La Central

4.4
368 reviews
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Latin American
Boutique hotel nestled near The Highline in the emerging neighborhood of West Chelsea.
Serving Latin American fare to the art, fashion and design world in a modern, sleek and relaxed atmosphere.
The front bar is the perfect place for a cocktail before dinner.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers weekend brunch. Outdoor dining is available seasonally.

Please contact the restaurant directly for reservation inquiries of seven or more.
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ES
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Great for meetings, lunch. Quiet space.. tasty but small servings.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and story of how it all started. Great for a date and the prices are not extreme. I would highly recommend this place. How much nor do I need to type open table. I just want to give this amazing a great score so that others can enjoy what I enjoyed.

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CK
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Latin American food! Must try
Puplsas
Pulpo
Tacos
Chuleo waffle
Great food and great service will be back

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DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Server's recommendations were excellent. The drinks were balanced and inventive without being kooky. The waffles for dessert were AMAZING.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Highly recommended

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Some food we ordered was not available, even though we had lunch at 12:30!
The noise level was too high. Tapas were very good and wine list adequate.

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JO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Modern design. Flavorful guacamole. Nicely seasoned tuna tostada. Well-prepared skirt steak. Attentive service. Average prices for a boutique hotel restaurant.

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b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burger and great place to catch up
with friends.

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c
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant accommodated our large party of 16. Although the food was good many people were served late and their food was cold. Service was not very attentive. The food was tasty and the management was apologetic and served us free deserts but they took a half hour to come out.

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P
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible terrible terrible service. Slow slow slow

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OM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was great. Service very slow... 1/2 hour to get the appetizers!

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always reliable whether it’s for a table for 2 or 8. Good food, ambiance and environment,

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T
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The location, food, and decor were great. The service was adequate, but not what I would expect from a nice NYC restaurant. I ordered a coffee and the waiter brought me an Americano for $4.50, and acted a little confused when I asked for artificial sweetener instead of sugar. There was a couple sitting next to us that was groping each other and making out, making it very awkward and uncomfortable. Nobody from the restaurant said anything to them and it went on for the entire brunch. We ate quickly so we could leave as soon as possible.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

The food is always good, but I've been going to this restaurant since they opened and they have NEVER managed to hire waiters who know the word "proper service"! They are The managers need to seriously think about hiring proper waiters.

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b
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

very pleasant bright high ceilinged space with good menu but live music was intrusive in the nearly empty restaurant on a Saturday late morning

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S
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Good food, slow and indifferent service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was expected live music but the musicians never arrived 🙃

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I used to love this place, but now they changed management and you could notice that the service was very "casual". They also got rid of the cuban band replacing it with a jazz duo - nice, but too loud for this venue - and there are plenty jazz brunch venues in New York, we do not need another one! I do not see myself returning to the Americano soon.

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Chicken Milanese was delicious though way too much salad on top. Kale salad with chicken Was not as appetizing when the chicken is already cut up. Maybe slice it nicely and let it on top and not in the side.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Bad service, waiters didn’t even know what was on the menu

Food over priced for what was served

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great design, great service and great food! Easy going and refined at the same time! Loved the patio

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t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Usually exceptional but last night and brunch today, the staff was unorganized and flakey. What happened to the Bossa Nova brunch? I even asked about it last night and no one mentioned it was no longer happening. A but disappointed.
Last night got all dozen Oysters and the shuck was not good and nothing was done to address it. It's like, we were speaking English and the staff was saying Yes, but still didn't really understand the situation nor have any idea how to make it right. No manager on the floor showed.

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t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time whether quiet it festive. Brunch is a good time. Very attentive Service. The food hasn't disappointed yet 🤓✌️🖖

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I live in the neighborhood and have been coming here for many years. Most know of the roof terrace for dining and drinks but the Salsa brunch on the main floor 12-3 is always great. They recently got a new chef who has brought the food from 6/7 (out of 10) to an 9. The live music is also great and it is usually not crowded. I recommend the huevos rancheros, pancakes, chicken sausage and huevos Mexicana. Service is always great and I love the boutique hotel vibe. There is also a back area outside on the ground floor for when it gets warmer if you don’t want to deal with the crowds.

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LL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good place for friendly conversation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the space. High quality Mexican food, great drinks. Service is generally excellent. Like in Mexico, you're shouldn't be shy if you want attention--they're more likely to leave you alone and not intrude, rather than to check on you every few minutes. I appreciate this, but I'm sure some Americans complain about it. All in all a great place.

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very nice place. A bit too expensive. Food is good but it cost a arm and a leg

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g
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Although we unintentionally ate vegan for dinner, our food was delicious. Kale salad, Brussel sprouts and polenta were all delicious. The staff zealously took care of us.

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f
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love this place. The service is not wonderful but the food is good. It is quiet so it's actually a great spot to have a meeting or be able to have a nice conversation. The aesthetic is clean and the big window makes the place look open.

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MN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

great Saturday Brunch food was excellent and service friendly and attentive...would def recommend if in area esp if want to find a great place near High Line for bite of coffee..

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere at The Americano in the lobby restaurant are great! I take coworkers and clients to breakfast and lunch there often. I can count on great service, great food and it's never too busy since it's tucked away in Chelsea. The decor is classy and chic, I always feel great about scheduling a breakfast or lunch meeting there, but it would be great for the same with friends. One day I'll try it for dinner too!

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KS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Love it, work nearby, and nice for business lunches. Upscale and urbane, service can be spotty though, especially in the evening.

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DL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I always love this place for its ambience and neighborhood setting with the Highline and art district. Real good food choices and people watching.

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FD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Long time fan and customer of the Americano

Today was a pretty terrible service experience
Had to beg multiple times for items we previously ordered or requested. A very annoying and sub par dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was empty and the food was average. Not quite what I was expecting considering all of the hype

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MD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, lovely surroundings. Service was also very good! Will definitely be back againb

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The dinning room is very nice with a cool vibe, there is also outside dinning in the back of the space. The food was OK, My daughter and wife had a lobster roll which was a lobster salad with very little lobster. My sons Steak & eggs was a very small portion. Service was not great. At one point the waiter brought milk for my coffee, I asked for cream instead, by the time he came back my coffee was cold. Seems like they need to get a better handle on who is responsible for what. They validated my parking and it is very close to the Highline entrance. The best part was the cool Latin jazz quartet that played in the dinning room.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wish I'd known that dinner didn't start until 6pm when I made my 5:30pm dinner reservation... Either way though, we enjoyed a bottle of wine and a very nice appetizer while waiting. Dinner was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

THIS RESTAURANT WAS CLOSED AND WE WERE FORCED TO SIT IN THE ROOFTOP BAR. Unacceptable!

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EJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Don't get the lobster roll. Tiniest lobster roll I've ever seen. Embarrassing.

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