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|
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|