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About Café Centro
Cafe Centro is a brasserie-style French restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner near Grand Central in Midtown NYC.
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
45th Street & Vanderbilt Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact Sharon Colabello for event menus and information on our private dining options. email@example.com | 212-949-8248.
Subway to Grand Central Terminal.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
A grand café in the classic Parisian tradition, Café Centro is one of Midtown's most popular restaurants.
Café Centro Ratings and Reviews
Charming restaurant in Met Life Building. The onion soup and beef bourguignon were excellent. The wine menu was impressive. The server was attentive and helpful. We went at 5:30 on Sat night and it was almost empty. By 7:30 it was more crowded. There is a front room with a beautiful fireplace and the rest of the restaurant features a view of the kitchen and chefs. You can hear the rumbling of trains from Grand Central Station, but it’s not disruptive.
Great location for meeting friends who commute from grand central. Authentic varied mostly french menu where we can always find something to choose. The French onion soup was perfect and the croque Monsieur and salad was a bit elaborate but so delicious and copious inwas able to take half home for my dinner. Crusty fresh baguette and spreadable butter was too good to pass up. Very satisfying lunch tho a bit pricy.
Café Centro is a favorite because of their superb service and the wonderful quality of its food. Each time I've dined there during the past 15 years, I've experienced Café Centro's wonderful hospitality, service and delicious food. And, while I always welcome changes to their menu, I hope they don't alter their roasted chicken with pureed potatoes as it's a go-to comfort dish par excellence, without question. That dish is not to be missed!
The food preparation needs some tune-up. My chicken breast was slathered in a grainy mustard sauce and the grill was “lubricated” with PAM spray which gave the food an unpleasant taste. When I spoke with the person in charge of lunch my complaint was handled with some annoyance. But I learned that next time to ask for “only olive oil” to prevent sticking. Hopefully problem solved because the restaurant is convenient, pleasant for biz lunch and priced well for what is served.
We are BYOB folks. CENTRO lets us bring super fine bottles, has terrific food quite suitable for
red wine and champagne and has great servers, just great. I have dined there for nearly two years on a regular basis. Noticed that the food is even better than in 2015. Finally, with Grand Central downstairs, one can enjoy intoxicating beverages and easily get home safe!
We chose café Centro based on a very positive review from John Mariani, a usually very reliable source. We were overjoyed by the entire experience. From the greeting at the door, to seating at a table near the kitchen where the noise level was fine for ordinary conversation among the four of us, to the assistance of David Jones in navigating the menu and the wine list we got off to a wonderful start. Everything we ate was delicious and superbly prepared. Chef came out to see if we were enjoying our white truffle pastas (the choice of three of us), carrying yet another truffle which she liberally shaved for all of us. The wine we chose was exactly right for the food, as suggested by David, and the manager came by to join in our lively conversation about how good the food was. My wife and I were dining with dear friends who were visiting New York from Italy, and all of us could not have imagined a better total dining experience
Offering delicious French cuisine, a variety of wines and cocktails, Cafe Centro is a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Terminal. My husband and I have visited this French bistro a few times a year for the past 9 years. While we’ve always had a good experience here, they’ve definitely stepped up their game with a new chef that’s pared down the menu and enhanced the quality and flavors of their dishes. But there’s more than just good food here, Cafe Centro has wonderful staff that makes you feel cared for and at home. We weren’t celebrating anything during our last visit but the manager David, who’s always been friendly towards us, made us feel extra special with 2 glasses of 20 year tawny (we ordered one 10 year) and a full cheese plate (we ordered 2 varieties). David and his colleague (we didn’t catch his name), even synchronized the placement of the dishes on our table. That’s something you usually see at Michelin star restaurants! It’s safe to say we’ll be back again and again. Thank you David and Cafe Centro for the wonderful experience!
We had a delicious meal (not our first!) at Cafe Centro. The evenings there are especially nice because it's not too crowded, the music is jazzy, and it's quiet. We were seated, as per our request, near the fireplace. Had delicious wine (reasonably priced French red), and my husband got the rib-eye steak on the tasting menu (terrific) and I had the whole Branzino -- fish was perfectly cooked. Service attentive but not intrusive. Highly recommended.
I had not been to Cafe Centro in a few years, but I am pleased to say that it is still a great option in the Grand Central area. The menu has elements of both French and Italian cuisine, and the appetizer and entree I had were both quite good. On the night I went, there was a prix fixe menu. While I did not opt for the prix fixe, I was able to order items a la carte from the prix fixe menu. I was also delighted because I left an expensive umbrella at the restaurant at the end of my meal. The staff was kind enough to hold the umbrella so I could claim it the next day. All in all, I and the three people with whom I dined had a good experience.
This a favorite spot for my friend and I to meet and celebrate. this time is was her birthday we were celebrating. and I give them high marks in all.
Having said all that , I did have problems making the reservation this time.
When asked on the website if I had special requests, I mentioned it was a birthday and would prefer a window table...unfortunately the website seems to have not been working properly as it kept asking me each time I tried to do it again, which I did 2 more times, so the 3rd time I figured it went through but, when we mentioned to the hostess she went to check on the notes and said they were no notes...
Long short I we did not have a table by the window and when asked to change ,they were already reserved...long story short we got 2nd best a table away from the window...my friend was a good sport about it but it did put a little dumper on the celebration. at the beginning
I arrived on time for this reservation. I checked in 3 times with the polite hostess. Because I was never seated, after 30 minutes I had to leave. Then I received an Open Table email with their “no show” policy.
Unacceptable behavior by both cafe centro and open table. And 100% unnecessary
This restaurant is one of my very favorites. It's only downside is the noise level at lunch. Dinner is not as crowded, the service is excellent and the fool delicious. Do give it a try if you are in the Grand Central neighborhood or coming into the city on the train. perfect!!
I've dined here many times over the years and the food is usually pretty good. That's why I come back.
This time we ordered the daily feature, bouillabaisse, which was had lots of seafood, buts was disappointingly bland. I'm not a fire-eater when it comes to food but I found the dish dull. Also the rouille on the piece of bread that came with it had more color than taste. I don't like spicy-hot-burn-the-taste-out-of-your-mouth but it should have been spicy-floverfull. And it wasn't. Where were the garlicky accents that should have been in the rouille that could have added flavor to the soup base? I should have asked but we were gabbing away and I didn't want to take the time to request an adjustment from the kitchen.
Can't beat the location - very convenient to Grand Central Station and Midtown, generally, and it's a pretty and comfortable space. I like the warm congenial lighting and the kitchen area behind glass that's visible from the dining area is an interesting touch as is the fireplace.
It wasn't too noisy that night because we were only two and we had a booth. But I know from prior visits that conversation around a table for five at moderately busy times is not possible without megaphones.
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