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The 10 best restaurants near Rockefeller Center

Classic favorites and newer restaurants, bars, cafes and bakeries have made Rockefeller Center's food and drink options better than ever.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Bao Ong
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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For years, Rockefeller Center has split the difference between tourist destination and inevitable hub for midtown office workers. New Yorkers would either visit when family or friends were in town to see the eponymous Christmas tree, Top of the Rock or the Rockettes, or just to pick up a salad destined for desk dining. Lately, however, it looks like it might become an esteemed eating and drinking locale in its own right, with classic and new spots worth checking out. 

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Restaurants near Rockefeller Center

Hatsuhana
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Midtown East
  • price 4 of 4

This midtown classic has been serving sushi and sashimi for more than 45 years. It’s still worth a visit for its lunch sets priced from $24 to $50 and dinner menu’s popular $49 Box of Dreams, which is beautifully presented in nine compartments of a lacquered box. 

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Prized for its rice bowls, FieldTrip has three NYC locations: in Harlem, Long Island City and right here at Rockefeller Center. Try varieties like the crispy fish with cilantro-lime rice and cornmeal-crusted cod, fried chicken with Carolina Gold vegetable fried rice and veggies with jollof basmati rice, all $12 and under. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

Aesthetics are key at The Modern, where tables overlook the MoMA’s sculpture garden. Its pre-fixe menus are also as carefully curated as any museum show, as inspired and delicious as the setting and price tag demands: The tasting menu is a confirmed splurge at $225 per person. The Modern’s Bar Room, however takes walk-ins and reservations for lunch, when the most expensive dish is a $43 for hand-cut tagliolini with king crab, and dinner, which tops out at $45 for wagyu beef with sunchokes and black truffle.

  • Restaurants
  • Midtown West

Recently opened Lodi is fashioned after Italian cafes with a case full of pastries you can take to go and a smattering of seats where you can linger over beautiful baked goods, a selection of cured meat and cheese, more antipasti like marinated mussels and larger plates like braised beef with potato purée and gremolata. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Nolita
  • price 1 of 4

This has been one of NYC’s best bagel makers since the relatively recent year of 2014, and its Rockefeller Center location opened five years later. The morning-to-afternoon shop has bagel flavors like multigrain everything, poppy and rye, plus egg and cheese breakfast options, lunchier sandwiches and pizza bagels. 

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

City Winery’s outdoor “wine garden” is open year-round, and it has fun, festive heated domes not too far from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for the holiday season. A spot will cost you: 90-minute slots from 1pm-3:45pm require a $150 minimum spend that jumps to $250 after 4pm. Grab a few friends and divide up the price over cheese and charcuterie platters, hot drinks and, of course, wine. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Midtown West
  • price 2 of 4

The second outpost of this Greek/Mediterranean spot favors fresh fish and Hellenic home cooking, dishing out mains like wild black bass for two and char-grilled lobster with broccoli rabe and feta in an all-white, modern space. 

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  • French
  • Midtown East
  • price 4 of 4

For a little throwback French flair, head to La Grenouille, which first opened in 1962. Today, its menus include chilled foie gras terrine, caviar blinis, roasted chicken, filet mignon, duck confit and all manner of desserts like soufflé varieties. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

If Oceana’s previous uptown location had been a snug pleasure craft (it was designed to resemble a yacht), its midtown incarnation—with Brobdingnagian lamp shades and vases and an overabundance of polished white marble—is more like a luxury liner. The new restaurant, which is twice the size of the old one, sets its sights on a broader audience, with a bar menu designed to ensnare an after-work crowd.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Midtown West
  • price 2 of 4

Del Frisco’s Grille in Rockefeller Center is the more affordable offshoot of the chain’s famed steakhouse located just across Sixth Avenue. Situated on the edge of the plaza with a large, patio-style outdoor seating area, it serves as bit of a secluded hideaway from huge groups of tourists nearby.

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