El Centro

El Centro

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
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  • Marisa W.
    "You all were right, the steak chilaquiles are AMAZING!"(9 Tips)
    Sonali J.
    "Hands down the best Mahi Mahi tacos in the world."(7 Tips)
    Kasia K.
    "shrimp quesadilla and all frozen margaritas are more than awesome."(8 Tips)
    Júlia C.
    "Awesome shrimp quesadillas and frozen margaritas!"(4 Tips)
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  • Ypereiro
    YpereiroJune 25
    Great burritos
  • Michael F.
    Eclectic but fun decor, decent drinks, highly mediocre and uninspired food. Not bad just nothing special
  • Jessica B.
    Get the chilaquiles. So good!
  • Ricardo N.
    Grilled shrimp fajitas 😍
  • Margaret M.
    Tacos: fish, steak, shrimp 😋 Also like the veggie burrito. You can get it vegan.
  • Margaret M.
    The shrimp 🍤 tacos are AMAZING. Free chips but I'd skip them unless you want to leave stuffed!
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LeeOctober 18, 2016
    Very friendly service with wonderful mexican cuisine served. Their tortilla casserole with grilled prawn was so yummy! Frozen magherita also packs a punch.
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MaddoxOctober 4, 2016
    Loved the bright colors and funky decor! We had the taco trio: shrimp (❤️), carnitas, and veggie - and the steak tamale (❤️yum). This would be a great spot for a date night!
  • JT T.
    JT TeranAugust 6, 2016
    You'll want to visit El Centro for their margaritas. They come in a few flavors and they are all phenomenal. The food here is pretty good too, but the drinks definitely steal the show.
  • Elsa C.
    Elsa CerveraJuly 22, 2016
    Michelada! And baja taco
  • Nico E.
    Nico EggertJuly 20, 2016
    The tacos are amazing. Go for the trio!
  • Claire B.
    Claire BrownJune 29, 2016
    Vegetable Burrito (without cheese and cream) was AMAZING!! Guacamole is top notch!
  • Diane J.
    Diane Jean-MaryApril 9, 2016
    Tamale is seasoned to perfection but not girthy enough
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨April 2, 2016
    Order the mahi mahi tacos – deliciously messy, bite-size flavor bombs. Boom
  • Eric R.
    Eric RohrMarch 30, 2016
    Chilaquiles are incredible!
  • Kristi D.
    Kristi DuarteMarch 13, 2016
    The shrimp tacos are awesome. Mahi-mahi tacos were bland. Will defo come back, but in the summer. It's a cold night and they kept the door open all night. Everyone had their jackets on.
  • Timon F.
    Timon FokkerNovember 24, 2015
    Try the corn on the cob
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle RichardsNovember 1, 2015
    The breakfast burrito is excellent.
  • Kasia K.
    Kasia KOctober 18, 2015
    shrimp quesadilla and all frozen margaritas are more than awesome. This actually changed the "quesadilla" word meaning for me. Wow!
  • Tessa C.
    Tessa ClarkeSeptember 27, 2015
    The sea bass Chiliquilles!!.......The queso dip and chicken quesadillas!!!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawSeptember 7, 2015
    The frozen ginger margaritas are AMAZING. The salsa is great as well.
  • 💋лолиьта💋
    💋лолиьта💋September 7, 2015
    i love Chicken Nachos!I am coming from Greece and every time i want to eat it!!!
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteSeptember 3, 2015
    The fish chilaquiles was SO good, and so filling. Don't look anywhere else on the menu, just do it.
  • Cameron S.
    Cameron SheltonAugust 8, 2015
    The guacamole is incredible along with the quesadillas, too.
  • i3klyngirl
    i3klyngirlJuly 30, 2015
    Fish tacos were amazing.
  • Tian X.
    Tian XieJuly 12, 2015
    A lot of love for the chilaquiles in the tips here, but I found the tortilla to meat proportion to be a little too high.
  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerJuly 2, 2015
    Chilaquiles need to join your Mexican rotation, asap. And a large margarita is a way better value, but you already knew that.
  • M. P.
    M. P.June 26, 2015
    Coca-Cola carnitas were a little dry, and the mahi taco had a little kick to it. I'd recommend the braised beef taco overall. All toppings were delicate, tasty & well proportioned. Service was timely.
  • Kath
    KathMay 21, 2015
    Food is amazing here! Try everything!
  • Rhea 🌺 P.
    Rhea 🌺 PMay 10, 2015
    Horrible service!! Taking order and getting food too such a long time. They barely refilled water. Food was ok- burrito was too crispy and very wimpy on rice and beans!!! NOT COOL!
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine ParkApril 1, 2015
    Awesome scene (packed on a Monday night), amazing steak tacos, and the best frozen margaritas
  • Michael D.
    Michael Ducille JrMarch 31, 2015
    Those drinks thooo...
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MoriniMarch 10, 2015
    Good food and perfect pit stop when walking back to the subway from the armory show. Get the guacamole and their chips are delicious
  • Athina K.
    Athina KlironomouJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best margaritas
  • Arman
    ArmanJanuary 18, 2015
    The best mexican in NYC, no doubt!
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisNovember 26, 2014
    Great spot for skinny margaritas and dinner before a show at Terminal 5
  • Nathalie D.
    Nathalie De ClercqNovember 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The corn is delicious. Might get messy though so eat it with someone that you are comfortable with!
  • Amber V.
    Amber VittoriaNovember 15, 2014
    Great place for lunch in midtown. However, there is no dessert.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chilaquiles
  • Jean-Louis H.
    Jean-Louis H.October 17, 2014
    Rude service. Ask to pay the check with my glass still full ...
  • Natasha S.
    Natasha SokolovaSeptember 24, 2014
    Vegetarian burritos, fish tacos, guacamole, corn on the cobb, and enchiladas are AWESOME. I eat here a couple times a month. Lol.. Never disappoints.
  • Carla S.
    Carla SchoemanSeptember 11, 2014
    What an amazing experience!!! Have a coconut frozen margarita- you know you want to!!
  • L.A. P.
    L.A. PomeroySeptember 7, 2014
    Brunch burrito & small Bloody Maria great start to the NYFW adventures. Super fast service a big plus
  • Liz D.
    Liz DellSeptember 6, 2014
    Yummy margs and big portions. Not mind blowing Mexican, but a good spot to stay a while and drink.
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CassAugust 23, 2014
    Good place to sit outside n enjoy some margaritas, food is pretty good too. Avoid inside if possible as very cramped.
  • Júlia C.
    Júlia CastellóAugust 23, 2014
    Awesome shrimp quesadillas and frozen margaritas!
  • Josh S.
    Josh SaletnikAugust 22, 2014
    You can't go wrong with any of the Chillaquilles and the Peacado Burrito is also a solid choice. And obviously a margarita with everything!
  • Zara K.
    Zara KhanAugust 20, 2014
    Delicious guacamole!!
  • Mary M.
    Mary McCabeAugust 17, 2014
    Sweet potato fries outstanding! Amazing decor
  • Brian M.
    Brian MichaelAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awful service but great food.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LaMasaAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak here is incredible so any taco, salad, or quesadilla with steak is worth trying.
  • Jack N.
    Jack NobleAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best steak chilaquiles I've ever had.
  • John A.
    John AntosAugust 10, 2014
    Granola with cinnamon yogurt and fruit + coconut Mojito... Fresh and yummy brunch combo
  • Mario D.
    Mario DJuly 26, 2014
    Steak enchiladas was pretty delicious...good size portion, just right...not to much, not to little...
  • cherry
    cherryJuly 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Mexican in the neighborhood. Get their 75 cal margarita. Guilt free and delicious. Also ask for the yellow hot sauce with your meal if you want the extra kick.
  • James Ethan C.
    James Ethan ClarkJuly 1, 2014
    The chicken quesadilla kills it!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoMay 2, 2014
    Guacamole here is pretty great.
  • Manya M.
    Manya MaierMarch 17, 2014
    Such great service! Get the jalapeño cucumber margarita, yum
  • Ashley W.
    Ashley WeinaugMarch 1, 2014
    Wait was incredibly long but the sangria was ok, burrito was great and the guacamole was incredible.
  • Christy M.
    Christy MommsenFebruary 9, 2014
    Chicken chilaquiles .... Good god. How can fried nachos not be good? The pork pazole was good, but a little on the sweet side.
  • Harri T.
    Harri ToijalaFebruary 9, 2014
    Chilaquiles (steak)... They were hyped, but proved to be just that good!
  • Anna S.
    Anna SFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the steak chilaquiles!!
  • Paula D.
    Paula DahlinJanuary 15, 2014
    This place is well worth a visit! Delicious mexican food, good service and wonderful frozen margaritas!
  • Donia
    DoniaNovember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Chilaquiles. Seriously. There's probably a wait but get over it. Get a Mexican beer from the bar while a table becomes available. That's all you need to know.
  • Rubina F.
    Rubina FillionNovember 2, 2013
    Best chilaquiles in the city. Seriously, you'll regret it if you order anything else.
  • Marisa W.
    Marisa WongSeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Wasn't sure what to get and looked to foursquare for advice... You all were right, the steak chilaquiles are AMAZING!
  • Timothy S.
    Timothy StevensAugust 30, 2013
    Noisy, but great food and outrageously camp wait stuff.
  • Zach K.
    Zach KwartlerAugust 24, 2013
    The steak chilaquiles are amazing and the guacamole has a nice amount of spice.
  • MaKs S.
    MaKs SuslovAugust 22, 2013
    It's too noisy inside. Loud people and loud music, close room. I had a late dinner here and it was really hard to understand each other. My dish was pretty good, but with sluggish leaves.
  • Luis B.
    Luis BravoAugust 10, 2013
    Frozen Rita coconut flavor! Wha
  • Lori K. h.
    Margaritas are very very strong!
  • Marc Z.
    Marc ZuccaroJuly 20, 2013
    Solid food, better than average. Well priced. Young, loud crowd.
  • John H.
    John HanningJuly 13, 2013
    Cute waiter...but the frozen margarita was not do great and the food was bland!
  • ebd
    ebdJune 22, 2013
    Love the shrimp quesadilla!
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YaleMay 19, 2013
    Amazing cheese enchiladas
  • Christian E.
    Christian EhlMay 1, 2013
    Awesome Mexican with very modern cuisine...
  • Robert P.
    Robert PiperApril 28, 2013
    Chicken Chilaquileas with extra cheese and sour cream.... it will change your life!
  • Leo S.
    Leo S.April 23, 2013
    Good food, but they'll charge 20% mandatory tip if you go with foreigners.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GeigerJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the mahi-mahi tacos! I ordered the taco trio and the mahi-mahi outshone the the skirt steak and chicken by far!
  • Shivram S.
    Shivram SNovember 24, 2012
    Chilaquiles are great but be prepared for a lot of fried stuff. Service is friendly and ridiculously fast! If you are in a hurry, go here.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KauffmanNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken Chilaquiles - Amazing chilaquiles for brunch.
  • Lucia M.
    Lucia MancusoNovember 2, 2012
    Try the Trio of tacos so you can sample each one. All he meat here is perfection.
  • Megan D.
    Megan DoOctober 19, 2012
    Trio de Tacos is the way to go. Skirt steak, grilled mahi mahi and shrimp make the perfect combo.
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OrensteinSeptember 24, 2012
    Queen Latifah's favorite Mexican in NYC!
  • Allegra S.
    Allegra SSeptember 23, 2012
    Get the chilaquilas. Done.
  • Ozgun A.
    Ozgun AtamanSeptember 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Steak chilaquiles are beyond amazing.
  • Mike Y.
    Mike YuAugust 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow mahi mahi tacos are best I ever had. Flank steak tacos are awesome too, very generous serving of steak
  • Scott B.
    Scott BurdickJuly 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great salsa&chips, jalapeño margaritas and taco trio are all amazing. The mahi fish taco is especially tasty! Cute decor and lively indoors or excellent people watching outside
  • Vicki B.
    Vicki BoardmanJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Coconut margaritas are astonishingly good, steak chilaquiles will change your life!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BearJune 9, 2012
    They charge for refills on iced tea. Gimme a break! Petty things like that keep me from ever coming back!
  • Tia F.
    Tia FlanaganJune 2, 2012
    Service okay, but the ritas were horrible.
  • Christine S.
    Christine SpenceMay 24, 2012
    Baha shrimp is the only thing I ever order!
  • Jannae
    JannaeMay 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Cinnamon. Pancakes.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CapeMay 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for Frank! He's a sweetie too!
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HMay 13, 2012
    Bartender Jonathan sucks!! Order the chilaquiles
  • Hari S.
    Hari SripathiMay 11, 2012
    Try the quesadilla!
  • Lucas S.
    Lucas SiegelMay 5, 2012
    Awesome quesadillas, and the drinks here run strong.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HernandezApril 25, 2012
    Chilaquiles Shrimp is seriously AMAZING!!!! WOW!!!
  • Suresh
    SureshApril 20, 2012
    Veggie quesadilla.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CapeApril 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Steak chilaquile is cray cray. Fo sho sho.
  • Ypereiro
    Ypereiro2 days ago
    Great food
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