El Centro

El Centro

Mexican Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen
824 9th Ave (at W 54th St), New York, NY 10019, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–1:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

El Centro is a delicious Mexican restaurant located in the heart of NYC! Come in for a truly authentic taste of the South, today!


Based on 432 votes

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  • What you need to know
    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."(6 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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  • margaritas
  • fish tacos
  • steak
  • quesadillas
  • burritos
  • lively
  • casual
  • sangria
  • spicy food
  • enchiladas
  • trendy
  • vegetarian food
  • mojitos
  • chilaquiles
  • good service
  • authentic
  • brunch food
  • people watching
  • great value
  • chicken
  • Kyle R.

    The breakfast burrito is excellent.

    Kyle Richards · 3 weeks ago
  • Kasia K.

    shrimp quesadilla and all frozen margaritas are more than awesome. This actually changed the "quesadilla" word meaning for me. Wow!

    Kasia K · October 18
  • Tessa C.

    The sea bass Chiliquilles!!.......The queso dip and chicken quesadillas!!!

    Tessa Clarke · September 27
  • Daniel S.

    The frozen ginger margaritas are AMAZING. The salsa is great as well.

    Daniel Shaw · September 7
  • 💋лолиьта💋

    i love Chicken Nachos!I am coming from Greece and every time i want to eat it!!!

    💋лолиьта💋 · September 7
  • Alexandra W.

    The fish chilaquiles was SO good, and so filling. Don't look anywhere else on the menu, just do it.

    Alexandra White · September 3
  • Cameron S.

    The guacamole is incredible along with the quesadillas, too.

    Cameron Shelton · August 8
  • i3klyngirl

    Fish tacos were amazing.

    i3klyngirl · July 30
  • Tian X.

    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.

    Tian Xie · July 12
  • Abigail K.

    Chilaquiles need to join your Mexican rotation, asap. And a large margarita is a way better value, but you already knew that.

    Abigail Koffler · July 2
  • M. L.

    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.

    M. L. · June 26
  • Kath

    Food is amazing here! Try everything!

    Kath · May 21
  • Rhea 🌺 P.

    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!

    Rhea 🌺 P · May 10
  • Catherine P.

    Awesome scene (packed on a Monday night), amazing steak tacos, and the best frozen margaritas

    Catherine Park · April 1
  • Michael D.

    Those drinks thooo...

    Michael Ducille Jr · March 31
  • Natasha M.

    Good food and perfect pit stop when walking back to the subway from the armory show. Get the guacamole and their chips are delicious

    Natasha Morini · March 10
  • Athina K.

    Best margaritas

    Athina Klironomou · January 19
  • Arman P.

    The best mexican in NYC, no doubt!

    Arman Pap · January 18
  • Caroline R.

    Great spot for skinny margaritas and dinner before a show at Terminal 5

    Caroline Rubin · November 26, 2014
  • Nathalie D.

    The corn is delicious. Might get messy though so eat it with someone that you are comfortable with!

    Nathalie De Clercq · November 19, 2014
  • Amber V.

    Great place for lunch in midtown. However, there is no dessert.

    Amber Vittoria · November 15, 2014
  • Brian M.

    Try the chilaquiles

    Brian McG · October 23, 2014
  • Jean-Louis H.

    Rude service. Ask to pay the check with my glass still full ...

    Jean-Louis H. · October 17, 2014
  • Natasha S.

    Vegetarian burritos, fish tacos, guacamole, corn on the cobb, and enchiladas are AWESOME. I eat here a couple times a month. Lol.. Never disappoints.

    Natasha Sokolova · September 24, 2014
  • Carla S.

    What an amazing experience!!! Have a coconut frozen margarita- you know you want to!!

    Carla Schoeman · September 11, 2014
  • L.A. P.

    Brunch burrito & small Bloody Maria great start to the NYFW adventures. Super fast service a big plus

    L.A. Pomeroy · September 7, 2014
  • Liz D.

    Yummy margs and big portions. Not mind blowing Mexican, but a good spot to stay a while and drink.

    Liz Dell · September 6, 2014
  • Jacob C.

    Good place to sit outside n enjoy some margaritas, food is pretty good too. Avoid inside if possible as very cramped.

    Jacob Cass · August 23, 2014
  • Júlia C.

    Awesome shrimp quesadillas and frozen margaritas!

    Júlia Castelló · August 23, 2014
  • Josh S.

    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!

    Josh Saletnik · August 22, 2014
  • Zara K.

    Delicious guacamole!!

    Zara Khan · August 20, 2014
  • Mary M.

    Sweet potato fries outstanding! Amazing decor

    Mary McCabe · August 17, 2014
  • Brian M.

    Awful service but great food.

    Brian Michael · August 16, 2014
  • Michelle G.

    Were back!

    Michelle G · August 13, 2014
  • Michael L.

    The steak here is incredible so any taco, salad, or quesadilla with steak is worth trying.

    Michael LaMasa · August 12, 2014
  • Jack N.

    Best steak chilaquiles I've ever had.

    Jack Noble · August 10, 2014
  • John A.

    Granola with cinnamon yogurt and fruit + coconut Mojito... Fresh and yummy brunch combo

    John Antos · August 10, 2014
  • Mario D.

    Steak enchiladas was pretty delicious...good size portion, just right...not to much, not to little...

    Mario D · July 26, 2014
  • cherry

    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.

    cherry · July 24, 2014
  • James Ethan C.

    The chicken quesadilla kills it!

    James Ethan Clark · July 1, 2014
  • Brian D.

    Guacamole here is pretty great.

    Brian DeVito · May 2, 2014
  • Manya M.

    Such great service! Get the jalapeño cucumber margarita, yum

    Manya Maier · March 17, 2014
  • Ashley W.

    Wait was incredibly long but the sangria was ok, burrito was great and the guacamole was incredible.

    Ashley Weinaug · March 1, 2014
  • Christy M.

    Chicken chilaquiles .... Good god. How can fried nachos not be good? The pork pazole was good, but a little on the sweet side.

    Christy Mommsen · February 9, 2014
  • Harri T.

    Chilaquiles (steak)... They were hyped, but proved to be just that good!

    Harri Toijala · February 9, 2014
  • Anna S.

    Get the steak chilaquiles!!

    Anna S · February 1, 2014
  • Paula D.

    This place is well worth a visit! Delicious mexican food, good service and wonderful frozen margaritas!

    Paula Dahlin · January 15, 2014
  • Donia

    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.

    Donia · November 6, 2013
  • Rubina F.

    Best chilaquiles in the city. Seriously, you'll regret it if you order anything else.

    Rubina Fillion · November 2, 2013
  • Marisa W.

    Wasn't sure what to get and looked to foursquare for advice... You all were right, the steak chilaquiles are AMAZING!

    Marisa Wong · September 23, 2013

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