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Rock Center Cafe
Rock Center Cafe
  • Address:
    Rockefeller Center
    20. West 50th Street
    New York, NY 10020
    Rockefeller Center Midtown
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Rock Center Cafe Details

  • 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
    Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm
    Sunday – Thursday 4pm – 10pm
    Friday – Saturday 4pm – 11pm
    Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Burgers
  • 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.

Diner Reviews
  • "Booked here for convenience after going to the view at the top of the rock in the evening. There is nothing better than average about this restaurant. The burger is tasteless, the fries over-seasoned. The salmon was well presented but unexciting. Our waiter was indifferent and distracted, in general the service was disappointing. Head out of midtown if you can."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We booked a table during retaurant week, and were placed just in front of the golden angel, that was great. But when asked for the restaurant week menu, we had to move the back tables on the side. Food was worth the price - only 25$ for 3 course menu- but service was not so friendly. Guess the restaurant week was nice to discover the restaurant but the restaurant week do impact on what you get."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed my annual "Birthday Dinner" - with my favorite Guacamole appetizer. Look forward to next time."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Although the atmosphere is loverly the noise level is not good foe a business lunch.The food was mediocre"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had 9 for breakfast, 4 adults and 5 children (4-11). The staff was very nice and the food was great. Fun place with great view."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "When we arrived we were really lucky to be seated right next to the fountain, which made our visit. The food was little better than fast food really but with a high price tag. The cocktail I had was delicious and that mixed with the fountain made it a great evening. The quality of the food let it down though."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I went here during the holidays two years ago and was very disappointed . This time I really enjoyed the summer menu . The down side was slow service , freezing ac and long lines to the bathroom because of the outdoor patio. Wasn't the best meal but was good enough to return ."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I was great being outside looking at the water and statue in the heart of Rockerfeller center but the waitress was attentive to all her customers except us and mentioned that it was my birthday and nothing was done even though meal came with dessert"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This restaurant looks out on either the skating rink , or an outdoor garden seating, depending on the season, with the Prometheus Statute Fountain to the side. The food is very good, and the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "There were four of us and our food was good but portions were small, especially the hanger steak. Service was a little slow as our waiter kept on disappearing to the outside diners. The best thing about this restaurant is the setting."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "A friend and I specifically went to try this restaurant during NYC Restaurant Week. Therefore, our menu choices were limited. The gazpacho soup was good with a bit of spice. We both had the cod, which I found just fair, a little dry, but I my friend enjoyed it a bit more than I did. The lemon tart was deemed okay. I thought the banana split tartufo was quite good. The service was quite prompt and friendly enough. The scenery from the restaurant is nice and is probably beautiful in the winter when you can look out at the skating rink. The cafe has a pleasant ambience. Based on our experience, this might not be the place for you if you prefer big portion sizes."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Restaurant week brough us in, but we will definitely return. The choices on the special menu were great. There is something for everyone. The salad was large with the perfect amount of dressing. The salmon was done well with a crunchy farro salad underneath. The banana split tartufo was sweet, crunchy and flavorful. The sizes of the courses was perfect. YOu can also look out the huge windows at Rockefeller Center in all of its glory."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Great food, great location. A bit on the pricey side but great for work lunches. Service left a bit to be desired."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Been here a lot of times for lunch and it is very nice. I like the outdoor seating where you can enjoy the waterfall and the statue, which feels like you are on vacation. Food is good. Sometimes when it gets busy it takes a while for service to be attentive, but you just have to relax and enjoy the ambience. They are accomodating with food, seating, and services if you request them. Their burgers and fries are very good. I also tried the salmon and pasta which were all very good as well. You need to keep in mind of which area you select your food. Some portions maybe less than others. Must try the banana split ice cream!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I had lunch at Rock Center Cafe during Restaurant Week, so the price was fairly reasonable. The organic greens were surprisingly tasty. The seared cod was also delicious. I believe they forgot about me- the waiter came over at one point and asked if I'd received the cod yet, then apologized when he brought it. But it was fine, I was happy just being there. Dessert was a banana split and it was heavenly. The ice cream half-scoops were coated on one side with a chocolate shell and the bananas were carmelized. The only complaint I would have is that since I had a reservation, I was expecting to be seated out on the skating rink area with a great view. Instead, I was seated off to the side beside a large hedge so couldn't see much of anything."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Food was expensive for what you get. Out door birds can be pesty if sitting by bushes. Quality was good.. Service was good."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It's a wonderful place for lunch. Great location and great view of the fountain. We went there during the restaurant week offer. It makes the dining experience even better. I would recommend the place."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the service exemplary. I highly recommend Rock Center Cafe and will return again."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We took the grandchildren to lunch before the theater. The wait staff could not have been kinder or more helpful. They graciously dealt with all the needs that arose (and fell). The food was terrific and we were on our way to the theater with time to spare. The Rock Center Café should always be an option in midtown."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Went for what I thought was a Sunday brunch. There were maybe three breakfast items. Limited lunch menu. Thought it was a bit overpriced for what you get. I make excellent scrambled eggs and theirs were not. I don't mind paying the price if the food is worth it but this was not. That said, it was very pleasant eating where the ice rink is in winter and in front of fountain. However I can see why it wasn't very crowded even at 11:30 on a Sunday morning. The locals all know better."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It was really nice a place I will never forget I got engaged there it was perfect and beautiful food was good and our service was amazing his name was Sean. It was amazing would go there again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was a really good standard but systemic operational procedures detracted from the experience. For two of the three courses we were delivered food and then sat and waited a considerable time for cutlery to eat it with.We exchanged glances with other couples in the same predicament"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My family and I enjoyed our scrumptious three course meal in the heart of NEW York City. Delicious food, great servers, and great for people-watching."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The service was too slow and not as polite as I expected"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Sure, it's a tourist trap but the food was good (hard to screw up a cheeseburger) if not over priced (welcome to New York) and the view and ambience was great fun. Our kids (11 and 7 years old) loved looking at the fountain and the server was great. Noisy, but not too loud to have a conversation without raised voices. Request outdoor seating if weather permits."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Not much variety but the appetizers and service were great!!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Recently had breakfast with a group of 7 people. Food was excellent from simple pancakes and eggs to inventive omelettes (shrimp, fava bean, and fontina cheese, chorizo, among others.) Fresh squeezed OJ, French Press (non-stop) coffee, attentive yet unobtrusive multi person service, comfortable seats with ample space between them made for a great atmosphere. New Yorkers who think it's touristy don't get it. The cognoscenti know what the tourists know. It's a great restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Rock Center Cafe has a great view of the Prometheus fountain (and the skating rink in Winter), you can either dine in or out in the Summer, this time we dined in as rain was forecast. Having only an hour for lunch, the staff was very accommodating of our schedule, the food was very good, and the service was fast. We would dine there again."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Fabulous atmosphere in the heart of Rockefeller Center. Sat outside and had great food with great service."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed a fabulous glass of wine at lunch on a table next to the iconic statue/fountain. While it was very pricey, we enjoyed the food and the service plus the amazing setting"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Recommend the watermelon-tomato salad. Loved sitting by the fountain. Room for improvement: the hosts and hostesses were inexperienced and, with the exception of one, not very polite. Get better help at the desk. Otherwise, delightful. Surprising for such a touristy location.--BashfulAdventurer.com"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Overly priced and very small portions. Guacamole $17 and not so good. good for drinks"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was spectacular and the service was outstanding. We cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I've been here three times now. The food is delicious and the portions are big, not what you'd expect at a place like this. Sitting indoors offers a classy experience, while sitting outside is a bit more casual, but so nice in good weather. I've never had a bad waiter, and our last one was extra nice. They always get the order right, which shouldn't be a plus, but if you've eaten a lot of places in nyc, you understand it is! The only thing that keeps me from going here a lot (I work in 30 rock) is the prices. I love the shrimp chop chop salad, but at $28 it's a once in a while type of thing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoyed the Rock very much. The food was good but little over priced"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Had a great lunch while shopping and touring around Rockefeller Center and 5th Ave. area. Great scene and views. Sit outside if the weather is nice."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Had Sunday Brunch (10:00 a.m.) with my wife & daughter (9 yrs old). Service was great, food was great, ambiance was great. Food was hot and tasty and came out quickly. Limited menu selection for finicky 9 year old palate, but we were able to "special order" pancakes and eggs with no trouble."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My daughter and I had a wonderful, outdoor lunch at the Rock Center Cafe. The guacamole was delicious and both of our salads had the right blend of favors. We will definitely go back to dine here again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The Rock Center Cafe rocks! Had a scrumptious lunch, wait service professional and warm, ambience vibrant yet peaceful, nestled in the midst of the buildings . . . On the floor of my beloved skate rink. Truly delightful dining . . ."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Service was very slow. Not enough staff. Food was ok but pricey for lunch"
    Dined on 6/16/2014