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“Zoom-zoom, and at a price”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Centro

Cafe Centro
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Ranked #1,874 of 13,554 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: US$40 - US$40
Cuisines: American, European, French
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: 45th Street & Vanderbilt Ave.
Transit: Subway to Grand Central station.
Description: Cafe Centro is a brasserie-style French restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner near Grand Central in Midtown NYC.
New York
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126 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Zoom-zoom, and at a price”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Things started nicely. We were offered a table outside - hard to find in New York. But we stayed inside. My main complaint - perhaps something others will like - the food AND bill came much too fast. Our 2nd course came while we were half way through the first. The food was edible but nothing much - both courses were the special. Nothing special about them. Then the check came. Fortunately we did not bring overcoats or I have no doubt they would have brought them too - and this while many tables were empty. The waitstaff showed zero awareness of our pace. And - again - the food was just average. 2 courses with espresso and tip - $120. There are lots of alternatives for what used to be a good restaurant.

Visited May 2014
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English first
New York City, New York
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123 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Reasonable Price for French Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

It has been a while since I went to Cafe Centro. The Prix Fixe was excellent. I had a green market garden salad, hanger steak and toasted almond torte for dessert. If you're a wine drinker, I would go for the wine pairing for an extra $18 which is well worth it. The waiter is very courteous and service is great.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank takchi
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Long Island, NY
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89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Saturday Secret”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Grand Central is mostly empty on Saturday and Sunday, which is connected to this restaurant. A great choice before or after viewing the GCS constellations for delicious food and very efficient service, or just their extraordinary cakes and cookies. Prix fixe is a bargain for NYC, especially on Saturdays.

  • Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Convenient and Tasty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

Near Grand Central, Café Centro offers fine prix fixe dinners and excellent service. The waiter mistook my order for duck and brought a small filet, which was replaced courteously and immediately. My companion had lamb tagine which was well-balanced in flavor and not too spicy. The $29 Saturday prix fixe dinner is quite a bargain. The cookie plate was lovely and enough for two. The regular wine list is relatively small, but adequate. We'll be back

  • Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Treasure midtown”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

When you walk by this place may not look like the jewel it is but do go in! Our waiter, Eric, was courteous, helpful and just the best. His recommendations were right on and paired with a fabulous French red wine. Will definitely come back. Winner!

Visited April 2014
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