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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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Enjoy a festive traditional Thanksgiving meal with breathtaking views of The Rink at Rockefeller Center. A special three-course menu will be available for $79. Children's menu available for $25 for those under 9 years of age.

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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

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (27)
Scenic View (26)
People Watching (23)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Casual (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Special Occasion (13)
Fun (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Business Meals (10)
Seasonal (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Romantic (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Healthy (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Live Music (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 20 hours ago

Today is our special anniversary day, and I made reservation and requested a table by the window. It's the day before Thanksgiving and the place was packed. I was so glad that when our host took us to our table, it was right bedside the giant picture window looking at the middle of the rink. No waiting, everything is ready to go. I was impressed. Our waiter Chris was friendly, accommodating and attentive, dinner was great, everything was perfect, can't ask for anything more!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Excellent salad in a great atmosphere. Would recommend it to anyone

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 4 days ago

Will probably never go back here again, too many other great restaurants in New York. Waitor was rude and food was ice cold. The only thing I liked was the view of the ice rink.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

We were looking forward to a delicious breakfast as shown on their website but were so disappointed to find a much smaller brunch menu available instead. This should be noted on website as we would certainly have changed our plans and gone on a weekday instead .

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·Dined 5 days ago

Birthday plus after rockets show

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·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious and great atmosphere! Will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Not to happy about the experince. It was very load, cold, the service was very poor and the food was not great at all. Very expensive not family friendly at all.Very disappointed.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Really great location. People really nice. Food was just OK.

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 (London)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Daughters 21st - were seated at a table only for the manager to come over, noticing from our booking it was my daughters 21st and moving us to a table nearer the ice rink. Then, 3 glasses of complimentary sparkly were brought over, which was lovely. The food we had was fantastic and the service excellent. This was topped off with a complimentary birthday cheesecake arriving which was the best ever. Cannot fault this venue at all, everything was superb. Thank you for making my daughters birthday special.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We come every year to celebrate a birthday and it never dissappoints.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Very hectic atmosphere and the food was disappointing. The soup was tasteless and the Caesar salad had very little dressing.
For tourists only!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was good. The meals i cant say the same. Both dishes were bland, boring, with very little to no savory flavors. For the amount of money spent that evening, i expected more.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and view of rink from most tables! Fun to people watch and kid friendly!

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

I've had breakfast here a few times, and it was very nice. Quiet and great service and food. Didn't have a good experience at lunch this week, which is disappointing as I suggested meeting here. It was very noisy which was particularly frustrating as I was meeting a dear friend and it was the first time I was meeting his 14 year old daughter who lives in Paris and who was very soft spoken. The food was faIr. The waiter brought the wrong order, my soup was blah, there was barely any chicken in the Chicken Caesar Salad.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice place to take family or guest from out of town. After sightseeing and attending mass at St Patrick’s we walked over for brunch. Great Egg Benedict!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

FOOD: My friend and I enjoyed the calamari appetizer and the roasted butternut squash soup to start. Both were tasty, but the soup was a bit on the sweet side (just a head's up). He had the flank steak and I had the 28-day dry-aged sirloin and both were made well and tasted great, including their respective side dishes of Brussels sprouts and steak fried potatoes. SERVICE: Service was attentive, friendly and at a good pace for our schedule. We couldn't stay for dessert because we had to head to a show. ACCESS: Restaurant and restrooms were both wheelchair accessible via an elevator on the street level.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Greeter was rude and ignored our request for a specific location despite tables being open in that area. Waiter was curt and not friendly; food was cold when served, potato hash was soggy as if the potatoes had been cooked and reheated. For the prime location and view this was an culinary experience I would not recommend to travellers.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We sat there for 15 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. A busboy was cleaning a table next to us and stuck hit butt in my face. The bread was cold and stale. The waiter was horrible. We just up and left.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

If you are visiting from out of town in October, November or December a lunch or dinner here is a must. The beautiful art deco of the Rockefeller Center combined with the fun of watching the skaters while you dine makes for a special experience. Reasonably priced and great service with great food.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Considerate, knowledgeable and fun staff. Made my visiting associates feel welcome and relaxed.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Enjoyable. Loved the view of Ice skating.
Good good. Excellent service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Have always enjoyed going to Rock Center Café. Great location, and ambiance. The service was outstanding, the waitress ensured that my food was prepared exactly how I wanted and offered up a salad for a side dish which was great. The gentleman kept covering over to refill our water glasses and offered up bread from the bread basked. The food and beverages were also great. Overall, great experience overall and I would recommend it to others. Thanks

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Best salad EVER!!!! The atmosphere was amazing. There were several choices for someone who is vegetarian or vegan and traveling with a picky ten year old.

Tags: Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nice bistro - restaurant for daytime lunch. Nice view of the Rockefeller Skating rink and close to Fifth Ave.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nice spot right at the rink. Good food East

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nice place in the middle of Rock Center. Fair pricing. View of the ice rink. Very nice surroundings and service. Food was very good with standard brunch menu standbys.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We go to rock center when we go to the theater. It's convenient and comfortable and at least 50 words in length.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Though I am a lifelong New Yorker, this was actually the first time I had ever eaten at this restaurant. I needed to find a location convenient to a meeting at Rockefeller Center. The whole experience was so enjoyable that I’m surprised I hadn’t heard anything about this restaurant previously. The food was quite good, the decor warm and comfortable, and the view of the skating rink and the gilded statue outside was terrific. I would definitely come here again and would recommend this to anyone who wants to get the flavor of Rockefeller Center, both visually and in terms of good food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Service is what you get at a diner. Great food but horrible service. No personality. Like we were bothering him being there and the host was blah too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Iconic location, (had breakfast before going to the Top of the Rock Observatory). Good service, good food. Great for people watching -- at any season.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great location for meal before Top of the Rock. Food was overpriced and okay. Server wouldn't allow our 10 year old to order off the children's menu.

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great location, plenty of room, simple menu; easy "in & out" for quick biz meal. Little over-priced; but it is Rock center. ... mostly tourists.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

really great restaurant sitting in Rockefeller Center - food is great as is the service - great for lunch - some might find it a little pricey but well worth it if visiting the city -

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2017

While the food was pretty good, and the view was nice, the lack of decent service distracted from the meal. I would expect much better from this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had lunch following a visit to Top of the Rock. The hamburger was quite good with shoestring fries. The gazpacho was so-so. The chicken caesar salad was typical. Service was attentive. The main feature is the view of the Prometheus statue and the 30 Rock building. There are some signature cocktails too along with soft-seating (couches) for those who just want to enjoy a drink. We had a nice time.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I have eaten at this location before and found the food tasty. This time the brunch was lacking. One of the diners I was with had the pancakes and they were good. I had the American breakfast (bread not included) and it was cold when served and tasteless. The omelet was awful according to those who had it. The salads were a little better. The cheesecake was the best item. You can't beat the atmosphere though. We had guests from out of town and they were thrilled with the location and the atmosphere. That is why I would recommend it to others. Restaurant should try a little more with their food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always a treat to eat at the Rock café. Food never disappoints and the drinks are on point.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We sat outside for breakfast at the Rock Center Cafe before going to the Top of the Rock. Very nice atmosphere. Food was ok, some of it was a little bit cold though. Service could use improvement. We had to wait a long time to place our order, then to get drinks and then again for our food. Waiter was very nice otherwise. Very overpriced as well, but that comes with location.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

always great setting... not too expensive considering the location, but the service was slow. My co-worker and i needed to get back to our office and couldn't get anyone to get us a check!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

From Chicago and this was a great way to start off our trip in New York!

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