Who would have thought just a few years ago that we’d be recommending more than a handful of restaurants to visit, not just near Rockefeller Center, but within its winding underground tunnels? Yet here we are, in 2023, with a list of 18 places. Some are shockingly affordable, others border on luxurious, and still more are on the way in the latest wave of splashy new arrivals. Read on for indoor and outdoor dining options for lunch, dinner, or late at night in one of New York’s most famous landmark neighborhoods.Read More
Where to Eat at Rockefeller Center
For breakfast through late night, all season long
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
Sibling to the acclaimed Le Bernardin, sommelier Aldo Sohm’s temple to wine is a grand place for a drink — with 40 pours by the glass and 200 by the bottle — and bites such as charcuterie and cheese, grilled avocado, or braised short ribs. Try and make it for the 9 p.m. hour, when Sohm often parades the room with a magnum (or larger bottle) pouring glasses for a very festive group toast.
Del Frisco's Grille
Those looking for the familiarity of a hometown chain or something like it may gravitate to Del Frisco’s Grille, serving cacio e pepe potatoes, truffled mac and cheese, fried calamari, cheesesteak egg rolls, burgers, and steaks that start at $52.
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This concourse-level daytime option is run by Max and Eli Sussman, as famous for their memes as their cooking. Look for a menu of mostly vegetarian items — salads, wraps, and plates like pickled eggs and roasted eggplant, avocado hummus, dip, and chicken shawarma.
This year-round, outdoor wine garden features heated domes for the holidays with a view of the tree. Wines are available on tap along with Montauk Brewing Co. brews and charcuterie, cheese plates, and hummus for snacking. Those domes can be reserved, too.
Puya - Tacos de Puebla
This new Rock Center taqueria that opened in June, Puya Tacos de Puebla, features cuisine from the Puebla region for to-go or dining in. Behind the counter, pork rotates on a spit for al pastor, an item on a menu that includes birria, carne asada tacos, burritos, and more. Sangria, beers, and live music are also options.
The Tipsy Baker by Cafe d'Avignon
By day, the Tipsy Baker functions as a bakery from the Pain d’Avignon team, by night the business transforms into a restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean food.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar
The Rock Center location for Blue Ribbon Sushi offers carryout sushi and poke, as well as a conventional sushi bar with three white-suited chefs and seating for eight. The menu is short and reasonably priced: A sushi assortment includes six pieces of nigiri sushi plus a California roll for around $25.
This all-day pasta and wine spot from the folks behind Soho’s popular King restaurant has opened with a view of the rink. The restaurant serves foods like pizzoccheri (baked buckwheat pasta with fontina, Savoy cabbage, and potato) and paccheri with pork shoulder, sage, and lemon peel ragu. Drinks include aperitivi and spritzes as well as a vintage amari collection.
Spread across three stories of a Midtown townhouse, Pebble Bar comes from a stacked roster of nightlife veterans and celebrity investors, including Pete Davidson of Saturday Night Live. The cocktail bar on the second floor is reserved for walk-ins, and don’t be surprised to find an after-work crowd wearing button-ups and backpacks. A short food menu from executive chef Carlos Barrera, with consultation from the Wildair team, is served on the third floor, where a reservation is usually required. Drinks start at $20 each.
Le Rock, from chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson of Tribeca’s popular Frenchette, feels a bit like “a restaurant for your friend in accounting who’s thinking about ‘getting into food,’ or for a daytime talk show producer who wants to be seen out on the town,” Eater critic Ryan Sutton writes. The menu lists tripe, sweetbreads, and escargot, but there’s also more standard corporate card fare like steak hache and shrimp cocktail. The busy, high-ceilinged dining room manages to feel fitting of both a celebratory dinner and after-work drinks.
JJ Johnson’s ode to artisan rice is a fast-casual, feel-good meal that won’t break the bank and tastes good, too. Consider the braised beef, crispy fish, or Harlem soul salad with a handful of vegetables topped with miso dressing and a slice of avocado.
Choose between grandma- or Detroit-style slices with pepperoni cups, sausage and peppers, or Buffalo chicken toppings. Italian American-inspired sandwiches are as big as your head at the Rock Center location of this pizzeria born in Williamsburg.
Lady M Cake Boutique - New York
A small shop with an icy white ambiance and no seating, the bakery chain pairs a French and Japanese sensibility and is known for its signature mille crepes.
Greenpoint’s popular New American restaurant 21 Greenpoint has a second location at Rockefeller Center. The menu is smaller, listing ceviche, crab toast, and a burrata salad with figs and lavender honey. Find it on the rink level of the plaza, Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Find an outpost of this cult-favorite Italian sandwich shop on the rink level of Rockefeller Center, toward the back near of the concourse near Blue Bottle Coffee. A menu with hot and cold heroes includes cheesesteaks, breakfast sandwiches, and more.
This 60-seat Korean restaurant on the rink level of Rockefeller Center comes from the team behind Manhattan’s two-Michelin-starred Atomix. In the main dining room, the team serves a tasting menu of subtle flavors that highlights seafood and vegetables: The tasting menu starts at $165 per person and there’s a separate a la carte menu, too.
Lodi, from the restaurateur Ignacio Mattos (Estela, Altro Paradiso), was among the first in the latest wave of high-profile restaurant openings at Rockefeller Center. Just about everything but this restaurant’s location — across from the Christmas tree — has been praised by the city’s food critics, and Eater’s Ryan Sutton recommends stopping by for a quick snack, pastry, or cup of coffee.
Other Half Brewing
Other Half, a Brooklyn brewery with a handful of taprooms spread out across New York City, upstate New York, and the Northeast, is known for its smooth and hazy New England IPAs. The brewery runs a taproom on the south side of Rockefeller Plaza with wine, cocktails on tap, bar snacks, and beer cans to-go.