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About Rock Center Cafe

Rock Center Cafe is a midtown restaurant & bar in Rockefeller Center serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch with holiday dining & events available.

Rockefeller Center
20. West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Burgers

Hours of Operation:

Holiday Hours November 10th thru January 6th
BREAKFAST
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 10:30am
LUNCH
Monday - Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm
DINNER
Sunday – Thursday 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 4:00pm – Midnight
BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am - 4:00pm


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

Cross Street:
On 50th Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 332-7620

Website:
http://www.patinagroup.com/rock-center-cafe

Public Transit:
B,D,F,M trains

Executive Chef:
David Buico

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

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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.

Rock Center Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (51)
People Watching (40)
Great for Lunch (36)
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Seasonal (26)
Kid-friendly (25)
Good for a Date (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Special Occasion (25)
Casual (25)
Fun (22)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Romantic (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Healthy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Local Ingredients (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

We enjoyed a great time at Rock Center Cafe in the height of the holiday season. The food was remarkably good considering that we were really there for the ambience.

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 (Tampa)·Dined a day ago

Despite making reservations weeks in advance we were seated at a tiny table blocking the main walkway into the restaurant. Every 15 seconds my chair was knocked into by a server trying to squeeze through. After being seated 20 minutes and not seeing a waiter we complained to the hostess and were finally waited on. The menu has changed to a three course fixed priced menu for the month of December. For $50 I ordered a very average turkey sandwich similar to what is served at Subway but lower quality. It was such a mob in there that it was difficult to talk. The line was so long for the restroom that I decided to walk back to my hotel vs waiting in line. It wax extremely disappointing. Will never return there.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined a day ago

Great visit with an awesome view of the ice rink!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

No one told us it was a $50 pp preset menu and I would have liked to have known that before hand

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 (Richmond)·Dined a day ago

We went to Rock Center Cafe on a Saturday at 11:30am. We were hoping to have brunch but they only offered a prix fixe lunch menu. Overall, the service was slow. It took a while for them to take our order. We ordered our food and about 30-40 minutes later they brought our main entree but forgot our starter (lobster bisque). We let them know that we hadn't received our bisque yet. They took away the entrees and brought our bisque. From there, things went pretty smoothly. The food was pretty good. The best part was the view of Rockefeller ice skating rink. It was wonderful! Despite the service issues, I would dine there again.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined 2 days ago

If you want to see the rink at night while eating, it’s a decent spot. Even though we had a reservation we had to wait an additional 45 minutes for a table, as when we checked in on time it put us in que with the walk ins. The noise level was Pretty high, which did not allow much for table conversation. I realize it’s was more than likely due to holiday and weekend timing so I would recommend to others, so long as they’ve got realistic expectations.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

It was mother / daughter day !! We went to see the tree and have dinner. The restaurant was very busy, but our waiter was great and we had a great view of tree and the ice skaters. Food was ok but a little pricey, but I think its all about the view. It was a nice treat during the holiday season. I would recommend it

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Must have a reservation. Only difficulty, and it was minor, was the people waiting for tables were literally watching us eat they were so close. Waiting needs to be in the lobby. Fabulous service, worth it for the view.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Everything was wonderful - truly- except the almost 40 minute wait for our reserved table. This restaurant doesn't have nearly a good enough place to wait comfortably if you are with child/children- can't take them to the bar.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fun, Seasonal, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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·Dined 2 days ago

We went before going to see the Rockettes. We got there and were seated promptly near the window. It was a 90 minute wait without a reservation. The servers were very attentive. The food was good but a little slow coming out. Reservations are a must during the holiday season. If you are going to eat here before the Rockettes, I would recommend getting the reservation about 90 minutes prior to the show so you have plenty of time. Their signature drinks, winter sangria and the hot toddy were amazing. It was also great people watching.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Seasonal
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·Dined 3 days ago

We go here every single time we come to the city. Love it so much.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Best place for lunch in NYC during Christmas season. Good food, great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fun, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

We took our granddaughters here for lunch before going to Radio City for the Christmas Show. It worked out perfectly. They sat us right away and the service was amazing. The food came quickly and was very good. They had a kids menu. The waiters were very nice. We didn’t have much time before the show and we were a bit concerned about timing but all worked out perfectly. It was fun watching the skaters. Just a little pricy but worth it for us in this occasion. Don’t go without a reservation, especially around Christmas!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Scenic View, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

We were first time visitors to nyc...the view of the skaters, the friendliness and knowledge of the staff made our experience unforgettable!!! Loved it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a drink at the bar, vibrant and lively. Sat for dinner promptly and Service was very good. Our seats were by the window, so we had an excellent view of the ice skating rink and tree, definitely a good people watching seat. I was presently surprised that the food was excellent. Definitely a good spot to dine during the holiday season

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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·Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful setting, great food, friendly service. Enjoyed it tremendously!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

It has been quite a few years since I had dined here. My memory of my previous visit was the Rock was a special place with near fine dining. This time it is very simple with no tablecloths more like a cafeteria. I guess that is why it is called the Rock Cafe. The view is good of the Center's ice skating. Of course you look through dirty windows. Our waiter seemed non caring with a get you in and get you out attitude. Although it was long between courses, the food was only adequate and not memorable.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, People Watching
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·Dined 4 days ago

The service was great and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Casual, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

I went here with my husband and two children 7 and 9. They all got sick from the calamari. The service was slow and un-friendly . When we called they were rude. Never again !!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Every year to celebrate the Christmas season I take my wife to lunch or dinner to the Rock Center Cafe. This time the food was poorly prepared. I ordered a roast beef no bread sandwich which was under cooked and the dressing lacked pizzazz. My wife enjoyed the chicken cacciatore. Being allergic to certain foods I ate Brussels sprouts which were al dente and cold. There was no gluten free menu. You should go to the Rock Center Cafe for the ambiance not for the food. I’ve eaten better across the river at Jersey diners. Today’s lunch was not worth the price.
The restaurant could use a little updating

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·Dined 6 days ago

Very disappointed. Was a special occasion for our party of three while we were in town from Florida for a holiday experience. Made reservation months in advance. Was stuck in a corner with virtually no view of skating ring. I specifically picked this restaurant for the view. When asked to be moved to a table with a view they told me their was nothing they could do to accommodate me. I was willing to pay their inflated prices for the view and experience but when we were stuck in the corner, it could have been any old restaurant. Would never go their just for the food, price or service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Cynthia was an amazing waitstaff person!! She anticipated all our beverage needs!!

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

During the holiday season, the Rock Center Café is one of our favorite restaurants in New York. It's location and great view of the skating rink at the Rockefeller Center is fun and unique. The food is delicious and our service was perfect. We had lunch with guests from Florida and thoroughly enjoyed our entire experience.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I wish I could remember our servers name. The gentleman was a true professional and really knew the menu as well as the drink options. One of the better waiters I’ve had in my many years of dining out.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service and pretty cool location with views of the ice rink. Still felt a little bit like a moderate food chain type restaurant, but still had a great time.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Even though we had to wait, our service was fast, our waitor very friendly and efficient and the dinner delicious. A beautiful evening watching the ice skaters.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was an excellent experience for my girlfriend, her son and I. The proximity to the ice skating, lego building and so much more made it ideal for eating and adventure!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great spot for festivities. Food was decent, service was to be desired.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, great service and awesome atmosphere! We plan on coming back every year for the holiday! Thanks!!

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Customer service at the door was excellent, made you feel welcome, food, Drink and Waite staff was excellent. The view of the ice rink and the Christmas tree is stunning. I would recommend making a reservation during the month of December.

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Travel into NYC to see the Christmas Decorations and Ambience. We got an excellent seat, window side. It was a wonderful experience. Just know because of the time of year we went it was over crowded and loud in there. It was great to experience it at least one time. Wonderful view of the skaters, Christmas Tree and Rockefeller Center statue. Would recommend it as a Christmas experience!

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We loved the view of the skating rink while eating. The petite filet was delicious and would highly recommend to friends or family visiting the area. Service was great, and we were sat within 5 mins of our scheduled reservation time.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was delicious. Drinks were fabulous. Decor was beautiful. And a table very close to the window to watch the skaters was the perfect spot for lunch! Highly recommend!!

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 (SW Indiana)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food and service was good.Was disappointed that a couple without reservations got a much better table and view than we did. We came in at the same time and were put towards the back, they were next to the window where all the ice skating was. That was part of the reason my date and I had booked reservations in advance. Overall it was a good experience

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had lunch at 1130. Recommend a reservation slightly early as we were seated right next to the window to watch the skaters. Line was out the door when we left. Great food great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

thank you for nice lunch during visit to Rockefeller Center, food and service excellent, enjoyed watching ice skaters.

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 (Wales)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Breakfast was fine and the waitress was lovely but we waited 20 mins for our table which is frustrating when we made a specific reservation. People who turned up without reservation got seated before us

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Lovely lunch. Pleasant and efficient service, even with the holiday rush. Window seat for two at the window with rink view was a wonderful treat. Calamari to share, huge portion. Rigatoni bolognese was outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My wife and I have been starting the day of our wedding anniversary at the rock cafe for the past 9 years by making open table reservations and requesting a window table. This year a credit card number is required and if don't cancel within 2 days of your reservation you may be charged $25 dollars per person as a no show. The front desk did not ask if Anyone had a reservation was just sitting people as they came rather than checking who had reservations and seating them. The couple behind us in line also had reservations and were seated near us where you could not see the rink.
I probably will not return or recommend the restaurant to my friends as a reservation means nothing at the Rock Cafe any more

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Rock Center is a staple on our trips to NYC. Typically, we love it. This time, however, the service was horrible. The only attention we got was either when we ordered or when our drink/food was delivered. Additionally, the table they seated us at felt like it was an add in to the restaurant to exist only during busy times (it basically felt that we were in the middle of the walkway).

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