Rock Center Cafe

4.4
3352 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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Private dining
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–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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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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Executive chef
David Buico
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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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent view of ice skaters (in season) and a location convenient to many attractions.

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S
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was very average but the atmosphere is lovely.

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My daughter and grand daughter and I made a Saturday afternoon reservation for brunch during a NYC adventure. It was lovely to have a table guaranteed at this conveniently located restaurant at Rockefeller Center. The food was appreciated by all of us - my granddaughter ordered blueberry pancakes off of the adult menu and was thrilled. My daughter had steak and eggs that were cooked to perfection though the steak was a little tough. And I throughly enjoyed the gazpacho and cold half lobster. Service was efficient though impersonal - not unexpected in NYC. We were able to enjoy the beautiful sunny day outside on the huge patio near the fountain. Inside dining looked very nice, too. We will definitely make a return visit.

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L
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent Ocktoberfest menu and a really fun time with friends.
The chef and team did a great job with the menu and presentation of each dish.

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GG
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A little hiccup on the food preparation for one order but once that was taken care of everything was perfect. Great location. Love the fountain.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food is ordinary to say the least.Horrendously overpriced.It may be a iconic location in NYC but that is it! Oh yes almost forgot! To advise people what they should pay your staff gratuity is insulting.

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DP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

This is a very touristy place - but the view is great and the service was excellent. However, in my party of five, three of us had chicken in three different forms - none of which seemed to be cooked thoroughly. We didn't return it because they were so busy and the server was slammed. The two others without chicken dishes enjoyed their meals very much. We enjoyed our time, but it is what you expect - mediocre food which is way overpriced for the quality, but there's a great view and enjoyable service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great location. My "go to" place for breakfast meetings in midtown.

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q
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience, worst time ever, terribke service from the beguining!

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Would have been all "fives" save for the fact that I requested a window table and none was available.

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JS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Despite some recent bad reviews we went there on Tuesday night for dinner for my daughters 6th birthday. They read my opentable comments and seated us outside by the fountain bc it was my daughters birthday. Our waiter was amazing and very attentive. We did the price fixe dinner for $39. My Gazpacho was amazing and chicken milanese was good- needed more dressing. My husband got the chicken soup and his skirt steak was great. All in all good meal.

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JW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After a full day exploring NYC, we were in the mood for a quiet dinner and chose to sit inside instead of the more lively summer garden. We ordered from the three-course prix fixe menu. The skirt steak with chimichurri sauce was excellent as was the chicken milanese which was covered in arugula (a little too much!). For dessert the New York cheese cake was good; however, the crisp meringue on the gluten-free lemon tart tasted stale and detracted from the overall flavor. Rock Center Cafe is a great place to go before or after a show at Radio City Music Hall or the Top of the Rock tour.

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SJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our family went for breakfast on my daughter's birthday on a Sunday. We arrived when they open at 9:30 only to be told they weren't open until 10. I let the lady at the hostess counter know that the sign out front states they open at 9:30. She just said "oh" and walked away. We came back and 10 and another hostess was very nice. Long story short, this place is a tourist trap for travelers. Our breakfast was overpriced, boring, and served cold. We won't be back.

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D
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Other than the host who took us to the table and dropped half our utensils that were wrapped inside a napkin and then did not replace them...everything else was Excellent. Waitress was awesome!

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LC
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice area to sit outside on a pretty day. It was pretty hot the day we were there.

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MN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for breakfast. The food was delicious.

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BM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a good lunch upon arrival in a great spot with a great view! Server was very good and food was delicious!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit with my adult children.

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V
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The ambiance was great, it a perfectly located and great for photos. Food and drinks were alright nothing to rave about and the service wasn’t the best for the type of restaurant. Our glasses were empty and the waiter didn’t check on us.

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R
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to NYC at least 3 times a year and never ate there it was recommended by sales person at Sak’s The food was great and the server was great too. Everyone was so nice. Can’t wait to go back to NYC to have lunch there

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LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great hamburger with fries. Love the ambiance of the outdoor Rock Center Summer Garden Cafe with the fountains and Prometheus statue.

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CP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Higher priced for breakfast, server didn’t say one word to us. She was very grumpy and seemed bothered that we were there.

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PH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The waiter could have been more attentive. We had to ask multiple times for more coffee and the side of fruit that we ordered.

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GD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great and the prices were reasonable. The server was very nice and it was quiet, so we were able to talk. The only thing that was annoying was that they kept trying to take our plates away while we were eating! I hate that. The froze was sooooo delicious! I definitely recommend.

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A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, quiet and good for discussion for both personal and business catch up.

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The atmosphere at Rock Center Cafe was nice, but the food and service were mediocre. I got the RCC Chef's Burger, and it honestly was not very good.

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MR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I felt the quality of the food had declined since my last visit.

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host and bartender on Aug 4 2018 we're amazing. They made our visit!

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MH
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We were excited to celebrate my daughter's 12th birthday breakfast on the Plaza. However, we were quickly disappointed with how dusty the restaurant was. We were seated by the windows - the curtains and sills were heavy with dust and oils from food. Despite the restaurant being slow with customers, our service was slow appeared disinterested in assisting with our meal . The food was fair at best. We had omelets and sausage. Thought this iconic restaurant wouldn't disappoint on this special occasion. Felt bad for my daughter!

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The setting is beautiful. We wanted to eat outdoors, but the music was very loud and not at all relaxing.

My friend and I got together for dinner. The guacamole sharing plate plus fresh vegetables was excellent. I am vegan and do appreciate that there were some vegan items on the menu. I ordered the pasta dish and while it was ok - it had more garlic than I was led to believe. The dessert menu did not have a great selection - not one chocolate choice other than ice cream and not many choices regarding cake or pie.

Our waiter was personable and provided excellent service.

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PL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My family and I had a very nice early dinner. The restaurant was quiet and the atmosphere pleasant. The food was very good including the desserts. The waiter didn't offer coffee so we took that to mean it probably wasn't fresh. Overall it was very good.

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AW
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall, my daughter and I had a really great time, and the food was good. We waited after being seated for a good 15 minutes before we even got drinks. But once the order was taken, things went much better.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Our favorite server is Robert. My 4 1/2 year old grandson has wonderful conversations with him! The food is great and outside dining is perfect, right over the winter ice skating rink.

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Rock Cape has great views, Unique cuisine, excellent service and great atmosphere.

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MK
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ridiculously expensive for basic breakfast. Could not even get eggs over easy cooked properly. Server was so not engaging. Couldn’t careless about us. Poor experience.

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DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was basic but good. It was a weekday lunch and the waiter appeared overworked. But it was a trip to eat outdoors in the Rockefeller center skating rink. Tourist NYC at its best.

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NQ
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cool restaurant. Went for a business dinner and had a great meal. Service was excellent.

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JO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lovely place to sit outside. Slow service , but expected for tourist trap.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Last year we loved Rock Center Cafe and made reservations to enjoy it again while on vacation to NYC. This time, the server was kind and funny but was overwhelmed with serving too many tables. My daughter and my entree came out almost immediately even before water or drinks were served. My husband’s entree came out about 15 minutes later. Also, large tv screens were spread amongst the patio creating more of a bar environment than a nice family dining experience. The setting is lovely. Hopefully, we will have better luck next time!

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SB
Atlanta
94 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place and the service was outstanding. Great late night spot.

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