Rock Center Cafe

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4064 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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

On this day, Rock Center Cafe will serve a special 3-course prix-fixe Holiday menu ($85 for lunch and dinner), in lieu of our regular a la carte menu. Children’s menu (2 courses + beverage) is available for $29 for those under 9 years old. An a la carte menu will be available at the bar & lounge.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

In lieu of our regular a la carte Dinner menu, Rock Center Café will serve a special three-course Christmas Eve Dinner menu for $125 on this day after 4pm. Children’s menu available for $29 for those under 9. Our a la carte menu will be available in the Bar & Lounge on a first come first serve basis

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

On this day, in lieu of our regular a la carte menu, Rock Center Café will serve a special three-course Christmas Day menu for $125. Children’s menu was available for $29 for those under 9. Our a la carte menu will be available in the Bar & Lounge on a first-come,first-serve basis.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

On this day, in lieu of our regular a la carte menu, Rock Center Café will serve a special three-course lunch for $55, and dinner menu for $85. Children’s menu available for $29 for those under 9. Our a la carte menu will be available in the Bar & Lounge as first come, first serve,New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 4064 People Are Saying
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ML
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location to enjoy a meal with my daughters who were visiting NYC.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought granddaughter and college friend to celebrate start of the holidays after the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and it was perfect. Our wait staff could not have been more attentive and the atmosphere and food divine.

Beautiful table near the window watching the skaters make their rounds. The holidays have begun—even though we have yet to enjoy Thanksgiving!

J
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a lovely meal at the Rock Centre Café, was a very busy Saturday on a holiday weekend so there was quite a wait for the food, having said that we were offered more bread and were entertained watching the skaters on the ice rink. The noise level was also very loud but this had to be expected on this very busy service.

GR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Loud, mediocre food at best and extraordinarily overpriced. The kid's meal is $28! For chicken tenders, fries and desert. Adult meals were crazy expensive and not worth the time or energy. Clearly a restaurant that take advantage of the tourist element. Not worth the view of the skaters at Rock Center. Avoid!

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had made a reservation for four people about 10 days before. I’m glad I did because the restaurant was packed. But we were seated for 2 PM with no problem. The waitress was nice and prompt. The food was very good. But it was noisy. The
ladies room was immaculate.
Seeing The ice skaters at the Rockefeller rink was an added plus.

w
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Started with a dirty dinner roll plate and a sticky table. Waiter forgot my sons drink.
Food took 40 minutes to arrive. Food was well prepared. No check ins by waiter despite it not being particularly busy. Just ho-hum in a great location to watch skaters.

EG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The ambiance next to the ice rink was lovely. The food was average considering what great food is available in NYC. Our only complaint was the terrible service and it was terrible. Had to ask for everything 3 times from a menu to taking an order to bread. We visit NYC often and never have I complained about restaurant service before this review We loved the 5 star ambiance but bad service was 1 star

LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere! Our server was so attentive and friendly.

WK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A good place to go to get a good meal with great service while watching the skaters.
This is my second time there and it won't be my last.

m
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is awful that this iconic restaurant will close in 2020. Shame on the Tisch family for destroying what is a famous New York eatery, laying off over 100 people in the process. Our wonderful waiter, who has worked here for 14/years, told us the rumors are that a Shake Shack and/or a food court will move into this ground floor location. What an abomination! Rockefeller center, one if the most famous buildings in the world, renown for its Art Deco design deserves respect. And certainly more than chain food court eateries. The Rock center cafe has been our go to place to dine in New York over the years. Good food, reasonably priced, great service, and a lovely setting overlooking the famous ice skating rink. At Christmas it is especially beautiful. Sad to think it will be gone. Shame on the Tisch family. Don’t they have enough money?

KA
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fine. Very expensive place sort of understandably.

MG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. Food was ok

CH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dinner at the Rock Center Cafe. The service was great, the pasta with lamb was fantastic and the ice cream was unbelievable. It was an overall great time. I did not feel rushed or pressured to leave, even though I had a table next to the ice rink. I will absolutely be back

JM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is very average and the price is too high for the quality offered.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Interior in serious need of refurbishment. Only tables for 2 next to windows, which is unfortunate for families with small children.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is nice and Michael is very efficient!!!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views!!! Exceptional service!

GP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is a nice and quiet place with a limited but tasteful menu. We like it for special occasions given the location and a menu that can be expensive. Service is fine and view to the snow skating court is really nice.

B
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow--my cousin recommended this cafe. They were Ice skating and even had to run the Zamboni machine to re-finish the ice. The skaters were pleasant to watch. The food was excellent. I noticed the table vibrating just like a buzzer going off. Our waitress said well you have 3 subways running just below you..! Pure NYC. The lamb dish was superb, and my wife had the best shrimp we had ever tasted...
This is a must if you are in Midtown or near Rockefeller center. Top Notch restaurant..!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here the night before our wedding in Central Park , 13 of us with 7 kids in our party , it was perfect and iconic , service was amazing and we were seated with a full view of the ice rink watching the skaters 😉 just what we wanted , mostly had burgers , would definitely book again 😊

CP
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience. The food and service were excellent. We have so many great memories dining at Rock Center Cafe and the Sea Grill, we have been coming here for so many years. We are so sad that they are closing at the end of the year.

v
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

So disappointed. The place was empty and yet service was extremely slow. Our food was delivered by a rather unhappy server as we were still waiting for coffee and drinks! The banana cakes were dry and muffin like and I was hard pressed to find a banana. There was NO sugar free syrup and toast with eggs was extra! The view of the ice rink was fun but our plates were whisked away from us before our forks were put down. We were so disappointed and will not be returning.

MT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe we’ve never been here as it was an awesome experience! I’m so sad to hear that it will be closing it’s doors in January. Such a shame. We went for breakfast and it was a wonderful way to experience the iconic Rockefeller Plaza Skating Rink while having a delicious bite to start off our day. It felt iconic and again I’m so sad that we won’t be able to make this a part of our trip next time. Our server was wonderful and the food was delicious! Classy and overall fantastic experience that I’m thankful we got to have before it was too late.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service

AA
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Yes but only as i suspect it was a poor day for us, it was raining heavily and inside was freezing, could do with warming the place up, especially as it was forecast for rain and wind. Ice rink was shut too.
i think the head waiter was great, other could crack a smile though. Pasta was a little chewy and a NewYork cheese cake with a soft soggy sponge base???? What's that about. We mske better in the uk, crisp biscuit crumbly bottom.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Food was average at best. There was a terrible smell through out the dining room. Musty and a little sewer like.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating here. Our favorite waiter is Robert and he made my birthday with my grandson a special day. The atmosphere, the service and the food are wonderful. The rink opened the day before and made me look forward to our next dinner after the tree goes up!!

FK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our dining experience was affected negatively by an inept waiter. Food and ambience were positive so, hopefully, the bad service was an anomaly.

W
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food & service with ability to watch ice skaters. Love this place.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Not what it used to be. Tasteless soup and salad. Too bad.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s birthday. We did the Italian meal family style. Wonderful

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was very attentive and made sure all of my husband's dietary restrictions were met. Our meals were delicious and the dessert recommendation was great. We were lucky enough to arrive on a night with half price bottles of wine and enjoyed a lovely selection of prosecco. I would definitely recommend the cafe to others.

PP
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's a fun experience if there is ice skating outside. The food is good BUT the price is too high unless there's a show outside to watch!

OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The location is great but try and sit away from the fountain, it is loud - not a lot of conversation possible. Food was only OK. Not bad, just not exciting. It was windy so everything cooled down quickly - no fault of the restaurant, but it goes with the locality. I would have preferred to have been there for drinks, rather than breakfast.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The meal and ambiance and service were all a joy! The watermelon and Tomato salad was unusual and perfect for my tastebuds.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great but we were sitting outside and the flies kept trying to eat our food.

TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a meeting and sat outside. Great place to sit and it is memorable

MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and Excellent Atmosphere. Our waiter was perfect. He was helpful and kept our water and drinks filled. Even offered to take pictures and retake them, if we didn't like them. Service was timely so that we could get to the Top of the Rock Sunset tour. I would highly recommend the Rock Center Café!!! Loved dining in front of the Statue with Waterfall!!! Thank you for a Fabulous experience!!!

GB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is the best i lovit everything food,drink the view😊

d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing atmosphere. Food and service great. We chose to eat indoors. Outside dining appeared crowded with other diners close by.

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