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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:
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.

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

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (91)
People Watching (69)
Special Occasion (57)
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Seasonal (50)
Great for Lunch (46)
Casual (38)
Fun (38)
Good for a Date (36)
Kid-friendly (35)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Great for Brunch (23)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (15)
Healthy (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Romantic (14)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Business Meals (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Visited for Valentine anniversary....table overlooking the ice rink was available as requested....and on time. The staff knew of our anniversary and were attentive to our needs. The price fix menu had ample choices. The food was excellent as was the service. All and all a very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Scenic View
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service. The view of the ice skating rink was entertaining

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Perfect mid-town lunch spot - good quality food, pleasant service and very patient with us staying an extended period catching up with friends who joined us for lunch.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent dining experience. We dine here often with our grandson. The food is great. The service is great and it’s the perfect location.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The friend I met for a late lunch was in NYC from England with 18 of her 14&15 year old History students. Her students were skating on the Rockefeller rink. I'd booked a rinkside table which was perfect. The food was disappointing and expensive, but we enjoyed our long meeting and the staff didn't make us feel we should leave.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Iconic location. good food, good service—nothing exemplary.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Spectacular setting, great food, friendly service and they honor reservations! A winner!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

My compliments to Chef Buico, the restaurant week pre-fixe lunch was absolutely delicious. Soup was spicy and tasty, French dip was scrumptious and chocolate cake and gelato was amazing. Also, really enjoyed watching people ice skating; so fun.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Fun, People Watching
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 (Manchester)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Fantastic service and great food. After getting married at the Top of the Rock we were well looked after, there was a great choice of food which we all enjoyed whilst watching the ice skaters. Lovely atmosphere, would highly recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, People Watching
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·Dined on February 5, 2018

It was lovely to be seated by the window overlooking the ice skating ring.
Great kale salad,not so great pasta dish( greens were funny tasting) and superb Cheescake.
Came for restaurant week at lunch time and it was a very nice experience.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Kind of disappointing. $39 for the price fixe for appetizer, entree, and dessert seemed reasonable for NYC at Rockcenter. Unfortunately the entree fell flat. We ordered two skirt steaks medium. One piece was very thin and well done. The second piece was much thicker and rare. Sent it back. The woman came back with the steak so quick it seemed like she only had time to walk to the kitchen and back. The steak was still rare. Both steak entree portions were entirely too small. Appetizer size. Additionally all of the bread was cold and rock hard. So hard you could break a tooth. Soup was good. Final analysis is we would not recommend the Rockcenter cafe.

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·Dined on January 30, 2018

My burger was ordered medium. It came overcooked, dessicated (probably too lean a mix of beef) with a stale brioche bun and barely a wisp of melted cheddar. The fries were fine, but nothing special. Service was fine but again, it took a while to get waited on. The hostess refused to seat us until the clock ticked another 60 seconds to the precise hour of our reservation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Enjoyed a quiet weekday lunch with a great view of the ice rink (and Jenna Bush Hager impersonating a skater -- never know what you'll see here). The chicken vegetable soup and hot tea were the perfect antidote to a cold day. Our waiter was quite good. Service like a much pricier venue.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, People Watching, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This is a must when visiting New York, or as a local, when visiting Rockefeller Center. The food is good, but not great, but it's always dependable. The service is the same, but the view and the location is iconic. I love the place.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went to Rock Center Cafe while visiting NYC. The view was fabulous, but the service and food were excellent, too!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was very very slow. Kitchen was unaccommodating with my picky eater. Food was very good though.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Right next to the ice skating rink. Quiet ambience. Food is decent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Jimmy R our waiter was just not consistently attentive. Never asked if anyone wanted coffee, desert. I preorder apps and for when my clients were arriving and they came to the table before folks arrived. My uncle worked here from 1969 until the mid's 80's (then Promade Café) Phil Sarubbi- its not what it once was.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had very good meals, excellent service and enjoyed watching the skaters.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Their new quinoa and vegetable dish is incredible both in taste, texture, and presentation

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I was entertaining my 7 and 6 year old grandchildren after taking them to see The Lion King.
My 7 year old granddaughter announced, after reading the children's menu, "This is my dream menu...Penne and Lemonade"!

The waiter was particularly kind with the younger set and the outdoor ice skating view provided to be entertaining for all.

Thank you.
Leni Guggenheim

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

As always, a fabulous meal. Window seating, allowed my daughter to watch the skaters in awe. We were lucky, we saw a man propose to his girlfriend. Fortunately, she said yes!! Love the food choices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a delicious breakfast overlooking the Skating Rink. The blueberry pancakes were delicious. Very large and lots of blueberries.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This is a pretty restaurant over looking the ice rink. it was very quiet for a Friday evening. We had a Kale salad app and it was very good. We got the Skirt steak and the red snapper fish filet special. The skirt steak was very tough and not very good it was served with Brussel sprouts and a horseradish sauce which were both excellent. The fish was really tasteless and forgettable . Overall I like the place but the food was a bust. Service was good and everyone was very friendly

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Good food and great view of the rink.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

All was very good. Would have liked to see a bit more choices on the menu. Server was very, very pleasant and accommodating and so were the hostesses.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Had a fantastic experience! Great ambiance, good food, nice presentation. Have been before, would go back again. Would prefer younger more hip wait staff. Overall a pleasant outting!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Had a breakfast meeting with a professional colleague - menu selection was plentiful and the food delicious. Our server seemed a bit distracted as it was tough to get his attention when needed. Overall a positive experience and I would visit again.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Horrible experience. Everyone got their food before me. When my family was finished eating, my steak finally came out raw. Our waitress said another server "stole" it for their table. The manager made it clear that she didn't have time to deal with it or so much at apologize to us. I can't believe that a restaurant manager would be that dismissive and degrading when her restaurant made a huge mistake. She has zero business in customer service. It was beyond rude & I didn't eat dinner that night. I highly recommend dining anywhere in the city but here.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Loved watching ice skating in this fun location while enjoying breakfast. Attentive service.Good food.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Had a reservation for over a month for this place got sat next to a wall where you cant see the view of the ice from the window as shown honestly dont see the point in making a reservation if your still gonna get stuck with the smallest table next a wall

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great for tourists and for people who will ice skate afterwards.....food was ok and service a little slow. Definitely great views of ice skating rink...that was the best part.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were lucky to get a seat where we could see the skaters. I loved it! The service and food were good. The place is a little noisy so my 5 year old speaking loudly was not a big deal.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely average in every way, except for the wonderful view of the skating rink. Food was diner quality (if that) though it tried to be a bit more (shouldn't have bothered - we all agreed cheese wasn't needed on Eggs Benedict). Staff were fine, but not terribly on top of things. Place was surprisingly not busy for a Saturday morning which was great as we didn't feel too guilty having our stroller in the very wide aisle). The only real negatives were the bathrooms were really rundown and there was no access to the rink area. But we had a great time, the kids were happy with their meals and it was a great precursor to skating!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Beautiful views.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Last minute trip in the city to see the Rockefeller Center tree and local sights . Decided to dine at Rock Center Cafe next to the skating rink to see the people skating and the tree. We had a burger and the pasta with bolognese. Both were well prepared and tasty. Service was fantastic.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We arrived a little early. Host was so polite. He said we could wait a bit for a window so of course we did. Waitstaff so efficient and polite and food was excellent. So pleased.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had great expectations. ordered the breakfast brunch on new years day as no a la carte was available. limited menu selection. Not worth the hype and price. May as well go on a different day.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The location is amazing. Vero food the service, but the food is not the maximum.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience for the tourist and anyone looking for that special day with the family. Very romantic, and the location is impossible to beat during the Xmas holidays.

Food is good, drinks are well made and the service is what you expect from a tourist destination. Sitting next to the rink is a view most wont soon forget.

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