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Wed, 4/25
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11:00 PM
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Café Centro

4.5
1955 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Perfect For:
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
Cafe Centro is a brasserie-style French restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner near Grand Central in Midtown NYC.
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Private dining
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

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A grand café in the classic Parisian tradition, Café Centro is one of Midtown's most popular restaurants.

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What 1955 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

While the menu is a bit pricey, the portions are a good size and well prepared. The prix fix menu basically gave you a free desert. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. Kudos to the manager for checking on us several times and stopping by to chat.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Good enough.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

favorite Midtown East restaurant. And convenient to my office. Greg is a great bartender and the hostesses are very attentive

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

It met expectations . Good service and the food was just right for a “regular” lunch

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Perfect setting and location for the three of us - close by to home in Manhattan & to rail for one heading out.
Staff members were very welcoming and service was attentive.
Food was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Love this restaurant. The service is excellent. Everything was delicious - the best crab cakes. The host was very patient and accommodating in helping us choose the perfect wine for our dinner. Great table near the fireplace. Many thanks for a wonderful dining experience

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

My client loves the re2at wk. Menu. We had a great Sancerre and our waiter Ideal was super.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Good service and food

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Had a business lunch here. It is a very big and busy restaurant, a little noisy and attracts a professional crowd at lunch. However, the food was very good, the service was attentive, the ambiance was nice and the location, next to grand central station, can't be beat. I will have lunch here again

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent meal. The location couldn't be better for friends coming from two different directions to meet. The service, menu, wine and food were all great.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

The woman who greets you when you arrive is efficient and welcoming.... every time. She is one of the reasons I use Centro for my business lunches. A huge asset for the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Cafe Centro is a reliably excellent restaurant. Great cuisine choices, excellent presentation, and always accommodating staff. A little pricey, but the location and convenience more than make up for it.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The staff were so nice! We accidentally spilled a drink and they were so quick to help - and replace it!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Cafe Centro always delivers! We were 2 couples catching up at dinner. Cafe Centro honored our special request to have a quiet table by the fireplace - a lovely spot, attractive and good for conversation. The Restaurant Week menu was excellent - we had beets and escargot, followed by Veal and Roasted Sea Bass. Service was discreet and thorough. All super. A great evening at Cafe Centro.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Have patronized this restaurant many times. It's usually a good spot for a business meal, if overpriced. Today I had a$20 omelet that had runny eggs. The waiter did not check on us until the end of the meal. Not impressive for the upscale cost.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Bass just isn't exactly "zesty" on its own but as served , this was tasty and filling. Attentive serine, nice setting and view onto the sidewalks of NY all combined for a perfectly pleasant lunch. Central location is just one more factor in Café Centro's favor.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Reliable, goidfood and service. Restaurant Week always an opportunity to try other dishes.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We had dinner for Restaurant Week so we ate from a limited menu. The food was excellent, especially the bass and stewed veal. The ambience was great. Low noise so we could hear ourselves converse. I will certainly revisit this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

A great place to go for lunch or dinner in midtown. Great service, very good food and super convenient location. The chicken chop salad is yummy!

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

The restaurant was decorated very nice, the server was very hard to understand, my date wanted a sweet drink, she didn't understand that. She brought it to the table and my date didn't like it. It took the server 20 minutes to come back and ask about it. I ordered something else, I thought she would take it off the bill, but offered to "fix" it.

They added sugar to the drink, give me a break...

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Great place for lunch

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Our waitress was quietly friendly & attentive, and accommodating. We asked if it was possible to have the lobster risotto as an appetizer; she asked the kitchen, & they obliged us. The food was very good, (especially the Monday special, Coq au Vin), with ample servings. The side of Brussels Sprouts was excellent. A lovely meal, all around.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

A little noisy but large and with tables not too close together. Food was very good.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Service was excellent.
Dining room very comfortable.
Food was very good.
Would return.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

This was our first time at Cafe Centro, it was a great experience. We will definitely be visiting them again.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

A midtown staple, this restaurant has been a great business lunch choice for over 20 years. Its tenure alone is remarkable for restaurants in NYC. The food is good, the service professional and friendly and the atmosphere pleasant. Their french bread loaves with incredibly good french butter are to die for. I've had many lunches, some dinners and some corporate events there -- all excellent. The consistent quality and professionalism are the draw.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. Prices are high but worth it.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Perfect for a business lunch or if you need to meet near Grand Central Station - good food, nice service

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2018

One of my 'go to' spots for lunch in the area. Large menu and everything is well prepared. Perfect for people who want different options (salad vs. steak, etc.) Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Food and service were good. It was very noisy.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food and wine, good service, great ambiance. Good value.

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4.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Cafe Centro is always good. It has good basic menus with daily specials. High quality food. Very consistent - good service - great location - good for business lunch and dinner.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

My first meeting at Centro of 2018 and there will likely be 20 more. It is a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch meetings.

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2.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Usually 4 or 5 stars. Went after 9pm, food was very mediocre. Kitchen must have been empty

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Multiple visits—business and personal. Comfortable ambiance. Solid fare, well presented. Attentive service. Convenient Grand Central area location. Will return.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

The service along with the food was perfect ! Our seating by the fireplace added to the ambiance of the evening.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Just delightful in every way.
Menu great for seafood lovers.
I wish more vegetarian dishes for those who do not like seafood.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

always a favorite. food is excellent, service good, place pleasant.

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