Cafe Centro

Restaurants , American Midtown East
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 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Beer Bar at Cafe Centro
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Beer Bar at Cafe Centro

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.

Venue name: Cafe Centro
Address: MetLife Building
200 Park Ave
New York
Cross street: at 45th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7:30–9:30am, 11:30am–10:30pm; Sat 5–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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