Francisco's Centro Vasco

★★★★☆
The #1 Lobster House in New York City!
  • 159 West 23rd Street

    New York, NY 10011

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  • 212-645-6224

About Francisco's Centro Vasco

Hours
Monday-Thursday 4:00 pm-11:00 pm, Friday 4:00-11:30 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm-11:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm-11:00 pm

Food

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I have enjoyed many lobsters at Centro Vasco...Sometimes the lobsters are great, sometimes the lobsters are very sparce and the meat is "mushy"..New Years Eve is a special night that I treasure spending with my family...Last night we

3
★★★★★

I have enjoyed many lobsters at Centro Vasco...Sometimes the lobsters are great, sometimes the lobsters are very sparce and the meat is "mushy"..New Years Eve is a special night that I treasure spending with my family...Last night we

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It's very sad that this place has the worst service as the food is delicious. Some of the best lobster I have had\r
We were thrown our salad on the table while the menus were still there; we got our food on the big platters they serve it

3
★★★★★

It's very sad that this place has the worst service as the food is delicious. Some of the best lobster I have had\r
We were thrown our salad on the table while the menus were still there; we got our food on the big platters they serve it

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This is one of those places you want to keep as your own personal secret...Its that good! Service was top notch, and hands down best lobster I've ever had...and I've eaten my share.

2
★★★★★

This is one of those places you want to keep as your own personal secret...Its that good! Service was top notch, and hands down best lobster I've ever had...and I've eaten my share.

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This place is awesome! One of my favorite restaurants in the city.

2
★★★★☆

This place is awesome! One of my favorite restaurants in the city.

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We had the lunch we ordered soup,a main dish, and DESSERT. Soup was delish, the seafood stew was a little cold but very flavorful, and the beignets were so scrumptious, light, and tasty. Total came out to about $30 a person. Everything was good staff was very friendly. I'd come back.

2
★★★★☆

We had the lunch we ordered soup,a main dish, and DESSERT. Soup was delish, the seafood stew was a little cold but very flavorful, and the beignets were so scrumptious, light, and tasty. Total came out to about $30 a person. Everything was good staff was very friendly. I'd come back.

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My wife and I just had another fabulous meal tonight. A five pound fresh lobster was 80 bucks, all fixins included (salad, green beans, tasty chips). We asked for a pillow at the end of the super meal, but they brought us a free desert to split. They rock!!

2
★★★★★

My wife and I just had another fabulous meal tonight. A five pound fresh lobster was 80 bucks, all fixins included (salad, green beans, tasty chips). We asked for a pillow at the end of the super meal, but they brought us a free desert to split. They rock!!

Pros: Food quality/quantity, value, waitstaff

Cons: Decor is a touch dated, but everyone has a blast

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generous portions, go hungry. on a busy Friday nite we were seated within 10min. waiters were very attentive and courteous.
Order the Jumbo Shrimp - YUMMmmmm!
Really good lobster-tail but the shrimp was awesome !

2
★★★★★

generous portions, go hungry. on a busy Friday nite we were seated within 10min. waiters were very attentive and courteous.
Order the Jumbo Shrimp - YUMMmmmm!
Really good lobster-tail but the shrimp was awesome !

Pros: food & service

Cons: tight seating, bar section

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I've been to this place several times, but only for lunch. It's an amazing amount of food for such reasonable (actually, excellent) prices. the bread is always fresh and warm and the salad dressing is tangy (maybe a bit too tangy, but the bread neutralizes it). I recommend the lobster stuffed sole and the shrimp. Last time I went, I arrived a few minutes too late to order from the lunch menu, but the waiter let it slide and served us anyway. That's my definition of hospitality. Well done, and highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

I've been to this place several times, but only for lunch. It's an amazing amount of food for such reasonable (actually, excellent) prices. the bread is always fresh and warm and the salad dressing is tangy (maybe a bit too tangy, but the bread neutralizes it). I recommend the lobster stuffed sole and the shrimp. Last time I went, I arrived a few minutes too late to order from the lunch menu, but the waiter let it slide and served us anyway. That's my definition of hospitality. Well done, and highly recommended.

Pros: Hospitable service, food, lunch specials

Cons: ?????

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There are a lot of places in this city that offer better paella, sangria etc for the same price or even cheaper. The atmosphere isn't an attraction at all. It's full of tourists thinking they are getting some sort of "deal". My paella was so overcooked and not too tasty. Take a pass on this place and go to alma de cuba.

1
★★★☆☆

There are a lot of places in this city that offer better paella, sangria etc for the same price or even cheaper. The atmosphere isn't an attraction at all. It's full of tourists thinking they are getting some sort of "deal". My paella was so overcooked and not too tasty. Take a pass on this place and go to alma de cuba.

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I had the lobester pieces with the red sauce and I loved it. I like the fact you can order lobster by the pound from a 1 pound lobster up to 20 pound lobster. This place is a must for lobster lovers. The prices are reasonable too.

2
★★★★★

I had the lobester pieces with the red sauce and I loved it. I like the fact you can order lobster by the pound from a 1 pound lobster up to 20 pound lobster. This place is a must for lobster lovers. The prices are reasonable too.

Pros: Lobster, Prices, Service

Cons: Parking

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I chose this restaurant as the place to treat my ma to lobster based solely on reading the reviews and write-ups and I was completely satisfied with the experience! We, a group of six, arrived not too long after opening. The complimentary salad was extremely fresh, crisp and tasty. We took some time deciding on our entrees but the waiters were professional, pleasant and patient. When the food arrived, it was plentiful and delicious. Everyone at the table was happy with their meal and relished the fact that there would definitely be leftovers. The desserts -- I sampled four -- were scrumptious! The cheesecake in particular was unbelievable! One more highlight, the bill was totally reasonable. Under their current management, I would definitely recommend Francisco's to anyone. Quite honestly, I would run back for the cheesecake alone!

2
★★★★★

I chose this restaurant as the place to treat my ma to lobster based solely on reading the reviews and write-ups and I was completely satisfied with the experience! We, a group of six, arrived not too long after opening. The complimentary salad was extremely fresh, crisp and tasty. We took some time deciding on our entrees but the waiters were professional, pleasant and patient. When the food arrived, it was plentiful and delicious. Everyone at the table was happy with their meal and relished the fact that there would definitely be leftovers. The desserts -- I sampled four -- were scrumptious! The cheesecake in particular was unbelievable! One more highlight, the bill was totally reasonable. Under their current management, I would definitely recommend Francisco's to anyone. Quite honestly, I would run back for the cheesecake alone!

Pros: Well-seasoned food; prompt service.

Cons: Low lighting makes room a little too dark.

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I had by fiancee's birthday party dinner here- the food was to die for. Everyone keeps thanking me for introducing them to great food at a reasonable price. The waiters and staff were so attentive- they made the night!!! Thanks

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★★★★★

I had by fiancee's birthday party dinner here- the food was to die for. Everyone keeps thanking me for introducing them to great food at a reasonable price. The waiters and staff were so attentive- they made the night!!! Thanks

Pros: Great food, Great value, Great service- so attentive.

Cons: Without a big party no reservations

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I am very pleased to know that I can bring all my friends to eat great food!

2
★★★★★

I am very pleased to know that I can bring all my friends to eat great food!

Pros: service, ambiance, price

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If you like Lobster--this is the place to go. Virtually everywhere you looked, the diners were feasting on Lobster. We started with the large House Salad--delicious!!! I had Twin pound and a quarter lobsters that were fantastic! and at a reasonable price.! Not being a lobster eater, my spouse had the Valencia Paella which he found to be excellent. We ordered a pitcher of Sangria--which went well with the meal. Our total bill was unbelievably low. Anytime I get another lobster craving--this will be the place I will be heading to.

2
★★★★★

If you like Lobster--this is the place to go. Virtually everywhere you looked, the diners were feasting on Lobster. We started with the large House Salad--delicious!!! I had Twin pound and a quarter lobsters that were fantastic! and at a reasonable price.! Not being a lobster eater, my spouse had the Valencia Paella which he found to be excellent. We ordered a pitcher of Sangria--which went well with the meal. Our total bill was unbelievably low. Anytime I get another lobster craving--this will be the place I will be heading to.

Pros: Price, Food Quality, Portion Size

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We went there on a monday night, so we got seated right away, the place being virtually empty. The service was suprisingly slow considering. For appetizers we took an assortment of sea food, everything was cold and watery, completely tasteless. We then took a small lobster each, which there all pretty good. The wine was blunt. I found it slightly pricey, but then again I supposed lobster always is. Overall, definetly not up to the hype.

1
★★☆☆☆

We went there on a monday night, so we got seated right away, the place being virtually empty. The service was suprisingly slow considering. For appetizers we took an assortment of sea food, everything was cold and watery, completely tasteless. We then took a small lobster each, which there all pretty good. The wine was blunt. I found it slightly pricey, but then again I supposed lobster always is. Overall, definetly not up to the hype.

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Fun environment, good sangria, great lobster place, very affordable. Have lived in the neighborhood and been frequenting for years. Love it!

2
★★★★★

Fun environment, good sangria, great lobster place, very affordable. Have lived in the neighborhood and been frequenting for years. Love it!

Pros: lobster, sangria, inexpensive

Cons: crowds on weekends

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This place is totally awesome. I live around the corner and have been there about 100 times. The losters and crab legs are just awesome. They make great sangria. My parents always get the paella and cant wait to go back. If you dont like lobster the broiled seafood platter is out of this world and the platter for one can easily be shared by two. You get salad and bread with every meal. BOTTOM LINE GO THERE. YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT FOR A TABLE BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT. They do accept reservations if you have a party of 6 or more.

2
★★★★★

This place is totally awesome. I live around the corner and have been there about 100 times. The losters and crab legs are just awesome. They make great sangria. My parents always get the paella and cant wait to go back. If you dont like lobster the broiled seafood platter is out of this world and the platter for one can easily be shared by two. You get salad and bread with every meal. BOTTOM LINE GO THERE. YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT FOR A TABLE BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT. They do accept reservations if you have a party of 6 or more.

Pros: Sangria, Lobsters, Seafood Platter

Cons: Long Waits, Small Bar Area

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'Surf and turf' doesn't mean standing water on my plate - making my steak and rice all wet.

Listen guys: If you're going to tout yourself as a lobster restaurant, at least know how long it takes to steam them. Cook it too long and the lobster meat turns to mush (exactly what was on my plate).

How do you screw up a steak? Ask the cook - not only did he do that, but he forgot to trim it before cooking. Why should I have to perform surgery at the table?

Will I be back? Not a chance.

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★☆☆☆☆

'Surf and turf' doesn't mean standing water on my plate - making my steak and rice all wet.

Listen guys: If you're going to tout yourself as a lobster restaurant, at least know how long it takes to steam them. Cook it too long and the lobster meat turns to mush (exactly what was on my plate).

How do you screw up a steak? Ask the cook - not only did he do that, but he forgot to trim it before cooking. Why should I have to perform surgery at the table?

Will I be back? Not a chance.

Cons: , management, apathetic staff

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i had the best lobster at this place. the waiter was very nice and very patient with me, took the time to explain what was what and if the portions would be too large/small. the place was packed but not too loud - 11 pm on a friday night. nice atmosphere and i can't wait to go back again!!

2
★★★★★

i had the best lobster at this place. the waiter was very nice and very patient with me, took the time to explain what was what and if the portions would be too large/small. the place was packed but not too loud - 11 pm on a friday night. nice atmosphere and i can't wait to go back again!!

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The service was horrible! When we arrived the restaurant was empty but the host refused to seat us because we were missing a couple that was still looking for parking. I normally understand if the place is busy but we were the only ones there. Since we had to wait, we decided to get a drink but the bartender ignored us even when we made it known that we would like to order a drinks. When we were having dinner the waiter never bother to refill our water and forgot to bring our side order. We had to ask for our sides. We over heard a couple next to us complaining that their main course was served before their appetizers.

The menu variety was VERY limited, only seafood with nothing "Spanish" about it. The food was not that good and seemed even worse when you combine it with the service.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was horrible! When we arrived the restaurant was empty but the host refused to seat us because we were missing a couple that was still looking for parking. I normally understand if the place is busy but we were the only ones there. Since we had to wait, we decided to get a drink but the bartender ignored us even when we made it known that we would like to order a drinks. When we were having dinner the waiter never bother to refill our water and forgot to bring our side order. We had to ask for our sides. We over heard a couple next to us complaining that their main course was served before their appetizers.

The menu variety was VERY limited, only seafood with nothing "Spanish" about it. The food was not that good and seemed even worse when you combine it with the service.

Cons: Customer Service, Menu Variety

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For 44$ a meal, this food was horrible. I will never return. If service were what mattered, they'd be awesome tho. The service was amazing. But I couldn't eat my food.

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★☆☆☆☆

For 44$ a meal, this food was horrible. I will never return. If service were what mattered, they'd be awesome tho. The service was amazing. But I couldn't eat my food.

Pros: Service is good

Cons: Food is terrible, Too Expensive, Really bad accoustics

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It tastes so good when it hits the lips.

I'm not talking about beer, my friend -- I speak of the tender meat of the lobster. Whether it be 2, 3, 5 or 12 pounds, it must be consumed in one sitting and, due to the delectable preparation of Francisco's, it shall be. Trust me.

How can Man be so gluttunous? In the face of such mammoth portions, the real question is how can Man not be. The side dishes are humoungous and excellently spiced as are the appetizers (though there is no need for them). The sangria is appropriately strong and sweet and all other minor flaws are relegated to nugatory status as a result.

What are those flaws? The wait is long and the waiting space is not. The service is also haphazard but the food and prices are well worth it. Please go.

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★★★★★

It tastes so good when it hits the lips.

I'm not talking about beer, my friend -- I speak of the tender meat of the lobster. Whether it be 2, 3, 5 or 12 pounds, it must be consumed in one sitting and, due to the delectable preparation of Francisco's, it shall be. Trust me.

How can Man be so gluttunous? In the face of such mammoth portions, the real question is how can Man not be. The side dishes are humoungous and excellently spiced as are the appetizers (though there is no need for them). The sangria is appropriately strong and sweet and all other minor flaws are relegated to nugatory status as a result.

What are those flaws? The wait is long and the waiting space is not. The service is also haphazard but the food and prices are well worth it. Please go.

Pros: Food, Drinks, Food

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Everything else is sub-par. You get a lot with your order, but it doesn't taste very good... again, unless you like lobster. Decor is blah. Service is nice enough, but nothing special. I wouldn't go again, and I recommend you don't either.

1
★★★☆☆

Everything else is sub-par. You get a lot with your order, but it doesn't taste very good... again, unless you like lobster. Decor is blah. Service is nice enough, but nothing special. I wouldn't go again, and I recommend you don't either.

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I come here at least once a month from about an hour and a half away. The lobsters are unbelievable and the service is tops. Great Sangria too!!
THE BEST!!!

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★★★★★

I come here at least once a month from about an hour and a half away. The lobsters are unbelievable and the service is tops. Great Sangria too!!
THE BEST!!!

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If you love lobster then this is the place for you!! Prices are very reasonable, especially for Manhattan. They also have a lobster for every appetite. The night I was there they had 1 1/4 lb to 16 lb lobsters. I don't know who could possibly eat a 16 lb lobster but it would be fun to watch!!

2
★★★★☆

If you love lobster then this is the place for you!! Prices are very reasonable, especially for Manhattan. They also have a lobster for every appetite. The night I was there they had 1 1/4 lb to 16 lb lobsters. I don't know who could possibly eat a 16 lb lobster but it would be fun to watch!!

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Everything was great! Prompt service.
The food was very good and you have a lot of dishes to choose from when looking at the menu.
The lighting was very romantic and gave you the privacy you need.
The manager for July 9th night was very attentive and cordial. Even remind me about my umbrella.
It is a great place if you have a large group of people.
I highly recommend it. Take it from a person who has gone to many NYC restaurants.

2
★★★★★

Everything was great! Prompt service.
The food was very good and you have a lot of dishes to choose from when looking at the menu.
The lighting was very romantic and gave you the privacy you need.
The manager for July 9th night was very attentive and cordial. Even remind me about my umbrella.
It is a great place if you have a large group of people.
I highly recommend it. Take it from a person who has gone to many NYC restaurants.

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This place is great! huge portions for decent prices, and fresh seafood!! They keep their spanish authenticity and have kept us coming back for more!!!

2
★★★★★

This place is great! huge portions for decent prices, and fresh seafood!! They keep their spanish authenticity and have kept us coming back for more!!!

Pros: cute setting, good sangria!!1

Cons: crowded often

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I go to Francisco's every time I have a friend in town. The lobster is fresh, the portions are extremely generous and the price is unbeatable, especially considering how fresh the seafood is. It's the kind of place where you want to go back to before you even finish your meal. I highly recommend the experience for everyone. You will not be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

I go to Francisco's every time I have a friend in town. The lobster is fresh, the portions are extremely generous and the price is unbeatable, especially considering how fresh the seafood is. It's the kind of place where you want to go back to before you even finish your meal. I highly recommend the experience for everyone. You will not be disappointed.

Pros: Inexpensive, Fresh seafood, Great for groups

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I went to Francisco's with a friend and the food was absolutely amazing. I'd recommend getting an appetizer b/c the dinner takes a bit to be cooked, but it was definitely worth the wait.

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★★★★★

I went to Francisco's with a friend and the food was absolutely amazing. I'd recommend getting an appetizer b/c the dinner takes a bit to be cooked, but it was definitely worth the wait.

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Lobster lovers of the world unite at this casual and off-the-radar Chelsea eatery. Francisco's Centro Vasco boasts dinosaur-size decapods up to 40 pounds, and sells them at perhaps the city's most reasonable prices. There are paellas and…

 

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