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Cafe Centro - A summer deal

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Cafe Centro - A summer deal

Lisa | Jul 7, 2001 12:54 PM

Got a letter in the mail at work promoting a Friday/Saturday night special thru the end of Sept at Cafe Centro in the Metlife Building just outside on the North side of Grand Central. It sounded too good for the price, but decided after calling to confirm, as well as checking out old threads to give it a try.

Here's the deal (I have no connection to them and had never been there before) You need to make reservations and mention the $40 evening special (remember only Fri/Sat nights) I don't have the number here but you can look them up.

For $40 plus tax and tip - two people get a three course dinner plus a bottle of either red or white. I had lobster bisque, a 20 oz T bone steak and vanilla bean creme brulee. Just the dessert and wine were worth the $20 per person, but the rest of the meal was quite good. My friend had potato leek (a real dud), salmon over black olive mashed potatoes (worked together but the salmon itself was just OK) BUT her dessert was "incredable" - a large dome Pistachio Mousse covered with chocolate (thin ganache?) with a kiwi cookie and circles of pistachio sauce perfectly drizzled on the plate getting smaller and smaller. THe presentation was wonderful but the taste was better. Really orgasmic - we went to talk to the pastry chef and told the maitre d' that the pastry chef deserved a raise!!

Anyway, it was a nice dinner in a pretty space for a very reasonable price. I would definitely do it again before the end of September. I would also go there for dessert any day. I used to be a pastry chef - and mousses were my speciality - but this one blew me away. The creme brulee was quite good too tho the marquis chocolat beat it by miles. What I liked best about his desserts is that like the best pastry chefs he was very light on sugar - good chocolate and good ingredients only need a bit of sugar as seasoning - after all sugar really is a spice - and less is more in terms of ultimate taste...

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