48 Lounge
48 Lounge
  • Address:
    1221 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10020
    Neighborhood:
    Rockefeller Center Midtown
  • Cuisine:
    Tapas / Small Plates
    Price: $30 and under

48 Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.48nyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-554-4848x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 4pm-12am
    Tuesday: 4pm-2am
    Wednesday: 4pm-2am
    Thursday: 4pm-2am
    Friday: 4pm-3:30am
    Saturday: 6pm-3:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 48th street Between 6th and 7th Avenue
  • Public Transit: B, D, F, & V to 47-50th Streets Rockefeller Center
    N, R, W to 49th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from 48 Lounge
48 Lounge is a Premium Cocktail Lounge with a delicious menu of small plates including dishes such as gourmet grilled cheese, tuna tartar, and filet mignon sliders. Located in Midtown Manhattan, 48 Lounge is just one block south of Radio City in Rockefeller Center, and within close proximity to Times Square, the Marriott Marquis, the Hilton Hotel, and the Jacob Javits Center. 48 Lounge has received numerous awards including the 2012 Concierge Choice Award for NYC Best Bar/Lounge as well as Zagat Award of Excellence 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013.

48 Lounge is a luxurious multifaceted Event Venue and hosts all event types from corporate cocktail receptions, meetings, screenings, and presentations, to social celebrations such as Birthdays, Engagements, Bachelorettes, Weddings, and Premieres.


Age Limit: 21 & over only

Please Note: Online Reservations are not available for Saturdays after 9PM.
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48 Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (4)romantic (3)late-night find (3)special occasion (2)neighborhood gem (2)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • canolibeanVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Nice for drinks/snacks-we went before a show-worked out well it was right across the street!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a group!!
    Hopeulikeittoo22
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Nice mix of tapas and wine list. Service was quick and attentive
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theater
    Michelle
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went here before an 8:00 show, not busy but still fun atmosphere great decor. Orders small plates , really good feature cocktail ! Service was fast and responsive. Wil return :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the 48 Lounge reviews archive.
  • Pricy mediocrity
    GothamGastroVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Grabbed a quick pre-theater bite mid-week. Ambiance was nice until they turned the music up. Once the wait staff figured out we were not going to be big drinkers, they basically ignored us - even had to chase them down to get our bill. Once we got our food, there was nothing special or creative to justify the price.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very empty
    Emmarosa
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This lounge was super empty on a Friday night at 11:30. It was more of the 40 and up crowd. The drinks were super expensive. Didn't think it was worth 60 dollars for 3 Drinks. Definitely a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DSCZVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Service was well-timed and friendly, coctails and apps were very expensive.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Lindsay
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I had mine and my brother's birthday dinner thre. It was an amazing spot for a birthday-it was expensive, but definitely a lot of fun! The waitress knew t was our birbday so semhe brought out sparklers and shots for all of my party on the house. It was soo nice!! A lot of people were dancingn and some were sitting enjoying themselves. I love definitely recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Time
    njplaya1989
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Had a great first date there. The drinks were very good. The servers were a little pushy with ordering things. I felt rushed and pressured in a way, but I still had a nice time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 48 Lounge is ALWAYS great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    48 Lounge is ALWAYS great. Best original cocktails, by far, than I've found in other bars and restaurants in Manhattan. Definitely pricey in terms of cocktails, but it's worth it if you can afford to try this place. Food is always excellent and fairly priced! Great place for a birthday, etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy
    Iloveshaya
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Lounge 48 is a great place for adults who are not into the club scene but still want to have a good time. The atmosphere was classy but still trendy. The DJ played great music. Overall, we had a fabulous time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I went out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    My husband and I went out for drinks after seeing a Broadway Show. The venue is upscale and modern with a selection of unique cocktails.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service on Vday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We ordered the surf and turf and the stuffed mushrooms. The mushrooms and lobster were great but the steak was tough and definitely was not filet. The service was awful.... I think all the wait staff was wasted. The forgot out order multiple times and the drinks were watered down. Disappointing overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beware booking preferences not kept
    TommyT
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Lovely place but they hardly stick to booking preferences...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best hidden secret in nyc
    dara
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    great small plate food...good strong drinks...but best part of place is service...it is a collaborative staff that are ultra friendly and extremely attentive...you will feel like a vip...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating an occasion
    cybermonk
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I had a great time. Service was amazing. What annoyed me a little was that even though I was spending a decent amount of money, I was still charged for some extra bread to eat the food that was too much for the bread provided. And they served us a dessert (that we didn't order) for an occasion but still charged us for it. Its not the $ amount but the gesture. The best restaurants offer such services complimentary especially when guests are already spending a significant amount of money. It isn't about the money. It is about being charged for it - makes you feel less like the restaurant is doing something special as part of the occasion - i.e. good customer service which pays dividends down the line. But otherwise service & food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Music & Place!
    MikeFukuda
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Perfect Lounge with good attendance and Musics, as well as good wine and finger foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great DJ
    Heuy
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We picked the 48 Lounge because of its beautiful decor. We were expecting to have a very relaxed night out with some friends to celebrate my wife's birthday. What we did not expect was that the DJ would be so good. People started dancing and before you know it, it was a full out party! Even if you are the type of person who does not like clubs, you could still continue to relax and have your conversation with your friends with no interference. Just the perfect atmosphere. Mike the manager, and the waiting staff was very accommodating; they made sure that we had everything we needed. My lady loved her birthday and everyone went home happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nite at The 48
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Staff treated as though we were special. Made for a great time. Enjoyed meeting new friends and shared the experience before going to the theatre. Next time we're on New York, we'll definitely be back. Aloha from Hawaii!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD FOR A SNACK AND DRINK
    TRAVELGIRLVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    the Tapas-style lounge is a hit or miss. My pesto pizza was good, but only one side of it was cooked properly. the wait staff were good and our waitress very friendly and attentive. My friends enjoyed their olives, chicken skewers and beef sliders, but again, the food was only "good." The tapas are reasonably priced but the drinks is where this place makes their money. some drinks are outrageously over-priced. I just wish when I had walked in that the music playing was appropriate for the vibe. It apparently WANTS to be a lounge, but when you're blasting 80's music on a Friday night in this area of NYC, it just leaves something to be desired...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went to 48 Lounge on a Wednesday
    FoodieReviewer
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Went to 48 Lounge on a Wednesday night with a group of 6. All of the food was delicious and I would recommend everything we ordered, the only downside being the small portions. We ordered the Tater Tots, Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip, Miso Pulled Pork Sliders, Chicken Burgers “CLT”, Filet Mignon Sliders, Pesto Pizza and the Roasted Tomato and Chorizo Pizza. The service was great, my sister ordered a drink she did not like and the staff took back the drink and removed the charge from our bill. The music was loud making it difficult to have a conversation but otherwise I recommend 48 Lounge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfful!
    VennyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We visited on a Friday night. The service is superb, the food is amazing and the atmosphere is vibrant. I arrived before my party and felt very comfortable while waiting. The DJ came in and played great music. I look forward to going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for after hours
    Shiva
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    I am glad I selected 48 Lounge & invited our client over for after hours informal meeting. Great ambience, service, food & drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My only issue with this place
    macaulay13VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    My only issue with this place was trying to find it. There were not good directions as to what building it was located in and what side to find it and the signage was not visible so we did a lot of extra walking looking for it which in heels is not fun!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, but excellent small
    Carol
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Pricey, but excellent small plates, ambience and service. Drinks and wines were excellent. Great place to meet with friends or for a date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    I found it incredibly rude that that manager moved my group from a quiet location we had reserved to a noisy location because they had "forgotten" about the larger reservation. So much for being a regular at this place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice tapas bar
    Terp330VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Went early because we had theater tickets. Had 6:00 pm reservations and were the first guests. Sat at bar. Service was excellent. Has a limited wine list but had some good choices. We ordered a 2008 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon and the bar tender immediately asked if we wanted it decanted. She did an excellent job. The tapas selections were mixed. Most of what we had were excellent. I would recommend the meatballs, artichoke dip and the baked shrimp and chorizo skewers. This is not a formal restaurant with tables. Itnisva lounge. Later in the evening it probably gets pretty loud. Still, it was fine for a pre-theater dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cocktails delicious and alcohol
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Cocktails delicious and alcohol not spared (we had Violet Kiss, Jamaican Ting and Old Fashioned). Very good selection of wines (we had Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc). While some may complain that it is on the expensive side, for Midtown Manhattan, its not a shock to the pocket. Highly recommend the Artichoke & Spinach Dip, Meatballs and Hummus & Pita. Delicious food, hot and fresh. The most wonderful thing about 48 Lounge is their fantastic staff! Without doubt, one of the few bars in New York that pay special attention to their clientele. It was extemely busy the night we were there but never once had to call anyone over! Receiving customer service like this is worth every penny spent on a great night out. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staff was friendly and attentive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Staff was friendly and attentive, atmosphere and food awesome. Convieniently located near the Iridium, makes it a great stop for a night cap after a show.l
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was delicious, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    Food was delicious, but the drinks were so so, especially for the price. Great for a special occasion in combination with theater tickets.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had a very comfortable and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    I had a very comfortable and fun time. Will come here again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place! The staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    I love this place! The staff is always attentive and friendly. Nice atmosphere and nice music and good food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Due to working late I turned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    Due to working late I turned up late so missed my table booking. While we stood by the bar the women on the front desk were really friendly and found us a table as soon as one became available. Great cocktails & ambiance. Would definately go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Staff members were extremely nice. Very friendly and polite. Friendly salutation before we were seated. Ambiance was elegant/ formally sporty, romantic and chic as well. Late night lounge with good music and delicious food. Not a place for a "big dinner" but a great place to order small plates to share. Great selection of wines. Located in new York city Rockefeller center, prices are reasonable. Great spot to have a girls night out :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There wasn't any vibe, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    There wasn't any vibe, and the bartenders appeared distracted--I had to ask for water refill twice--there was no one there so I would have expected better service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time. Not a REAL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    Had a great time. Not a REAL hopping place, but the service and atmosphere were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was my birthday and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    It was my birthday and the place was perfect for the night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Make a reservation if you
    Dawn
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Make a reservation if you want to sit at a cocktail table. Don't have a perced anything facial or the blond hostess will stare at you.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a bar scene, looks
    Linda
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    This is a bar scene, looks like a place that the young professionals might congregate. Quite lively, but didn't belong in a "tapas" category
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a 'spur of the moment'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2012
    Just a 'spur of the moment' let's try this place. Excellent food and service and great 'cool refreshing beverages'! Had a great time would do it again next time we're in town.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Check it out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    Very nice late night find. Just so happen the night I went with a friend it was a little on the quiet side (lack of clientele or maybe the whether). All in all, The tapas were amazing the ambiance was fitting for the lounge type atmosphere, the service was on point and very easy to look at (male point of view). I would definitely be returning and be recommending this place to friends and associates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate