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El Centro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Midtown
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
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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 - 23:00
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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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panama
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107 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food and service by our waiter was really good, restaurant was packed but received gracious service by our waiter, food was great!!! Did not give 5 stars due to the fact that we were 6 in our party and they had 4 table for 2 together and they sat 2 other people in our space without moving the table for... More 

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Thank pepas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The service and recommendations were great. We have actually not seen this kind of service anywhere else in NY!

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Thank Peter M
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food. Some of the best Mexican. Get the cheese dip! Portions are generous. Atmosphere is crowded and loud, but the food is worth it.

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Thank Todd D
Montréal
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88 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want to have a good time with good mexican food, it's the place! I had the plain nacho with a mojito and it was excellent. Service is good too. Very close to Times Square. Loved the place.

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Thank Mariean
Cork, Cork, Ireland
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86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited here for dinner on our NYC trip fancying some nice Mexican food. It didnt disappoint. Upon arrival we were quickly seated as walk in's which was great given I understand it can be quiet busy! For starters we got... nacho's topped with lovely stuff which was VERY filling (we didnt know we would get nacho's free also when we... More 

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Thank Fionn M
Vancouver, British Columbia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waited a bit, good atmosphere. Food is really good and it comes really fast. Moderate price and friendly service.

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Thank Joel K
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped for lunch in between sightseeing, we hadn't pre planned to visit but the menu was very welcoming and drew us is and I glad it did! We are both vegetarian and found a good choice of dishes on the menu. Well priced for NYC, free water and chips and the food was good quality, fresh and delicious! Would... More 

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Thank Cupcake2013
Cairo, Egypt
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101 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish I would give this restaurant a 5 star rate, everything is more than perfect, the food was super amazing and fresh and filling. The moment we entered I fell in love with their menu and the vibe. Everything was great till the waiter "forced" me to tip and it was embarrassing, its not that I didn't want to... More 

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Thank SallyZohney
tuscumbia, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wound up here based on proximity to our hotel and TripAdvisor reviews. The food and service we're delightful. Food was very fresh!!!

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Thank Jon W
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by for lunch and lived it. Great service and great food. Lots to pick from. And certainly didn't leave hungry.

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Thank Brian K

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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
USD 10 - USD 20
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Special Occasion Dining, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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