Rock Center Cafe

★★★★★
New York's American Grill at Rockefeller Center
  • 20 West 50th St

    New York, NY 10020

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  • 212-332-7620

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The food was ok...very pricey, but you are paying for the location. We couldn't see the skaters from our table, but that was not a big deal to us. The pork sandwiches were good, the burger was fine. The fries were passable, the bread

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★★★★★

The food was ok...very pricey, but you are paying for the location. We couldn't see the skaters from our table, but that was not a big deal to us. The pork sandwiches were good, the burger was fine. The fries were passable, the bread

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After my party was seated and we ordered drinks my friends parents mentioned that they were probably going to have appetizers to which the waitress stated that the policy of the restaurant was that if we were going to have appetizers we

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★★★★★

After my party was seated and we ordered drinks my friends parents mentioned that they were probably going to have appetizers to which the waitress stated that the policy of the restaurant was that if we were going to have appetizers we

Pros: the view

Cons: rude waitress

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We were there Thanksgiving evening 2009. We had made reservations for 6:00 with a party of five. We had bought in advance Thanksgiving dinner tickets for 59.00 dollars a person. The food was awful, the bread was hard as a rock and when we

3
★★★★★

We were there Thanksgiving evening 2009. We had made reservations for 6:00 with a party of five. We had bought in advance Thanksgiving dinner tickets for 59.00 dollars a person. The food was awful, the bread was hard as a rock and when we

Pros: Location

Cons: Overpriced, Rude Server, Very Expensive

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My boyfriend and I recently took my parents to The Rock Center Cafe while they were visiting from out of state. As an experienced server, I was anticipating a great experience at this touristy, pseudo-busy restaurant during skating season.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I recently took my parents to The Rock Center Cafe while they were visiting from out of state. As an experienced server, I was anticipating a great experience at this touristy, pseudo-busy restaurant during skating season.

Pros: Skating Rink Show

Cons: Lack of service, no personality, no friendliness

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Ok, I am not one to really complain about dinners but I was here with my younger brother Mid July and we decided on having a nice dinner at a fancy place. Well this dinner cost a ton of money. For 2 Sirlon steaks (14oz only) and 2 ceaser

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★★★★★

Ok, I am not one to really complain about dinners but I was here with my younger brother Mid July and we decided on having a nice dinner at a fancy place. Well this dinner cost a ton of money. For 2 Sirlon steaks (14oz only) and 2 ceaser

Pros: Atmospher

Cons: Food

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Rock Center Cafe is a fun place to eat because you overlook the Rockefeller Skating rink. I like to go there for breakfast. it is delicious. It is very expensive but entertaining.

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★★★★☆

Rock Center Cafe is a fun place to eat because you overlook the Rockefeller Skating rink. I like to go there for breakfast. it is delicious. It is very expensive but entertaining.

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Who needs a fancy show when you can watch skaters fly by, tumble and fall (but not get hurt!).\r
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The food and atmosphere here is always good. The prime rib was generous, done to perfection and the twice baked potatoe an unexpected

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Who needs a fancy show when you can watch skaters fly by, tumble and fall (but not get hurt!).\r
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The food and atmosphere here is always good. The prime rib was generous, done to perfection and the twice baked potatoe an unexpected

Pros: Fun to watch others skate and food is very good

Cons: Some may find it too pricey for their budgets

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New Year's Eve, Rockefeller Center, Huge Tree, Ice Skaters....what could be bad! We chose the Rock Center Cafe for its location and the availability of reservation for early New Year's Eve dinner. Our drinks were lovely - nice Cosmos (no

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New Year's Eve, Rockefeller Center, Huge Tree, Ice Skaters....what could be bad! We chose the Rock Center Cafe for its location and the availability of reservation for early New Year's Eve dinner. Our drinks were lovely - nice Cosmos (no

Pros: Views of the Ice Rink, Location, Location, Location

Cons: Watch your Bill!

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Last year was our first time dining out on Christmas Day. We enjoyed a delicious dinner while watching the skaters on the ice rink outside. The Lobster Bisque was yummy! I asked for an end cut of Prime Rib and I got it, cooked to

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★★★★★

Last year was our first time dining out on Christmas Day. We enjoyed a delicious dinner while watching the skaters on the ice rink outside. The Lobster Bisque was yummy! I asked for an end cut of Prime Rib and I got it, cooked to

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Had a friend in from out of town and started at the bar which was good service. Continued to our table where it took forever to get our wine.\r
the steaks came out undercooked, we sent them back and they were OVERcooked! by the time the

3
★★★★★

Had a friend in from out of town and started at the bar which was good service. Continued to our table where it took forever to get our wine.\r
the steaks came out undercooked, we sent them back and they were OVERcooked! by the time the

Pros: lacation

Cons: service,food

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My husband and I had brunch on July 6, 2008 as part of his birthday celebration. We were delighted to be seated in front of the bronze fountain (Statue of Prometheus) while enjoying our shrimp frittata, summer fruit plate, poached egg

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My husband and I had brunch on July 6, 2008 as part of his birthday celebration. We were delighted to be seated in front of the bronze fountain (Statue of Prometheus) while enjoying our shrimp frittata, summer fruit plate, poached egg

Pros: Best location on 5th Avenue to unwind without missing a beat

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New York working Girl takes husband out for a birthday dinner...Hoping for a little scene, we were seated in the back corner of the restaurant near the bar without a view. The place was empty. Onto drinks, we ordered Kettle one and were

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New York working Girl takes husband out for a birthday dinner...Hoping for a little scene, we were seated in the back corner of the restaurant near the bar without a view. The place was empty. Onto drinks, we ordered Kettle one and were

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went there with my family the sunday before christmas eve. We went for a quick bite and drinks. As soon as the waiter realized that we were not having a huge meal, he was brief with us. Our food was good, but he forgot our appetizer. He

3
★★★★★

went there with my family the sunday before christmas eve. We went for a quick bite and drinks. As soon as the waiter realized that we were not having a huge meal, he was brief with us. Our food was good, but he forgot our appetizer. He

Pros: lively atmosphere, good location, food is ok

Cons: snotty waiters

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My boyfriend and I who are lifelong New Yorkers decided to venture here on a Sunday morning after craving brunch the night before. We called and the recording said they opened at 10 am for brunch. We got there at 10 and found out they open

3
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I who are lifelong New Yorkers decided to venture here on a Sunday morning after craving brunch the night before. We called and the recording said they opened at 10 am for brunch. We got there at 10 and found out they open

Pros: View of the rink.

Cons: Food! No brunch on a Sunday morning, etc...

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Food was disgusting.\r
Pasta was mush. Salmon tasted fishy.\r
Service was beyond bad. Overpriced. Filthy bathrooms.\r
went there for dinner and there was no one there! \r
Waiter could barely speak English and had an attitude. \r
How are

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★★★★★

Food was disgusting.\r
Pasta was mush. Salmon tasted fishy.\r
Service was beyond bad. Overpriced. Filthy bathrooms.\r
went there for dinner and there was no one there! \r
Waiter could barely speak English and had an attitude. \r
How are

Pros: There is no one there

Cons: There is no one there

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I know, all my reviews lately are "3 star" but I love this place. It's nothing "amazing" but at the same time, in a city as potentially off-putting as New York, it is. The bread is good (nice bread sticks, a few different types of bread

3
★★★★★

I know, all my reviews lately are "3 star" but I love this place. It's nothing "amazing" but at the same time, in a city as potentially off-putting as New York, it is. The bread is good (nice bread sticks, a few different types of bread

Pros: Excellent decor, comforting food (for the most part), just a cozy spot

Cons: The fish of the day! ;P And the cleave of the hostess!

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This is my favorite place to go on Sundays for brunch. I love to watch the skaters on the ice rink while I'm eating. I haven't found a more cozy place in the city! Even better during the holidays!

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★★★★★

This is my favorite place to go on Sundays for brunch. I love to watch the skaters on the ice rink while I'm eating. I haven't found a more cozy place in the city! Even better during the holidays!

Pros: Great View!

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Went here 2 weeks ago for brunch. It was really nice, had a good sized booth. Our waiter was attentive. Food was really really really good. We got to sit and watch the ice skating outside, it was simply a beautiful sunday day in the

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★★★★★

Went here 2 weeks ago for brunch. It was really nice, had a good sized booth. Our waiter was attentive. Food was really really really good. We got to sit and watch the ice skating outside, it was simply a beautiful sunday day in the

Pros: view of Rock Center !!!

Cons: noisy

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i have a feeling that these is the kind of place that New Yorkers steer clear of because theyre under the notion that it's a tourist only spot. those are people that miss out! the food is WONDERFUL and you cant go wrong with a view like

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★★★★★

i have a feeling that these is the kind of place that New Yorkers steer clear of because theyre under the notion that it's a tourist only spot. those are people that miss out! the food is WONDERFUL and you cant go wrong with a view like

Pros: great locations, amazing scenery

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I went here with my family (party of 5) for breakfast on a Sunday morning. The menu is definitly split between breakfast food (french toast, pancakes, frittata) and heavier meals (steak, chicken) so if you are just in the mood for

3
★★★★★

I went here with my family (party of 5) for breakfast on a Sunday morning. The menu is definitly split between breakfast food (french toast, pancakes, frittata) and heavier meals (steak, chicken) so if you are just in the mood for

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We went here to watch the skaters. We simply went for the atmosphere and view and really did not expect the food to be much. What a surprise. It was our best meal in NYC. The prime rib and chicken scalloppine were delicious and the

3
★★★★★

We went here to watch the skaters. We simply went for the atmosphere and view and really did not expect the food to be much. What a surprise. It was our best meal in NYC. The prime rib and chicken scalloppine were delicious and the

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Went here for Thanksgiving Dinner. Had reservation. Those that didn't weren't treated very well - and never got past the front door. Very busy and loud. Server was just OK. Had a pre plated dinner, shrimp and steak were extra charges. $200

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★★★★★

Went here for Thanksgiving Dinner. Had reservation. Those that didn't weren't treated very well - and never got past the front door. Very busy and loud. Server was just OK. Had a pre plated dinner, shrimp and steak were extra charges. $200

Pros: view, location, atmosphere

Cons: pricey, loud, average service

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Went here for dinner - top notch service and excellent food, wine and view of ice rink. Went the next day for lunch - menu too pricey for lunch and the waiter was the WORST !! Usually we tip very well - left him 10%.

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★★★★★

Went here for dinner - top notch service and excellent food, wine and view of ice rink. Went the next day for lunch - menu too pricey for lunch and the waiter was the WORST !! Usually we tip very well - left him 10%.

Pros: View of Rink, Taste of Food, Kids Menu

Cons: Variety of Food, Service, Price

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The food was great. I definitely recommend the daily seared fish entree. Fish was very tasty and well-cooked. Also, I had a bite of friend's duck entree and it was amazing. It didn't have a gamey taste. Also, you get a great view of

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★★★★★

The food was great. I definitely recommend the daily seared fish entree. Fish was very tasty and well-cooked. Also, I had a bite of friend's duck entree and it was amazing. It didn't have a gamey taste. Also, you get a great view of

Pros: food, service

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My family and I ate there on Christmas day and had a great time! The food was excellent, and the service was amazing. Nobody rushed us through the 3 courses, and we had a great view of the rink. We will definitely be visiting the Rock

3
★★★★★

My family and I ate there on Christmas day and had a great time! The food was excellent, and the service was amazing. Nobody rushed us through the 3 courses, and we had a great view of the rink. We will definitely be visiting the Rock

Pros: Great food, Excellent Service, Great Scenery

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We had Thanksgiving dinner at Rock Center. The grilled polenta appetizer with shaved Parmiggiano was amazing. We both had the traditional turkey dinner and weren't disappointed. Even the pumpkin pie was great, and we are quite picky

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★★★★★

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Rock Center. The grilled polenta appetizer with shaved Parmiggiano was amazing. We both had the traditional turkey dinner and weren't disappointed. Even the pumpkin pie was great, and we are quite picky

Pros: View, Atmosphere, Food

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I like this restaurant better as a lunch spot, where the food is a bit less pricey. The waiters I've had have been friendly and courteous, and the service and dining experience was good overall.

The view definitely adds to the charm of

3
★★★★★

I like this restaurant better as a lunch spot, where the food is a bit less pricey. The waiters I've had have been friendly and courteous, and the service and dining experience was good overall.

The view definitely adds to the charm of

Pros: Good atmosphere, Good food

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Great location with great views! Above average food and very attentive friendly service! The crab cakes are one of the best in the city. The weekend brunch is a great value.

3
★★★★★

Great location with great views! Above average food and very attentive friendly service! The crab cakes are one of the best in the city. The weekend brunch is a great value.

Pros: location, good food, friendly service

Cons: crowded at lunch

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Went there a few months ago, and while the food was really good, and I was ready for it to be pricey, the one thing that bothered me was the waiter was standing in a corner watching us eat. I looked up a few times and his eyes didn't leave

3
★★★★★

Went there a few months ago, and while the food was really good, and I was ready for it to be pricey, the one thing that bothered me was the waiter was standing in a corner watching us eat. I looked up a few times and his eyes didn't leave

Pros: Great food

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The mashed potatoes were powdered. Are you kidding? With a $35 entree and no vegatables it should at least come with real potatoes. When I complained to the snooty waiter he just gave me a blank stare like what do you expect? For a $170

3
★★★★★

The mashed potatoes were powdered. Are you kidding? With a $35 entree and no vegatables it should at least come with real potatoes. When I complained to the snooty waiter he just gave me a blank stare like what do you expect? For a $170

Pros: Atmosphere, Location

Cons: Tiny portions , powdered potatoes!!!, crumby waiter

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Excellent service,good food,tremendous portions,great views,economical wine list (and savvy),well managed,ice skating,and a three star chef! Unfortunately due to its' location it gets labelled, but it is worth the venture outside of your

3
★★★★★

Excellent service,good food,tremendous portions,great views,economical wine list (and savvy),well managed,ice skating,and a three star chef! Unfortunately due to its' location it gets labelled, but it is worth the venture outside of your

Pros: Location, Food, Service

Cons: Location

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I recently stopped for a Sunday Brunch and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and polite.
I had terrific Blueberry pancakes and my friend's
pasta was really good. The views are great and it made for a pleasant sunday afternoon.

3
★★★★★

I recently stopped for a Sunday Brunch and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and polite.
I had terrific Blueberry pancakes and my friend's
pasta was really good. The views are great and it made for a pleasant sunday afternoon.

Pros: Good Food, Views, Waitstaff were nice

Cons: a little noisy, a bit pricey

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As a manhattan resident, I stayed away- it was a mistake. The service was quite accomodating and well paced. It was busy(very), but the Filet Mignon was comparable in size and flavor to major steakhouses. My wife's crab cakes were quite

3
★★★★★

As a manhattan resident, I stayed away- it was a mistake. The service was quite accomodating and well paced. It was busy(very), but the Filet Mignon was comparable in size and flavor to major steakhouses. My wife's crab cakes were quite

Pros: Quantity, Service, Quality

Cons: Small lounge, Food creativity, marble floors

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I took some friends here the other night and had a great time. We had good drinks at the bar(Martini's) along with some free finger foods. our meals as terrific, especially the Crab Ckaes, Mushroom Pasta and Prime rib. Friendly service

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★★★★★

I took some friends here the other night and had a great time. We had good drinks at the bar(Martini's) along with some free finger foods. our meals as terrific, especially the Crab Ckaes, Mushroom Pasta and Prime rib. Friendly service

Pros: Great Drinks, Terrific food, Romantic and Fun

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I found the wait and bar staff to be very friendly and knowledgeable. The food is consistently good.

3
★★★★★

I found the wait and bar staff to be very friendly and knowledgeable. The food is consistently good.

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Location, location, location! You can eat AND be entertained by all the fools falling down on the ice outside.
The food isn't anything to write home about but the ambience is great. Its a good place to bring out-of-towners who are

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★★★★★

Location, location, location! You can eat AND be entertained by all the fools falling down on the ice outside.
The food isn't anything to write home about but the ambience is great. Its a good place to bring out-of-towners who are

Pros: location, entertainment, good service

Cons: food quality

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The best thing (and the worst thing) about Rock Center Cafe is the location -- right in Rock Center by the ice skating rink, which is great in both the summer and wintertime. Unfortunately, the location tends to draw lots of

3
★★★★★

The best thing (and the worst thing) about Rock Center Cafe is the location -- right in Rock Center by the ice skating rink, which is great in both the summer and wintertime. Unfortunately, the location tends to draw lots of

Pros: Location, Decent service

Cons: Touristy, Overpriced

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and yes its pricey but its Rockefeller Center and Mid-Town NYC - you'd do better a Le Bernardin or 21 Club? My wife and I took our son there on Saturday the 2nd of November prior to packing him off to Japan for the Air Force. The Salmon

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★★★★★

and yes its pricey but its Rockefeller Center and Mid-Town NYC - you'd do better a Le Bernardin or 21 Club? My wife and I took our son there on Saturday the 2nd of November prior to packing him off to Japan for the Air Force. The Salmon

Pros: Location, View, Attentive service

Cons: $ not out of line

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I went w/ my friends on Sept. 11th and there was not many people there. The food was great, especially the crab cakes. Big portions of ribs and chicken. We sat indoors but the ambience was great w/ the flags waving and the golden statue of

3
★★★★★

I went w/ my friends on Sept. 11th and there was not many people there. The food was great, especially the crab cakes. Big portions of ribs and chicken. We sat indoors but the ambience was great w/ the flags waving and the golden statue of

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I recently came in for a cocktail outside with some co-workers, and I just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed ourselves very much. Staff was very accommodating to our ever need...Thanks for helping to make our rough day at work

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I recently came in for a cocktail outside with some co-workers, and I just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed ourselves very much. Staff was very accommodating to our ever need...Thanks for helping to make our rough day at work

Pros: STAFF

Cons: Crowded

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I ate at Rock Center Cafe about a month ago and I was very pleased with the food and the staff. There was a young manager that was very attentive to mine and other customer's needs. It was a beautiful day outside, but we decided to sit

3
★★★★★

I ate at Rock Center Cafe about a month ago and I was very pleased with the food and the staff. There was a young manager that was very attentive to mine and other customer's needs. It was a beautiful day outside, but we decided to sit

Pros: All of the Staff, Inexpensive

Cons: Tables

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Okay, went there last night, and always wanted to go. It's a nice place, but the food is really pricey. Food was alright, the soup of the day was good (broccoli & cheese) and I had the Chicken Breast Milanese, which was so not worth $15.

3
★★★★★

Okay, went there last night, and always wanted to go. It's a nice place, but the food is really pricey. Food was alright, the soup of the day was good (broccoli & cheese) and I had the Chicken Breast Milanese, which was so not worth $15.

Pros: ambience, drinks

Cons: service was ok, food too pricey

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The first draw here might be the location---located next to Rockefeller Center's skating rink; in warmer months you can even sit rink-side---but the food is worth a trip too. From the crab and risotto cake with watercress salad and grainy…

 

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