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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4.3
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4.2
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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very noisy. Difficult to have a conversation. Seems a bit overpriced.

R
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a classy art deco like restaurant right in Met Life building, Grand Central station. Very comfortable. Delicious food. Full bar. Great service. And, you can actually have a conversation at the table. Highly recommend.

JF
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic breakfast everytime I bring my family to the city: love this place!

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Centro is outstanding, serve impeccable and food is great. Great for business lunch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was good except the duck, i had many duck dishes in the past but, this dish had somewhat strong smell of a duck.

Service was fair enough but took forever for servers to come through, main entree took awhile after finishing the appetizers.

JN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a very pleasant and tasty experience - business lunch meeting - a very nice table away from noise - and the food was excellently prepared. Service superior. A wonderful place for a meal - tried to return with colleagues Saturday but it is not open then.....except for special events ....You can get there from inside if you are staying at Hyatt - Lovely experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good for lunch if you don’t have a lot of time although noise level can be high

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Go to business mtg olace

K
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We invited our friends to meet us at Cafe Centro because I knew that we would have excellent food, well served. Centro did not disappoint! It was exactly what I had hoped for - an excellent dinner and service that let us catch up with some friends we hadn't seen in too long. An added benefit, the menu is broad enough so that almost anyone can find something to choose, and that something will be very well prepared.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived right at the time of our reservation. Our coats were taken and we were taken directly to our table (no waiting). Server was prompt with our drinks, and was perfect in letting us chat before we ordered. He was attentive, pleasant and not overbearing. I've eaten lunch at Cafe Centro many times, but never dinner. The food was always very nice at lunch, and dinner was no exception. We were all very pleased with our meals. All in all a very nice experience. We'll be back.

c
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great venue for meeting friends going to or from grand central. The onion soup was as good as it gets, and our waiter Salvatore was most accommodating. a good spot to support ....

E
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had another wonderful meal at Cafe Centro. Excellent service good food and a nice place to enjoy a meal.

CE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service was pretty brusque-not usual for this place. Waiter could have cared less about what he was doing.

MF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Family meal at this favorite restaurant. Perfect location for us to meetup at, since we come down on Metro North and the others work in Manhattan. Food is always first rate. Most of us took advantage of Restaurant week and had a good selection in the pre-set menu. I enjoyed Lamb Shanks, a perfect winter enter, but the real star was the mushroom soup course - Rich, flavorful and delicious.

The service is normally excellent but our server, who was busy chatting with other waiters was not up to par. My guests were done their appetizers before we could get his attention to tell him that he forgot my soup. I can understand this if the restaurant had been super busy, but it was a Monday evening and the dining area was not so busy. We had to try hard to flag him down later in the meal as well.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Cozy place, filet mignon was cooked perfectly.

L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good location, good food

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good. I would return.

NY
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I have been going to Cafe Centro for years - I've been there for every meal and while its always been a good, consistent restaurant for business meetings with a wide option menu, which is why the lunch I recently had was a complete surprise. They advertise on the menu that there are the quick options. I took that to mean no cooking so easy to prepare. However, what it means in reality is that the meals are pre-prepared hours before and left to sit in the refrigerator. Not only that, but you order and in less than five minutes, the salad appears. You barely have time to sit-down. My guest commented "well this gives new meaning to the word quick." A burger at Shake Shack takes longer. A restaurant of this caliber shouldn't be just bringing the food as if it was sitting in the refrigerator for hours already. But when the salad arrives, there's no question that this is what has happened - the lettuce had zero crispness and it was so cold, it was devoid of any flavor. Add to that an eye-dropping $28 dollar price tag per salad and unfortuantely I will think twice before returning.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!
I’ll have to come back soon!

CR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great atmosphere and could hear each other! In reviewing bill found they overcharged for prix fixe menu. Although they adjusted, annoying. Food nicely presented. Service just OK. Would try again, though.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expensive for casual lunch and the dining room is clearly designed for business lunches. Enjoyed the chop chop salad and the ability to make substitutions was appreciated.

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Location in Grand Central Station is convenient for a train commuter lunch meeting... in/out!!

MS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall a positive experience

OT
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I ordered the chicken paillard for lunch -- I cannot remember the last time I had a worse entrée anywhere: dry, tasteless, tough, close to inedible. There is no excuse for making a simple dish this poorly. None.

E
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a breakfast meeting. I have been many time for dinner and several times for lunch. Pleasantly surprised by the service at breakfast!

SB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have many appointments in NYC and try to schedule myself near Cafe Centro at every chance. Their tasting menu is always great selections and even better for their selections.

MT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love cafe Centro. Always a hit!

d
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is always a good choice if you are in the Grand Central area. I find it most convenient to come in from Westchester on the train and meet friends for dinner at Cafe Centro. The food is very good, service also and in the evening it is not as crowded or as noisy as it is at lunchtime.

P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid, professional, under appreciated. The food is very good - though the portions a bit parsimonious. The location, style, look, ambiance and service all all a blend of New York and Paris. As I say, for a professional lunch spot, it's hard to beat.

LC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cafe Centro is always easy and reliably good. That said the food is rather expensive- but good for a business breakfast and so convenient to grand central.

L
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated promptly. Service was good, though waiter was not very friendly. Food was delicious. A little pricey for lunch, but it was midtown Manhattan!

C
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good quality, inviting environment and attentive service. What’s not to like?

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I have been coming to café centro for a few years with colleagues at holiday time. The food has always been good but I found the service this last time to be fair in terms of attentiveness and attitude. No specific complaints, just a different vibe from my previous experiences.

JK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Did the prix fixe menu. My petite filet was perfectly seasoned and cooked and the fries were hot and delicious

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to a traffic condition, we were 45 minutes late for our reservation and had a performance to get to. After we called to report the problem, the restaurant welcomed us late and went above and beyond to accommodate our need to eat within 35-40 minutes. We had pastas that were delicious and went on our way to City Center. It was my first time at Il Corso. I was so impressed by the service and I’m looking forward to going back for a leisurely and complete dinner.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible. Food and service is outstanding. Management and staff always makes our dinner an unforgettable experience.

RK
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I asked for a medium rare steak. I got a medium steak. The quality of the meat was poor. For $45 I expected a better steak.

FG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here during the week and found everything better than on the weekend. Very good service and food seemed a step up. We thought the bone in rib eye was perfectly cooked medium, pink inside, nicely charred outside, and really big. Loved their lentil soup also. Not heavy and full of flavor. Too bad we didn't have time for dessert because the pastry chefs were hard at work preparing luscious looking tarts in the open kitchen. I suppose they were responsible for the warm baguette served when we sat down. Convenient to Grand Central and theater district, too.

T
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Just Average. Wait staff overworked.

c
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A convenient go-to brasserie for those coming and going to/from grand central ....I had the croquemonsieur which was really delicious...like paris ..they could have included a bit more salad...but c'est la vie