Rock Center Cafe

4.4
3298 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
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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What 3298 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.5
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3.9
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Fun place to bring visiting friends from out of town. The food is not unique but the location makes up for it. Service is friendly and fun.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great restaurant - first trip to New York and so happy to find this place! Only comment, the food portions were a little small but yummy so I wanted more!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Had a wonderful Fathers Day brunch with my husband. Service was great, food delicious and great location. We ate outside by the waterfall and really enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The food was great. The service was awesome. Great view when sitting outside. Great place to have breakfast or brunch. Servers are very accommodating. Would recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We loved the outdoor seating in the summer. Sitting outside next to the fountain was great.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Always a lovely place to spend a lunch hour outdoors without breaking the bank. It’s a fair mix of suits and tourists. Wine is reasonably priced and the menu is smart, with something for everyone. Service is quite accommodating. Don’t go for the food — it’s passable — go for the weather, a bottle of rose, and Prometheus.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I often take my friends there if they coming visit NYC. The service and location are very good. Unfortunately, the food is deteriorating.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great outdoor ambiance...good food, music and drinks.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

I ordered the Chicken Milanese was good wish it was hotter. guacamole was delish. Drinks were okay could have been better. overall an 7 1/2 out of Ten.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The hosts were to busy talking.....and the waiter was very condescending and rude! I have been here on numerous occasions and never this disappointed. The feel was as if it was under new management

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great place for brunch. They had a jazz band playing and the waterfalls going so it was a really nice setting.

The food was great and so were the drinks.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

It was nice to sit and have a view of Rockefeller Center. We had the choice of dining inside or out. We chose inside because of the weather. Service was wonderful. Our server offer great choices for not only food but cocktails as well. We came here right after a show. Short walk from the Longacre Theatre

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Nothing special. We got the food we paid for

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The service was awesome. Our waiter was absolutely fantastic. The food was mediocre but we were there mostly for the atmosphere.

The hostess did not submit our reservation to OpenTable after we honored the reservation. This seems to be an ongoing issue and is frustrating.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Food is good, the best thing about it is it’s location, right at the heart of the Rockefeller Center

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Restaurant was empty. Only a handful of tables were occupied. We had a table for 2 by the windows. A large party came in and was seated right next to us at a round table almost on top of us. Thinking they had a reservation. If that were the case, why were we seated where we were and not at one of the other empty tables for 2 near the windows?

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The service here is always excellent. I never feel rushed. The restaurant is lively but not noisy. It’s a lovely place to savor a good meal and escape the bustle of Midtown’s streets just above you.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great vegan food option in Midtown at Rockefeller.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Excellent service and attention. The food was well prepared and tasty!!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We had a business lunch where one of our diners got delayed. The wait staff was very patient yet attentive. The delay caused us to have a short turn from order to check. Again, no problem. Instantly our food arrived, and we had plenty of time to enjoy it.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Place is good, well located and convenient!
Easy to get a table.
Might be a little too overpriced to the food/service you get though

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Waitress was courteous but extremely busy. Guacamole was not good at all. It tasted rancid. Manager handled very quickly and was very amicable about the process.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Ambience and location is excellent. Food is fine but not extraordinary. Service would be perfect if only the servers or the manager on site would not hover around excessively - it made us feel rushed to finish our meal and get out. It was raining during our visit and the restaurant is almost empty. We wanted to relax and finish our discussion but felt that we need to leave immediately. I would recommend this place only for the location and nice ambience.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Food and service was wonderful. The menu choices were limited and I thought it was very expensive.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Very disappointed with their service. Group of us dined there for my colleague’s Farewell lunch, because Del Friscos Grille was not available. It was a beautiful day so decided to seat outside. Their service was very slow as our waiter took 45 minuets to take our orders. I have been there few times in the past after work, but I have never experienced anything like this. Food was good but I will definitely avoid dine there for business lunch.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s day

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Foolishly thought this would be a nice place for Mother’s Day brunch. Nice setting
Bad food. Cold eggs, cold pancakes, mediocre coffee. It took 3tries to get a simple pancake order correct. How hard is it to get a fork.? And to charge for toast when ordering $20 scrambled eggs is absurd!

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2.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Process from seating to order to service took a half hour too long.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

It was so nice being able to sit outside!

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We sat outside, food and drinks were way too pricey for the poor quality and service was bad. Had to wait 30+ min for out check.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We waited 2 hours to receive our food after ordering. It was not busy, come to find out when we asked our waiter what was taking so long, he then went and checked and turns out he never even put our order in.

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Server was great; reception lady was terrible

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a party of six for 9:30am Sunday to cap off our weekend in NYC right before we were headed to our NBC Studio Tour. The food wasn't special. My eggs benedict were really good--the hollandaise was lemony and creamy but the other breakfast entrees that my table had were just ok. Not bad but just ok. Unfortunately, the service lacked luster. We couldn't find our server when we needed her. We needed some condiments and it seemed that all of the servers and wait staff were avoiding any eye contact. The view was special as our table looked out onto the area where the ice skating rink is located.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Love this place!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I took my ten year old daughter and her friends here for lunch after an issue with AG cafe reservation. The girls loved it as did I. Great location.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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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