Rock Center Cafe

4.3
3339 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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

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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 3339 People Are Saying
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service
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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3.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great place for breakfast. The food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Visit with my adult children.

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The atmosphere at Rock Center Cafe was nice, but the food and service were mediocre. I got the RCC Chef's Burger, and it honestly was not very good.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I felt the quality of the food had declined since my last visit.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The host and bartender on Aug 4 2018 we're amazing. They made our visit!

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We were excited to celebrate my daughter's 12th birthday breakfast on the Plaza. However, we were quickly disappointed with how dusty the restaurant was. We were seated by the windows - the curtains and sills were heavy with dust and oils from food. Despite the restaurant being slow with customers, our service was slow appeared disinterested in assisting with our meal . The food was fair at best. We had omelets and sausage. Thought this iconic restaurant wouldn't disappoint on this special occasion. Felt bad for my daughter!

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The setting is beautiful. We wanted to eat outdoors, but the music was very loud and not at all relaxing.

My friend and I got together for dinner. The guacamole sharing plate plus fresh vegetables was excellent. I am vegan and do appreciate that there were some vegan items on the menu. I ordered the pasta dish and while it was ok - it had more garlic than I was led to believe. The dessert menu did not have a great selection - not one chocolate choice other than ice cream and not many choices regarding cake or pie.

Our waiter was personable and provided excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

My family and I had a very nice early dinner. The restaurant was quiet and the atmosphere pleasant. The food was very good including the desserts. The waiter didn't offer coffee so we took that to mean it probably wasn't fresh. Overall it was very good.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Overall, my daughter and I had a really great time, and the food was good. We waited after being seated for a good 15 minutes before we even got drinks. But once the order was taken, things went much better.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We love this restaurant. Our favorite server is Robert. My 4 1/2 year old grandson has wonderful conversations with him! The food is great and outside dining is perfect, right over the winter ice skating rink.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The Rock Cape has great views, Unique cuisine, excellent service and great atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Ridiculously expensive for basic breakfast. Could not even get eggs over easy cooked properly. Server was so not engaging. Couldn’t careless about us. Poor experience.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Food was basic but good. It was a weekday lunch and the waiter appeared overworked. But it was a trip to eat outdoors in the Rockefeller center skating rink. Tourist NYC at its best.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Very cool restaurant. Went for a business dinner and had a great meal. Service was excellent.

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Lovely place to sit outside. Slow service , but expected for tourist trap.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Last year we loved Rock Center Cafe and made reservations to enjoy it again while on vacation to NYC. This time, the server was kind and funny but was overwhelmed with serving too many tables. My daughter and my entree came out almost immediately even before water or drinks were served. My husband’s entree came out about 15 minutes later. Also, large tv screens were spread amongst the patio creating more of a bar environment than a nice family dining experience. The setting is lovely. Hopefully, we will have better luck next time!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great place and the service was outstanding. Great late night spot.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Very much enjoyed with the family.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The service was awful and the food was mediocre and a tad pricey. An app, two entrees (salmon and a sandwich) and four drinks were all average for $150.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I had the Eggs Bene and really enjoyed it!! Love the atmosphere too, and of course the location could not be better!

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I love going here but the food was just not as good as before. Staff wasn’t friendly or attentive. We sat without drink refills for along time and service was very slow.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The food was fair; I could take it or leave it. I go for the atmosphere. You can’t be lunch at Rockefeller Center!

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2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Waiter disappeared hostess handled check. Kids enjoyed chicken fingers wanted dessert but never had opportunity. To order. Adults had house salad with shrimp it was fine. Apparently waiter was working both restaurant and happy hour.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience at Rock Cafe. The food and service were excellent!

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The food was good. Not the absolute best but definitely good. The location is amazing and the cheesecake was great!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Went for breakfast after the summer concert on the plaza. Convenient and good food.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

First time in New York - great experience!

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The service was okay. The food was not good. The flavors weren’t tasty and the food was just blah. Not a place i would recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

My lunch was the best in New York City. However, the lemon tart was not very good.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

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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