I finally went to Central last week for a special celebration with three other friends. Two hours and $240 later, we were certainly stuffed, but that was about it.
We were underwhelmed. I'd say the meal was a decent deal: we split a $24 bottle of wine, three appetizers (michel's charcuterie, the cheese puffs and the fried oysters) and the kit kat bar dessert; our entrees were two orders of lobster burgers, the beef cheeks and the lamb shank (the short ribs are no longer on the menu). But nothing was at all memorable and the service was just ok --- we waited 20 minutes for our table and our waitress disappeared as we were trying to order dessert. One of my friends didn't buy the kitschy diner theme: "If I'm paying $33 for a lobster meal, it shouldn't come on a tray."
Personally, I could care less about the atmosphere and the service if the food is great, but Central just wasn't up to par. The food was good, but nothing more. It don't even think it's such a "great deal," because I can think of far better meals to have for $60.
Opinions wanted --- anybody else agree with me?