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74 Seventh Ave. South, New York, NY, 10014
nr. Barrow St.
A "Top" Experience
By WhitneyB on 3/4/2009
As a devoted fan of "Top Chef" I was very excited to visit Centro Vinoteca last weekend with two friends on a trip to NYC. Even though Chef Leah Cohen was not there, the experience was still great. The dark decor and dim lights provided for a nice, cozy atmosphere. We ended up eating at the bar where the bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and drinks. We decided to just get a bunch of dishes and share them. The deviled eggs (which I am not usually a fan of, but was glad I succumbed to trying), the squash ravioli, and the skate were among our favorites. But, the cookies with caramel sauce we had for dessert were even more amazing. They were the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Overall, it was a wonderful night had by all and I will definitely return on my next trip to the city.
great food - loud space
By poochbehrens on 2/5/2009
I thought the food was fantastic. A little too loud, but I'm older and less appreciative of that kind of exuberance. The service was a little slow, but that (to me) came with the territory. I got the feeling that, they wanted me to stay and enjoy... and, enjoy, I DID! I would absolutely go back and I would also recommend it to friends... with the proviso that others found it lacking. However, bottom line, I ate like a pig, and enjoyed every morsel. Maybe next time, though, I'd go with people I didn't need to hear, or I'd bring personal "cones of silence." Is that showing my age?
Awful Service, Awful Food
By arts10022 on 1/5/2009
Rachel Maddow, why would you eat here? The waiter did not know the wine list (the restaurant was out of our first choice) or the specials. The piccolinis lacked any distinction. The skate and cod were served over the same puddle of mashed potatoes. Everything was fried to an indigestible crisp. To add insult to injury, we were seated between a toddler wielding a beeping electronic toy and a group of young woman taking flash photos of themselves, their food, and everyone around them. Awful, just awful. We could not get out of this restaurant fast enough. The kitchen and staff have a long way to go in providing an enjoyable environment and cuisine to match.
Comfortable, vibrant addition to the neighborhood
By linrtt on 8/5/2008
This one hit the spot. I went after work on a Thursday, and even though we didn't have a reservation, the bar seating was immediately available for an enjoyable girls' night out. Our waitor was very attentive and accomodated to our indecisive ordering with incredible patience. We went with quartinos of wine (many to choose from and sample) and the piccolinis (small tapas plates). The truffled eggs, grilled shrimp and eggplant cakes are the big winners here. To top it all off, I loved the 80s music in the background. Would definitely come back here, although for a more private dinner, ask for a table upstairs...
Awful service, decent food
By xsirenx on 3/10/2008
I went on a Saturday night at 10.30pm and the service was awful and the food lackluster. We ordered a bottle of wine at the bar and when we were seated, they didn't provide the basic service of helping us take the bottle and glasses to the table. After we sat down, the server did not come over for 15 minutes (and only then because I got up and asked for service). Once the food did come, it was good but not great. The oxtail cake was completely burned on top--I was surprised the chef sent it out as such. The crispy gnocchi with boar ragu was very disappointing--the gnocchi weren't crispy, just heavy, and the ragu didn't have enough sauce. I left 90% of it uneaten; when the server took the plate away, he didn't ask if there was a problem or even acknowledge it hadn't been eaten. The one great dish was the raviolo all'uvo--it was amazing. I would go back for that but definitely not on a weekend night.
Great New Neighborhood Restaurant
By charliecookz on 10/21/2007
I live in the neighborhood and I've eaten at Centro a few times. I think the quality of the cooking is top notch. Prices are low and I've had nothing but great experiences there. Piccolini are the little plates you can order right away. They are cheap and tasty - fried cauliflower, tiny meatballs, mortadella pate in a ceramic bowl, that sort of thing. Pastas are delicious - crispy gnocchi and the pici are my favorites. I like the raviolo with egg inside but I keep hoping there will be 2 on the plate. Entrees are all about the meat for me - the pork chop is excellent and well charred. The chicken has a pancetta crust which is yummy but can be a bit salty. Yes, it gets loud and itÂ’s very busy. It's also smaller than you think and hard to get a reservation as a result. The bar fills up fast but if you can get a seat, you can eat there and the bartenders are very nice. Overall, a great neighborhood restaurant and just what the area needed.
Place with just attitude
By lilikostova on 10/1/2007
Oh, how I love the food of NYC and despise all the attitude that comes with it! If waiting over 2 hours for a table on a Fri night in a restaurant that is completely Â“in the weedsÂ” (from the obviously life-challenged mellow guy at the host stand to the supremely arrogant manager on duty that night) Centro Vinoteca is not the kind of place you would want to be seen at. Especially on a Fri night. Must admit--food looked great. And smelled great too! Pity that even the 2 small plates we ordered at the bar while waiting for a table hoping not to collapse on the pretty tile floor took over 30 minutes and few friendly reminders. I know that NY haute cuisine comes with more than the usual dash of attitude but if management and staff do not get it together quickly this buzzing West Village corner restaurant will fall into the not-so-memorable city spots trap that often awaits for the NYC restaurants with nothing more than attitude.
Great food, relaxing environment.
By Click on 8/7/2007
My table of 7 tried over half of the menu at Centro last night, and I must say there was more to like than dislike: A few of my favorites; The arancines as well as the pates were delicious, as for pastas, the uovo raviolo was excellent. We had the rabbit, which i can respect for its intricacy of flavor, but it was too small and on the dry side. The peaches and cream dessert was fantastic. The service was consistent, and good for a new restaurant. (There weren't alot of suggestions for food and wine from the wait staff, but my hope is that when they become more comfortable with the menu it won't be an issue) a casual, elegant environment; it was the most hospitable and satisfying meal I've had in well over a year.
By cgreen on 7/30/2007
From the moment we walked in and until we left - the whole experience was superb. Great service both at the bar and at the table. The restaurant has been beautifully done, its all about the freshness and lighting which makes Centro such a pleasant place to eat. The food was amazing - if you go you must try the devilled eggs, the shrimps, the steak (perfectly cooked) and to finish off the cheese plate!!!Will definitely be going back - hoping to have my birthday celebrations there!
Tasty treats - service still being ironed out
By Belvino on 7/23/2007
Overall, very tasty. some really great dishes on the menu. Try the rock shrimp on the small-plates menu, the beet salad and the scallop with watermelon - sounds crazy, but it rocks - the tortellini in brodo, the chicken, the red snapper and the steak. The steak is $$$ at $36 but its a beautiful cut of meat. The service is still a little sloppy, but they just opened, so Im willing to accept that. Its def a great addition to the hood.
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