Cafe Centro

Restaurants, American Midtown East
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Cafe Centro
Venue says Cafe Centro offers all of your favorite French dishes, including Beef Bourguignon, Lobster Risotto, Croque Monsieur, and Bouillabaisse.

At this sprawling brasserie, looks matter. Rotisserie chickens spin in a giant hearth; the curved, glass-enclosed kitchen demands attention; and streamlined light fixtures create a clubby feel. Chef Franck Deletrain’s menu is heavy on surf and turf for the expense-account crowd. Nods to Morocco include a just-sweet-enough chicken b’steeya with a hint of orange-flower water and garnished with spiced candied almonds. Raw-bar choices are popular, as are meaty crab cakes and the butter topped filet mignon. Many of the showy desserts are crowned with arabesques of spun sugar. A more casual meal is available at the moodier adjoining Beer Bar.

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Cafe Centro says
Sophisticated French dishes and an air of 1930s Paris make Cafe Centro one of Midtown’s best-kept secrets! Fresh seafood and raw bar specialties, grill selections and seasonal plats du jour are popular choices in this bustling bistro that is located in the MetLife Building, steps away from Grand Central Terminal.
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Venue name: Cafe Centro
Address: MetLife Building
200 Park Ave
New York
Cross street: at 45th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7:30am–10am, 11:30am–10pm; Sat 5pm–9pm
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6, to Grand Central - 42 St; S to Grand Central - 42 St; 7 to Grand Central - 42 St
Price: Average main course: $25
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While Cafe Centro is an enormous restaurant, it feels strangely intimate thanks to caddy-cornered tables and glass room dividers. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable - but the pace is slow. Be prepared to be there for two and a half hours for dinner. The food is presented beautifully - and is quite good. It's not mind blowing, but is a great stop for a business meeting if you need a bit of privacy and are looking for an elegant spot. During the warmer months they also have an outdoor beer bar.