Centro Vinoteca

★★★☆☆
A West Village restaurant hosting the top brunch in NYC
  • 74 7th Ave S

    New York, NY 10014

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  • 212-367-7470

About Centro Vinoteca

Hours
Mon - Fri : 12pm - 12am Sat - Sun : 11am - 12am

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Three of us ate there last Sunday Night and no one had a good meal. The octopus was as tough as rope, the mussels made my guest ill, and my fish was overdone.

Even the presentation was less than exciting.

Save your money, skip this average restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

Three of us ate there last Sunday Night and no one had a good meal. The octopus was as tough as rope, the mussels made my guest ill, and my fish was overdone.

Even the presentation was less than exciting.

Save your money, skip this average restaurant.

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I went to Centro Vinoteca this past weekend simply because after reading "Eat, Pray, Love," I wanted Italian food, Italian wine and Italian life! Although the experience was more modern and classy than what was described in the book, the cozy and intimate atmosphere of the restaurant was very satisfactory :D

I tried Pici Pasta with sweet & spicy tomato-fennel sausage ragu and as many people recommended, it was AMAZING A big shame is tho... that I didn't try any wine :/

But I was told that the restaurant is having a great promotion for Aperitivo, 50% off ALL bottles of wine, and Prix Fixe brunch with UNLIMITED cocktail & Blood Mary! I will definitely go back and try this time!!!

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★★★★☆

I went to Centro Vinoteca this past weekend simply because after reading "Eat, Pray, Love," I wanted Italian food, Italian wine and Italian life! Although the experience was more modern and classy than what was described in the book, the cozy and intimate atmosphere of the restaurant was very satisfactory :D

I tried Pici Pasta with sweet & spicy tomato-fennel sausage ragu and as many people recommended, it was AMAZING A big shame is tho... that I didn't try any wine :/

But I was told that the restaurant is having a great promotion for Aperitivo, 50% off ALL bottles of wine, and Prix Fixe brunch with UNLIMITED cocktail & Blood Mary! I will definitely go back and try this time!!!

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we went to centro vinoteca this week for the restaurant week. Food was good but i believe the water melon salad was not the freshest. I got food posoning and barely made it home. Stay away from this salad during the hot weather.

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★★☆☆☆

we went to centro vinoteca this week for the restaurant week. Food was good but i believe the water melon salad was not the freshest. I got food posoning and barely made it home. Stay away from this salad during the hot weather.

Pros: great service, good ambience

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Fun scene, nice servers and truffled deviled eggs make this a great place. I have gone for dinner and the apps are much more intersting and memorable than the entrees.

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★★★★☆

Fun scene, nice servers and truffled deviled eggs make this a great place. I have gone for dinner and the apps are much more intersting and memorable than the entrees.

Pros: scene

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Definitely found one of my new favorite spots. The food was fantastic.

We went on a tuesday night and got there around 7:30 for drinks first. It was a little quiet when we got there but by 8:30ish or so the whole place was busy and the atmosphere was great. We sat in the downstairs which seemed to have a different vibe from what I can tell of the upstairs.

I had the scallops to start which were a special and the lamb for dinner. The lamb was cooked perfectly and very juicy.

Service was great. The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Just an overall enjoyable great dinner.

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★★★★★

Definitely found one of my new favorite spots. The food was fantastic.

We went on a tuesday night and got there around 7:30 for drinks first. It was a little quiet when we got there but by 8:30ish or so the whole place was busy and the atmosphere was great. We sat in the downstairs which seemed to have a different vibe from what I can tell of the upstairs.

I had the scallops to start which were a special and the lamb for dinner. The lamb was cooked perfectly and very juicy.

Service was great. The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Just an overall enjoyable great dinner.

Pros: Great food, fun atmosphere

Cons: none

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There were four of us girls for dinner on my birthday March 28. We walked in and barely had to wait. At the bar, we encountered a plethora of amazing drinks. The bartenders were attentive and even made a newly invented drink. I loved the use of thyme and cucumber in their choice of cocktails.
Dinner was devine. The lamb, truffled deviled eggs & other piccolini, and dessert were perfect.
We dined upstairs and I loved that room. The atmosphere was dreamy. It was well lighted and the decor is beautiful.
Lastly, the service was extremely professional. The manager checked on the tables and our server was very good.
I rarely take the time to write reviews though, I dine out often. This restaurant has made the top of my list.

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★★★★★

There were four of us girls for dinner on my birthday March 28. We walked in and barely had to wait. At the bar, we encountered a plethora of amazing drinks. The bartenders were attentive and even made a newly invented drink. I loved the use of thyme and cucumber in their choice of cocktails.
Dinner was devine. The lamb, truffled deviled eggs & other piccolini, and dessert were perfect.
We dined upstairs and I loved that room. The atmosphere was dreamy. It was well lighted and the decor is beautiful.
Lastly, the service was extremely professional. The manager checked on the tables and our server was very good.
I rarely take the time to write reviews though, I dine out often. This restaurant has made the top of my list.

Pros: outstanding menu, inventive drinks, friendly service

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Rachel Maddow, why would you eat here? The waiter did not know the wine list (the restaurant was out of our first choice) or the specials. The piccolinis lacked any distinction. The skate and cod were served over the same puddle of mashed potatoes. Everything was fried to an indigestible crisp. To add insult to injury, we were seated between a toddler wielding a beeping electronic toy and a group of people taking flash photos of themselves, their food, and everyone around them. Awful, just awful. We could not get out of this restaurant fast enough. The kitchen and staff have a long way to go in providing an enjoyable environment and cuisine to match.

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★☆☆☆☆

Rachel Maddow, why would you eat here? The waiter did not know the wine list (the restaurant was out of our first choice) or the specials. The piccolinis lacked any distinction. The skate and cod were served over the same puddle of mashed potatoes. Everything was fried to an indigestible crisp. To add insult to injury, we were seated between a toddler wielding a beeping electronic toy and a group of people taking flash photos of themselves, their food, and everyone around them. Awful, just awful. We could not get out of this restaurant fast enough. The kitchen and staff have a long way to go in providing an enjoyable environment and cuisine to match.

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A lot of the reviews on city search for Centro Vinoteca are very negative. I think this is due to the age of the reviews. Suffice it to say that since these reviews were written, almost all of the complaints have been addressed. As of 12/7/08, the food is very good, the waitstaff (particularly Sean(?), one of the hosts) is very friendly, and the atmosphere is trendy with an attractive crowd. The food is a little pricey for what you get, but all in all I had a very positive experience.

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★★★★☆

A lot of the reviews on city search for Centro Vinoteca are very negative. I think this is due to the age of the reviews. Suffice it to say that since these reviews were written, almost all of the complaints have been addressed. As of 12/7/08, the food is very good, the waitstaff (particularly Sean(?), one of the hosts) is very friendly, and the atmosphere is trendy with an attractive crowd. The food is a little pricey for what you get, but all in all I had a very positive experience.

Pros: Great ambiance, good food, friendly waitstaff

Cons: downstairs is a little noicy

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I had noticed Centro on my way somewhere while I was in a cab or walking past it. I thought it looked cute and wanted to try it. Last night, I was in the mood to have small plates and wine with my boyfriend so we went to Centro. As soon as you step in, you're practically face to face with the host. The entrance is too short with the comptuer and host station right at the door. You can practically ask for a table from outside. I should have trusted my gut and walked the other way. He came off so cheesy with his pretentious grin and suit. Then we followed the hostess. I didn't know there was an upstairs, but nonetheless, I would have appreciated, "follow me upstairs" or something. She was not very friendly. I don't know why she was even there.
Our server was very sweet. We ordered a bunch of smal plates. We were surprised that they brought them out all together, but okay. THE WORST PART ABOUT THE MEAL was when we started eating, the busboy would come by every five minutes or after we took a bite to see if he could clear the plates. He would put his hands on the plates, ready to whisk them away, before he even asked. SO RUDE. The restaurant obviously doesn't believe in training their employees to allow their guests to actually enjoy their meals. I was trying to have a conversation with my boyfriend over dinner, but was constantly interrupted with "are you done with this?" or "can I take this away?". My waitress never came around and asked if I wanted another drink too. The food was okay. I would never mention this place in the same breath as Peasant. Peasant has the most excellent food and no matter how crowded it gets, they let you sit and enjoy it. The decor is very cheesy West Elm-aren't we sick of seeing that stuff? Doesn't match the food at all.
I would never go back to Centro. They can't even get the basic principle of dining out right. What a waste of a nice evening, time, and my money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had noticed Centro on my way somewhere while I was in a cab or walking past it. I thought it looked cute and wanted to try it. Last night, I was in the mood to have small plates and wine with my boyfriend so we went to Centro. As soon as you step in, you're practically face to face with the host. The entrance is too short with the comptuer and host station right at the door. You can practically ask for a table from outside. I should have trusted my gut and walked the other way. He came off so cheesy with his pretentious grin and suit. Then we followed the hostess. I didn't know there was an upstairs, but nonetheless, I would have appreciated, "follow me upstairs" or something. She was not very friendly. I don't know why she was even there.
Our server was very sweet. We ordered a bunch of smal plates. We were surprised that they brought them out all together, but okay. THE WORST PART ABOUT THE MEAL was when we started eating, the busboy would come by every five minutes or after we took a bite to see if he could clear the plates. He would put his hands on the plates, ready to whisk them away, before he even asked. SO RUDE. The restaurant obviously doesn't believe in training their employees to allow their guests to actually enjoy their meals. I was trying to have a conversation with my boyfriend over dinner, but was constantly interrupted with "are you done with this?" or "can I take this away?". My waitress never came around and asked if I wanted another drink too. The food was okay. I would never mention this place in the same breath as Peasant. Peasant has the most excellent food and no matter how crowded it gets, they let you sit and enjoy it. The decor is very cheesy West Elm-aren't we sick of seeing that stuff? Doesn't match the food at all.
I would never go back to Centro. They can't even get the basic principle of dining out right. What a waste of a nice evening, time, and my money.

Pros: location-but who cares if the restaurant is no good?

Cons: attitude, rushing of clearing plates, interruption of dinner, lackluster food

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What's up with the chef? I sat up by a bar table in view of the chef and saw the wall of fame. Everything started off great but then I ordered my pasta and asked if I could have it without meat in the sauce if they had any marinara they could use. They said no. And I said well i understand if you don't have it I don't expect you to serve me something that isn't in your kitchen. But I saw in the menu that they serve zucchini fritters with a spicy marinara sauce so I asked if I can have the pasta with that sauce which has no meat in it because I don't eat bacon. The server said no and so I asked certainly there must be a good reason? He said that the chef doesn't do it. I knew it wasn't the waiters decision so I asked to speak to the manager who seemed drunk and was very rude to me because he just came up and without hearing what I had to say he said "Hi I'm Ed the General Manger of this restaurant and you absolutely can not substitute that sauce with the BUCCATINI!" then flatly said "Sorry sir, you need to pick another dish."

I was shocked! I just wanted to understand why and he didn't even give me a chance to ask! So at that point I just gave up decided it wasn't worth the fight clearly they don't care. I decided to order a seafood dish that ultimately tasted really bland and I hardly touched it, I basicly lost my appetite at this point. So i'm just sitting there with this dish that wasn't at all good and no appetite and I keep seeing this General Manager talking to the Star Chef kackling and making faces at each other and I felt as if they were talking about me. Maybe they weren't talking about me but I'd think a chef with all these write ups and a nice restaurant would treat her guests I don't know with a little hospitality. Maybe if she spent less time making fun of people or whatever and more time actually taking care of her guests and cooking she might have a successful restaurant. I wish them all the best of luck. They'll need it.

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★★☆☆☆

What's up with the chef? I sat up by a bar table in view of the chef and saw the wall of fame. Everything started off great but then I ordered my pasta and asked if I could have it without meat in the sauce if they had any marinara they could use. They said no. And I said well i understand if you don't have it I don't expect you to serve me something that isn't in your kitchen. But I saw in the menu that they serve zucchini fritters with a spicy marinara sauce so I asked if I can have the pasta with that sauce which has no meat in it because I don't eat bacon. The server said no and so I asked certainly there must be a good reason? He said that the chef doesn't do it. I knew it wasn't the waiters decision so I asked to speak to the manager who seemed drunk and was very rude to me because he just came up and without hearing what I had to say he said "Hi I'm Ed the General Manger of this restaurant and you absolutely can not substitute that sauce with the BUCCATINI!" then flatly said "Sorry sir, you need to pick another dish."

I was shocked! I just wanted to understand why and he didn't even give me a chance to ask! So at that point I just gave up decided it wasn't worth the fight clearly they don't care. I decided to order a seafood dish that ultimately tasted really bland and I hardly touched it, I basicly lost my appetite at this point. So i'm just sitting there with this dish that wasn't at all good and no appetite and I keep seeing this General Manager talking to the Star Chef kackling and making faces at each other and I felt as if they were talking about me. Maybe they weren't talking about me but I'd think a chef with all these write ups and a nice restaurant would treat her guests I don't know with a little hospitality. Maybe if she spent less time making fun of people or whatever and more time actually taking care of her guests and cooking she might have a successful restaurant. I wish them all the best of luck. They'll need it.

Pros: nice chandiliers/ there are plenty of other restaurants in the city

Cons: Creepy manager/ Mean Chef clearly was making fun of me from across the room!!! wtf

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My family and I went there on a friday night. We had reservations and were seated. The waiter was the worst waiter we have ever had. Then we asked for water and and extra napkin we never got it till much later. We had menu questions and no one was around to ask. When we ordered our food it was wrong. We received another persons dinners !!!
THEN WE HAD TO WAIT ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR OURS TO ACTUALLY SHOW UP AND THEY STILL TRIED TO CHARGE US ! The Host Eddie all he did was laugh and walk away !!
I would never recommend this place to anyone. There are soo many more desering and good restaurants in the west village this one def deserves to overlooked.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family and I went there on a friday night. We had reservations and were seated. The waiter was the worst waiter we have ever had. Then we asked for water and and extra napkin we never got it till much later. We had menu questions and no one was around to ask. When we ordered our food it was wrong. We received another persons dinners !!!
THEN WE HAD TO WAIT ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR OURS TO ACTUALLY SHOW UP AND THEY STILL TRIED TO CHARGE US ! The Host Eddie all he did was laugh and walk away !!
I would never recommend this place to anyone. There are soo many more desering and good restaurants in the west village this one def deserves to overlooked.

Pros: We dont have to come back !

Cons: Worst service ever ! Horrible Host !!!!!!!!

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I have also had a bad experience at Centro Vinoteca. The food is more bad than good, and if you're going to have an open kitchen, the chef needs to at least pretend not to be miserable and crabby back there. It really drags down the mood in the bar. I have seen Anne Burrell on TV, and she was always positive and intiriguing, but if this is what she's like in real life, maybe they should consider extending the white bricks over the kitchen. Someone should tell her that if you're on the tube, people are always watching you when they see you in real life. Cheer up, for god's sake! Nobody wants to watch someone miserable at work.
As for the manager, I don't think they actually have one. There certainly didn't appear to be anyone circling the restaurant, checking that we or anyone else was happy. Maybe they shouldn't, or they might get some surprises with the responses. I've never been treated by a host the way I was treated by the tall black guy with the stale breath. I thought your supposed to be treated like a guest in a restaurant, not an inconvenience. Anyone got a mint?

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★★☆☆☆

I have also had a bad experience at Centro Vinoteca. The food is more bad than good, and if you're going to have an open kitchen, the chef needs to at least pretend not to be miserable and crabby back there. It really drags down the mood in the bar. I have seen Anne Burrell on TV, and she was always positive and intiriguing, but if this is what she's like in real life, maybe they should consider extending the white bricks over the kitchen. Someone should tell her that if you're on the tube, people are always watching you when they see you in real life. Cheer up, for god's sake! Nobody wants to watch someone miserable at work.
As for the manager, I don't think they actually have one. There certainly didn't appear to be anyone circling the restaurant, checking that we or anyone else was happy. Maybe they shouldn't, or they might get some surprises with the responses. I've never been treated by a host the way I was treated by the tall black guy with the stale breath. I thought your supposed to be treated like a guest in a restaurant, not an inconvenience. Anyone got a mint?

Cons: Empty vibe, no personal attention

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Having heard all the hype and searching for the best new Italian joint in town, I made a reservation at Centro Vinoteca for last weekend. (Is that even a word in Italian?) Our table wasn't ready in time, and we were told to have a drink at the bar. No biggie, this is the city. The hostess was very good at keeping track of where we were, and thankfully it wasn't Mister Snippy, who pretty much dismissed us at the door when WE were on time.
We were seated after 45 minutes, upstairs, in what could have been Siberia, given the absence of assistance around. Service was ordinary and uninspired, which I can normally forgive, if the food is really something else. It is not.
The salad was crunchy. Not crouton, or fried onion, or crispy bacon crunchy, but gritty soil or sand crunchy. Note to chef: wash the greens. Not a great entrance to the meal. Mortadella pate reminds you of what you used to get in your sandwich at school, only blended and sprinkled with stale pistachios. It was reminiscent of dog food with stale pistachios.
Fried monster gnocchi doesn't get me going, even with a decent boar ragu. It's too fat and stodgy for my liking.
I'm the kind of guy who will order somthing that I have been warned off more than once, partly because I'm stubborn (ask my wife), and partly because I have some need to see the chef prove that they sometimes just slip up. Everyone has a bad day, right? Listen to me and my two friends who have all eaten it. DO NOT order the rabbit, unless you are going for award winning jaw muscles, the kind that flex in a soap opera.
I'm also the kind of guy who thinks he's going to say something to the manager on the way out, but always chickens out and smiles and says "Thankyou! Everything was great!" I resolved to do it this time, though and stopped at the host stand to look around for him. I spotted him at the bar, having a nice glass of wine with the chef and enjoying his dinner. They both deserved it. Rewards for a job well done.

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★★★☆☆

Having heard all the hype and searching for the best new Italian joint in town, I made a reservation at Centro Vinoteca for last weekend. (Is that even a word in Italian?) Our table wasn't ready in time, and we were told to have a drink at the bar. No biggie, this is the city. The hostess was very good at keeping track of where we were, and thankfully it wasn't Mister Snippy, who pretty much dismissed us at the door when WE were on time.
We were seated after 45 minutes, upstairs, in what could have been Siberia, given the absence of assistance around. Service was ordinary and uninspired, which I can normally forgive, if the food is really something else. It is not.
The salad was crunchy. Not crouton, or fried onion, or crispy bacon crunchy, but gritty soil or sand crunchy. Note to chef: wash the greens. Not a great entrance to the meal. Mortadella pate reminds you of what you used to get in your sandwich at school, only blended and sprinkled with stale pistachios. It was reminiscent of dog food with stale pistachios.
Fried monster gnocchi doesn't get me going, even with a decent boar ragu. It's too fat and stodgy for my liking.
I'm the kind of guy who will order somthing that I have been warned off more than once, partly because I'm stubborn (ask my wife), and partly because I have some need to see the chef prove that they sometimes just slip up. Everyone has a bad day, right? Listen to me and my two friends who have all eaten it. DO NOT order the rabbit, unless you are going for award winning jaw muscles, the kind that flex in a soap opera.
I'm also the kind of guy who thinks he's going to say something to the manager on the way out, but always chickens out and smiles and says "Thankyou! Everything was great!" I resolved to do it this time, though and stopped at the host stand to look around for him. I spotted him at the bar, having a nice glass of wine with the chef and enjoying his dinner. They both deserved it. Rewards for a job well done.

Pros: Good wine selection, nice bartender

Cons: Food and management attention

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Went here for a Friday lunch and it was fine. My biggest problem was that they still acted all fancy schmancy, even at lunchtime. I guess that's why some people go, but I was just trying to find a nice place to eat with a friend (that wasn't a hot bar/deli).
The portions were very small, necessitating either an appetizer or dessert. The service was very nice, actually - something that would have been very much appreciated at dinner, but again seemed a bit much for lunch. My friend was kind enough to pay for the meal, but I snuck a peek at the tab and it seemed awfully expensive for lunch.
The food itself was no more than fine - I had ravioli and the hazelnut cake. Neither was the caliber of food I'd expect in terms of taste. Presentation, however, was lovely.
Based on all this, I am neither recommending nor suggesting you avoid this place. Depends on the type of experience you want.

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★★★☆☆

Went here for a Friday lunch and it was fine. My biggest problem was that they still acted all fancy schmancy, even at lunchtime. I guess that's why some people go, but I was just trying to find a nice place to eat with a friend (that wasn't a hot bar/deli).
The portions were very small, necessitating either an appetizer or dessert. The service was very nice, actually - something that would have been very much appreciated at dinner, but again seemed a bit much for lunch. My friend was kind enough to pay for the meal, but I snuck a peek at the tab and it seemed awfully expensive for lunch.
The food itself was no more than fine - I had ravioli and the hazelnut cake. Neither was the caliber of food I'd expect in terms of taste. Presentation, however, was lovely.
Based on all this, I am neither recommending nor suggesting you avoid this place. Depends on the type of experience you want.

Pros: beautiful space, nice service, interesting menu

Cons: small portions, a little expensive, mid-quality food

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Went on a Sat. night without a reservation and the staff happily seated us within 20minutes. Once seated upstairs (very comfortable) the manager bought over some free piccolini without being prompted AT ALL. The food was creative, confident, and heartfelt....not amazing though by any means (AND THAT'S OK.) An exception was the braised oxtail cakes with celery salad & parmigiano frico ($14) which was one of the best collections of .....ANYTHING i've had in a long time. IT.WAS.BRILLIANT!!! I found the staff warm and would love to go back for an another whirl.

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★★★★☆

Went on a Sat. night without a reservation and the staff happily seated us within 20minutes. Once seated upstairs (very comfortable) the manager bought over some free piccolini without being prompted AT ALL. The food was creative, confident, and heartfelt....not amazing though by any means (AND THAT'S OK.) An exception was the braised oxtail cakes with celery salad & parmigiano frico ($14) which was one of the best collections of .....ANYTHING i've had in a long time. IT.WAS.BRILLIANT!!! I found the staff warm and would love to go back for an another whirl.

Pros: HEART. WINE LIST. UPSTAIRS

Cons: SMALL

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pretty much the worst place I ever ate. the server was extremely lazy and could care less about our quick lunch as he should be able to 'turn' the table. the lunch menu left much to be desired like the service. avoid at all costs.

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★☆☆☆☆

pretty much the worst place I ever ate. the server was extremely lazy and could care less about our quick lunch as he should be able to 'turn' the table. the lunch menu left much to be desired like the service. avoid at all costs.

Pros: decor

Cons: horrible service, lame menu

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I can't stop talking about how great my experiance was at Centro. My reservations were for 9:15 and after waiting for about 10 minutes, the great host came over and gave my party of 3 glasses of complimentary preseco :) We were promptly seated upstairs ( beautiful and cozy) and yes...the floor vibrates a bit...but you barely notice. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive and the food was incredible. I recommend indulging in the primi (eggplant fritters, cauliflower wedges) and I had the duck ragu special with fois gras and it was delicious. It was a great experiance overall and I will defininitely be back.

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★★★★☆

I can't stop talking about how great my experiance was at Centro. My reservations were for 9:15 and after waiting for about 10 minutes, the great host came over and gave my party of 3 glasses of complimentary preseco :) We were promptly seated upstairs ( beautiful and cozy) and yes...the floor vibrates a bit...but you barely notice. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive and the food was incredible. I recommend indulging in the primi (eggplant fritters, cauliflower wedges) and I had the duck ragu special with fois gras and it was delicious. It was a great experiance overall and I will defininitely be back.

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Had some appetizers at the bar and it was just beyond my expectations. Will go back again and again!

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★★★★☆

Had some appetizers at the bar and it was just beyond my expectations. Will go back again and again!

Pros: great food, friendly bar

Cons: small

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My girlfriend and I went to Centro Vinoteca on a Wednesday night. It was crowded as expected. People watching? Yes. Good service? Definitely. Good wine list? Yep.

Amazing food that you would expect from a celeb-veteran? No.

While we were waiting for our table (an estimated hour and a half) we had the Arancini and fried eggplant cakes. I've had better arancini in a few other places for less, and the fried eggplant was light, but not extraordinary. The different wines we tried by 'quartino' were great, fairly priced, served by happy, friendly staff.

The main dining room was expectedly loud, but unexpectedly COLD. I can't imagine what the window-side seats will feel like when NY hits sub-freezing temperatures.

The fried gnocchi with lamb ragu was worth every penny. Home-made flavors were appropriate for this comfort food dish.

When we got our entrees however, we were definitely disappointed. The rabbit rolled inside pancetta served with a bean-wild mushroom side was dry, almost cold and uninspired. My girlfriend's duck breast was slightly better in comparison, however it was soon that we realized we had better luck with this take of new Italian food in a more unsuspected places.. Try Marco & Pepe in Jersey City and you'll see what i'm talking about..

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★★★☆☆

My girlfriend and I went to Centro Vinoteca on a Wednesday night. It was crowded as expected. People watching? Yes. Good service? Definitely. Good wine list? Yep.

Amazing food that you would expect from a celeb-veteran? No.

While we were waiting for our table (an estimated hour and a half) we had the Arancini and fried eggplant cakes. I've had better arancini in a few other places for less, and the fried eggplant was light, but not extraordinary. The different wines we tried by 'quartino' were great, fairly priced, served by happy, friendly staff.

The main dining room was expectedly loud, but unexpectedly COLD. I can't imagine what the window-side seats will feel like when NY hits sub-freezing temperatures.

The fried gnocchi with lamb ragu was worth every penny. Home-made flavors were appropriate for this comfort food dish.

When we got our entrees however, we were definitely disappointed. The rabbit rolled inside pancetta served with a bean-wild mushroom side was dry, almost cold and uninspired. My girlfriend's duck breast was slightly better in comparison, however it was soon that we realized we had better luck with this take of new Italian food in a more unsuspected places.. Try Marco & Pepe in Jersey City and you'll see what i'm talking about..

Pros: Decor, 'celebrity chef actually in the kitchen', good wine list

Cons: Food won't meet most expectations, loud.

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I went to Centro this past weekend. Had seen the chef on TV and thought it would impress my date - the foodie. The food was top notch and she was very impressed. Very good pastas and pork chop. Portions are hearty. Good value too. Bonus chef sighting.

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★★★★★

I went to Centro this past weekend. Had seen the chef on TV and thought it would impress my date - the foodie. The food was top notch and she was very impressed. Very good pastas and pork chop. Portions are hearty. Good value too. Bonus chef sighting.

Pros: Great Value, Good Food

Cons: Loud

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I had dinner with 2 other friends on Saturday night, and had a less than spectacular experience. First, we were sat an an upstairs table where the floor was vibrating intensely from the speakers or some kitchen appliance below. Next to the menu...there were several ingredients on the menu that I don't eat, primarily pork in various varieties. Then, the things I would eat were deep fried (ie. crispy gnocci with lamb bolognese). When I asked if I could leave the sausage off of my "pizzetta" I was told by the waiter who had a terrible snobbish attitude that the chef probably wouldnt do it because "she is a famous chef...you know, these famous chefs dont want to change anything." I cant blame them for having things on their menu that I dont eat, but at the same time how hard is it to leave out 1 ingredient on top of a pizza. Meanwhile, both the salad (with apples, walnuts & feta) and the pizza were DRENCHED in oil. The salad ingredients were ruined by overuse of dressing and the pizza was basically just a burnt piece of flat bread with mozzarella, arugala, and loads of oil.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had dinner with 2 other friends on Saturday night, and had a less than spectacular experience. First, we were sat an an upstairs table where the floor was vibrating intensely from the speakers or some kitchen appliance below. Next to the menu...there were several ingredients on the menu that I don't eat, primarily pork in various varieties. Then, the things I would eat were deep fried (ie. crispy gnocci with lamb bolognese). When I asked if I could leave the sausage off of my "pizzetta" I was told by the waiter who had a terrible snobbish attitude that the chef probably wouldnt do it because "she is a famous chef...you know, these famous chefs dont want to change anything." I cant blame them for having things on their menu that I dont eat, but at the same time how hard is it to leave out 1 ingredient on top of a pizza. Meanwhile, both the salad (with apples, walnuts & feta) and the pizza were DRENCHED in oil. The salad ingredients were ruined by overuse of dressing and the pizza was basically just a burnt piece of flat bread with mozzarella, arugala, and loads of oil.

Cons: Vibrating floor, oily food, snobby service

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I live in the neighborhood and I've eaten at Centro a few times. I think the quality of the cooking is top notch. Prices are low and I've had nothing but great experiences there. Piccolini are the little plates you can order right away. They are cheap and tasty - fried cauliflower, tiny meatballs, mortadella pate in a ceramic bowl, that sort of thing. Pastas are delicious - crispy gnocchi and the pici are my favorites. I like the raviolo with egg inside but I keep hoping there will be 2 on the plate. Entrees are all about the meat for me - the pork chop is excellent and well charred. The chicken has a pancetta crust which is yummy but can be a bit salty.
Yes, it gets loud and it?s very busy. It's also smaller than you think and hard to get a reservation as a result. The bar fills up fast but if you can get a seat, you can eat there and the bartenders are very nice. Overall, a great neighborhood restaurant and just what the area needed.

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★★★★★

I live in the neighborhood and I've eaten at Centro a few times. I think the quality of the cooking is top notch. Prices are low and I've had nothing but great experiences there. Piccolini are the little plates you can order right away. They are cheap and tasty - fried cauliflower, tiny meatballs, mortadella pate in a ceramic bowl, that sort of thing. Pastas are delicious - crispy gnocchi and the pici are my favorites. I like the raviolo with egg inside but I keep hoping there will be 2 on the plate. Entrees are all about the meat for me - the pork chop is excellent and well charred. The chicken has a pancetta crust which is yummy but can be a bit salty.
Yes, it gets loud and it?s very busy. It's also smaller than you think and hard to get a reservation as a result. The bar fills up fast but if you can get a seat, you can eat there and the bartenders are very nice. Overall, a great neighborhood restaurant and just what the area needed.

Pros: great value, excellent food, inexpensive wines by quartino

Cons: noisy room

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I first do not get the rating of 4.5 starts by citysearch, that isn't the average of the user reviews (not counting my own) as that would be 3 stars...
I have never written a review of any restaurant before because I have never been so appalled in my life. I went to Cenro Vinoteca with clients and work colleagues. The service was so AMAZINGLY BAD that we still laugh about it. Want specifics? Here are a few quotes from our waiter:
My colleague asked what the difference between two of the dishes were. The waiter replied,
"About 12 dollars".
My client commented that the wine the waiter picked out for us was very good and the waiter decided to respond with this:
"It's just a SIMPLE red wine".
When we decided against dessert, the waiter literally ripped the menu out of my hand. I also feel compelled to point out that we spent over $1,000 on this meal and although that shouldn't matter (his tip was humongous) it makes me even more perplexed as to why he felt he didn't have to treat us with some decency. The food:
The steaks were ridiculously burnt. I mean black as charcoal and flaky.
My skate was bland, and completely unimpressive. The appetizers were so, so, nothing amazing.
I must say that the room is gorgeous and very cool. I love the design. But again back to bad service/management: Although I made a very advanced reservation for 8, they put us in the square booth on the left hand corner of the restaurant... If you look at that booth, it is very clearly a 7 person booth MAX!!! I was squished the entire night.
Don't waste your hard earned money here. I'd recommend Stanton Social over this place any day!

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★☆☆☆☆

I first do not get the rating of 4.5 starts by citysearch, that isn't the average of the user reviews (not counting my own) as that would be 3 stars...
I have never written a review of any restaurant before because I have never been so appalled in my life. I went to Cenro Vinoteca with clients and work colleagues. The service was so AMAZINGLY BAD that we still laugh about it. Want specifics? Here are a few quotes from our waiter:
My colleague asked what the difference between two of the dishes were. The waiter replied,
"About 12 dollars".
My client commented that the wine the waiter picked out for us was very good and the waiter decided to respond with this:
"It's just a SIMPLE red wine".
When we decided against dessert, the waiter literally ripped the menu out of my hand. I also feel compelled to point out that we spent over $1,000 on this meal and although that shouldn't matter (his tip was humongous) it makes me even more perplexed as to why he felt he didn't have to treat us with some decency. The food:
The steaks were ridiculously burnt. I mean black as charcoal and flaky.
My skate was bland, and completely unimpressive. The appetizers were so, so, nothing amazing.
I must say that the room is gorgeous and very cool. I love the design. But again back to bad service/management: Although I made a very advanced reservation for 8, they put us in the square booth on the left hand corner of the restaurant... If you look at that booth, it is very clearly a 7 person booth MAX!!! I was squished the entire night.
Don't waste your hard earned money here. I'd recommend Stanton Social over this place any day!

Pros: Beautifully designed space

Cons: rude waiter, cramped seating, bad food

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Went to Centro V. on a Sunday night with a group of 5...all of us were excited by the varied and delicious- sounding items on the piccolini menu. We sampled several and were not disappointed. Seasonal pumpkin cakes topped with goat cheese were excellent. The truffled deviled eggs were an unexpected treat. The wine list was affordable with many choices in all $ ranges. All in the party were very happy with their main courses. The creative preparation of crispy gnocchi (like little rectangular pillows) with lamb bolognese (more dry than saucy) was very delicious. All pasta dishes highlighted the ingredients and no one flavor overwhelmed. Main courses looked more substantial and sounded equally delicious. Service was spot on and we enjoyed the vibe....great location.

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★★★★☆

Went to Centro V. on a Sunday night with a group of 5...all of us were excited by the varied and delicious- sounding items on the piccolini menu. We sampled several and were not disappointed. Seasonal pumpkin cakes topped with goat cheese were excellent. The truffled deviled eggs were an unexpected treat. The wine list was affordable with many choices in all $ ranges. All in the party were very happy with their main courses. The creative preparation of crispy gnocchi (like little rectangular pillows) with lamb bolognese (more dry than saucy) was very delicious. All pasta dishes highlighted the ingredients and no one flavor overwhelmed. Main courses looked more substantial and sounded equally delicious. Service was spot on and we enjoyed the vibe....great location.

Pros: seasonal, creative food pairings, good location

Cons: a little tight downstairs

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I went here with a few girlfriends right when they opened. They were so new, the staff was still toting their study guides to the menu! I waited at the bar for my friends, who trickled in. The bartender was VERY kind in helping us choose our wines, letting us taste practically the whole list by the end of the night. Because he let us taste, I ended up splurging on a wonderful glass of wine I otherwise would have ignored based on price alone. There were some hits and misses on the list.

We sampled various small plates, all of which were made with the freshest ingredients, obviously hand plucked from some green market that morning (squash blossoms and heirloom tomato salad were both on the specials board). As a vegetarian, I love to see vegetables celebrated, and this restaurant (much as the chef's mentor) makes veggies star.

We had arrived early and intended to sit at a table, but had so much fun at the bar that we stayed. The bar area did become very crowded nd noisy, with managers schmoozing with patrons who were obviously in the restaurant scene. I was pleased to get a glimpse of the celebrity chef at work, not knowing she was heading up this new venture. I would definitely return for a small bite and a glass of wine around happy hour.

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★★★★☆

I went here with a few girlfriends right when they opened. They were so new, the staff was still toting their study guides to the menu! I waited at the bar for my friends, who trickled in. The bartender was VERY kind in helping us choose our wines, letting us taste practically the whole list by the end of the night. Because he let us taste, I ended up splurging on a wonderful glass of wine I otherwise would have ignored based on price alone. There were some hits and misses on the list.

We sampled various small plates, all of which were made with the freshest ingredients, obviously hand plucked from some green market that morning (squash blossoms and heirloom tomato salad were both on the specials board). As a vegetarian, I love to see vegetables celebrated, and this restaurant (much as the chef's mentor) makes veggies star.

We had arrived early and intended to sit at a table, but had so much fun at the bar that we stayed. The bar area did become very crowded nd noisy, with managers schmoozing with patrons who were obviously in the restaurant scene. I was pleased to get a glimpse of the celebrity chef at work, not knowing she was heading up this new venture. I would definitely return for a small bite and a glass of wine around happy hour.

Pros: Fresh ingredients

Cons: a bit too bustling

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Oh, how I love the food of NYC and despise all the attitude that comes with it!
If waiting over 2 hours for a table on a Fri night in a restaurant that is completely ?in the weeds? (from the obviously life-challenged mellow guy at the host stand to the supremely arrogant manager on duty that night) Centro Vinoteca is not the kind of place you would want to be seen at. Especially on a Fri night.
Must admit--food looked great. And smelled great too! Pity that even the 2 small plates we ordered at the bar while waiting for a table hoping not to collapse on the pretty tile floor took over 30 minutes and few friendly reminders.
I know that NY haute cuisine comes with more than the usual dash of attitude but if management and staff do not get it together quickly this buzzing West Village corner restaurant will fall into the not-so-memorable city spots trap that often awaits for the NYC restaurants with nothing more than attitude.

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★★★☆☆

Oh, how I love the food of NYC and despise all the attitude that comes with it!
If waiting over 2 hours for a table on a Fri night in a restaurant that is completely ?in the weeds? (from the obviously life-challenged mellow guy at the host stand to the supremely arrogant manager on duty that night) Centro Vinoteca is not the kind of place you would want to be seen at. Especially on a Fri night.
Must admit--food looked great. And smelled great too! Pity that even the 2 small plates we ordered at the bar while waiting for a table hoping not to collapse on the pretty tile floor took over 30 minutes and few friendly reminders.
I know that NY haute cuisine comes with more than the usual dash of attitude but if management and staff do not get it together quickly this buzzing West Village corner restaurant will fall into the not-so-memorable city spots trap that often awaits for the NYC restaurants with nothing more than attitude.

Pros: looked delicious

Cons: attitude and chaos

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Even though we had reservations, we waited over 50 minutes to be seated. You think they'd offer a drink on the house, but no, poor service instead. Fortunately, the wine menu and food made up for it.

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★★☆☆☆

Even though we had reservations, we waited over 50 minutes to be seated. You think they'd offer a drink on the house, but no, poor service instead. Fortunately, the wine menu and food made up for it.

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We had a reservation at Centro Vinoteca and ended up with one less than expected in our party. The restaurant then refused to give us a table because we were 3 instead of 4 and told us we could only sit in the bar area. There were a number of open tables which he said they were saving for larger parties. It was completely unbelievable. Though I live on the same street, I will never return.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a reservation at Centro Vinoteca and ended up with one less than expected in our party. The restaurant then refused to give us a table because we were 3 instead of 4 and told us we could only sit in the bar area. There were a number of open tables which he said they were saving for larger parties. It was completely unbelievable. Though I live on the same street, I will never return.

Cons: Horrible service

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At lunch, we were given the winelist but then had to wait 15 mins before we finally waved down one of the men in suits (there appeared to be 5 of them vs 1 waiter and 1 person pouring water) who gave us the menu and took our drink orders. then it was another 10 mins before the lone waiter came over to take our meal orders. the menu was very limited with only panini (5 types), salads (3) and pastas (5). there was nothing you could share as a starter. the two pasta dishes (pici pasta & one large ravioli) were tasty but small portions. in the meantime, we were apparently the only non-vips there since every table seemed to have bread except us and when we asked for it that obviously took another 10mins to arrive. for some reason, there was an expansive dessert menu with at least 10 choices. i ordered the green apple prosecco with ice cream dessert and it sounded great on paper, but after awhile it looked like a white mess in the wine glass. with so many great choices of small, charming italian restaurants - i doubt i will return.

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★★☆☆☆

At lunch, we were given the winelist but then had to wait 15 mins before we finally waved down one of the men in suits (there appeared to be 5 of them vs 1 waiter and 1 person pouring water) who gave us the menu and took our drink orders. then it was another 10 mins before the lone waiter came over to take our meal orders. the menu was very limited with only panini (5 types), salads (3) and pastas (5). there was nothing you could share as a starter. the two pasta dishes (pici pasta & one large ravioli) were tasty but small portions. in the meantime, we were apparently the only non-vips there since every table seemed to have bread except us and when we asked for it that obviously took another 10mins to arrive. for some reason, there was an expansive dessert menu with at least 10 choices. i ordered the green apple prosecco with ice cream dessert and it sounded great on paper, but after awhile it looked like a white mess in the wine glass. with so many great choices of small, charming italian restaurants - i doubt i will return.

Cons: Service, Limited Menu,

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Now this is a well cared place,starting from the happy faces from the open kitchen to the hostess and the funny french asian bartender, we loved it.The food was great from the mortadella pate' to the special corn fritters, moist and crunchy with a great dipping aioli.We loved the rock shrimp and the fried califlowers light and very well seasoned. we had great champagne rose' and and a quartino of a refreshing italian red, all very well priced.the ambiance is definetely chic but without the attitude, the staff very friendly and a honest care trascended from the kitchen we will be back for a full dinner.Love the details of the decor like leather covered handrail as well. it's time for the west village to get some real quality enough of sushi samba well done , keep it up.

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★★★★★

Now this is a well cared place,starting from the happy faces from the open kitchen to the hostess and the funny french asian bartender, we loved it.The food was great from the mortadella pate' to the special corn fritters, moist and crunchy with a great dipping aioli.We loved the rock shrimp and the fried califlowers light and very well seasoned. we had great champagne rose' and and a quartino of a refreshing italian red, all very well priced.the ambiance is definetely chic but without the attitude, the staff very friendly and a honest care trascended from the kitchen we will be back for a full dinner.Love the details of the decor like leather covered handrail as well. it's time for the west village to get some real quality enough of sushi samba well done , keep it up.

Pros: open kitchen, very good food and friendly staff

Cons: none

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The menu at this West Village eatery manages to find a fine balance between rustic Italian and sleek New York. A selection from the piccolini menu, an Italian version of amuse-bouche, makes for a great snack; a standout is the fried…

 

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