We visited Centro Vinoteca, 7th Ave. and Barrow, for the first time Sunday night. Overall, it was really really good and will definitely return.
We were seated in the upstairs dining room right away for a 6 p.m. res. The downstairs bar area was really buzzing, totally packed, great atmosphere for drinks and apps or taking a friend from out of town, etc.
Right at the table they have the piccolini menu and we couldn't resist ordering two: the fried cauliflower with garlic tip and the fried zucchini with parmesan and tomato dipping sauce. Both were amazing, particularly the cauliflower. Soo good.
After drinks, we ordered the oxtail cakes app for him and the ribeye steak for him. I chose to have the lamb bolognese gnocchi with fried onions. Wow, that was delicious. It wasn't a huge portion, but since it was a heavy dish, the size was just right. The bolognese was some of the best I've had (and I order this dish A LOT).. He loved the oxtail and the ribeye, which was served with a fontina cake, which was really tasty.
For dessert, I had the hazelnut cake with nutella cream. Small, but really good. I would have preferred real nutella on it rather than a watered down nutella mousse, but it was still good. He had the tartallucci with salted caramel, kind of like butter cookies with a caramel dipping sauce. They were also good. I would have liked to see something chocolate on the dessert menu, however.
We had a great dinner and recommend Centro. The server was really knowledgeable and a good guide. By 6:30 p.m. the room was packed...
(The only negative in my book was that it was REALLY cold in the dining room. Asked server to turn on the heat and she said it was broken...I had to put my coat on, but by the time my gnocchi came I could take it off. But that was a strike in my book.)