Rock Center Cafe

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3940 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Rock Center Cafe is a midtown restaurant & bar in Rockefeller Center serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch with holiday dining & events available.
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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good, service was efficient, ambience is the essence of NYC.

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HD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I would say my overall experience was pretty good.
1. The Hostess on schedule that evening was a total GEM, she was sweet helpful and very welcoming.
2. As soon as we were seated we were bombarded by 3 servers/porter at our table, trying to get our drink order, pour water and not sure what other guy was doing. It was raining out so we needed a second to get situated, it was extremely overwhelming.
(we asked for a minute) That minute turned into a few too many.
3. We were there for the 4 course dinner special, and the server explained NOTHING about the dinner experience or how to begin. (We ordered a bottle of wine also)
4. Although the server, was not attentive and rather uninterested in our table, (we look young-but are in our 40s & probably do not look like experienced tippers) I still left her over 20% because, I get a kick out of seeing a servers reaction to me after they did not perform good service, and they still receive a great tip! Lets just say, she gave us more attention, in her thank you for the tip, than she did during our entire visit.
5. Since I am a business owner in the hospitality industry, I know better than to let one bad apple spoil the bunch.-So I am not displeased with the evening as a whole.
6. The room itself was eye pleasing, and the temperature even with the rain outside was very comfortable. It was a bit loud, but was fine once we got settled.
7. The bathrooms were clean!!!!!
8. The GM, table touched frequently and that made up a bit for the servers lack of attention. He even told us about the Garden 3 course meal-WE WILL BE BACK to enjoy that.
9. As we departed, we were again given such lovely attention from your Hostess. SHE IS A REAL WINNER, and a valuable asset to the PATINA brand.

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Love the atmosphere of the restaurant - even in the summer.

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e
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

nothing special
pricey as you would expect
view of rink is not special in spring/summer
huge room
freezing on the morning I went

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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

So disappointing! Have come here for mother’s day last three years and always looked forward to it, never again. The service was atrocious. Had a reservation for 3, was sat in a booth set for 2. Asked for a place setting, got one with a bread plate when other two had no bread plates. Was bread offered? Nope. Two separate servers asked what kind of water we wanted but took forever to bring. Not one person acknowledged mothers day. We ordered drinks, I asked for what I wanted was told it also came as a frozen version I said no thank you would like the regular. Of course, they brought the frozen and didn’t apologize. Menu advertised on line was not what we were given (poached salmon was missing) there were no specials offered. We all settled on chicken which was dry and presented terribly. And, it was very expensive which would be fine if the ambiance was as it had been in years past. It was raining which is under no ones control and musicancs were inside, but volume was not adjusted to indoor levels. We couldnt hear each other talk. Two of us came in from over an hour away, we all were disappointed finished our meals as quickly as possible and went across street for dessert and a beverage. Stay away from this place, especially for special occasion. Seems like new management or something, it was nothing like the last two years. Servers couldn’t care less.

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WP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely mother’s day brunch, super service, good value and magnificent view. Pretty faultless!

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k
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is the 2nd time I’ve been here and the first was much better. Today the restaurant was understaffed even though there were not many people in the dining hall, most were outside. We sat inside. The wrong appetizer was brought out first. They fixed that. Then the entrees were brought out and both of our fries were cold. I ordered the King mushroom sandwich and the mushrooms were so chewy I couldn’t get past them. The bread on the sandwich was stale so I scooped the mushrooms and cheese and kale out and tried to eat the mushrooms as best I could because I was so hungry. We did not opt for dessert.

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BL
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was way beyond expectations. 5 star service and food.

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J
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious and made with high quality ingredients. Loved the 3-course dinner option!

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G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The shrimp salad was mostly lettuce - could have used more of the other ingredients.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice meal overall. Didn’t like the pulled pork sandwich - too chunky. Penne pasta w chicken and rock shrimp was tasty.

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CB
France
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely breakfast. The forecourt outside was busy as they were preparing for an event which was not the greatest but couldn’t be helped.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buen restaurante

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H
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had a delicious shrimp salad with really fresh ingredients, and plentiful shrimp. My guest had a burger with all the trimmings, and loved. We had theater tickets, and the service was prompt and courteous. Really enjoyed the spacious setting. Loved having a booth for the 2 of us, and a great view off the ice.

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G
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was absolutely awful. The service, the food was so bad. No wonder no one was in the place.

It’s a big tourist trap ripoff.

Do not go there!

Rock Center Cafe
Responded on April 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your recent dining experience. We always aim to have our guests leave having enjoyed their time with us. Please check your private message section for a more detailed follow up. Thank you again.

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Would recommend but only if they want to be near the rink and see people. Food is not worth it.

Rock Center Cafe
Responded on April 26, 2019

Hi Audrey. We're so sorry to hear your experience with us anything less than perfect. We take comments from guests like you very seriously as they are what help us become better. Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for breakfast the food was delicious and scenery was very nice over looking the skating rink

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NY
New York Area
260 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have had better food in a business class flight across the Atlantic. The beef carpaccio was overwhelmed by condiments. The lamb main course was lukewarm and tough.

Rock Center Cafe
Responded on April 26, 2019

We want to take a moment to apologize for your recent experience. We will certainly take your feedback and relay it to our staff as we are always looking for ways to improve. Thank you for your feedback.

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JD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We thought because of the venue location that it would have a special ambiance but really it’s more on the level of a diner. We went on Easter and to celebrate a birthday. The low lights of the meal were a hair on a dirty table, being brought the wrong drink, My dinner companion choking on his steak because it was gristle, Been given the wrong prefix menu and then being given another that was $20 higher. Not being offered bread when those around us were. I don’t know is that enough? The highlight was we got truffle tater tot’s from the bar, and they were quite good.
Oh and this was precious as he was choking the waitress asked if she should take the plate away. Shaking my head as they say! They did offer another entrée to go, and a drink.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sono andato in questo ristorante con il cibo buonissimo il locale era bello e i camerieri gentili.Ottimo

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Easter Sunday in the city.
It was our first time having brunch Rock Center Cafe
Their Easter brunch was very delicious and very filling. The place is clean and pristine, service is amazing.

We got Spring Quiche for appetizers (the crab in it is very fresh and blends well with the spring onions)

He got Lobster and Bacon Mash with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce (everything came together so well, the smokiness of the bacon, the texture of the lobster, the tart flavor of the hollandaise sauce and the creaminess of the egg was a perfect combination)

I got steak and eggs (the steak reminded me of lechon (filipino roasted pork), it was so tender and savory)

Finishing it off with coconut pineapple layer cake with coconut sorbet and chocolate toffee cake. (an icing on top as they say)

It was a very unique, happy and memorable experience for us. I am happy that I got to experience this at least once in my life. 10/10 would go again. This made our Easter Sunday very special.

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MS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice venue and food and service was really good....

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B
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The Rock Center Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants, and I live in Manhattan so I'm not a tourist. The service is really excellent; the food is very good; but I think the prices have risen too high. There's no reason why two people have to pay $85.00 (with tip) for lunch, especially when one had only the "Quick Lunch" and the other only Carpaccio, with coffee for each.

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ET
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Spring Menu was fabulous! The lamb ravioli was unique and delicious. Our waiter,Robert Berlin was outstanding!! He was informative, skillful and felt that we were in good hands. The gift of the Pesto was wonderful. I am recommending this to all my friends.

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t
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great high end venue for breakfast. With views of the Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Nice place..
Food is ok..

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c
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really a nice way to have brunch by the rink after mass at St Patrick's
service and food great!

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Overpriced Brunch and drink menu. Only redeemable quality is the location and ambiance. Small portion for the money. Tasteless entree. Have been there for dinner with aa better menu and value. Would not go again for brunch.

Rock Center Cafe
Responded on April 17, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your recent dining experience. We always aim to have our guests leave having enjoyed their time with us. Please check your private message section for a more detailed follow up. Thank you again.

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AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in NYC!!! Love the servers and the food!

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Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good view of ice rink,food very average. Good service

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EL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our 15 year old twin grandchildren to New York and they enjoyed our breakfast/brunch as much as we did.
All four meals were great and the service was excellent. Service was a team effort and not just the person who took our order.
It was a great way to start the day.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the rock center cafe is one block from my office and, of course, on the skating rink and staring at the prometheus fountain - all three of which are huge pluses! good food/not to expensive. could be a bit quieter. in addition, my dear late friend alice fordyce (the philanthropist mary lasker's sister; later the executive head of her sister's lasker foundation) was rock center's first p.r. person, they couldn't rent any of the stores, etc, and SHE told them to put in a skating rink - the rest is history! wonderful personal associations. and naturally i skated there whenever i came to nyc to visit my grandmother, as a child.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just fine except that we were seated next to the windows, and the a/c was blasting out at our feet. We had to put our coats back on to be able to stay there. Obviously the waiters had no control over that, but it was just too cold to be comfortable.

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DD
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a wonderful place for breakfast or brunch in addition to everything else.
The view is quintessential NYC - Rockefeller Center, ice skaters in the winter, and the magnificent statue of Prometheus all year round. Food is really fine. So is service. All reasonably priced.

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LA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Prices are typical for this area of Manhattan. We went with our 4 children and they sat us right in front of the windows so we could watch the ice skating. Decent children's menu. Burgers were a little dry. Nice drink menu and appetizer/drinks only was an option. Service was very attentive. I would go again.

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R
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant with impeccable service. The menu is pricey but fit for foodies!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Slow dining, but food and ambiance was great!

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wonderful presentation, attentive service, lovely atmosphere and view. Great job with pricing. Affordable, luxurious.
Thank you.
Antoinette

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i
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Lackluster, diffident service

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Spring Break with 3 kids

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