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Rock Center Cafe

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Rockefeller Center, 20 W 50th St, New York City, NY 10020 (On 50th Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave)
B,D,F,V trains
(212) 332-7620
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7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
YUmmy but Expensive

They do have a menu out front, so you can see it's expensive before you go in. I understand that much of the price is for the location, right in Rockefeller Center. It was summer, so we didn't see any skaters like previous reviewers, just more people eating. But, it was very convenient after we had... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Kbochick
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went for breakfast, was treated very badly and placed in a table where the floor was wet so I couldn't put my bags on the floor, the waiting beautiful lady with a blue dress was very kind and put a chair next to me, so I put my bags, but few minutes later, another waiting lady brunette with pony tail... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

They do have a menu out front, so you can see it's expensive before you go in. I understand that much of the price is for the location, right in Rockefeller Center. It was summer, so we didn't see any skaters like previous reviewers, just more people eating. But, it was very convenient after we had been walking all day.... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We called in for a drink in the outside summer bar around 5pm on a week day which is on the site of the ice rink in Rockerfeller plaza. We were told to sit on the sofas or at the bar, we couldn't do the latter with having 2 children with us. All the sofas were full so we sat... More 

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Springfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

Little pricey but hey you can't beat the views. The food was fantastic and wait staff was very helpful. Good time good food. But like I said it's 23 bucks for a cheeseburger.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We arrived at the Rockfeller cafe in the garden on a hot summer evening tired from walking. We had an ok meal but overpriced! The waitress (spanish or mexican) was very nice but when we had to pay, kinda forced us to put down about 18% of the bill as tip! I said "no" but she came back and said... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Delicious dinner and a great place for people watching - the terrace is wonderful on a beautiful summer evening. We also had fantastic service which undoubtedly adds to our experience

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The food here was average and very overpriced. It was nice to sit and relax for a while inside but next time, we'll walk a little farther to find food.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Nasty service, I mean nasty. Nasty food, I mean nasty. The Rock Center Cafe knows they have visitors by the balls as the place is truly beautiful. So they want to force you to order full meals (even for kids) and waste your money. A place where you ask the waiter for regular sugar and you are told that they... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Good for people watching. Food was great. We were lucky to get a table because it is very busy. The cocktails were good and the fish excellent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Excellent place to have some rest and to breath between skyscrapers in a hot July night in the Big Apple :-) Cold drinks, good food, quick service, pleasant staff. Prices as all New York !

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rockefeller Center, 20 W 50th St, 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
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 332-7620

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 60
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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