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El Centro

$$ - $$$Mexican, Latin,
824 9th Ave, 54th & 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019-5554
+1 646-763-6585
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chilaquiles” (38 reviews)
“nachos” (49 reviews)
“burrito” (41 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
824 9th Ave, 54th & 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019-5554
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

More authentic Mexican food than we can get in Boston. The corn reminded us of street corn we had in Oaxaca, the salsa more authentic than in most US restaurants, and the shrimp pozole was just terrific. Service quite rápido, nice scene, if a bit...More

Thank ginnyzz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second time to El Centro; been a while but another great meal. Busy with cozy surroundings (but not packed in) the restaurant has a kitschy decor. Very straightforward menu and reasonably priced; good portions; service was very attentive. Located on 9th ave and 54th so...More

1  Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent mexican food, amazing customer service and friendly environment as well. I would definitely recommend this place if you're looking for a good mexican restaurant in midtown. Chilaquiles were exquisite and highly highly recommend them 😍. The salsa has a small kick to them but...More

1  Thank AdvisingTripperNYC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place via TA & was not disappointed! Food was amazing, atmosphere great & prices reasonable. We luckily didn’t have to wait at all for a table (others after us did and we tried to visit again on last night in NYC & wait...More

1  Thank sadpanda
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best place in Midtown for authentic Mexican food. The Margaritas are delicious and the food always fills that craving for Mexican, unlike all of the other ‘Mexican’ restaurants in the city. The portions of guacamole are a bit small for the price, but it is...More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here after a Broadway show and the timing was great - about 9.30ish, no lines but still a nearly full house to give a good vibe and atmosphere. The food was really good - both had the shrimp tacos. The portions are good, the...More

Thank LondonTim79
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ordered Mojitos, Margaritas and Sangria, which were all good. Enchiladas, chilaquiles and Burritos were great too. Highly recommended.

Thank Yjyj2
Reviewed 9 December 2017

Outside of Mexico is kind of difficult to get a Michelada, so if you are on the mod of one. Go to this place, besides the food is really good, specially the Baja shrimp tacos!

Thank opaguioth
Reviewed 7 December 2017

We didn't book here but we were lucky as when we sat down it soon started to fill up and people got turned away or had to wait. The food was great, the restaurant itself was lovely, not too small hence why it fills up...More

Thank Charlie007
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Awesome authentic food. Worth the trip. Great location. Was a long line out the door when we arrived, but it moved quickly.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 824 9th Ave, 54th & 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019-5554
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 646-763-6585
  • E-mail
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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