Bar Centrale

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Bar Centrale
Hell's Kitchen
This Restaurant Row gem serves dual symbiotic purposes: Whether you’re an actor in need of a stiff drink, or a Great White Way fan looking for a dose of backstage gossip, swank watering hole Centrale is just the place to get both. The elegant space comes alive after curtain call (around 11pm), when folks like Nathan Lane start to roll in. Drinks—such as pricey martinis and Manhattans—are competently made and ample, if a bit fussy in presentation. Despite this grievance, Bar Centrale succeeds because it exudes a quality that often escapes the geeky world of theater: It’s cool.
Venue name: Bar Centrale
Address: 324 W 46th St
second floor
New York

Cross street: between Eighth and Ninth Aves
Opening hours: Mon, Sun 5pm–midnight; Tue–Sat 5pm–1am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority
Price: Average drink: $14. MC, V
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