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El Centro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Central American, South American
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824 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-5554
+1 646-763-6585
11:00 - 16:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon 11:30 - 23:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited as part of our joint birthday celebration trip to NYC. El Centro didn't disappoint. The food was fantastic (chicken tacos and steak burrito) but the mojitos were something else. Great place!

Thank JohnnyC1976
Warrington, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We probably should have booked a table for here...even on a weekday it was packed! Luckily they very kindly squeezed us in. Food, drinks and service were incredible. My husband said the mojitos were the best he's ever had. We had chorizo nachos and burritos for mains. All were amazing!!

Thank stokie2016
Meriden, Connecticut
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is small and cozy with additional outside seating. The food was great. They had so many choices for tacos, but had a great menu item that let you pick any 3 tacos you wanted so you could try a variety. My gf had the fajitas which were equally good. Nice drink menu. Tables are very close together if... More 

Thank warrenb734
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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59 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were looking for a late lunch on a Sunday and decided on Hell's Kitchen. We wandered up the main street and were quickly overwhelmed by all the choice. We read a review by someone else on here and decided to go for this one. Great food, served quickly and with a smile, at a good price. What more could... More 

Thank Luxxie1983
London England
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535 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited here on our last night in the city and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The decor is authentic and the atmosphere is cosy, the food was absolutely delicious and generously portioned and the staff were friendly and efficient. The price was very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food in a city like New York.

Thank Preyom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Best Mexican meal we have had!! Authentic atmosphere, fabulous food, friendly staff- a fantastic end to our nyc vacation from the UK! Thank you very much

Thank dianebuggy
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Food is good, not very special (not differentiating tastes). Staff is friendly. Prices are average, so good value. The place is very loud, and one sits very close to the adjacent tables.

Thank Sparrow_from_Belgium
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little Mexican place. Outside of the tourist traps. Have to wait for a table ( but on a Friday night at 7.30pm it's not so bad ) cool interior, corona lightbulbs. Had the taco trio and the steak taco was amazing. Great selection of beers too.

Thank Ketal P
Orlando, Florida
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four dined at El Centro on a Monday night around 9pm. It was busy, but we were able to be seated immediately. Our server was lovely and we chatted throughout the night. The kitchen was nice enough to customize a nacho order for our children. Overall, the food and service was great!

Thank Love2Travel1616
London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from London, I always seek out good mexican food in the states. I found El Centro via Trip Advisor and was not disappointed. I was initially a little put off by the canteen style seating, however we were seated next to very friendly people. It is also loud as it is small, but somehow this suits the atmosphere. Food... More 

Thank Ruthie3005

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Central American, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 824 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-5554
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 646-763-6585

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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