Café Centro

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Cafe Centro is a brasserie-style French restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner near Grand Central in Midtown NYC.
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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If this place is in your budget, it's always GREAT!

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AW
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the staff took great care of us for Valentine’s Day, and it was also our honeymoon. Definitely recommend!

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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

keep up the good work

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My son ordered a burger, medium rare and got one that was well done. Happily after telling them know, we weren’t charged. So good ending but disappointing.

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Solid choice for a business lunch. Good food but sometimes patchy service. Main gripe: why do they put a whole baguette out on the table, instead of slicing it -- it's impossible to politely rip it apart with bare hands unless your dining mate is a loved-one. Every meal I have had there, the bread goes untouched by all (what a shame and a waste).

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RS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was okay until dessert and then it took forever to get the dessert even though it was ordered upfront as part of the prix fix dinner menu. And the waiter seems to have an attitude about the delayed dessert as if we shouldn't be asking for our dessert order more than once. I missed my train from Grand Central as a result. Food was very good.

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r
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Location, location, location...be prepared for high prices. Service is excellent. Food is above average, nothing special.

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SN
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

little too loud but food is good for the value. wine option is great. business lunch menu is worth trying for the food quality. i love their duck confit and dessert.

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NY
New York Area
245 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the prix fixe lunch. I chose the truffle scramble and the duck. Both were very enjoyable.

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F
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

A really disappointing meal on the menu evrything looked good and mouth watering unfortunately on the plate it was a different story the pasta with truffle are mediocres a lot of water on the dish the truffle flavor is almost non existent . The main dish was shrimp and risotto and the risotto was to thick and not nice and the shrimp really salty and to finish the clafoutis was a cake a bit dry with blueberries and a sauce. It’s not a clafoutis at all and I didn’t like it
Wine are good and the selection is fine for the price
The decor is old and it looks like a train station restaurant with booth and tables

Not my type of restaurant

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at a table by the bar. Wyne (sp?) Was tending bar and also our server. Her attention was exceptional and her warm demeanor was an added bonus! The food was quick, well-prepared and thoroughly enjoyable. An evening well-spent.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.
Nice meal

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BE
New York Area
203 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French food served by an attentive wait staff. Nice selection of wines by the glass or bottle

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As a broke lass, this Restaurant week find was an excellent choice! Romantic, delicious food, definitely different than my go-to Asian takeout and deli bagels. Solid find a couple minutes from Grand Central, not too fancy for nice jeans, dress shoes, and a sweater.

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FT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Centro in conveniently located adjacent to Grand Central Terminal. Great for breakfast and lunch meetings. Food quality is very good, service is excellent and prices are not unreasonable Verdi’s peer establishments.

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p
Chicago
211 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was rather slow.

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LF
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Somewhat upscale spot in Grand Central Terminal. Good for business meetings.

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P
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a first class dining experience

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PT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very convenient location and pretty good food and service. Quite noisy at dinner time. Prices are moderate--high but what do you expect? After all, this is Manhattan.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and service. But a little crowded.

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M
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Best thing about Café Centro is it’s convenient location- it is very busy and noisy with average food and very high prices- yet I continue to go here as it is best in area to meet people coming into Grand central- capital Grille is similar choice- but very chaotic entry

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive given the it was just two salads.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon was the best I ever had. The salad was wonderful with the yellow beets in.
I would like to see a $12.00 wine for us working ladies.
I would comeback for the salmon.

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HK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

This place needs a late lunch bistro menu. Had to order dinner at 4pm

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NY
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been dining here for many years...
Wonderful in every way!

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quick, early breakfast with colleagues to plan the coming day. Service was attentive but not overbearing. I often have business lunch at Cafe Centro and it is always perfect. And, the location is perfect in the middle of the Grand Central area.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convenient choice after a show for the public transport crowd. Centro has a standard French Cuisine menu, but it is more, much more than a standard French meal. Shrimp Cocktail combines both cocktail sauce and remalade in one dilectable oversized dish. Beef Bourguignon is an unexpectedly brillent single cut of stewed beef with a wine reduction that rivals the formerly unsurpassed nirvana of Westport, CT, Bistro Du Soleil bill of fare of the same signature. Well worth the trip and price tag.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not the Centro I remember from a decade ago.

So looking forward to the pomme frites I remember. What was served was Not even close - would have preferred McDonald’s French fries!

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c
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Having friends who use grand central for commuting, cafe cento is our go to restaurant. While a little pricey, booths are comfortable, service is outstanding and seasonal menu is always correct and reliable...

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J
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for business lunch. Love the convenient location.

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t
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious cosmos, limited wine selection but the wine we had was really nice! Food was really good but just a word of warning if you do not eat goat cheese - the beet salad has goat cheese but it isn't listed as an ingredient. The helpings are very generous, and we shared our plates and they kindly served us our meal separated. The brussels sprouts are to die for!

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C
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose it for the location, value and Art Deco decor. Turned out to be a great choice for my birthday. Sat by a fireplace, o cozy and everyone was happy and impressed. Will definitely be back!

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S
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, but not outstanding

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered a chopped salad with chicken. Chicken was under-cooked, bloody. They replaced with a chopped salad with salmon which was fine, however, timing of meal was off, we didn’t eat together. Nothing was comped after pretty big mistake.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A party of 6 long-time friends picked this for a reunion dinner on a Wednesday night. Chose over another place that had strong food reviews, but was supposed to be 'loud'. Cafe Centro was perfect. They gave us a nice round table with views of the kitchen and streetscape. The lighting was warm and cozy, the sound level was low, enabling us to talk, and laugh, from 6:30-9:40. The service was attentive, we never felt rushed, and everybody loved their food. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for dinner...great setting for romantic dates, or get-togethers when you want to be able to discuss without shouting over music, with lighting bright enough to see everybody at the table. There were other groups there as well, but we really felt like we were having a dinner in NYC in a friend's house...no crowding, no loud music, no loud bar noises, great food and ambiance. My impression is that this restaurant is much busier at lunch time, or perhaps on a different night. A great find for a group...we hope to return!

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating new year’s eve early with friends.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Cafe Centro many times over the years and it never disappoints.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was wonderful, atmosphere festive , service wonderful, and food amazing. The butternut soup superb, The wine that the waiter suggested was amazing. Since my husband is french he loved the lunch and the wine

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b
New York Area
299 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely Christmas Eve dinner. We were treated very nicely - made to feel really welcome. Unlike some other restaurants we have gone to on Christmas Eve, we had a pleasant relaxing meal. We enjoyed the scallops, filet mignon and crab cakes. The pot de creme was very rich and tasty and we had cookies with our coffee. It was a lovely part of our holiday.

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y
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was horrendous! Actually had to get up from our table twice to locate a server. Food was good but pricey for what it was
Would not go back due to poor quality of service

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