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The Rockefeller Center’s best food & drink spots: The ultimate guide

With close to 50 restaurants and bars for you to choose from, the Rockefeller Center is a culinary haven waiting to be explored. From elegant steakhouses where you can indulge in perfectly cooked cuts to casual cafés perfect for a quick bite, here are our top picks of hidden gems and iconic establishments, for that quintessential NYC dining experience.

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% Arabica

A brand from Kyoto, Japan, % Arabica is globally known for its meticulously handcrafted espresso beverages, custom roasting techniques, and visually striking store interiors. Order beverages made from freshly roasted blends and single-origin beans sourced from premier coffee estates worldwide. Complementing the coffee offerings are daily fresh pastries supplied by their bakery collaborator, Raf’s. The Rockefeller Center outlet beautifully mirrors the center’s aesthetic charm making it a perfect spot for a quick breakfast or a leisurely afternoon. If you’re looking for a recommendation, try the Kyoto Latte - smooth, strong and with the perfect hit.

Timings: 7am - 7pm daily

Location: 30 Rockefeller Center

Black Seed Bagels

Black Seed Bagels is an artisan bagel shop that brings a unique twist to the classic New York-style bagel. Led by James Beard-nominated executive chef and head baker, Dianna Daoheung, the shop uses naturally leavened and fermented dough which is boiled in water with honey for sweetness. Each batch is then skillfully fired in a wood-burning oven, achieving the ideal balance of crispness, chewiness, density, and flavor. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Black Seed Bagels is a must-visit for a true taste of New York.

Timings: Monday - Friday: 8am - 2pm, Saturday - Sunday: 9am - 3pm

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rink Level

Juice Press

If you’re a health nut, stop by Juice Press where you can pick from a plethora of vegan options like cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, hot soups, and freshly made desserts. What sets Juice Press apart is that their ingredients are all organically sourced, unprocessed, and replaced from the shelves sooner than necessary to ensure that you always get the freshest batch of juices.

Timings: Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rink Level

Casual dining

Jupiter

Jupiter Restaurant at the Rockefeller Center is the newest creation from the acclaimed team behind the renowned French and Italian restaurant, King. The restaurant’s cozy lighting and interiors blend wonderfully with its Italian menu, which offers handmade pastas, grilled meat, and seasonal vegetable dishes alongside a curated selection of Italian wines. Accessible via the 50th Street elevator, Jupiter is perfect for a casual yet exceptional dining option for those looking for authentic Italian options like Pea Risotto and Polenta Bistecca.

Timings: Monday - Saturday: 11.30am - 10pm

Location: 620 5th Avenue, Rink Level

Lodi

Michelin-starred chef Ignacio Mattos brings Italian flair to Rockefeller Center with Lodi. This all-day cafe features flaky pastries, espresso, and classic aperitivo fare like cured meats and spritzes. Inspired by Italian tradition and Rockefeller Center's art deco design, Lodi offers a stylish ambiance with indoor and outdoor seating for a relaxing breakfast, lunch, or evening drink.

Timings: Monday - Saturday: 11.30am - 10pm

Location: 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

Alidoro

Alidoro, a New York establishment with over 30 years of experience, serves creative and unforgettable sandwiches. Their menu features signature options like the Alidoro, packed with prosciutto, peppers, fennel, and arugula, or the Italian cheesesteak with roast beef, mushrooms, and truffle cream. You can also build your own sandwich with their selection of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and spreads, all on fresh local bread.

Timings: Monday - Friday: 8pm - 3pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rink Level

Bars and wineries

Other Half at Rockefeller Center

Other Half Brewing is a craft beer lover’s dream. Located on the south side of Rockefeller Plaza, this brewery is committed to pushing the boundaries of beer with over 170 options, including lagers, sours, and stouts, and 50 brewing ingredients for you to choose from. Apart from fresh beer, you’ll also find a selection of wine and cocktails on draft. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day or catch up with friends over a pint and some snacks.

Timings: Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

Location: 600 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10020

Pebble Bar

Pebble Bar is a lively bar and restaurant housed in a legendary four-story townhouse at Rockefeller Center. It offers a range of seafood towers, bar snacks, and a beverage program with timeless cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a place to unwind after work or a venue for a night out, Pebble Bar offers a vibrant atmosphere and a memorable experience.

Timings: Monday - Wednesday: 5pm - 12am, Thursday - Sunday: 5pm - 2am

Location: 1240 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10020

City Winery

Escape the city buzz at City Winery, Rockefeller Center's outdoor wine garden, where you and your fellow wine connoisseurs can enjoy a wine-tasting session guided by sommeliers. This urban oasis offers locally crafted wines on tap, including reds, whites, and rosé, alongside beers from Montauk Brewing Company. Along with your drink, indulge in a Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring a delightful selection of charcuterie, cheeses, burrata, and thin-crust pizzas.

Timings: Monday - Friday: 1pm - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Location: Rockefeller Center, North Plaza

Specialty and gourmet options

INDAY

INDAY at Rockefeller Center invites you to experience a vibrant fusion of Indian and American cuisines. Inspired by Basu Ratnam's family recipes, the menu is famous for its nourishing rice bowls with choices of chicken, salmon, and vegan options. You’ll also find flavorful curries, freshly baked naan, and a variety of house-made items like mango lassis and chai. Emphasizing good ingredients and good energy, INDAY offers a unique culinary experience for those seeking wholesome, flavorful dishes in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Timings: Open daily from 11am to 9pm

Location: 708 3rd Avenue, New York, NY, 10017

Oceana

Oceana is a celebrated restaurant offering fine American seafood options, including oysters, clams, swordfish, caviar, and wasabi. With over two decades of success, Oceana's award-winning cuisine is driven by fresh, seasonal ingredients expertly prepared by their culinary team. Executive Chef Bill Telepan leads the kitchen to bring out the delicate flavors of the seafood. What’s more? You can compliment your meal with vintage wine recommended by wine director Andrew O’Reilly.

Timings: Open Monday - Friday: 7.30am - 10am, Saturday: 5pm - 10pm, Closed on Sunday

Location: 1221 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar at Rockefeller Center offers a casual yet authentic experience of sushi and Japanese cuisine. The space includes an 11-seat sushi bar, a seated dining area, a grab-and-go counter, and a spot for designing your own bento boxes. Their menu boasts a variety of sushi, sashimi, rolls, and donburi, alongside a selection of sake, beer, and other beverages.

Timings: Open Monday - Friday: 11.30am - 6pm

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rink Level

Fine dining

5 Acres

5 Acres is a vibrant new restaurant by chef and hotelier, Greg Baxtrom, with a menu inspired by his nostalgic Midwestern childhood and the dynamic burger culture of New York City. The restaurant’s design, which combines vibrant greenery with natural textures, will transport you to his family’s farm outside Chicago. If you’re stopping here for lunch or dinner, try the signature dishes like the Wisconsin Cheddar Burger, Mushroom Bolognese, and the Grilled Strip Steak served with seasonal vegetables and a rich peppercorn sauce.

Timings: Open daily from 11am to 8pm

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

Limani

Limani, located just steps from Radio City Music Hall, is a Mediterranean themed restaurant renowned for its fresh seafood and traditional Greek recipes. The restaurant’s serene ambiance, inspired by the crystal-clear waters of the Greek islands, offers a welcoming retreat making you feel like you’re on a mini vacation away from the bustling city right outside. Be sure to try signature dishes like the Mediterranean Meze, Lobster Pasta, and Greek Meze.

Timings: Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 11pm, Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 12am, Sunday: 3pm - 10pm

Location: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

Smith & Mills

Step into the meticulously designed setting of Smith & Mills, inspired by the historic charm of the late 1800s. This cozy spot is perfect for those seeking a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for sharing small plates and enjoying leisurely conversations. The ambiance, with its soft amber lighting and nautical touches, evokes the feeling of being aboard a wooden ship. Indulge in their specialties of Mediterranean cuisine, like Steak Au Poivre, Chicken Schnitzel, and fresh oysters, complemented by a selection of rum and whisky.

Timings: Open daily from 11.30am - 12am

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rink Level

Confections and desserts

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery, a New York City classic! First opened in 1996 on a charming corner in the West Village, their Red Velvet Cupcakes and Banana Puddings quickly became a sensation, drawing in locals and tourists alike. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be tempted to try out their cupcakes, pies, cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, muffins, and brownies. With such a wide variety to choose from, you're sure to find just what you're craving. Complement your sweet treat with a selection from their range of coffee, tea, and iced beverages.

Timings: Open daily from 9am – 9pm

Location: 1240 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10020

Teuscher Chocolates

Located at the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center, Teuscher Chocolates has been a beloved destination for New Yorkers and visitors since 1979. The beautifully decorated shop is filled with colorful fantasy flowers and over 100 varieties of chocolate, creating a whimsical atmosphere. Known for their famous Champagne Truffles, pralines, and marzipans, Teuscher’s chocolates are handmade and flown in weekly from Switzerland to ensure freshness.

Timings: Open Monday - Friday: 10am - 7pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 7pm

Location: 620 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10020

Dough

Dough’s donuts are a favorite among the locals in Manhattan. Made in small batches throughout the day, by staff who have mastered the art of donut making, these donuts are made with high-quality ingredients, are soft to bite into, and are full of unique flavors. If you stop by at Dough, make sure you try out some of their signature donuts, like Blueberry Lemon, Dulce De Leche - Almonds, Toasted Coconut, Blood Orange, and Cheesecake.

Timings: Monday - Saturday: 8am - 6pm, Sunday: 9am - 6pm

Location: 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112




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Frequently asked questions about the Rockefeller Center’s bars and restaurants

What kind of food is served at the Rockefeller Center’s restaurants?

Rockefeller Center caters to a wide range of tastes. For instance, Ace’s Pizza offers Sicilian- and Detroit-style pizza, Alidoro is home to Italian sandwiches, and Bill’s Bar & Burger serves classic American fare along with a selection of over 80 draft and bottled beers. There are also options for coffee lovers at % Arabica and Blue Bottle Coffee, and those with a sweet tooth must definitely visit Magnolia Bakery and Ben & Jerry’s.

Are drinks available at the Rockefeller Center’s restaurants?

Yes, many restaurants and bars at the Rockefeller Center offer a variety of beverages. For example, Other Half offers a selection of over 170 craft beer options. There are also specialty cocktails available at various locations, such as The Green River at Pebble Bar.

Can I bring my own food into the Rockefeller Center?

No, you cannot bring your own food or drinks into the Rockefeller Center. However, with the wide variety of dining options available, there should be something to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets.

Are there vegetarian or vegan options at the Rockefeller Center’s restaurants and cafes?

Juice Press is a vegan restaurant, perfect for those on the go. However, the restaurant offers limited options for a complete meal. While most restaurants aren’t exclusively vegetarian or vegan, nearly all of them offer plenty of meat-free options. Feel free to ask for menu items that suit your preferences or customize the offerings according to your palate.

Are there outdoor dining options at Rockefeller Center?

Yes, several restaurants at Rockefeller Center offer outdoor dining options. For instance, Limani is a spacious, white, 8,000-square-foot venue that accommodates nearly 200 guests in its main dining area and private dining rooms. They plan to add more outdoor seating for the spring and summer seasons. City Winery at Rockefeller Center also offers outdoor dining in domes situated at the center of Rockefeller Center.

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