Rock Center Café

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Rock Center Cafe
Midtown West

In wintertime, this restaurant looks out on one of the city’s most romantic spots, the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Given the setting, the food (Italian-inflected American) is better than it needs to be. The chef even surprises tourists with an inspired baked crab cake, made with saffron risotto.

Venue name: Rock Center Café
Address: 20 W 50th St
New York
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7:30–10:30am, 11:30am–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat 11am–3pm, 4–10pm; Sun 10am–3pm, 4–9pm
Transport: Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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