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Cafe Centro

MetLife Building
200 Park Ave., New York, NY 10166 40.75439 -73.976717
at 45th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-818-1222 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Bistro, French, Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Price Range: $$$

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    7 out of 10


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Mon-Fri, 7:30am-10am and 11:30am-10pm; Sat, 5pm-10pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe


  • Full Bar




Housed in a one-time Pan Am Airlines ticket office, this sprawling brasserie in the lobby of the MetLife Building has kept some of the old charm. The popular large patio, the glassed-in kitchen, the open dessert station, and the corner fire pit where fowl rotates on spits make Café Centro feel like an upscale buffet in a swanky Vegas hotel. Suits and tourists turn here for aptly executed meals, heavy on the surf-and-turf. Executive chef Denis Sevie further obliges with hearty, crowd-pleasing plates that span the Mediterranean: raw bar offerings, French and Italian fare, Moroccan food for exotic flair. The steak frites are dependable; the gnocchi, pillowy. In keeping with the rest, desserts are equally hard to discount.

Recommended Dishes

Steak frites, $36; bisteeya, $12.50