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Bar Centrale

Map & Directions 324 W. 46th St.
New York, NY 10036-3801
  • Bar Food
  • Sun-Mon 5pm-11:30pm, Tue-Sat 5pm-12:30am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Coat Check
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

You have to be a real theater-world insider to find or even know about Bar Centrale, the most alluring place in town to compare Playbills and talk turkey (as in Broadway flops--you know, Pirate Queen. Bonnie and Clyde. The last Tony awards). You go to the building next to Joe Allen's and head up the imposing steps, right up to a door that isn't even marked. Once you open it, don't think you can just waltz in and grab a table, even if you're a major personage like we all think we are. The place happens to be small and speakeasy-ish, so a reservation is highly recommended, because the seating books up, especially at the peak hours after showtime (though if they have to dis you, they're nice about it; they might even help you get a table next door). Once seated at Bar Centrale, you've got a captive audience of theater folks, whether it be Hugh Dancy hanging with playwright David Ives or a table mashing up critics like Charles Isherwood and Charles McNulty. The food is pretty basic and smallish, but the room's atmosphere is what you feast on, feeling as if you've seen a whole other show.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Bravo on 05/14/10

    Professional Broadway's house speakeasy. - Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens Live!

  • The New Yorker on 12/02/13

    “Bar Centrale is almost ostentatious in its understatement. The black-and-white photographs on the walls are of Joe’s friends, & musicians he likes. Until recently, there wasn’t even a cocktail list.”

  • Brian Z. on 09/06/11

    The best SideCar in NYC hands down

  • Jason T. on 05/19/10

    Shocked at how cheap the prices were in comparison to other NY places. Maine Lobster Roll is highly suggested

  • Micki M. on 08/27/09

    sip wine in the most elegant bar in the theater district. Reservations a must.

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