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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  • Melanie M.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Dan G.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • M. P.heart icon on user image
    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.
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    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.
  • JT T.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Hakan D.heart icon on user image
    Hakan DumanDecember 23, 2018
    Had the grilled steak quesedillas and baja shrimp tacos, and small guac on side. All delicious and reasonably priced! Guac is one of the best i've tasted so far!
  • Elizabeth L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Kristi D.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Scott B.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Natasha M.heart icon on user image
    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
  • John S.
    John ShrimpMarch 17, 2018
    New favorite Mexican place in Manhattan! Great location near Broadway in Hell's Kitchen, also close to Central Park.
  • 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!
  • Baturalpheart icon on user image
    BaturalpMay 11, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Great neighborhood gem! There’s always a wait during weekends. Loved everything I ate here. Get a large margarita.
  • Doniaheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Kasia K.heart icon on user image
    Kasia KOctober 18, 2015
    shrimp quesadilla and all frozen margaritas are more than awesome. This actually changed the "quesadilla" word meaning for me. Wow!
  • Nathalie D.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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.
  • John A.
    John AAugust 10, 2014
    Granola with cinnamon yogurt and fruit + coconut Mojito... Fresh and yummy brunch combo
  • Paul D.heart icon on user image
    Paul DunnSeptember 8, 2017
    Great SangraritaInterestingly delicious chilaquiles
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaJanuary 13, 2018
    The jalapeno margaritas, chorizo quesadillas, and short rib tacos were amazing!!!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 3, 2011
    This casual Mexican restaurant is cute but very noisy and overcrowded. You must try a Grilled Steak Chilaquiles with a Tequini.
  • Paula D.heart icon on user image
    Paula DahlinJanuary 15, 2014
    This place is well worth a visit! Delicious mexican food, good service and wonderful frozen margaritas!
  • 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.
  • Margaret M.heart icon on user image
    Margaret McConnellJanuary 4, 2017
    Tacos: fish, steak, shrimp 😋 Also like the veggie burrito. You can get it vegan.
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LaMasaAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak here is incredible so any taco, salad, or quesadilla with steak is worth trying.
  • Ty J.
    Ty JenningsAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    one of the BEST little Mexican food places in Hell's Kitchen!!!! LOVE IT!! You have to try the Sangrita!!! It's a frozen margarita poured with Fresh red sangria!
  • Claire B.heart icon on user image
    Claire BrownJune 29, 2016
    Vegetable Burrito (without cheese and cream) was AMAZING!! Guacamole is top notch!
  • Marisa W.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Margaret M.heart icon on user image
    Margaret McConnellJanuary 4, 2017
    The shrimp 🍤 tacos are AMAZING. Free chips but I'd skip them unless you want to leave stuffed!
  • 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
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CapeMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mango frozen margarita is the best I've ever had. Ahem, excuse me, the three best I've ever had. :oP
  • Manya M.heart icon on user image
    Manya MaierMarch 17, 2014
    Such great service! Get the jalapeño cucumber margarita, yum
  • 💋лолиьта💋
    💋лолиьта💋September 7, 2015
    i love Chicken Nachos!I am coming from Greece and every time i want to eat it!!!
  • 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.
  • Mario D.
    Mario DJuly 26, 2014
    Steak enchiladas was pretty delicious...good size portion, just right...not to much, not to little...
  • 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
  • Daniel S.heart icon on user image
    Daniel ShawSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The frozen ginger margaritas are AMAZING. The salsa is great as well.
  • 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.
  • Eileenheart icon on user image
    EileenJune 24, 2018
    Frozen margarita is great on a hot day. They have outdoor seating
  • Júlia C.
    Júlia CastellóAugust 23, 2014
    Awesome shrimp quesadillas and frozen margaritas!
  • Kelsey✨heart icon on user image
    Kelsey✨April 2, 2016
    Order the mahi mahi tacos – deliciously messy, bite-size flavor bombs. Boom
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisNovember 26, 2014
    Great spot for skinny margaritas and dinner before a show at Terminal 5
  • Tessa C.heart icon on user image
    Tessa ClarkeSeptember 27, 2015
    The sea bass Chiliquilles!!.......The queso dip and chicken quesadillas!!!
  • Ashley W.
    Ashley WeinaugMarch 1, 2014
    Wait was incredibly long but the sangria was ok, burrito was great and the guacamole was incredible.
  • Lucia M.
    Lucia MancusoNovember 2, 2012
    Try the Trio of tacos so you can sample each one. All he meat here is perfection.
  • Zach K.heart icon on user image
    Zach KwartlerAugust 24, 2013
    The steak chilaquiles are amazing and the guacamole has a nice amount of spice.
  • Rubina F.
    Rubina FillionNovember 2, 2013
    Best chilaquiles in the city. Seriously, you'll regret it if you order anything else.
  • 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.
  • Carla S.
    Carla SchoemanSeptember 11, 2014
    What an amazing experience!!! Have a coconut frozen margarita- you know you want to!!
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