In wintertime, this restaurant looks out on one of the city’s most romantic spots, the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. In the summer, the Rink Bar occupies it—and makes up for the absence of triple axels with $5 drink specials. 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. Disappointing desserts don’t live up to the view, but you’ll still be the envy of gawkers up above.
Rock Center Café
|Venue name:||Rock Center Café||Contact:|
20 W 50th St
|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|