Rock Center Cafe

4.4
3367 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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
Mon–Fri 7:30 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:30 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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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, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with incredible views of the world's most famous ice skating rink and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree while you enjoy our exceptional three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu ($79). A special children's menu is available for those under 9 ($25)

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What 3367 People Are Saying
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Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pretty good food, not great ; you're definitely paying for the privilege of sitting next to the Rockefeller skating rink. For 2 appetizers, 2 drinks, 1 entree, and 1 dessert, our pre-tip tab was $123. I said "noisy" in my ratings, because we were seated next to a very loud couple; if they were absent, I suspect the noise level would be moderate.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly service, a little slow at times, so if in a rush, let them know. Nice views watching the skating rink, everyone having a good time. Food always enjoyable, good selection, prices average for the area. Consistent from visit to visit.

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SJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to the Rock Center Cafe with a group of 9 for an early lunch prior to Rockefeller Center touring / ice skating, and it was a great experience. The staff accommodated our large group, and the waiter was extremely attentive. Food was at our table quickly and was very tasty. We had a great experience, and I would definitely go back again during a future visit.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location, next to Rockefeller Center, and food, but a bit expensive. I will return for sure

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

If you want a good view of people ice skating then this is the place for you. Ok food and beverage options though not inexpensive.

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My partner and I went for Sunday brunch. We had booked a table, but the restaurant was not busy. The service was very brisk and efficient, but polite and attentive. My partner ordered eggs benedict, which he said were delicious. I ordered the pancakes and, whilst they were very good, there was just too much and I couldn't eat it all. It was a very pleasant experience and there was no rush to move us on, which made for a leisurely and relaxing atmosphere. However, I would ask them to reconsider the brand of English breakfast tea they use because it was pretty awful!

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A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beet & cauliflower salad was delicious. Orrechiette portion was huge but not wonderful. My friend ordered the prix fixe and enjoyed all three courses. Overall, a pleasant place to have a meal.

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LW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The specialty menu was Supper family style. Generous portions and was absolutely scrumptious! We were able to sit by the window which always has a great view. Service great and handcrafted cocktails delicious! Desert-well it was phenomenal! Definitely a favorite spot for a Friday night, Birthday & Holiday. You can’t go wrong with this NYC gem!

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SC
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ordered the $29 promotional 3 course dinner which was excellent. There were 2 appetizers, 2 entrees & dessert all served family style which were all really good. Lots of leftovers which we took home.

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JF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service here is really good and excellent value.

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j
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was just ok. Nothing to rave about....and certainly not worth the money. I could see how this would be a great spot during the winter since you look right out on to the rink in Rockefeller Center.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service!

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J
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food,value environment and excellent service.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went with my family for dinner. It was a wonderful experience. The food was awesome. The waiter so friendly and professional. The manager was very professional and friendly. I would definitely go again with family and friends. 👍👍

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BL
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Everything was great except for the service.
I do not understand why they hired people who cannot serve - aggressive attitude and language, throwing bread instead of placing on your plate, hurrying the customer to decide on the menu, etc.
it's a shame that such a nice restaurant with great ambiance and food is ruined by their servers...

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W
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent view of ice skaters (in season) and a location convenient to many attractions.

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S
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was very average but the atmosphere is lovely.

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My daughter and grand daughter and I made a Saturday afternoon reservation for brunch during a NYC adventure. It was lovely to have a table guaranteed at this conveniently located restaurant at Rockefeller Center. The food was appreciated by all of us - my granddaughter ordered blueberry pancakes off of the adult menu and was thrilled. My daughter had steak and eggs that were cooked to perfection though the steak was a little tough. And I throughly enjoyed the gazpacho and cold half lobster. Service was efficient though impersonal - not unexpected in NYC. We were able to enjoy the beautiful sunny day outside on the huge patio near the fountain. Inside dining looked very nice, too. We will definitely make a return visit.

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L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent Ocktoberfest menu and a really fun time with friends.
The chef and team did a great job with the menu and presentation of each dish.

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GG
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A little hiccup on the food preparation for one order but once that was taken care of everything was perfect. Great location. Love the fountain.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food is ordinary to say the least.Horrendously overpriced.It may be a iconic location in NYC but that is it! Oh yes almost forgot! To advise people what they should pay your staff gratuity is insulting.

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DP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

This is a very touristy place - but the view is great and the service was excellent. However, in my party of five, three of us had chicken in three different forms - none of which seemed to be cooked thoroughly. We didn't return it because they were so busy and the server was slammed. The two others without chicken dishes enjoyed their meals very much. We enjoyed our time, but it is what you expect - mediocre food which is way overpriced for the quality, but there's a great view and enjoyable service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great location. My "go to" place for breakfast meetings in midtown.

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q
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience, worst time ever, terribke service from the beguining!

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Would have been all "fives" save for the fact that I requested a window table and none was available.

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JS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Despite some recent bad reviews we went there on Tuesday night for dinner for my daughters 6th birthday. They read my opentable comments and seated us outside by the fountain bc it was my daughters birthday. Our waiter was amazing and very attentive. We did the price fixe dinner for $39. My Gazpacho was amazing and chicken milanese was good- needed more dressing. My husband got the chicken soup and his skirt steak was great. All in all good meal.

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JW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After a full day exploring NYC, we were in the mood for a quiet dinner and chose to sit inside instead of the more lively summer garden. We ordered from the three-course prix fixe menu. The skirt steak with chimichurri sauce was excellent as was the chicken milanese which was covered in arugula (a little too much!). For dessert the New York cheese cake was good; however, the crisp meringue on the gluten-free lemon tart tasted stale and detracted from the overall flavor. Rock Center Cafe is a great place to go before or after a show at Radio City Music Hall or the Top of the Rock tour.

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SJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our family went for breakfast on my daughter's birthday on a Sunday. We arrived when they open at 9:30 only to be told they weren't open until 10. I let the lady at the hostess counter know that the sign out front states they open at 9:30. She just said "oh" and walked away. We came back and 10 and another hostess was very nice. Long story short, this place is a tourist trap for travelers. Our breakfast was overpriced, boring, and served cold. We won't be back.

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D
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Other than the host who took us to the table and dropped half our utensils that were wrapped inside a napkin and then did not replace them...everything else was Excellent. Waitress was awesome!

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LC
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice area to sit outside on a pretty day. It was pretty hot the day we were there.

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MN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for breakfast. The food was delicious.

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BM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a good lunch upon arrival in a great spot with a great view! Server was very good and food was delicious!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit with my adult children.

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V
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The ambiance was great, it a perfectly located and great for photos. Food and drinks were alright nothing to rave about and the service wasn’t the best for the type of restaurant. Our glasses were empty and the waiter didn’t check on us.

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R
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to NYC at least 3 times a year and never ate there it was recommended by sales person at Sak’s The food was great and the server was great too. Everyone was so nice. Can’t wait to go back to NYC to have lunch there

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LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great hamburger with fries. Love the ambiance of the outdoor Rock Center Summer Garden Cafe with the fountains and Prometheus statue.

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CP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Higher priced for breakfast, server didn’t say one word to us. She was very grumpy and seemed bothered that we were there.

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PH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The waiter could have been more attentive. We had to ask multiple times for more coffee and the side of fruit that we ordered.

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GD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great and the prices were reasonable. The server was very nice and it was quiet, so we were able to talk. The only thing that was annoying was that they kept trying to take our plates away while we were eating! I hate that. The froze was sooooo delicious! I definitely recommend.

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A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, quiet and good for discussion for both personal and business catch up.

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