Bar Centrale

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Bar Centrale
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Bar Centrale

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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lily r

I was turned onto Bar Centrale by a theater insider - I love that this place still feels hidden; not just some trendy speakeasy, but an actual insider's spot. When I went last I saw Nathan Lane walking out. The menu is really interesting and takes risk and the inside is very sultry/swanky. This is a perfect spot to get drinks / a bite before or after a show - and possibly spot some famous faces. It was fairly easy to get reservations calling in day of, but I think it is recommended to reserve a spot instead of trying to walk in. 


A quiet, lovely bar in the heart of theater district, cleverly hidden from the throngs of thirsty tourists - only those in the know get in. And sometimes, if Broadway's finest choose to show up, the common patrons get shut out. Be prepared to either wait for a table or get turned away - but if you do get inside, order the buffalo cauliflower and a manhattan and people watch to your heart's content.