Café Centro

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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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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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H
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food in a pleasant setting. Friendly service. We will return.

W
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting NYC with another couple. We walked by Cafe Centro earlier in the day and liked the way it looked. We decided to cancel our reservations at another place a give Cafe Centro a try. We were all very happy with our choice! My husband and I enjoyed the roasted vegetable salad and our friends each had the French onion soup to start. Both were fantastic! For our main course we had the duck and our friends the halibut. Also, both delicious. I highly recommend the restaurant.

B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Close to Grand Central. We met old friends and lingered over lunch for hours.

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant is conveniently located. Service is very good. Can get a bit noisy at times, but generally you can have a comfortable conversation with everyone at your table. Food is very good. I tried the chicken salad dish which was excellent.

AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Make sure they don’t seat you near the open kitchen as there’s a lot of hustle and bustle. Food was good but not as warm as we would have liked. Location is great and convenient for dining in midtown.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, service and ambience convenient to grand central.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was very good. Our waiter was terrible, rude, loud, mentioning to the table that he prefers a cash tip. Horrible experience because of this waiter

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I've had lunch many times at Centro. Service this time was poor: inattentive. Request for ketchup ignored till second time; omelette was not well done as requested so had to be corrected; after main finished, long wait to get waiter attention to order coffee, lost interest in dessert; had to seek out waitress to get check in a sparse room. All in all not up to usual and past responsive service.

DE
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took two colleagues from out of town here and the variety on the menu was perfect and the waiter was able to accommodate special dietary requirements that other places might have turned up their nose at. The service was fast which was great because we only had an hour for lunch. Recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A bit long date
Waiters never smile

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great all around experience!

s
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not just reliable, but consistently above the cut. We've dined here for over 10 years and have never had a disappointing experience. Service was impeccable, and our meals were delicious. Hope they get the fireplace working soon, makes a nice touch this time of year.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent choice for our group. Everyone had a great time.

j
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The restaurant was convenient for a friend who was took the train in to the city for dinner. The service was good. But the food was pretty blah. Not bad just not very tasty. I would venture somewhere else next time.

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The noise level is very high. It was difficult to hear the person across the table from me. The chop chop salad was too heavy on the dressing. Not as good as I remember it. Overall it is still a very good restaurant in a very convenient location.

TK
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding - the halibut in particular was amazing. The service was good and the place has a nice atmosphere.

JR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food if a bit pricey. Very convenient location.

FB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The salmon entrée was outstanding. The lobster bisque was below average. The tuna tartare was ordered by another member of my party looked fabulous, He said it was outstanding.

BS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was like someone put all the right things on the menu, but then forgot to hire people that know how to cool. Unfortunately, none of the dishes our party of 7 ordered lived up to their promise. Nowadays there are so many amazing restaurant experiences, that server spectacular food without the pretense of days gone by. This one is doing it backward: all the pompous pretense until you get the food…

A
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The setting is nice, the menu has something for a people with a variety of tastes, and the food is delicious but the service seemed absent-minded. We've been a bunch of times, and it has gotten more expensive but not better.

g
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Hadn't been in the City for a while. This was my #1 restaurant to meet friends. Disappointing this time. Service mediocre, food fair. I won't rush back.

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall a very good experience.
Great food, solid service, and wonderful location.

WS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great business breakfast

SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Both of our meals were tasteless.Service was slow. Presentation middling.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Typical business meeting

J
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Disappointing evening. The duck was dry and tough.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

At first we were disappointed in the lack of service, but the manager more than made up for the wait staff (who also apologized)and made us feel very taken care of and happy!!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Have dined at Cafe Centro many times and have always been very satisfied. However, on this occasion, the service was SO BAD that I am seriously considering never going back.

G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meeting an old friend for lunch.

E
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

It was nice to sit outside for lunch and the service was fine but maybe a bit pushy. I was looking forward to the chopped chicken salad as I remember that being very good years ago. However, the salad was way overdressed, soggy and pretty tasteless. I would have sent it back but I was with a client so didn’t want to make a scene. Maybe the chef totally screwed up this time but I won’t get it again

k
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

the staff was accommodating to my special requests, friendly to my party and delivered good value for high quality goods

OT
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The service overall was terrible. Didn't pay attention. The salad came out as it was premade and sitting for hours (returned to kitchen). Didn't even get a gesture for having to get another dish.

JN
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and comfortable surroundings.

Danielle was terrific!! Please tell her!

Jon

LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place in midtown to have lunch and be able to discuss and hear each other.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem in the MetLife Building. We went during Restaurant Week. The food was great, presented in a lovely way, and the wait staff was terrific. The restaurant is accessible. Totally recommend and will return!

GD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice menu, well executed, and good service. Although the noise level didn't seem excessive, we had some trouble hearing our friends.

BE
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The Cafe has seemed to slip in food quality of late. The chicken in my "chop chop salad" was undercooked (always a health and culinary no-no), rubbery and seemed old. It made me leery of one of my favorite lunch dishes there. Maybe the chef is on vacation, maybe standards have fallen? Not sure. Still like the place, but maybe avoiding this dish for a while. My guest had duck confit that he raved about, so hopefully this was an aberration.

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Kitchen must taste before offering a dish ! My grilled trout from the prix fixe menu was smothered in an acidic sauce (vinegar?) so one could not taste it was fish. Been to Cafe Centro several times, this time with an out of town guest (thankfully she did not have the trout dish). This was the worst visit for me.