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Café Centro

4.5
1956 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
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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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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 1956 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Good food although a bit expensive. Server was very busy but efficient and nice.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Year after year this restaurant delivers. Always reliable with a very attentive and professional staff.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great place for a business breakfast. Convenient location, great food and service.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent Midtown Restaurant

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Very good staff. Good lunch menu. Pleasant for lunch with small or larger group. (I haven't tried dinner.) Ask for quieter back room. A pleasure to find such good customer service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Centro Cafe is a great place to have a meal when you are near Grand Central terminal. We use Metro North when visiting NYC and like to plan to have dinner here before going home. The food is outstanding a and a great value.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Omlette nothing special. Poached better. No butter given w toast

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

My go-to midtown spot for business luncheons. The food is even better than tasty, presented well, great service with an attentive management staff.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Good food and service. Good wine list. Reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Amazing food and service

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Always a good meal!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

A mini-family reunion was enhanced by the ambiance and great service. It’s gotten a lot pricier, though, so be prepared.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We often go to Cafe Centro for lunch with friends. It is quietly elegant; service is refined (Thank you, Alandro.) The kitchen turns out truly luscious dishes. Don't change a thing.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I truly love the food and service
It’s my go to local restaurant

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent as usual !!!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Had a wonderful table by the windows, delicious meal and excellent service. Our go to place in midtown.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The perfect lunch spot on a busy work day. Great staff, good food, fast service.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Café Centro is very conveniently located as I work in the Met Life Building. Early dinners are great for more quiet conversation. The service is always excellent as is the food. The scallops are my favorite.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Very nice restaurant. Reservation honored right away. Food and service excellent. Very nice menu.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I have always considered cafe centro as one of the best value in NYC. However,I do not know why but each time I go there, they want to stick me in the side dining room even if the main room is almost empty . I complained each time and usually they give me a seat in the main room...

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My husband and I eat dinner out about three times a week. We have gone to Café Centro off and on over the last ten plus years given its amazingly convenient location at GCT. Food has always been OK, as well as the service. However, during this last visit, the food was exceptionally good--Bibb salad with feta, filet mignon, grilled salmon and a superb, moderately priced Syrah. The service, similarly, was exceptional. The waitress was very good. However, I have to give a huge shout out to the sommelier who, not only gave me excellent advice on a moderately priced wine (which I always appreciate) but also helped to move us to table by the window when a large group of people wearing VERY STRONG perfume sat down beside us. Do know, we have never requested to be moved before at any restaurant. The sommelier saw us trying to do so ourselves, immediately stepped in and facilitated the move to a lovely spot. He was extremely gracious and we were extremely appreciative. So, great food, wine and service. Will start going to Café Centro more frequently now for dinner.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Our butter had a long hair in it and when we brought it to the attention of the waiter, he apologized, however, we would have expected more.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This restaurant is a solid breakfast place, with good service and very good food. Efficient as well as it's in Grand Central.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great service and manager came to table and brought us extra sides - which were phenomenal!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great meal!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Menu covers a lot of different choices making it easy even for the pickiest eater to have a good meal.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Convenient Grand Central location, good service, and good food.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Took too long to get the bill, otherwise, great.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Consistent high quality Dining.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The salmon tartare and croque monsieur were terrific. But for some reason we were seated in an ancillary room when the main room was almost empty. Ask to sit near the fireplace!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food tasted just like similar dishes in France. The server and manager went out of their way to accommodate special requests.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Monk fish was superb

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good restaurant for business meals in Midtown Manhattan.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Get the skinny fries! I had the Beef Bourguignon, which was tasty but not at all what I expected. Large hunk of meat with a delicious red wine sauce, a few veggies, and homemade noodles beside. (I am used to a more stew-like preparation.) My friend had the steak tartare, which he said was delicious (I don't do tartare, so I couldn't say!), and our other friend had the lobster risotto, which was great as well. Everyone ate the fries that came with the tartare!

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Pre-theater dinner at this always reliable restaurant. The salmon was perfectly prepared. The French white wine selections are a bit limited. We were in and out in just over an hour, and didn’t feel at all rushed. Cafe Centro remains on the preferred list.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

I had the most fabulous waiter who was wonderful since I had to wait for my daughter. He let me taste the wine he picked out for me and it was delicious. I love this restaurant and go to it often.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Service was wonderful. Special truffle ravioli special appetizer was underwhelming. Sauce was terrible

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

I had a pleasant dinner from the fixed price menu. I chose the roasted duck which I can recommend.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food was good. Noise level too high

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

I really like the ambiance of this restaurant from the moment I step inside. On the two occasions that I've been there, the maitre d' came to our table with very helpful suggestions about wine options. Last time I enjoyed the monkfish on a bed of butternut squash and my friend had the ribeye steak. I look forward to my next visit so I can try other options!

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