Permanently Closed - Rock Center Cafe

4.2
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4350 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Rock Center Cafe is a midtown restaurant & bar in Rockefeller Center serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch with holiday dining & events available.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:30 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:30 am–12:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 332-7620
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
This ultimate space for memorable indoor and outdoor events in a legendary location, Rock Center Café offers prestige and style with breathtaking settings including the world-famous Ice Rink that transforms into the Summer Garden & Bar in the summer.
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Private party contact
Jeffrey Keltz: (212) 332-7608
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Cross street
On 50th Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave
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Public transit
B,D,F,M trains
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.5
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! Great food..great staff... you can’t beat sitting by the ice rink!!

S
New York Area
215 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice breakfast and great view of skating rink

SG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overpriced and the server was not the best, but ambiance and food were good.

PD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a wonderful dinner here with a great view of the tree at Rockefeller Center. Our waiter was outstanding and our dinner was delicious. Could not have been better. I am sad to hear this restaurant is closing.

w
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so sorry to see the Rock Center Cafe go!!!
So many wonderful memories for me and my family here.

TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Would love to recommend, but now, sadly, you're closed. My husband and I got engaged ar the restaurant 10 years ago and had our post-wedding lunch there. The server was nice enough to give me a menu for my Rockefeller Center collection. You will he missed.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Friendly staff! So sorry to hear that soon it will be closing its doors. I looked forward to celebrating special occasions at this unique location.

SK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location in midtown facing the skating rink. Lots of energy in the room. Food selection was limited but adequate. You expect it to be pricey in this location so it was as expected. It was a nice festive place for dinner over the holidays.

s
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our last time due to the restaurant closing
Great service and great food as always. Will miss

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Way too expensive for what you get. It is really all about location.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place and great food.

JM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!! Our seats were right on the window, overlooking the skating rink. Food and service were really great! My wife and I enjoyed ourselves immensely!

p
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful location and it seems like there are great views from all tables of the skating rink at Rockefeller Center
The food was average, and the service was very good

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was not worth the price. Although I understand I’m also paying for location as well but the food in comparison to other restaurants close by did not stand up.

I visit NYC a few times per year and wouldn’t return here.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has excellent views of the skaters. The wait staff is exceptional and the food is very good. It’s worth the experience.

M
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This used to be one of my favorite places to eat, so you can watch the people skating around Rockefeller Center. I’ve eaten there many times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On this occasion it was breakfast. All their nice cushy chairs were replaced by banquet style wedding chairs - first thing I noticed. The menu that included amazing pastry’s, eggs Benedict and other more gourmet options was changed to eggs of different varieties. Nothing interesting and nothing particularly delicious either. Very disappointed in these cHanges.

Someone told me the company that owns this restaurant and the Sea Grill across the ice is going under and closing both places. No idea if it is true.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We were in the city and wanted to share one of the best holiday atmospheres with other family members that were visiting as well. The food was phenomenal. The view was so lovely. The service was a little out of the norm for RCC. I wish our waiter had been more excited about working and been more engaged with us. Either way, the family had a great time and we will most assuredly be back in the Spring.

PL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had high expectations for New Year’s Day brunch and we were not disappointed. It was a great way to spend the first day of the new year. So sorry to see the place close and so glad that the service and food did not reflect that they are closing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

La verdad ni la comida ni el ambiente fue lo que esperábamos, bonita vista pero no volveria.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My husband and son were not happy with the food grade. In addition, I eat plant based meals. It was said there wasn’t an option for me. As for the waiter, he wasn’t pleasant. Extremely cold and not welcoming or helpful. He looked upset the entire time of our visit.

RC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very professional; the food was very good ( i had the vegetarian option); it was very nice to put the options; but a bit of the expansive side; we had a nice viewof the tree and the skating ring, so that was pretty cool! Nice ambiance; very nice soirée; thank you!

L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Over priced for mediocre food. Only an $85pp menu was available.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas celebration for us. Food was great. Service was excellent. We visit every year for our holiday celebration because it’s always great!

L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly efficient service, delicious food . Wonderful view of skating rink. First time there and very disappointed they are closing. Definitely we would have been back.

LG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Really disappointed with our trip to the rock Center cafe. We were expecting a lovely meal, set Christmas menu overlooking the skaters. We arrived and everything was great, lovely greeting staff. The meal went downhill from there. The service however was good. The food was really poor. The lobster bisque was the nicest thing we ate but the chefs burgers were tasteless!! My partner left his which is unheard of. The dessert was okay. Our bill was $144 after the meal and drinks which just wasn’t worth it.

AL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The appetizers, dessert, and waitress were excellent but didn’t really make the mediocrity of the entree, the overcommitted staff, and the price of the meal jive. It was nice, however, watching the people ice skate while we were there.

WK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service professional, food very good, great views of skaters

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, great service my steak and whole meal were amazing. I have a picture here 25 years ago and was very sad to hear this will be closing in early 2020.

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Taking my son to Rockefeller Center at Christmas since he was 5 or 6, see the tree, visit the shops, and always dinner at the Cafe watching the ice skaters. Never disappointed. Perhaps its fitting that the Cafe is closing as he prepares to go off to college, thankful for the memories but I will miss those holiday nights.

OT
Atlantic Canada
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The love this place in every way. It was wonderful. You make wonderful memories there. And I have for years. It’s a STAPLE IN NYC. Nothing like beginning at THE ROCK. Could never imagine anything else ever to takes its place. It’s just such a happy place. I just love it. The food was perfect I got the pre fixe menu. Plenty of choices. Just staring at THE TREE A NYC LANDMARK JUST LIKE THE ROCK CAFE A LANDMARK.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We had booked here to have experience of watching skaters and tree. We were given table in the inside room without any view

A
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Sad that it's closing soon. Especially excellent service today!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing meal while watching the skaters. The food and service were great!

TM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views. Pretty expensive.

AP
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas spectacular dinner

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jose was everything! My mom verbally provided the co managers with kudos to them about him after our dinner - but I wanted to be sure to provide a written one as well. The food was - as always - excellent. We didn’t feel rushed and he was most attentive. We experienced a few non restaurant issues and he never once made us feel rushed or like an inconvenience. Thank you again for another great NYC experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I will miss this place fondly. My wife and I have come here to sit at the glass and enjoy a Christmas meal next to the tree and skaters for five years. Unfortunately the landlords have cancelled the lease of this and all the other restaurants in the basement space. The service good and ambiance will be sorely missed for years to come.

BS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ambiance good for 1 time visit but way overpriced! Set menu limited. Can’t share plate even with okay to pay for plate. Service good. Food is okay but not worth price you pay. Our second time on our annual visit to NYC but will not return to cafe.

LF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just came back from days with family in NJ celebrating Christmas and wanted to treat myself back in New York City for something special. Even though I went alone, I thoroughly enjoyed everything! I had a lovely to see table close to the window where I enjoyed watching the skaters. I do not feel rushed in any way, the food was delicious, the service was great it was a celebratory atmosphere throughout the restaurant. I was there for several hours . I definitely do it again next year!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Christmas time at NYC breakfast watching the skaters. Good service and food. So sorry this nyc landmark is closing . Hope there will be a future venue for New Yorkers and travelers to enjoy this special place in NYC — Rockefeller Center.

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