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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.

Metlife Building
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
45th Street & Vanderbilt Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 818-1222

Website:
http://www.patinagroup.com/cafe-centro

Catering:
Please contact Sharon Colabello for event menus and information on our private dining options. scolabello@patinagroup.com | 212-949-8248.

Public Transit:
Subway to Grand Central Terminal.

Executive Chef:
Ted Rozzi

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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for a $59 three-course menu featuring Octopus a la Plancha, Truffle-Roasted Chicken, and a delicious Chocolate Tartufo. Reserve today!

Private Dining

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

Café Centro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (43)
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Casual (19)
Special Occasion (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Healthy (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Romantic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Spicy (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We enjoy the brunch buffet's tasty dishes and the elegant decor. The service is efficient and friendly.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Menu has changed for the worse, and dishes had surprising gaps...for instance no potatoes to go with steak

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on August 17, 2017

All good. Food and service appropriate for business meeting.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Client lunch convenient to the office. Service was poor. Forgot the appetizer for the client. My meal was like warm at best. Hard to get attention of server to address the table. Very disappointed as my prior experiences were very good.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

I would not recommend Cafe Centro for dinner. It's a big restaurant and the ambiance is nice as well. However, the quality of food and service were both lacking. I would say it's a good place to grab a drink after work but not ideal for dinner and/or special occasions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

went to a restaurant week , the food was outstanding

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

My midtown go to place...always good....attentive service....reasonably priced for Manhattan...
wide selection for whatever you feel like....
Well spaced tables ....

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

We went for restaurant week menu. I ordered duck and found it was under cooked and very chewy. The vegetables are ordinary. The appetizer was good but the desert seemed cheap. My friend ordered grilled rainbow trout and it was a better choice. I was expecting much nicer food at the price of $42. The service was good. I'm not saying it's a bad restaurant but I feel it's very ordinary and there was not much special about this place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

try the crab cakes, tuna salad and anything else.
Everything is great

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

It was a bit blah. Nothing really special other than the location.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The place had quiet, peaceful atmosphere. The meal was rather impressive, with nice presentation. My crispy squid appetizer was amazing. Wait staff was attentive. We will come back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Went for restaurant week. Had never been before and was excited about finally going, but found it a bit disappointing. The heirloom tomato appetizer was good, the duck was good but not great, and the baba au rum dessert was a bit stale and couldn't taste much rum.

Altogether was a bit underwhelming. While it wasn't bad, I would try something else next time.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Always wonderful even after all these years....
Large comfortable space...
Busiest at lunch... quieter at dinner...
Creative menu..

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Good cuisine in a great location, but service was not very attentive nor friendly,
yet prices hefty.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Overpriced and not consistently good food. Service was terrific and location is great but the food was simply adequate

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

My husband and I came to Cafe Centro for our one-year wedding anniversary before seeing Hamilton and we LOVED it. We were here during restaurant week, so I cannot speak for the prices traditionally, but everything we ate was clearly made from fresh ingredients, were the perfect portion sizes, had great flavor, and presentation-wise looked lovely as well. My husband and I were in Paris for part of our honeymoon last year, so the dishes were exactly the type of fare we wanted to celebrate our one year of marriage! HIGHLY recommend!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I have been dining at Cafe Centro for many years and every time I go, I go with family or friends and we all ended having great time. Great food, the service is very good and very good selection of wines.
For a very romantic dinner for two, you can always enjoy the Chateaubriand. You can not go wrong with that. Specially if you enjoy a very good Fillet Mignon.
But also the Beef Bourguignon is a very authentic French dish served at Cafe Centro.
I will highly recommend Cafe Centro for any ocasión you need to celebrate, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Have eaten here many times, but this visit was not up to usual standards. Waitress had an attitude and got snippy when we requested bread ( table seated after us had their bread for some time when we asked). Food was decent but also not as good as on prior visits. If it were my first visit, would not return.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

I've been to Cafe Centro three times over the past few years and it never disappoints. The menu, service, and overall atmosphere are all wonderful. I'm from Connecticut and it's one of my go to restaurants when visiting NYC. If you're looking for great food in a fantastic Art Deco setting, it's a must try!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I have eaten here several times and was always satisfied. This time, I had the scallops and they were out of this world - prepared to perfection.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Overall, nothing to write home about. Plus the waiter kept on mixing up the orders. I

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Service was inattentive and it took over 45 minutes to receive simple breakfast items

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Had the Restaurant Week lunch which was just okay. The fruit in the salad was unripe and inedible. I've had much better dining experiences at Cafe Centro in the past.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The service was great! We didn't like one of the meals and they exchanged it without a problem. The seafood was great, really enjoyed it!

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Have eaten here many times as I work in the building
Normally food is fine but my salad Nicole's was pretty mediocre and service just fair. Perhaps they need to sharpen things up a bit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I have been dining @ cafe centro for over 15 years
The food service atmosphere has always been perfect
This past Saturday was certainly off

They mention they have a new chef & GM

Food was ok a bit salty cold
Server seemed a bit overwhelmed she had very little help
I asked my steak to have the sauce on side
It arrived with sauce

Some items on menu was not available but are reservation was @ 5:30 when restaurant opened

It was a celebration / so that was more important
But was not the normal excellent experience

Will visit again
But was disappointed

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Ordered from the French Restaurant Week menu and I was disappointed. When I asked about the scallops, I wish our waiter mentioned that there were only 2 of them. To be fair, he did say that he steak would be more filling. I've eaten here several times and have never been so underwhelmed. It's a convenient location but I don't think I'll be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Great as always. Service can't be beat, new chef looking good!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Always has been one of my favorites whenever I visit the city. It did not disappoint tonight during French restaurant Week!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The staff was nice but when I asked for a booth I was told that they are pre-requested despite the fact that the restaurant was half empty.
Then when we finally sat, breakfast took 45 mins to be received , unbelievable and unacceptable for 2 scrabbled eggs and a Greek yogurt when the restaurant is half full.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Much better than I had expected for a restaurant in the Met Life building.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Good spot after work to hang out with some friends or family.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The server was very knowledgeable about the options. The specials felt well-considered. We had ordered the chicken bouillon with foie gras added and the grilled flat iron steak for entrées. For appetizers we had the escargot and the parisian style gnocci. Everything came out in a timely manner. Great balance of butter with the seasonings in the escargot. The chicken was tender as can be and the foie gras was really complimented by the broth. The steak was around 6 oz, seared all around and a perfect pink throughout. The only major complaint I have would be not having the scallops or the chocate terrine available for the first day of French Restaurant Week. The dishes that were there tasted amazingly though.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

My go-to place to meet friends. Our waiter was exceptionally good this time. Food was great!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

I like the convenience of the place. They never rush you out and you are able to have a long leisurely lunch.
I recommend this place to anyone in the area.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Generally, it's pretty good. But one of the dishes arrived cold the other night and, when it was sent back, came out only warm.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

As always, this restaurant does not disappoint. the food is very good, the service as well and the place is attractive and comfortable. You can also eat outside though I have not done that.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Good place for a business breakfast on the way to work from GCT.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Was close for my friend and we were able to sit outside which was lovely. Difficult restaurant if you have dietary restrictions.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Waiter overzealous for upcharges but otherwise environment good

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