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El Centro

Mexican Restaurant

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El Centro34.5
nachos • chilaquiles • burrito • chicken

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  • Photo of Maureen Sweet
    4 years ago
    A favorite area brunch spot. Great Mexican!
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  • Photo of Tracey Wallace
    4 years ago
    The first Mexican food place I ever tried in New York, and still a staple when friends visit. Tacos = awesome. Chilaquiles = AMAZING
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  • Photo of Olivia Greer
    4 years ago
    The corn tortillas are JUST corn
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  • Photo of Chloe L
    4 months ago
    Absolutely in love with their interior decorations, couldn't figure whether those were designed with aluminium tins or some other materials. We had some really good braised beef tacos and shrimp enchiladas! Tortilla chips and salsa are complimentary. Very dim lighting, great ambience! Great food at reasonable prices.
  • Photo of Thai06
    4 months ago
    I googled places to eat good Mexican food, and although not on every list, El centro came up on a few. Went there in a Saturday night and although surrounded by a few other Mexican restaurants. There was she of people willing to wait that 30minute wait time and now I know why. For the great affordable prices you get amazing portions. I was so stuffed but wanted to keep eating because the food is incredibly authentic and delicious. I would recommend this as a place to eat to anyone who is in NYC. The waiter are very attentive without being over zealous. I loved it and will be going many times more.
  • Photo of wildmanBil
    4 months ago
    Best Mexican food I have had and I go to Cabo San Lucas every year. Great food at a great price. You must eat here
  • Photo of HIL0410
    4 months ago
    That is, if you like simple, straightforward Mexican food with an animated Mexico/New York ambience. Delicious food. Convenient to MOMA
  • Photo of elinekolstad
    4 months ago
    Great service and fantastic food! The restaurant itself is very cool and authentic. Would definitely recommend this place :-)
  • Photo of Todd C
    4 months ago
    This is a nice place to get a good meal with drinks at a good price. We enjoyed their quesadillas (chicken and steak) as well as their margaritas(mango and coconut). Tight seating but no complaints. Good value.
  • Photo of Chakra_101
    4 months ago
    Enjoyed a delicious lunch there today. Smallish place but grabbed a nice table outside. I also appreciated that the table was level and there was a little fence around the outside dining area (so many restaurants just throw a few wobbly tables on the street but you can't even put your drink on the table for fear of upsetting it). Quick service. Tasty food (I had the chicken enchilada. Fun vibe.
  • Photo of Yoko E
    4 months ago
    3rd time visiting New York and there's always so much to see and do. Went to this Mexican restaurant as I saw it rated well on trip advisor and I'm so glad I did. We ordered chicken empanadas (so good!), shrimp fajitas (extra shells) and drinks! Not only Yummmyyy but the staff were fantastic, which makes coming back a no brainer. I'm staying at the Sheraton and unfortunately a few staff seem to be not enjoying their jobs? Not making me want to book there again.. I'd definitely recommend this place.
  • Photo of Allan S
    4 months ago
    Lovely reasonable place to dine and not take a large hit in the pocket. Relaxed casual atmosphere with good food and service. Shrimp dishes are fine as is their guacamole.
  • Photo of Lu_pl87
    5 months ago
    I went there with two friends, we had fajitas and margaritas. We enjoyed all of it and the atmosphere.
  • Photo of Tallyho15
    5 months ago
    Chose to eat here on the basis of other reviews and staying locally. Plenty of choices on the menu and good selection of mexican beers. Food was enjoyed by all - extremely tasty and authentic. Would certainly return and recommend.
  • Photo of M B
    5 months ago
    Generous portions of hot, fresh, well-seasoned Mexican fare. We went during the week for lunch, so no waiting, crowds, or loud patrons. Enjoyed the non-pretentious, practical feel of the place--just good food and pleasant, efficient service.
  • Photo of Nancy D
    5 months ago
    This is one of my nephew's favorite retails to in New York. I thought it was loud and you needed to shout. Small tables typical of NY. The food was fine. I enjoyed my steak fajitas. They were tasty. I have had better though. Their chips and salsa and margarita were all fine. When we left, we left because we were asked to go because they wanted to turn the table. I always find this rude. There was an empty table next to us and one on the other side of the restaurant. I'm guessing they might have wanted to push two tables together to make a table for four. I think in a case like this a restaurant should offer you a drink at the bar complimentary if they want to turn the table. I find this very rude. We definitely were not overstaying our time there. And trust me, it isn't a cheap place either.
  • Photo of cdkeats
    5 months ago
    The food was great and the drinks were delish. The service was really good and they did their best to accommodate our group (8) with no complaints. The atmosphere is cool and the prices are more than reasonable. I love Mexican food so it is hard to say anything bad but the tacos were very tasty. I would go here again!
  • Photo of Cunha53
    5 months ago
    Stopped by with family and was able to get a table fairly quickly even with a crowd waiting. The food was very authentic for someone that lived in Texas for a while. Our server was awesome and helped guide us to the best dinner we had in the city. We will be back!
  • Photo of Janice H
    5 months ago
    I came here for dinner, and sat outside on the patio. Service was very friendly, and we had no issue getting a table right away. What I enjoyed was that it felt like a true Mexican restaurant, we got chips and salsa free of charge, and the food had great spice and flavour to it. I ordered the chicken fajitas, which came with three corn tortillas, and guacamole, sour cream, etc. I really enjoyed my meal, and so did everyone else as well. It was very charming to sit outside, and had a nice view of the city.
  • Photo of Reece L
    5 months ago
    We decided to check out El Centro based on the reviews and weren't disappointed. The food is reasonably priced, which is a rare find in the City. We loved the margs, which were strong and generous. For dinner, we ordered the chilaquiles and a tamale. The food was fresh and delicious. It's a small place but it wasn't too crowded on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Photo of AndyDrew13
    5 months ago
    Went there for a margarita, and they delivered! Authentic, not watered down, and strong. Excellent tequila options as well.
  • Photo of Natalie C
    5 months ago
    When visiting the USA, we always try to visit a Mexican restaurant as we love Mexican food. We are both veggies, and there is plenty of choice here if you are, which is what attracted us to this particular Mexican. It is small inside and they do cram you in and although it is very busy, the service is excellent and so is the food. I can easily say this is the best Mexican restaurant I've ever eaten in, by far!
  • Photo of Argiro D
    5 months ago
    Nice service, nice food, big portions, good pricing. The place is small and too crowded, which makes it particularly noisy. The tables were a bit dirty.

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