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The 12 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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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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For years, Rockefeller Center has split the difference between tourist destination and inevitable hub for area 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. 

More recently, however, its been a perennial fixture on trend forecasts. Whether or not Rockefeller Center does or does not bloom into the esteemed eating and drinking destination it’s been pitched remains to be seen. These classic and new spots are worth checking out until then. 

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Restaurants near Rockefeller Center

  • Restaurants
  • Midtown West

The new crown jewel of glittering Rockefeller Center brings the team behind NYC favorite Frenchette a few dozen blocks uptown. The Time Out four-star spot is pretty and spacious with a lengthy menu, including nice chicken liver mousse and escargots, terrific pasta and marvelous bison and duck. 

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

Aesthetics are key two blocks north of RC at The Modern, where tables overlook the MoMA’s sculpture garden. Its pre-fixe menus are also carefully curated; as inspired and delicious as the setting and price tag demands: The tasting menu is a confirmed splurge at $250 per person. The Modern’s Bar Room, however, takes walk-ins and reservations for lunch and dinner, and most mains are in the $30-$40 range.

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  • 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. 

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

A stone’s throw from Rock Center proper, this midtown classic has been serving sushi and sashimi for more than 45 years just east of 5th Avenue. It’s worth the tiny detour for its lunch sets priced from $25 to $50 and dinner menu’s popular $53 Box of Dreams, which is beautifully presented in nine compartments of a lacquered box. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Prized for its rice bowls, FieldTrip has two NYC locations: in Harlem, 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. 



  • 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. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

City Winery’s outdoor “wine garden” is open year-round, and it has fun, festive heated domes in view of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree starting the day after Thanksgiving. 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. 



Bill’s Bar and Burger
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Midtown West
  • price 3 of 4

Looking every bit the chain that it is (though, with five locations, smaller than you’d expect), Bill’s Bar and Burger was a big deal with it opened its Rock Center address back in 2010. Its sprawling space is warmly kitschy and Bill’s can be friend to tourist and weary guide, both, for a low-stakes bite. 

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Midtown East
  • price 4 of 4

For a little throwback French flair one block out of bounds, 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. 

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

Midtown-spendy by night (a $63 dover sole and $40 chicken ring alarm bells about what M/P might amount to elsewhere), Limani has a lunch prix fixe with a lot to choose from for $37.50. Scallops, salmon, shrimp saganaki, tuna burgers and, um, the chicken, are all among the options. 

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  • Seafood
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

Although Oceana actually moved to this location in 2009, it has a kind of power lunch, seafood tower, 90s vibe. You can choose from a few literal ones, plus a bunch of sub-sea starters. Squid and lobster also appear in pasta, and fishy mains are joined by land fare. 

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