Rock Center Café

0 Love It
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. 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.
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
1 person listening