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The Complete Rockefeller Center Dining Guide

This comprehensive Rockefeller Center Dining Guide covers every single Rockefeller Center restaurant throughout Rockefeller Plaza, including coffee shops, sushi restaurants, fine dining at the Rainbow Room, and classic New York delis at Rockefeller Center. Happy eating, New York!

EDITORS' PICKS:

Del Frisco's Steak

You Want: World-class cuts of meat.
Head To: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 212-575-5129
You'll Find: A goliath steakhouse with warm wooden paneling, an impressive display of fine wines, and eye-catching lighting.
You'll Order: Oysters on the Half Shell, Filet Mignon, Veal Tomahawk Chop, and King Crab Gnocchi.
You'll Meet: A suit-and-tie crowd seeking some of the best meat and seafood selections around.

You Want: To dine at a revived Rockefeller Center institution and take a spin on the legendary revolving dance floor.
Head To: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, 212-632-5000
You’ll Find: On the 65th floor of 30 Rock, you’ll find a vast, circular dining room lit by gorgeous chandeliers, plus views of the Empire State Building to take your breath away.
You’ll Order: Oysters Rockefeller, Maine Lobster Pot Pie with Black Truffles, Beef Wellington, and a Negroni cocktail.
You’ll Meet: A-list faces enjoying excellent cuisine.

You Want: A top-of-the-line seafood experience
Head To: Oceana, 120 W. 49th St., 212-759-5941
You’ll Find: High ceilings and large seating options, plus a spectacular raw bar.
You’ll Order: Seafood Charcuterie Plate, General Tso’s Lobster, and The Radio City Seafood Tower.
You’ll Meet: Elegant eaters on their night out on the town.

You Want: Craft appetizers, juicy steaks, and creative cocktails with all of the Del Frisco's class, plus a fun bar scene.
Head To: Del Frisco's Grille, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-767-0371
You'll Find: Big leather booths and a large bar eager to serve Manhattan for happy hour or a grade-A dinner.
You'll Order: Knife & Fork Caesar Salad, Ahi Tuna Steak, Shaved Prime Steak Sandwich, and Truffled Mac & Cheese.
You'll Meet: A young crowd of gourmet gurus showing equal love to beer and prime burgers.

MORE GREAT RESTAURANTS TO TRY:

You Want: Craft cuisine during night owl hours.
Head to: 48 Lounge, 1221 Sixth Ave. (48th Street between Sixth and Seventh Aves.), 212-554-4848
You'll Find: Sleek lounge decor, warm lighting, and plush seating to kick back on while you take in inventive American plates, from small bites, to specialty cocktails.
You'll Order: Marinated Australian Lamb Lollipops, Filet Mignon Sliders, Spicy Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, and a Ginger Mint Mojito.
You'll Meet: A late night crowd equally amped for champagne bottle service and delectable high-end dishes.

You Want: Grab-and-go bites that are both convenient and tasty.
Head to: Au Bon Pain, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-757-4628
You'll Find: Standard light bites from soups to sandwiches, ideal for a mid-day meal.
You'll Order: Chicken, Fig, and Brie Sandwich, and fresh fruit smoothies.
You'll Meet: A casual lunch crowd.

You Want: Pretzels, pretzels, pretzels.
Head To: Auntie Anne's, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-245-8555
You'll Find: A walk-up counter filled with more pretzels than your brain can fathom.
You'll Order: Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Soft Pretzel, Pretzel Nuggets, Jalapeño Cheese Pretzel Dog, and dipping sauces galore.
You'll Meet: Like-minded snackers ready to feed their salt craving.

You Want: A cool, creamy ice cream treat.
Head To: Ben & Jerry's, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-218-7843
You'll Find: A no-hassle scoop shop serving up your favorite Ben & Jerry's concoctions.
You'll Order: Phish Food®, Cherry Garcia®, and Banana Peanut Butter Greek Frozen Yogurt by cup or by cone.
You'll Meet: Kids and adults fixing for a frozen bite.

You Want: A juicy burger.
Head To: Bill's Bar and Burger, 16 W. 51st St., 212-705-8510
You'll Find: Classic burgers and American cuisine, red and blue checkered table cloths showcasing an Americana feel, and an inviting wooden bar.
You'll Order: Fat Cat (Winner of the 2013 CNN Top 10 Burger Award), Tuscan Turkey Burger, Market Veggie Burger, Campfire Shake, and a Lemongrass Sling cocktail.
You'll Meet: Fellow burger fanatics during both the lunch and dinner rush.

You Want: Single-origin espresso.
Head To: Blue Bottle Coffee, 1 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level
You'll Find: A sleek, wood-accented coffee bar, and high-end espresso machines churning out your energizing elixir.
You'll Order: The brew of the day made just for you on one of two La Marzocco Strada MP espresso machines.
You'll Meet: Coffee snobs waiting anxiously for their daily drip imported from some of the world's most prestigious growers.

You Want: World-renowned pastries.
Head To: Bouchon Bakery, 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-782-3890
You'll Find: Delectable desserts housed in glass displays, and ample seating indoors and outside.
You'll Order: A million macarons, freshly-brewed coffee from Equator Coffee Roasters, and flaky croissants.
You'll Meet: Most likely a tourist or two who's come far and wide to try Thomas Keller's confections.

You Want: Classic French brasserie cuisine.
Head To: Brasserie Ruhlmann, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-974-2020
You'll Find: Romantic outdoor seating for a summer brunch, and an indoor dining room filled with lush velvet seating, wood accents, and elegant chandeliers.
You'll Order: Parisian Steak Tartare, fresh selections from the raw bar, and the steamed mussels.
You'll Meet: Upscale brunchers craving authentic bistro fare.

You Want: A burrito bursting at the seams.
Head To: Chipotle, 129 W. 48th St., 212-575-8424
You'll Find: Long, but well worth-it lines during peak hours for fresh Mexican ingredients served in a myriad of ways.
You'll Order: Burritos, tacos, and impressive guacamole that ranks high above the fast casual environment.  
You'll Meet: Hungry corporate types ready to chow down on some major Mexican flavor.

You Want: Wood-fired bread to hug your sandwich so good your head will spin.
Head To: Cosi, 61 W. 48th St., 212-265-7579
You'll Find: A roaring oven firing up toasty bread, modern and inviting decor, and quick service.
You'll Order: The T.B.M (Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella) sandwich, Peruvian Palm Salad, and tabletop s'mores so you can make your own dessert.
You'll Meet: Casual lunch-seekers with a smattering of families and young children chomping at the kids' menu.

You Want: Fast and fresh Mediterranean bites.
Head To: Cucina & Co., 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-332-7630
You'll Find: A sprawling marketplace ripe with Mediterranean options, plus ample seating so you can relax and enjoy your meal.
You'll Order: Duck Confit Salad, Tuscan-Spiced Flat Iron Steak, and Mezzi Rigatoni.
You'll Meet: Medium and large parties of diners with a little extra meal time on their hands. 

You Want: High-end ingredients conveniently prepped for you to grab on-the-run, or enjoy inside.
Head To: Dean & DeLuca, 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-664-1372; deandeluca.com
You'll Find: The brand's signature sleek grey seating and gourmet goods for a quality breakfast and lunch.
You'll Order: Pain aux Raisins to pair with a rich, fresh-brewed coffee.
You'll Meet: Early morning commuters dashing to work with breakfast in hand.

You Want: A good, old-fashioned coffee and doughnut combination.
Head To: Dunkin' Donuts, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-333-4412
You'll Find: Classic doughnut shop fare in a speedy setting.
You'll Order: A cup of hot or iced coffee with your choice of sweet flavors, a box of Munchkin bites, and the holy grail Croissant Donut.
You'll Meet: Beanheads waiting for their next sip of java and kids with frosting-covered grins.  

You Want: A to-die-for bite of milk, dark, or white chocolate.
Head To: Godiva Chocolatier, 52 W. 50th St., 212-399-1875
You'll Find: A bright storefront and a marvelous selection of chocolates for every palate.
You'll Order: Hand-dipped chocolate strawberries made fresh in the window, delectable truffles, and thick milkshakes made with Godiva chocolate.
You'll Meet: Sweet tooth sleuths.

You Want: Piping hot, robust soups to fill you up.
Head To: Hale & Hearty, 745 Seventh Ave., 212-221-9666; 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-265-2117
You'll Find: Deep pots of soup with fresh bread to dip into your selection.
You'll Order: Ten Vegetable, Tuscan White Bean, and several daily specials ready to be ladled out just for you.
You'll Meet: Crowds trying to warm up in the winter, and cool down in the summer with specials like gazpacho.

You Want: A cheesy square slice of pizza.
Head To: Harry's Italian Pizza Parlor, 30 Rockefeller Center, Concourse Level, 212-218-1450
You'll Find: A fast-paced, small pizza hub slinging out orders to busy lines.
You'll Order: Old Fashioned Square Pie, Hawaiian Pie, Salumeria Pie, and a Mozzarella & Tomato Salad.
You'll Meet: Tourists and locals ready to dig in to some authentic cheesy slices.

You Want: Award-winning hot chocolate and sweet morsels.
Head To: Jaques Torres Chocolate, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-664-1804
You'll Find: A small concourse-level boutique with a couple of tables to enjoy your dessert and beverages at.
You'll Order: A famous hot chocolate and warm cookie before hitting the Rockefeller Center ice rink.
You'll Meet: Devoted Jacques Torres fans who can't keep their hands off of this top notch chocolate.

You Want: A refreshing fruit smoothie.
Head To: Jamba Juice, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-247-4611
You'll Find: A quick kiosk to pick up your frozen, fruity beverage in a jiffy.
You'll Order: Strawberry Surf Rider™ Smoothie, Acai Bowls, and Cold Pressed Juices bottled and ready to go.
You'll Meet: Juicers who prefer to sip their fruits and veggies.

You Want: A crisp, healthy salad customized to your taste preferences.
Head To: Just Salad, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-244-1111
You'll Find: A compact salad haven with multiple types of lettuce bases and a bevy of toppings and dressings.
You'll Order: A customized salad tailored to whatever you love, or a premade option like the Thai Chicken Crunch, Chipotle Cowboy, or Buffalo Kale Caesar.
You'll Meet: Healthy eaters filling up on hearty salads in big, bright bowls.

You Want: A rich piece of carefully crafted chocolate.
Head To: La Maison du Chocolat, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-265-9404
You'll Find: Bright hanging chandeliers illuminating cases upon cases of fine confections, and a small grouping of tables to eat at.
You'll Order: Ganaches, Pralines, Eclairs, and Macarons.
You'll Meet: Chocolate fans with refined taste buds.

You Want: A scrumptious sandwich for lunch.
Head To: Lenny's, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-247-4310
You'll Find: Sandwich and salad stations, a selection of fresh breads, and loads of delicious coffee at the ready no matter the time of day.
You'll Order: The Lenwich, the Novie, and the Vegetarian.
You'll Meet: Busy locals and worker bees snagging inventive sandwich combinations with top notch ingredients.

You Want: A classic deli combo meal.
Head To: Liberty Deli, 30 Rockefeller Center, Concourse Level, 212-586-8060
You'll find: Standard deli fare for a great lunch when you're short on time.
You'll Order: Freshly made paninis, wraps, sandwiches, and salads.
You'll Meet: A hurried flurry of lunch-goers.

You Want: The freshest catch of the day
Head To: Limani, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-858-9200
You’ll Find: Main and private dining rooms designed with cool blue hues and aquatic decor. 
You’ll Order: Oyster from the raw bar, Shrimp Sagannaki, Lobster, and Filet Mignon.
You’ll Meet: Upscale seafood fanatics chowing down on underwater delicacies.

You Want: A fluffy, frosted cupcake.
Head To: Magnolia Bakery, 1240 Sixth Ave., 212-767-1123
You’ll Find: Charming cakes and pastries behind large glass cases.
You’ll Order: Red Velvet Cupcake, Famous Banana Pudding, Peanut Butter Icebox Pie, and Peet’s Coffee and Tea.
You’ll Meet: Crowds riding high on the New York cupcake trend.

You Want: Authentic New York pastrami
Head To: Mendy’s Kosher Delicatessen, 37 W. 48th St., 212-262-9600
You’ll Find: A kosher deli with sandwich options galore.
You’ll Order: Pastrami Sandwich, Corned Beef Sandwich, Potato Knish, and Old Fashion Chicken Matzoh Ball Soup.
You’ll Meet: True blue New York deli fans.

You Want: A tall glass of wine paired with a mouthwatering meal
Head To: Morell Wine Bar, 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-262-7700
You’ll Find: Sleek tables, a curvy bar, dominating lighting, and a diverse menu both in food and wine.
You’ll Order: Deviled Eggs with Black Truffle, Steak Tartar, Wild Mushroom Pappardelle, and a bottle of Louis Jadot Pommard ler Cru Les Rugiens 2007.
You’ll Meet: Wine connoisseurs with mature palates.

You Want: A warm, pressed sandwich filled with flavor.
Head To: Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 30 Rockefeller Center, Concourse Level, 646-289-4203
You’ll Find: Savory sandwich options pressed and packaged for you in a snap.
You’ll Order: Roast Beef Sandwich, Pizza Sandwich, and a variety of soups and chilis.
You’ll Meet: 30 Rock lunchers seeking a melty munch.

You Want: Affordable, flavorful grab-and-go sandwiches and soups.
Head To: Pret A Manger, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-246-6944
You’ll Find: Refrigerated cases stocked with fresh options.
You’ll Order: Balsamic Chicken and Avocado Sandwich, Pret’s Cobb Salad, Crispy Bacon Mac and Cheese, and Tomato Feta Soup.
You’ll Meet: A casual lunch rush eager for delicious ingredients on a budget.

You Want: An elegant meal with a great view.
Head To: Pulse Restaurant & Bar, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 3rd Floor of Equinox, 212-218-8600
You’ll Find: On the third floor of Equinox, indulge in a menu designed by restaurateur Drew Nieporent.
You’ll Order: Seafood Risotto, Skirt Steak, and an inventive drink from the Martini Bar.
You’ll Meet: Fine-palated friends savoring quality plates.

You Want: Sugar running through your veins.
Head To: Radio City Sweets & Gifts, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, 212-485-7141
You’ll Find: Candy lover’s paradise, with dispensers of your favorite sweets lining the walls. 
You’ll Order: Giant gummy bears, bags full of Jelly Beans, and sugar, sugar, sugar.
You’ll Meet: Families and kids in saccharine heaven.

You Want: A meal with a view of the coveted skating rink in the winter, and access to an outdoor beer garden in the summer.
Head To: Rock Center Café, 20 W. 50th St., Concourse Level, 212-332-7620
You’ll Find: A prime location to soak up Rockefeller Center’s seasonal offerings.
You’ll Order: Baked Ricotta, Duck and Bean Salad, Grilled Bourbon Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash, and the Petite Filet.
You’ll Meet: Upscale couples and groups taking in the view and bold flavors.

You Want: Delectable seafood.
Head To: The Sea Grill, 19 W. 49th St., Concourse Level, 212-332-7610
You’ll Find: An iconic New York dining room with Chef Yuhi Fujinaga at the helm.
You’ll Order: Roasted Baby Beet Salad, Montauk Calamari a la Plancha, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and Blistered Shisito Peppers.
You’ll Meet: Affluent patrons feasting on Chef Fujinaga’s creations.

You Want: A quality cocktail with an unbeatable view.
Head To: SixtyFive Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, 212-632-5065
You’ll Find: High-class cocktail pours and small plates at the sky-high Rainbow Room.
You’ll Order: Pennyworth Daiquiri, Gotham Mule, and Wedding Bell cocktails.
You’ll Meet: Spirit savants who know these cocktails are the real deal.

You Want: A reliable cup of joe.
Head To: Starbucks, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-397-7950, 212-586-0911
You’ll Find: Big crowds and bold roasts that have stood the test of time.
You’ll Order: Pike Place Roast, a frappuccino, and  baked goods of both sweet and savory varieties.
You’ll Meet: Busy workers hitting up the national chain for their caffeine needs multiple times a day.

You Want: A foot-long sub to cure your grumbly tummy.
Head To: Subway, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-586-2783
You’ll Find: Quick service and big sandwiches made-to-order to fill you up.
You’ll Order: Italian B.M.T. and Veggie Delight subs.
You’ll Meet: Office workers snagging a big bite on their lunch breaks.

You Want: A refreshing beer outdoors in the summertime.
Head To: Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Café, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-332-7620
You’ll Find: Outdoor tables and ample seating surrounded by the beautiful buildings that comprise Rockefeller Plaza.
You’ll Order: A refreshing mojito or IPA on tap.
You’ll Meet: A blissed out crowd taking in the warmer weather with festive cocktails and beers.

You Want: A perfectly grilled steak.
Head To: Ted’s Montana Grill, 110 W. 51st St., 212-245-5220
You’ll Find: A spacious dining venue with a friendly Buffalo head on the wall to greet you.
You’ll Order: Balsamic Blue Steak salad, Bison Short Ribs, and the Delmonico Ribeye.
You’ll Meet: Carnivores cutting into tender steaks.

You Want: Craveable Swiss cocoa.
Head To: Teuscher Chocolates, 620 Fifth Ave., 212-246-4416
You’ll Find: Chocolates flown to the U.S. each week from their native Switzerland. Authentic doesn’t even begin to define it.
You’ll Order: Champagne truffles and pralines.
You’ll Meet: Customers eager for a bite of Switzerland.

You Want: A sandwich brimming with roast beef.
Head To: Tri-Tip Grill, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-664-1003
You’ll Find: A speedy sandwich haven with all of the meats.
You’ll Order: Bacon Cheddar Buck, Char Broiled Chicken, and Caesar Pleaser.
You’ll Meet: Meat lovers who have found the meaning of life.

You Want: A unique sandwich with even more unique flavor combinations.
Head To: ‘wichcraft, 1 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-780-0577
You’ll Find: A quick sandwich stop for everything your lunch desires.
You’ll Order: Pole-Caught Tuna Sandwich, Chickpea Hummus Sandwich, and Roasted Turkey Sandwich.
You’ll Meet: Sandwich hounds raving about their meal with full mouths. .

You Want: To be transported to Japan with fresh sushi.
Head To: Yummy Sushi, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-459-2100
You’ll Find: Tons of prepared sushi rolls lined up in a refrigerated case for you to pick from. 
You’ll Order: Seaweed Salad, Spicy Tuna Roll, and Unagi Don.
You’ll Meet: Raw fish fiends dunking rolls in soy with chopsticks steadily in hand.


About the Author

Melanie Baker hopes her aura is purple, and maintains a strict sushi diet. Big fan of mini-horses, Spotify, and pretending to be fluent in Spanish. She has 19 siblings and counting.

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