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Centro Vinoteca

74 Seventh Ave. South, New York, NY, 10014
nr. Barrow St.
212-367-7470

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7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

71% would go back.

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Lovely place and delicious food!

By elisabettasantacroce on 4/14/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was at Centro Vinoteca a while ago with three other friends and we loved the place! The service was really good and the food simply spectacular! Didn't see Chef Leah around though, hopefully next time :)

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54 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

Great wine list

By bgiallombardo on 9/29/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The restaurant had a very extensive list of italian wines great price range from $36-$300 for special occasions. Food was good, not exceptional but good. I would go back again. The ambiance was nice, nice decor and intimate setting.

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65 out of 130 people found this review helpful.

A Favorite

By DrunknMonkey on 5/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love Centro Vinoteca. I'm here 2 to 3 times a month, and it is always a fun time. Great deviled eggs, shrimp fritters, and especially pasta. It does get annoying sometimes when they take things off the menu, but I guess maybe it's a seasonal thing. The staff is always friendly, and it's by far the best priced wine list around. I love that's it's so easy and casual but so good.

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81 out of 158 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely Horrible

By upstateny10 on 5/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

My wife and I visited Centro Vinoteca as part of the Foods of New York tours, and found this to be the only restaurant we regretted visiting. We were in there for about 15 minutes to try one of their specialties, a rice dish that was pretty mediocre, and found the staff to be not only rude, but actually heard one of the managers insult me. Not a whole lot else to say about the place, except to recommend people avoid this place; there's too many good restaurants in the area to have to put up with this staff.

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69 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

Really, Anne Burrell? Leah Cohen? Whoever's in charge here??

By aow on 9/14/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

200 words can't even begin to cover how terrible my experience was. Seated almost an hour after our reservation, bartenders, servers, hostess, and manager were rude and inattentive, and we were served straight-up raw chicken. Do not bother!

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103 out of 199 people found this review helpful.

Skimpy portions, horrible manager and mediocre overpriced food

By GGKatusha on 8/11/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Don't waste your money here. For starters, if you are looking for a reasonably priced place with an actual regular portion size, I would NOT recommend going here. My friend and I got the cod and it was a tiny piece of fish in water, tomato water with no flavor and 4 cherry tomato halfs. The sides were not offered on the menu as an a la carte. We explicitly asked what came with the entree, the waitress didn't know and didnt offer us sides. We were really left hungry and felt like we over payed and then when we complained to the manager, he just said, well yeah that's the menu. his hospitality skills were in the negative.He didnt' offer to comp our side dish or make up for the bad service in any way. sucks going to a restaurant where I feel like they cheat you and don't even try to make up for it.

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94 out of 185 people found this review helpful.

what happened?

By qusiesue on 8/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

i've been to centro vinoteca many times... i actually live across the street, so it's mostly out of laziness... but seems i'm going to have to put in a little more effort in the future, b/c this place is just not as good as it used to be. their wine list is exceptional and i love the quartino carafes they use (for a glass and a half), but the food is just... mediocre. i love the green pea ravioli, but when i had it last, the pasta seemed not as fresh and, to be honest, not cooked all the way through! (i like al dente, but these were actually crispy.) also, our service was very slow although there was practically no one in the place. i'm gonna put this one on the bench for now, maybe it'll look better next season.

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98 out of 183 people found this review helpful.

Pleasant surprise

By foodieQ on 6/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The vibrant crowd, often too noisy by the bar kept me away from this place for several months since they opened, but my first meal was a pleasant surprise. The rich hamachi served on top of lightly seared foie gras was balanced perfectly with sweet and sour muscat grapes. The Ravioli stuffed with English Pea on the other hand was a dish I enjoyed with the nose, peas and truffles. Their wine selection is also as eclectic as the decor.

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106 out of 393 people found this review helpful.

Good Lunch Prix Fixe

By JCity on 5/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I recently went for lunch and had the prix fixe - which was a good value (appetizer, main, and dessert for $19). The constant subway vibration was a bit strange and also there was a food tour going on at the same time but the service was good, food was tasty (the chips were a little over done), portion size was good, will probably go back.

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102 out of 209 people found this review helpful.

Appalling time management, good food

By Jesster on 3/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Went on a recent Saturday, and had made a reservation for 6 people at 9pm in advance. I live very close to the restaurant, and called to let them know we would be running 15 minutes late, which they said was not a problem. When we arrived, the host and hostess said our table would be ready shortly. After half an hour, when I asked about the timing, they amazingly blamed me for showing up late. We were finally seated around 10:30 with minimal apologies. They gave us 3 free piccolinis, which showed up on the bill and I had to ask them about it. The waitress herself was great, and the food didn't disappoint. Fun seeing Leah from Top Chef working very hard as well. Simply awful time management service from the host/hostess given I called in advance, they thanked me for letting them know at the time, but then had to wait 75 minutes before being seated. I like everything about this place, but will probably never go back given my recent experience. There are too many amazing full package restaurants in the area to put up with such abysmal service.

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91 out of 177 people found this review helpful.

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