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Rock Center Cafe

20 W 50th St, Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY 10020
+1 212-332-7620
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (49 reviews)
“falafel burger” (12 reviews)
“cheesecake” (27 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
20 W 50th St, Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY 10020
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Surprisingly, there weren't a lot of restaurants in or near the Rockefeller Centre (we looked all around the block) and so arriving back at the main entrance we seemed to be left with two choices. The Rock Center Cafe or another place with white tablecloths...More

Thank fairlywelltravelled3
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is nothing other than a tourist trap. Don't be fooled by the reasonable appearance of this restaurant. At first glance it looks like quite a decent and civilised cafe/bar, especially with the views of the ice rink. With the amount of people dining here...More

Thank DontDoDisappointment
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was concerned this might be a tourist trap but we were pleasantly surprised!! Sure, you pay a bit more per dish but you can’t beat the location and view of the ice skaters! The service was OUTSTANDING and every dish from pancakes to vegetarian...More

Thank Jenn W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rock Center has a lot of options but few that are good. This isn’t great but a decent sit down spot. Food is okay and easy to get a table.

Thank USCKaboom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From most of the tables, you can easily watch the ice skaters in this iconic Manhattan location. The food is a little pricy, so budget watchers might try elsewhere. It's a lovely place to relax and a good location for Happy Hour. Food portions are...More

Thank MacinMac
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We headed here for an early dinner with our kids due to location and views of the ice rink, and it was fun to watch the skaters. The food itself was so-so. Beef carpaccio tasted mainly of vinegar, the “gnocchi” was curled pasta, not proper...More

1  Thank PoppyWB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views of the rink, but otherwise shocking. Limited menu and even then poorly delivered. Rip off prices and appalling customer service. Rude staff. Just avoid.

Thank Simon B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really, really loud! Won't bother talking about the NYC prices for burger, fries, & beer ($27), because that's everywhere. Service was okay - not special. Lady was nice and we had a good conversation up front, but was hard to find once meal hit table...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After standing in the cold for hours, we went into the cafe where we were greeted warmly and seated immediately. As we watched the ice skaters, the waiter brought us French pressed coffee that warmed us inside. While this cafe is a bit pricey, the...More

Thank Shirley H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an early dinner at this café. Food was good, not really outstanding, but definitely better than most of the nearby places that we checked. The surroundings are the skating ring, so you have guaranteed entertainment. Service was as "snappy" as in traditional New...More

Thank Absalon_mad
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18 December 2017|
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Response from Mo G | Reviewed this property |
Too sweet sounding for me.
12 November 2017|
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Response from Ita49 | Reviewed this property |
Smoke Free Air Act doe not allow smoking in most NYC restaurants, pubs.
24 August 2017|
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Response from david f | Reviewed this property |
The rainbow room on the 65 th floor.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$40 - US$60
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 W 50th St, Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY 10020
    (On 50th Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave)
  • Public Transportation: B,D,F,V trains
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-332-7620
Rock Center Café is located in one of the most memorable landmark locations in New York City. We serve seasonally-updated, chef-driven cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, along with house-crafted cocktails and New York’s top brews in a classic Midtown lounge atmosphere. Rock Center Café offers exceptional dining ambience, featuring a series of original prints by the great American artist Andy Warhol, and stunning views of The Rink at Rockefeller Center in the winter months and Summer Garden & Bar in the summer months. A quick walk from Times Square, and conveniently located near MoMa and Radio City Music Hall, Rock Center Café is the ideal choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Midtown, and is also available as a private event venue. For holiday-season visitors, make sure to come by for our Breakfast with Santa, a can't miss for the whole family.
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