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Thu, 4/26
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10:00 PM
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Rock Center Cafe

4.3
3262 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • People Watching
  • Casual
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
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 10:30am
LUNCH
Monday - Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm
DINNER
Monday – Thursday 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 4:00pm – 11pm
Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am - 4:00pm


Rock Center Cafe is open 365 days a year. We hope to see you again soon.

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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
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Offering a special brunch menu with an optional $45 three-course menu with your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. We will have Julliard-trained singers performing live in our dining room and in the Summer Garden and a gift for all Moms to take home!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3262 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Love the Rock - I bring my mom here every time she visits NYC!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Always enjoy dining at this somewhat casual restaurant. It definitely is good for the Rockefeller Center area and Radio City Music Hall. We dined on a Thursday night and it was fairly quiet but the bar was very busy. Food was delicious and our service excellent. Always come back when I am in midtown.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great service and food. The view over the rink is nice when skating is in session.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The restaurant is dark and dated and would probably deter you from staying at first glance. So there is work to do regarding the decor! But the food and service was outstanding making up for everything!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

I met my niece,who was visiting from Oregon, for lunch. We had a table by the window so that she could watch the ice skaters. She had the penne villa with shrimp and I had the chicken Caesar. We both enjoyed our meals.
The waiter was very cordial and inquired about our meals. It was a very enjoyable time.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Breakfast with out of town friends. Perfect setting, quiet, tables not on top of each other, service very attentative, Food quality and selection upper level. Price above moderate but then it is in the center of Manhattan and panoramic view of Rock Center ice rink. Worth the price for that location, quality food, view, quiet place to talk.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The view is amazing, with the iconic Rockefeller rink through the glass window.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We were on a history tour of NY from Washington State with friends from Italy and we ate at many nice restaurants during our visit. When we arrived at the Rock Center Cafe we were greeted by Jasmine (sp) who applied our reservations for 5 as a special invitation to sit right in the middle of the viewing glass for the ice skating rink. It was such a nice way to spend a couple of hours with friends, watching the families and friends enjoying the ice. The food was lovely and the staff was flexible with our orders and our long-winded conversation. We especially liked our waiter from Brooklyn. We were so transfixed by his accent and his manner that I never caught his name! Again Jasmine saved the night by pointing us not only in the right direction to get to dinner but then the right path for getting to the Top of the Rock. Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

4 adults and 3 young children enjoyed our lunch before the theater

Service was great and food was good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service, amazing food, beautiful surroundings.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Both the food & service were just ok; nothing spectacular. The view right next to the skating rink was so much fun. This is a place for people watching!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a late brunch Easter Sunday after walking in the 5th Avenue Easter Parade. What a perfect ending to a fabulous day! The ambiance in Rock Center Cafe is calming, but bright. Our table was next to the window and we were constantly entertained by the skaters, good and bad. The experience was uplifting and positive from the moment we walked in. Our server was attentive and handled our needs (6 needy people) with calm and humor. The price fix menu was creative and diverse. The price, for New York, was affordable. All in all, a wonderful experience!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was disappointing, service very slow, dessert was lack luster. Took the family for Easter brunch and was not impressed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful Easter brunch. We were a few minutes late and called, but they took us as soon as we arrived (about 10 minutes late). Watched the ice skates on the Rock Center rink, Easter Bunny dancing with all

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Brunch on our way to see a show

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had reservations, but arrived 30 minutes early and were seated immediately. Our waiter, Adair, was friendly, charming, and attentive. Food was excellent (we had steak & eggs for brunch). Although this was Easter and the restaurant crowded, we were never rushed. This restaurant is an icon, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was a little lacking. It was Easter brunch and busy, but our waiter didn’t get 3 out of 4 appetizers right even though he wrote down our orders.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food and excellent service!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were warmly greeted and taken to our table, where we had a nice view of the ice rink.
Even though it was busy, were not rushed. The prices are on the high side, which one should expect at Rockerfeller Center. My wife had the grilled chicken wrap and I had the burger. We shared the chocolate flourless cake which was excellent.

Most likely will be back when they open up the out door cafe.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We chose this restaurant because they have a kid’s menu (hard to find in nyc!) It was a really great choice - the food was good and loved to setting - long wall of glass windows that look right into the skating rink at Rock Center. Would be cute for a casual date or business, as well as families.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The place was the most amazing lunch for our birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I love this restaurant. We try to make it there at least once when we are in the city. Breakfast is amazing, highly recommend the French toast.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

This was the best food my daughter and I had while in NYC! The service was fantastic, prices were very reasonable, the staff were extremely personable and remembered us the SECOND NIGHT...yes, it was so good we ate there twice! I had the vegetable tart...which sounds not good, but was AMAZING! Grilled vegetables in a pastry tart with humus—served hot with a delicious side salad. Lemon tart we split for dessert was my daughter’s favorite thing all week in NYC! The best part about this restaurant is that it was in a fantastic location at the bottom of the Rockefeller Center and we were able to get reservations BOTH NIGHTS, with no waiting. We sat by the window and watched the ice skating outside. This was entertaining to say the least...there were some very GOOD skaters....and some very BAD skaters (this was hilarious)!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Was here with my daughter for Brunch - great location (not easiest to find - take a lift from the street) looking over the ice-skating rink. Staff were friendly and place had a relaxed atmosphere but we had to wait and watch several tables seated after us get their food first? Food was good, prices about whst you’d expect given it’s location. I’d go again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent brunch overlooking Rockefeller Center ice rink - food and service both excellent - and with brunch, a show as mostly amateur skaters attempt their Olympic debut.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

My girlfriend and I were celebrating our one year anniversary and the Rock Center Cafe held this perfect evening for this occasion! The food was very good, although we wished some things could of been better. The best part is watching the skaters and enjoying the coziness of the atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I decided to go to the Rock Center Cafe because I received a birthday certificate from the Patina Restaurant Group and thought it would be fun to have brunch looking out on the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. I was pleasantly surprised that the food was better than I expected and the cocktails were excellent. There are limited choices for vegetarians and since I did not want an egg white only omelette, I opted for the falafel burger, which was quite nice. It comes with house-made potato chips and I should have asked for some other potato choice. My dining companions seemed to enjoy their choice, although the potatoes that came with the Eggs Benedict were dry. The issue was service. There was a good deal of waiting time for our waiter to take our order and we were not able to get his attention when needed. Of course, this also meant we were left alone to linger after our meal. Also, when our dishes came, one was incorrect, so this meant not quite eating together. Note that the prices are a bit on the high side for brunch. Despite these shortcomings, I would recommend the cafe given the location.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were in the city for my daughter’s birthday, great view of the ice rink.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was ok but not great. Service was a bit slow. Best part is the view of the ice rink and the ability to people watch.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Overall better than expected. Service very friendly. Food was quite good, given “tourist aspect” of restaurant. Fit the occasion very well.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Phenomenal

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We went for my daughters 16th birthday. Service was great. View is amazing. Would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Perfect brunch ending to a perfect NYC weekend!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great service, good view and overall good value for your time and money

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The views of the rink were great! The food was very good. I felt it was overpriced, but not unreasonable for NYC.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a very nice brunch here. It’s neat to be able to watch the ice rink as you eat. Waitress was very attentive. Eggs Benedict were very good. Coffee was good.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We all loved our lunch and thoroughly enjoyed watching the skaters whizzing and stumbling by as we ate. The staff was very accommodating and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We had the “Sunday Dinner” which was really tasty - my date and I shared two awesome appetizers - the eggplant was delish! Then the main course was a roasted chicken and pasta bolognese that was worth the extra wait followed by a delectable tiramisu and cannoli combo desert and all for $29/pp - so worth it. Wait staff were courteous and attentive. We got lucky enough to get seated near the glass with a clear view of the rink. Overall a great night!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food was good. Service was not. Waitress was nice but not attentive. When asked @ fish special she said... bass. Did not explain how it was prepared. Needed plates for sharing appetizers and desserts and had to take off of unoccupied tables each time cause we couldn’t find her. Two waiters behind us were arguing @ their table assignments. It was very nice watching the skaters but wouldn’t come back anytime soon.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

While the food and ambiance was good overall, the service was horribly slow.

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