its present incarnation is the antithesis of romantic--noisy, hard-edged, rather ugly, at least in the eyes of ancient ones like us! And poorly lit. At our table, Ellen sat in a pool of light from an overhead spotlight. I sat in the dark. The little tea candle on the table-without-tablecloth was useless. I had to use the flashlight on my iPhone to see my meal! --Jack Mahon

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San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The interior of restaurant appears not to have been updated since the '90s. While the service was good, it was quite unpolished. The pork chop was VERY DRY and not at all tender. The burger was good, but no much can go wrong with a burger. The fries were tasty. For a restaurant in this location, the supply of draft beers should not be depleted.

Ninety-nine + percent of the restaurants we choose from OpenTable are very good to excellent. This restaurant was a rare exception. Overall, it was not a memorable dining experience, one that we will not repeat.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nothing to write home about, esp. for the price

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Love the location, prices a little steep.

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KN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Caesar Salad with grilled salmon. Also love the burrata and crab cakes! Tasty place. And our server Anne was so good to us.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem inside the Grand Hyatt. I was not expecting such a wonderful meal and such attentive service from a hotel restaurant, but we were more than completely surprised. Truly happy with the experience!

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AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Showed up at 730A with reservation. Sign requested customers to await seating assignment. I waited 5-10 minutes for hostess. Food and window on 42nd Street was quite nice and noise levels conducive to quiet business conversation. Service was excellent as was the repast. I found pricing to be excessive.

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f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our birthday

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MT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mara, Semone, and the staff are especially helpful. Great service in a great location.

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AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very friendly staff, great food, nice view of the streetscape!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Reservation for window seat honored. Great, fast service. Horrendous hotel menu prices, entirely fine food and presentation.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Currently the restaurant’s kitchen is out of action so there are only expensive buffet breakfasts available. We had intended to eat dinner here as well but that menu is also severely limited. This should be acknowledged on the hotel’s website until the kitchen is back in action.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

Awful . Don’t do it

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LT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was tasty though the selection is small. The service was good, the staff tries to please for instance when I was cold they easily moved me to a different section of the restaurant. However, the prices are high for the food offered and the look is a tiny bit tattered and dated. The location is convenient but if you are looking for overall value, given what you get for the price you might do better elsewhere.

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Food was ok, great server, but worn out and filthy seating. Saggy booths and food all over the chairs.

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I am pleased my cousin picked up the tab. Otherwise I would have been working in your kitchen as a dishwasher for a week to have paid the bill. Yes your food was good, but no where near what I am use to pay for the same items. I had almost the same items for breakfast at a Waffle House this morning in SC and my bill was under $10.00 for two people.

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TT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

I am a food blogger from Tampa and someone recommended New York Central and the food was absolutely delicious. I had the scallops entree and the creative flavors of that dish blew me away. The star of that dish were the brussel sprouts and the delicious way in which they were prepared was amazing. For an appetizer, I endulged on the korean and buffalo style wings and they were crispy and delicious, I ate every single one of them. I finished dinner off with a slice of cheese cake and it was phenomenally creamy and delicious. The dinner was truly the highlight of my trip to NY. The only issue I had was slow service. I waited about 20 minutes for my cocktail to arrive and 20 minutes repeatedly asking for my check.

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JU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very pleased with both food and service. Grilled salmon and Diver scallop entrees were outstanding. Great tomato bisque too.

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v
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was mediocre and Luke warm. Had to beg waiters to come and takes order. Never asked about coffee or dessert. Painful experience. DON’T GO THERE. So many wonderful choices in the area this place is awful

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D
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This was a very disappointing dining experience. After being seated, it took a very long time for anyone to even acknowledge our presence. Indeed, everything took a very long time: ordering and getting beverages, ordering and getting food, getting the check, etc. Though our server tried hard, he couldn't get past the restaurant being obviously understaffed. Unfortunately, he also got part of our order wrong. And the food was mediocre at best. In all, we will not be returning.

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I
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable quiet fine food with good unobtrusive service

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JC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Terrible experience, limited menu (we were told that because of the holiday, they did not have a full menu), no dessert menu available (after we complained, we were served, a frozen cheese cake) on top of that, the service was bad, a rude waiter and a manager that never showed up.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Bad service

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Denver
262 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat with a front seat view of 42nd, with none of the noise. Our Scottish waitress was great and so was the food. We enjoyed a very well prepared octopus appetizer that was enough for two to share. It's a perfect place to grab a bite to eat before or after a Grand Central Station visit.

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NV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 4

My boss and senior level executives had to wait over an hour for their lunch to be served.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent; the waiters were courteous and prepared a nice birthday cake for my daughter!

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SO
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is very conveniently located next to the New York Grand Central Terminal. We love this place very much.

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NY
New York Area
245 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I hosted an early breakfast. I had Eggs Benedict and my guest has an omelet. Both were good. Coffee and orange juice flowed.

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