Rock Center Cafe
Rock Center Cafe

Rock Center Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant.php?restaurants_id=18
  • Phone: (212) 332-7620
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST
    Monday – Friday 7:30am – 10:30am
    LUNCH
    Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm
    DINNER
    Sunday – Thursday 4pm – 10pm
    Friday – Saturday 4pm – 11pm
    BRUNCH
    Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Prontelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On 50th Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave
  • Public Transit: B,D,F,M trains
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Rock Center Cafe
Rock Center Café is New York’s American Grill. We bring you chef-driven cuisine at breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, house-crafted cocktails, and some of New York’s top brews in one of the most memorable, landmark locations in New York City. With a stunning view of The Rink at Rockefeller Center in the winter months and Summer Garden & Bar, a spacious outdoor oasis in the summer months; we offer an exceptional setting with a series of original prints by the great American artist Andy Warhol and seasonally updated menus supporting local family farms. We are open 365 days a year.

www.rockcentercafeny.com
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Rock Center Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (102)great for lunch (82)great for outdoor dining (56)special occasion (50)kid-friendly (47)great for brunch (36)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (25)romantic (21)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (7)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Expect to pay a fixed menu of 25 bucks per kid
    Mufamfive
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    They require a fixed menu for the kids which is an outrageous $25 (even small kids). We have a 3 kids so this really ran up the bill
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good View of ice rink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Great place to have a front row seat of the ice skaters @ Rockefeller Center.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great stop for a day in the City!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This was a great stop for lunch! We made a reservation thinking we would have a long wait but probably didn't have to. Our reservation was at 1:00 PM which is a peak lunch hour and we were seated quickly and offered fresh baked bread. We ordered our lunch and it was brought to us in no time. The ambiance is great as you are able to watch skaters while you are enjoying your lunch. We had a great time and I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service & ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I organized a surprise dinner for my mother. The staff immediately noticed that this was a special occasion and even though it was a busy Saturday night - they did not pressure us to clear the table quickly. They let us enjoy the dinner and company for a full 4.5 hours!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service challenged but good food.
    Out4agoodmeal
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The night we had dinner there, they were short staffed. Getting water refills and dishes removed from our table was a project. Our server did his best but he is only 1 man. Waited a long time for our order to be taken, apps to arrive and water to be refilled. Food was delicious. View of the skaters was great! Service was bad.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seated promptly, order taken, and served promptly.
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had a wonderful experience. We ordered the RCC burger and it exceeded expectations. It arrived very quickly and service was excellent. The view of ice skating only made the experience more memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem!
    Happycampers4
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Wonderful for adults and children. Great food. Festive atmosphere. We keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time with my family. I will come again
    LiveLife
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    What a place, Fun, vibrant. Romantic. Many family members from different states joined me
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FGRG
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We lunch at the café everytime we're in NYC. We love the atmosphere, service and food. Fun spot especially at the Christmas Holidays!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bucket List Check
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Overall it was a nice lunch and enjoyable view of the rink. I wasn't overly impressed with the food but did love the cocktail options - had the Apple Cider Bellini and it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite Restaurant in NYC!
    Marialivia
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The longest litany could not extol the virtues of Rock Center Cafe. Food exceptional, service very friendly, helpful, attentive but not intrusive, and professional in every way. Slightly pricey, but more than worth the cost. View could not be better -- we had a window table close to the ice rink -- if window were open, we could have shaken the skaters' hands! This is definitely my favorite restaurant in NYC and a treat to look forward to every time I visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snyders
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Limited options for lunch; food was good. I asked for a medium burger and it came back rare, very pink in the middle. It was a bit over priced in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous dining experience
    Polishpen
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My daughter, two grand-daughters and I dined at Rock Center Cafe as a centerpiece event to our NYC excursion. The food was fantastic and exquisitely presented. Our table gave us a bird's eye view of the skating rink, which the girls had seen on television. They were thrilled to see the venue in person. Better still, we witnessed a marriage proposal during our lunch. Our waiter was very attentive and respectful of our needs. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant experience and would return again without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    edy50dr
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Had lunch here again after our annual enjoyment of Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. As usual our lunch did not disappoint. We both had the beet salad with the Humboldt Fog aged goat cheese & micro greens for starters. OMG- so simple but so divine. We loved it so much that we had to search out that cheese and bought some that weekend and tried our best to re-create that salad (which we think we did). The rest of our meal was equally just as good and service was attentive but not intrusive. Also had a great view of the ice skating rink. Would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a View!
    Tuzz
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I took a co-worker here that has never been to Time Square. He LOVED IT !! Great Food and Great Views! I will be bringing my wife here during Christmas !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good view of staking rink, great food and service
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    good view of staking rink, great food and service Loved the Cod fish special
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Rock Center Experience
    AnnTater
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Rock Center Cafe is a lovely place for lunch following the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The restaurant has a casual feel but we were treated like royalty. Prices were moderate. We especially enjoyed the seasonal specialty drinks. We had a wonderful, festive afternoon and look forward to visiting again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go!
    Lilly
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We were very disappointed in our Rock Center Cafe. Watching the skaters was fun. The host staff was nice. Beyond that, it was terrible. Our lunch for 2 cost over $100 and it was inedible. We ordered from the 3 course menu. The bread was great. The salad was okay. The entree was awful. I had skirt steak that was fatty and just gross. My companion had chicken that was better but still bad. It was the worst meal we have had in recent memory. Our server obviously knew we weren't eating our meal. He seemed afraid to ask why. It was dismal. Drinks and appetizers at the bar might be okay but don't eat the meals!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Kid-Friendly
    kidsintow
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We found this restaurant under "kid-friendly" on Open Table. This restaurant is anything but... One example of this is that the restaurant doesn't even have kid-friendly drink cups. The food was mediocre and over priced. The service was good and the ambience is great as the restaurant looks out over the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience
    not2happy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Think kid's menu should be ala carte. Too expensive if your child only drinks water and doesn't eat dessert.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stay Away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant at 9:30 am we were told that they we're only serving lunch. The waiter took 15 minutes to come over to greet our table. The food was fair. The waiter come over to our table 10 minutes into our meal and offered us bread and fresh parmesan cheese. The location is the only positive thing going for the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great view, food so-so
    5innyc
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We got a great table with a fantastic view of the skating rink. We even got to watch a romantic wedding proposal on the ice. The service was very professional and friendly. However, the food was somewhat disappointing. My skirt steak was very chewy and not very flavorful. For the price, I would have expected better quality food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Lovely location overlooking the ice skating but you pay for that, a glass of wine is around $15. I had the fish of the day, cod, well cooked and a reasonable sized portion.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went to dinner before a show. The staff had our table ready and everyone enjoyed the experience of sitting by the window and watching the skaters. Most importantly, they made it clear that they could accommodate my daughter's nut allergy. She was able to eat the fried calamari, pasta and ice cream sundae dessert. The food was very good. I enjoyed the vegetarian entree, but would have liked it somewhat hotter. Overall it was a wonderful experience for our family and our server was friendly and attentive. A bit expensive, but would recommend the restaurant for its convenience, atmosphere and food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tourist or a native New Yorker
    USN65
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant is a must try if your visiting NYC for the first time or your fiftieth time. Great atmosphere, food and vibe. Go for lunch and feel like a native New Yorker at a power lunch. Make sure that you make reservation through OpenTable. I always get seated right away and usually in the area that I requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    TwinsMom
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Perfect spot for a meal before the Christmas Spectacular. Great service and perfect place for the kids too...overlooks the skating rink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Timer
    mimw
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Breakfast was excellent. The apple cranberry French toast was so light, airy and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid as a Rock
    RegularGuy
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Our reservations were originally for 4:30PM and were for a specific table. My friend who was visiting from Florida kept running into delays and I kept calling to push back the reservation. We were finally able to get there at 5:30PM to find it somewhat crowded. Surprisingly they held the table I requested! The server was great, the food was delicious and we had a womderful time catching up on old times. It was a very relaxing time and never once a feeling of being rushed. I'm looking forward to visiting Rock Center Cafe real soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideal Breakfast Location
    Mjj1289
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The Rock Center Cafe is an ideal location for a casual business breakfast or lunch. During the Fall/Winter months, it looks out onto the famous skating Rockefeller Center skating rink. The staff is extremely friendly, helpful, and attentive and the food was quite good. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why not?!
    Managany
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great location with a view of the Rock Ctr ice skating rink. Service was efficient and pleasant. Food was fine. Decided on this spot after a visit to the American Doll store with my niece. Not cheap but why not?! It's all in the experience, which was priceless. -Native New Yorker.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good view
    RPDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Booking ahead with Open Table meant we got an excellent table at the window looking out at the skaters on the Rockefeller Plaza ice rink. Good food, interesting food and drink selection. Spotty service, but that seems to have been our particular waitress as others appeared more attentive and approachable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vivvy
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Really enjoyed our lunch there! Food and service very good! Had window table delighted with that!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poochie1
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Had lunch with family from London everything was wonderful.My family loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We thought this would be a great place for breakfast...not so much! Stuffed French toast came out cold, bacon was barely cooked! Couldn't find server to send it back. Had to stop another server to ask for butter and syrup...who serves pancakes those?!?!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rock Center Cafe
    TurkVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We like to go to their themed dinners and this year's Oktoberfest was no exception. Much of the food is homemade including the 3 types of sausage, the smoked whitefish and the Bavarian pretzel. The beer selection was terrific as well. The homemade ice cream for dessert can be shared by 3 people- fabulous. We can't wait for the next themed treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burgers
    Magik
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Skating rink was not yet open, rainy day so no outdoor seating. But the burger was the best I've had in a long time. The salad substituted for the fries was just the right accompaniment for our lunch. Great drinks, desserts too. Not too bad price wise for NYC. And our waiter was ver personable, witty; added to our enjoyment
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    Koalax1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Was taken to Rock Center Cafe to celebrate my birthday. Loved it! From the delicious mixed salad, Altlantic Salmon, to the chocolate cake desert everything was simply delicious. Service and ambience were also great. Truly enjoyed my visit to this restaurant and will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They use egg beaters instead of
    Petunia10
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Went for breakfast. The coffee was horrible and eggs were disgusting. How can you screw up egg? This place is all about location. They simply do not feel they need to serve you a decent meal. Stay far away.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Fast with Fast Service
    GiantBlue
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant is a little more casual than the Sea Grill located across the ice rink. The menu has a decent variety of food for adults. The kids menu is excellent. The food service is very quick which is good if you are looking to eat and move on to another event. In my opinion, the food service was a little too fast.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, service ok
    spunk5
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Fantastic experience to be in the heart of Rockerfeller Center. Went for lunch and food was good and kid friendly. Very casual. Nice to be outside for dining. The food came out fast and cooked well, but the server was very slow to greet us and check back. It took her 10 minutes to come to the table to get a drink order. Then after the food was served (by other server) she came back when we were finished. It took her another 10 minutes to get the bill. Don't be in a rush or you will miss something.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate