Café Centro

4.5
2031 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Cafe Centro is a brasserie-style French restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner near Grand Central in Midtown NYC.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 818-1222
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christina Towers
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Catering
Please contact Jenna Kelleher for event menus and information on our private dining options. jkelleher@patinagroup.com | 212-867-6245.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
45th Street & Vanderbilt Ave.
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Public transit
4,5,6 subway to Grand Central Terminal.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Jenna Kelleher for event menus and information on our private dining options. jkelleher@patinagroup.com | 212-867-6245.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

A grand café in the classic Parisian tradition, Café Centro is one of Midtown's most popular restaurants.

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What 2031 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.2
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3.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not as good as it used to be. Convenient for business lunch. Noise level worse than before.

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BE
New York Area
199 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French restaurant with attentive service. The duck 2 ways was delicious, served as duck breast and a confit.

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JS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service quite good, understated and highly competent.

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PS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very noisy and slow service

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J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for a business breakfast. Attentive service. Food came out after a very long wait. Loud loud loud. Very light with big windows.

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favorite spots. It never disappoints.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The omelets were overcooked and the mushrooms were reconstituted rather than fresh.
The complimentary cookie plate was tasty.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfortable seating, quality food. Top notch bread and butter. Desserts are a particular strong point. However the wine list is limited in variety and a bit overpriced.

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

Great location to meet friends from all parts of the city. Varied menu. Good salads. Great burger. Pretty space. Comfortable seating.

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H
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy eating in this lovely restaurant. The surroundings are comfortable and you are not rushed.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love Centros quiet corner of GCT. Easy to come in on Metro North, do fine dining, and scoot out.

The staff is stellar. Food excellent.

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RK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Cafe Centro is terrific and very very accessible and convenient for those arriving NYC at or leaving NYC from Grand Central Terminal. It is otherwise conveniently located to subway and other transportation hubs and well-located in mid-town. The food is excellent (if a bit pricey). The only real downside is it is sooooooo noisy when fully or even half-occupied that it is not fun to be in and to have a personal conversation. It would not be an appropriate venue for a business conversation.

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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A++ breakfast spot with WONDERFUL service. Bright and comfortable. Convenient location in Met life building outside of Grand Central

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j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Had a tuna Niçoise salad with old romaine lettuce. Not very good gel I got leftover food from the lunch rush since we ate at 1:30. Did not feel it was prepared fresh

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall, three course lunch menu was spot on.

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HB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place for dinner.
Not crowded
Good place for lunch - convenient. They honor reservations and at lunch they are very necessary.
A bit noisy at lunch time.
Food is good. Service is good. Waitstaff are attendant.
Easy place for pre-theatre dinner if you are coming into Grand Central Terminal. And reliable.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the truffle fries. The dessert is a bit disappointed but the appetizers and entree were good!

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d
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always good here. At dinner it is much nicer as the noise level is livable. Service is attentive and the management runs a good place.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

No vegetarian or vegan options
Noise level is high for a business conversation.
Pleasant atmosphere and staff.

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Enjoyed NYC restaurant week and had a nice quiet corner of the restuarant.

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Terrific bread. Very noisy at lunch but ok in the evening, especially after 7 PM.

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n
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and nicely presented. My friend and I shared one of the best egg-white omelets I have ever had. The tuna nicoise was much better than most. The ingredients were very fresh.
Service was good and thoughtful. I look forward to going here again nutthe prices for lunch are a bit high.

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OT
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If your looking for a good meal, you must try! The crab cakes are one of the best in the city, the beet salad, bread and the assorted cookie tray for dessert are a must!

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KR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were, as usual, great. I’m puzzled why no Open Table dining points, though!

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated in a comfortable booth near the kitchen. The kitchen has glass walls, and I enjoy seeing food preparation, so it was perfect. The waiter was very helpful and attentive, answering questions and making recommendations. We split the salmon tartare; the seasoning was on point - fresh and bright. My friend had the steak tartare, and I had the beef bourguignon. We were both very happy with our choices. We split a carrot cake for dessert. I am not a huge carrot cake person, but this was moist and had the perfect spice combination. I would definitely return!

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MG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very enjoyable. So convenient to Grand Central. Clean comfortable.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I hadn't been to this restaurant for many years because my office moved out of the neighborhood. It did not deteriorate. It has an excellent choice for lunch, good service, and it is worth what they charge. I recommend it.

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SU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Café Centro proverbially knocked the ball out of the park. I ate dinner with two friends who were visiting NYC (one of them for the first time) for their fifteenth anniversary. Café Centro once again demonstrated that you can get top notch food at a reasonable price in mid-town Manhattan.

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Centro is consistently good in terms of food and service. I would highly recommend it!

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RK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really excellent food, consistently and beautifully prepared. Fresh ingredients and thoughtful, respectful, not overly-creative or flashy recipes and presentation. Service is almost always impeccable. Downside is the very noisy atmosphere, which can be both distracting and a hurdle to enjoyment of the meal and company.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for French restaurant week, hadn’t been in a few years. Food was amazing almost too much. Wine was delicious as well, would definitely recommend and come back.

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BE
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French restaurant in the MetLife Building. Attentive service. Nice selection of wine by the glass or bottle.

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As usual, the food was excellent and service optimum. thanks

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BU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant is excellent but pricey. I had the salmon as my main course — $30. I initially thought they brought the appetizer portion to me. While it was delicious, I walked out hungry.

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f
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely experience. Warm, friendly waiter who gave us plenty of space to talk and catch up, then took excellent care of us. The menu for French Restaurant Week was great. Our dinner was delicious.

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NY
New York Area
225 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The prix fixe lunch offered good food at great value. The sardine trains were wonderful and the salon main course was fresh and tasty.

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K
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, wine, and professional service are the key reasons that Cafe Centro is one of our top tier choices for lunch in NYC. But what puts them over the top is the people. Diane, who never fails to remember us and greet us with a big smile. Raiza, out server, who took such good care of us this past visit. A professional place, that is happy to see you. Not a bad combination at all!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mentee out for a special end of year lunch, and everything was perfect! The restaurant is beautiful, and our waitress was super nice. The food was delicious - she loved the fresh baguette and butter (such good butter!) that comes to the table, and her salmon looked great. I loved the mussels I ordered - it seemed to be the never ending pot with what felt like 100 mussels in there! Great value and very quality food.

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R
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I just went for breakfast . The omelet was good. WOuld have been very good but not soft as I asked. They didnt bring butter for toast . But the service was nice . The ambiance simple but nice. I really went there because I had a business meeting and it was convenient to the
subway in grand central

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S
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect for private discussions. High ceilings and tables set apart. Food selection limited but good. Steak and soup very good. Service good. Location easy to get to from anywhere. Price is on the higher side.

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