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El Centro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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
11:30 - 00:00
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Reviews have not let us down this trip. Another great choice. We got in there at 6:00 and was seated in the last table before the crowds started to build. Enchiladas and tacos were good. Guacamole was spot on. Loved my sangarita. Best sweet potato fries we have ever had. Ordered some to go for a midnight snack.

Thank LTher
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went for dinner around 6pm on a week day and it was easy to get a table without waiting. Prices were reasonable for the portions. Decided to have the cheese enchiladas with rice and beans. It was pretty good. The shredded cabbage added on top provided a nice crunch.

Thank abc443211
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here last Sunday afternoon and despite the terrible weather the restaurant was packed & we soon learnt why... The service was excellent and the food was by far the best Mexican food I have ever eaten. The complementary salsa (& nachos) was incredible. I had the shrimp taco, sweet potato fries and my daughter had the chicken fajita's.... More 

Thank cherrypie0891
North Woodmere, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well, the day I visited this restaurant I came from a dog show nearby. The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 was because of this: I was starving, as it was nearly 6 o'clock. When I came in and asked for a table for two, the waitress told me there would be a 10-15 minute wait.... More 

Thank Gabe S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in for lunch and an amazing surprise! Great food and even better service! Would recommend to any visitors to New York for an authentic Mexican experience 😊

Thank EdelW2810
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My mahi mahi tacos were excellently prepared. A+ for presentation. Salsa is delicious!Staff is very friendly.

Thank Debbie and Larr... L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the shrimp chilaquiles and my wife had the shrimp fajitas. Both were outstanding. My dish was the best Mexican plate I've had anywhere. The Patron margaritas were great too. Small and quaint. Highly recommend.

Thank TampaScott
Harwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my wife whilst in New York and actually found the restaurant using TripAdvisor. The place had great reviews and after visiting I can confirm that they definitely deserve them. My wife and I both ate enchiladas and they were absolutely great; so full of flavour and just the right amount of kick from the heat. The shredded... More 

Thank ACG3004
Trenton, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of days in NYC while my daughter had dance auditions lined up. We wanted Mexican food and there were several choices in the area.After reading TA reviews, we decided to try El Centro. Great choice. I had a shrimp tacos, my daughter had the fish tacos and hubby got the cheese enchiladas. We also ordered guacamole... More 

Thank Jennifer F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the Mahi tacos, steak chilaquiles, cheese quesadilla and the burro hellicioso. Everything was delicious, authentic. Tiny restaurant with great ambiance and good service. Reasonably priced. Try it, you'll love it!

Thank Scarlettbella

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
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
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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