Mon-Fri, 7:30am-10am and 11:30am-10pm; Sat, 5pm-10pm; Sun, closed
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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