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Centro Vinoteca or The Harrison?

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eelinthecity Jan 30, 2009 07:25 AM

My sisters and I are getting together for dinner. 2 of us are big foodies and the other is semi-foodie but generally cares more about the atmosphere then the food ( a fight we have a lot with her!)

Anyways I've made reservations for dinner at both and I haven't been to either before. I just want some opinions on food and atmosphere at both places and which one you think we should go to.

Thanks :)

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    secondbecky Jan 30, 2009 07:58 AM

    I'm mad at Leah for kissing Hosea, so I'd say the Harrison.

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      ExFlexitarian Jan 30, 2009 08:52 AM

      Harrison. Three words: duck fat fries!

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        Corporate_40 Jan 30, 2009 10:16 AM

        I'm a big fan of Harrison. Their sardine app and sweetbread app are great, as is the duck entree.

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          sam1 Jan 31, 2009 06:54 PM

          neither are great food wise but id go to harrison over centro vinoteca these days.

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            cricri7 Feb 1, 2009 12:43 PM

            I went to Centro vinoteca twice. The first time was in January of last year and I liked it. I went back last July and the food was sub par. The service was also bad. I would not suggest this restaurant to anyone. I don't seem to be the only one not liking it because the restaurant was empty on a Thursday night last July.

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              pickytongue Feb 2, 2009 06:23 AM

              Agreed. Centro Vinoteca was good when it first opened but is very mediocre now. Go to the Harrison.

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              foodwhisperer Feb 2, 2009 02:07 PM

              Harrison has a different chef than last year. The Harrison over Centro without a doubt. Not even close. Skip Centro.Harrison is great, probably why they are packed every night

              1. pizzajunkie Jun 2, 2009 11:28 AM

                Is Central Vinoteca still "eh"? Is it overhyped now since Top Chef? Reviving this old post for possible new info. I have one dinner opening on my itinerary that I keep switching around.

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                  financialdistrictresident Jun 2, 2009 11:52 AM

                  I've been to both (Centro Vinoteca only once), but not recent enough to be helpful. I liked Spartina (pre-The Harrison) better. FYI the atmosphere at The Harrison is pretty dark and clubby. They might still have outdoor seating. We generally go to Duane Park (also American) and probably need to try The Harrison again. Last time we went we had a disinterested server and only one dish was very good.

                  Please report back on your experience.

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                  TooLooseLaTrek Jun 2, 2009 12:05 PM

                  Of the two I've only been to The Harrison and highly recommend it.The food is very good,as is the service and the atmosphere is warm and comfortable.A good choice for both foodies and your sister who is looking for good atmosphere.

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