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El Centro

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$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Midtown
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824 9th Ave, 54th & 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019
+1 646-763-6585
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Today
11:30 - 01:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 23:00
Mon - Tue 11:30 - 23:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Fife, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is so cool, you walk into the restaurant through a curtain! Totally bizarre, but it is a very small cozy place! Food was probably the best Mexican food I have ever eaten out! The staff were amazingly attentive, the only downside is that because it is so small the tables are squeezed in and are therefore quite close... More 

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Thank Louise H
beirut
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited el Centro with my husbands on a Monday night. The place was not crowded but it wasn't empty either. We ordered margaritas, tortilla soup, chilaquiles and steak tacos. The drinks, chilaquiles and the tortilla soup were delicious, the steak tacos was flavorful but the meat was not very tender. The service is fast and the waiters are friendly.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice Mexican restaurant . My pork burrito was a little oily but still very tasty. My boyfriend has the steak burrito and it was nice too. They have toilets and accept credit card. Cool decor.

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Thank Samjel
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

BEST MEXICAN in the area. Gets very bust but worth the wait. Best service, nice drinks, good food . A FANTASTIC place in the summer outside. LOVE IT

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Thank RITA R
Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant tasty Mexican food! Nachos were amazing full of flavours! Good prices/service!! Almost French bistro style with tables very intimate but adds to the atmosphere. Give it a go.

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Beihai
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very popular restaurant. They don't accept reservation. Once all people arrive the restaurant, the waiting time for a standard table (4 seats) is between 15 - 30 mins after 6:30pm. The foods are delicious especially with hot pan. Foods and drinks are offered in good price.

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Thank floipy
Louisiana
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463 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tortilla soup was good, pulled pork burrito was good, my daughter said her roasted chicken enchilada was dry and tasted like cat food and i hope she doesnt know what that really tastes like, and my other daughter had the chicken quessidilla and it was really good. Dont know if we need to come back.

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Thank jthwrh
Avesta, Sweden
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is located in Hells Kitchen which was very convinient for us since we stayed just a few blocks from here. The food and drinks we had was fab and so were the service. This is good value for money and you will not be disappointed.

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Doylestown, PA
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here was great. Everything we saw looked great. We had tortilla soup, shrimp tacos, and a chicken enchilada. The soup and tacos were addictive. Highly recommended!

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Thank familyof4inpa
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled across this restaurant whilst in Hells Kitchen and we were so glad we took a chance and went in. Although it was extremely busy (surely a good sign?), we were quickly found a table. Service was excellent and the food even better. I ordered Burritos, my mum had Salmon and my son had Fajitas, all of which were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 00:00
Thursday
11:30 - 00:00
Friday
11:30 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 824 9th Ave, 54th & 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 646-763-6585
Description
El Centro truly lives up to its name as the center of Hell's Kitchen's colorful community, where local talent, and theatre and film celebrities meet regularly to unwind and enjoy authentic Mexican fare in a relaxed and festive environment. Having opened in May of 2006, El Centro recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary - and the family at El Centro continues to strive to please our diverse and loyal patrons by serving delicious and affordable high-quality food & beverages that receive the highest ratings and recommendations. Come and make yourself at home in our warm and welcoming environment of festive Milagros (miracles), Corona-bottle chandeliers and bottle-top tables. And enjoy our acclaimed chilaquiles, sizzling fajitas, and imaginative trio of tacos, while you sip on fresh fruit sangria or mouth-watering margaritas or mojitos, frozen or on the rocks, crafted with the fresh squeezed limes and quality tequila!

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