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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
  • "The food was amazing and the service exemplary. I highly recommend Rock Center Cafe and will return again."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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
  • "Beautiful. Lovely table up near fountain. Sunny day with big umbrella shade. So wonderful."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with welcoming smiles, twice! One was outdoors where we entered, another indoors where we dined. Best calamari, ever. Chicken wings? Absolutely. The view? Incomparable. Reservations through Open Table: so convenient!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went there to watch the World Cup England vs Italy. Expecting to view the match as in their ad but when we arrived not many viewing tables outside. Although we did enjoy but hard to see the tv. Fun night"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Would I ever go back there again. The facts...reservation 5:45 p.m. ordered the prix fixe dinner ... organic green salad....skirt steak...dessert of choice. Ordered a $65 bottle of wine....6:15 p.m. just received salad. 6:45 p.m. still no steak. Asked server "what the ETA is on our food"...next thing I know - the General Manager came over because he heard "I was very upset"...7:00 steak arrived. Moved inside because I waited so long outside I was freezing...Never reassigned a server.....Never ordered dessert...General Manager "comped" the wine and apps...but never will go there...never speak of it...or ever recommend the Rock Center Café to anyone....and it was a beautiful night when we set out...the shame of it all....again NEVER."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Good outdoor lunch spot. It was drizzling so they had the umbrella’s out. The food was o.k. I got a cheese burger, which was dry."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great view of Rockefeller Center. It was not overly crowded and was very reasonably priced. Food was great & the staff was very nice!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "A pleasant and useful locale for business breakfasts !!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I wanted a great place to take my husband for his first birthday in the USA. It's been a challenging and successful year, so I wanted the perfect setting for it. I made arrangements with the restaurant to celebrate this event. Everything was smooth. I didn't have to remind anyone it was his birthday, the server, Kamran, went out of his way to make it great experience. The food was perfect, even the icecream is made in house! Highly recommended for the view, ambiance, food, and service!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Outside setting was nice and bright. Waiter was cheerful. Food was okay but Peach Bellini was excellent! Floor manager on duty when we were there was dismissive and snooty. The moment we were seated, he moved a floor-based umbrella, exposing our table to extreme sun glare. When we complained, he was argumentative and dismissive of our request. He replace the umbrella when we discussed going elsewhere. Once the sun moved a little, he removed the umbrella again. Really made us feel like we weren't welcome. Don't plan to return."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We went after work - the gin gimlet was fantastic and the nachos were fabulous! We also loved the burgers. The service was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a great time celebrating my graduation at Rock Center Cafe. Originally, I picked this place for my family because I had a work event nearby, but wouldn't have chosen it otherwise because I heard it was a tourist trap. I wanted to honor the reservation even though my event got cancelled and I'm so glad we did. It might trap tourists, but this New Yorker will be coming back. The food was delicious, the waiter was patient with my 16-year-old sister's requests and it wasn't too busy. My only critique would be that they should switch the patio furniture outside for something a little classier. We sat inside because it just wasn't appealing. Everything else was great. Get the shrimp chop chop salad!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great location! We were rushed to make it to a Broadway show and our server took excellent care of us. The food was delicious and as ordered. We were out of the restaurant in an hour and a half. Just because we were rushed it didn't impact the food quality at all!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The most beautiful outdoor dining venue in NYC. You can't beat the fountain, beautiful flowers, and overall ambience of Rock Center."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was efficient and friendly. Everyone must do this at least once in their lives."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I always enjoy my visits there. The staff is very friendly and always remembers me. You can't find a better outdoor dining experience in the summer."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Had a great brunch - waitstaff was very nice and food was fabulous! Would go again!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had Mother's Day Brunch outside and with great food, attentive service and outstanding weather we could have stayed until dinner"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "we have celebrated mother's day at rock center cafe brunch for several years and it is always a delight. it is a pretty setting, has good food, the wait staff are all great. will hopefully return again nxt year!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Brunch was very reasonable with a gorgeous atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014