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Francisco's Centro Vasco
Posted by keek1011 on 04/21/2010
I've been to Centro Vasco many times now...the majority of the visits have been delicious and the lobsters are always big and cooked well. On occasion, however, I have gotten a "mushy" lobster, and I'm still not sure if that's the way it's cooked or the quality of the lobster itself. All in all, good lobsters, big salad for the table, delicious sangria in an authentic feeling Spanish taverna. We did order the shrimp in garlic sauce and found it really unappealing...if you're used to the regular shrimp in garlic sauce in a more oil/garlic base, this dish is not for you. It came in a creamy yellow sauce that tasted as bad as it looked! If you have a yen for lobster, though, this is the place!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/28/2010
If you are fortunate enough to eat at Francisco's Centro Vasco, you MUST order their whole lobster. It is prepared by cutting the entire lobster in half and seasoning it with the most delicious bread crumbs and seasoning with butter. It's very hard to describe how mouth watering delicious this lobster is. Unless they've changed their menu, you won't even find the whole lobster on the menu, so ask. Get a 3 or 4 pound lobster and you will be in heaven. Oh yeah, the other stuff on their menu is probably great also - but I have never ordered anything but the whole lobster because it is just that good. Unfortunately I don't get into NYC as often as I'd like to, but whenever I make it back there again I definitely hope I can eat at Francisco's Centro Vasco. Besides, my Aunt Bindy, a long time NYC resident recommends it over anywhere else in NYC. You can't beat that recommendation anywhere!
Posted by Alan on 03/26/2010
A neighborhood place I've been going to for at least 15 years. The food is generally pretty good. Tonights service has basically ruined the place for me. Train your staff!
Posted by dan on 12/26/2009
My family and I visited Central Vasco's on Christmas Eve. The service was excellent throughout the meal, the mixed drinks were not disappointing and more importantly, the food was great. We had raw clams and oysters (fresh), shrimp cocktail and a couple of other appetizers to start. All were delicious. For the main coarse our party had lobster, paella, alaskan king crab, swordfish ancho and someone even had a steak. All were excellent. After dinner we all had coffee, desert and after dinner drinks and sang our way into Christmas. Will be back SOON!
Posted by botch on 12/16/2009
My wife and I have gone many times and have brought other people along. We always go for the lobster and it has never disappointed us. It is always cooked perfect. The service is excellent. We are not fond of the area as the dining room gets crowded but we always come early avoiding the crowds. The price of the lobster is the cheapest we have ever encountered. Usually we get a 3 pounder. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Brett on 09/10/2009
Lobster was bland as if overcooked. The green sauce was tasteless. Fortunately, it was not overly expensive. Also, the green beans with garlic that came with the lobster were good, as was the red sangria
Posted by Elwood on 04/29/2009
In October 2003, I visited this restaurant with a few of my friends. They knew the owner of the restaurant very well because they had eaten there many times before. Perhaps, this why the food was so good, back then. On St. Patrick's Day of this year, me and my beau visited the restaurant. The biggest mistake made was being the first diners for the evening. I know that most restaurants will serve their first patrons the food that did not sell from the night before and I was was absolutely correct in my assumption. I asked for steamed lobster. When the lobster arrived, it was cold and it was not steamed, it was broiled. When I complained, I was told that the kitchen was downstairs and it cooled off by the time I was served. That's a crock of baloney. Lobster happens to be my favorite seafood and I always order it steamed. The lobster I was served was broiled indicated by the black char marks on the gills. The drawn butter was not butter at all, it was oil. It is the same oil that is used at the movie theater "buttered" popcorn. Melted butter when left out, will become solid. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed in my meal and for the amount of money that was spent, I will not go back again. This was the worst dining experience I've had and I will not go back.