5 Restaurants With A View Of The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - Updated 2024

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The Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular places in New York City and its Christmas tree is one of the most iconic NYC sights. For those visiting the city, what better way to enjoy the tree than to eat at a restaurant overlooking it. Each of these restaurants also serves great cocktails, so you can even just stop by for a drink and a short rest. These spots offer the perfect opportunity to warm up on cold wintry days. And the restaurants are just as enjoyable in the summertime! So, take a look at these top restaurants with a view of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and enjoy.

Upcoming events at Rockefeller Center

  • If you're a family traveling together, I think you'll enjoy iNDIEPLAZA, held on September 9 at Rockefeller Center. Sing along to music from up-and-coming artists, buy your favorite band merchandise at the market, learn new skills at hands-on workshops, or take advantage of the family and kids programming to keep everyone entertained. Food and beverages are also available to tackle hunger pangs.
  • If you're like me and enjoy experiencing different cultures, Día De Muertos at Rockefeller Center is one event you definitely don't want to miss. It's held from October 27 to November 2 every year, and is free to the public, so you can go at your own leisure. Along with taking in vibrant Mexican art and music, visitors can also indulge in yummy food and wine.
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About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center, an iconic NYC landmark, has been around since the 1930s. In fact, the first Christmas tree here was set up by construction workers in 1931 during the Great Depression as a symbol of hope in difficult times. Today, the tree lighting ceremony and the ice rink are huge draws in winter.

While you’re in Rockefeller Center, don’t forget to check out Top of the Rock at the top of the building. It has three levels of indoor and outdoor observation decks that provide 360-degree views of the city.

Tips for visiting:
  • Buy tickets in advance for a hassle-free experience. If that's not possible, you can grab tickets by visiting the box office downstairs after entering via 50th Street.
  • The best times to visit Top of the Rock are at 9am or from 8pm.
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Restaurants with views of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

1. L'Avenue at Saks

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If visiting the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue has been on your bucket list, you’ll be delighted to know that the building now has its own restaurant—L'Avenue at Saks. Here, you’ll be treated to an incredible Parisian dining experience. If I were to dine here, I’d probably start with classics such as croque monsieur (hot sandwich made with ham and cheese) and les pâtes epicées au homard (spicy lobster pasta) and end with the very special Saks s'mores.

L'Avenue at Saks

Address: 8 East 50th St, Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10022

Website: L'Avenue at Saks

Opening hours: Sun (brunch): 11:30am – 4pm; Mon (lunch): 11:30am – 4pm; Tue to Sat (lunch & dinner): 11:30am – 9pm

Must eat: Les pâtes epicées au homard, croque monsieur, escargots extraordinaire, sorbet. View the menu here.

Reservation required: No

What guests are saying about the restaurant and view:

“Came here for a few drinks on Thursday evening. Reservation helped. Classy place with an Interesting menu. Some tables with killer view Rockefeller building..” - by Google reviewer, Jeff Gottdownunder

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2. City Winery Rockefeller Center

City Winery at Rockefeller Center is a unique dining and entertainment experience in the heart of Manhattan. If you visit the restaurant between December and February, you can choose one of the heated igloos for an incredible view of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, which is something I’d love to try! The menu showcases locally sourced ingredients, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and seasonal small plates, all carefully crafted to complement the extensive wine selection.

City Winery Rockefeller Center

Address: 77 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019

Website: City Winery Rockefeller Center

Opening hours: 1pm - 9pm (daily)

Must eat: locally crafted wine, artisanal cheese, charcuterie.

Reservation required: Not specified

What guests are saying about the restaurant and view:

“We rented an igloo and it was such a fun experience! It’s close to ice skating and the Christmas tree, but far enough away to be out of the crowd. The igloo is decorated with Christmas lights and a personal heater.” - by Google reviewer, Tara Sekora

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3. Lodi

Lodi, operated by Michelin-starred chef Ignacio Mattos, is located in Rockefeller Center, right opposite where the Christmas tree is set up. The ambiance emulates Italian aperitivo culture for an authentic experience. I also like that visitors can choose from indoor or outdoor terrazza seating.

Guests can indulge in pastries, antipasti, crudo, and a thoughtfully curated selection of wines and cocktails to complement the menu.

Lodi

Address: 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

Website: Lodi

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 10am - 7pm

Must eat: Prosciutto di Parma, tagliata, ostriche. View the menu here.

Reservation required: Not specified

What guests are saying about the restaurant and view:

“Happened to find Lodi on a recent Saturday morning while walking around hoping to find a bagel. Next thing you know we’re having creme filled brioche & watching a big Christmas tree go up across the street at 30 Rock! Great staff, delicious food, & a lovely setting.” - by Google reviewer, Jane Marie

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4. Le Rock

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Le Rock is a French brasserie in Rockefeller Center that brings a little bit of Paris to New York. This chic spot offers both classic and modern French cuisine. The menu features a range of dishes, from escargot to leeks vinaigrette. Additionally, you can choose from a carefully curated wine list to complement your meal.

In the winter, visitors can enjoy a phenomenal view of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree from every seat in the restaurant.

Le Rock

Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

Website: Le Rock

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11:30am - 3pm (lunch), 5pm - 10pm (dinner)

Must eat: Swordfish saltimbocca, canard aux épices, tortellini au bouillon, escargot bourguignons. View the menu here.

Reservation required: No

What guests are saying about the restaurant and view:

“While the location might seem touristy, it was an outstanding meal and atmosphere. Going at Christmas time, this location was ideal in that you could see the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree from every seat…” - by Google reviewer, Michael Katz

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5. The Weather Room

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

I think The Weather Room, located in Rockefeller Center, is a great choice for casual dining with friends. It’s high up on the 67th floor and offers spectacular 360-degree views. It’s named after the doppler radar that used to give daily weather updates from its perch on the 70th floor of Rockefeller Center.

This lovely cafe offers locally sourced dishes, with artisanal sandwiches and mezze platters being some of its most popular offerings. Follow that up with a yummy dessert such as an NYC cheesecake or chocolate babka for the complete experience.

The Weather Room

Address: 50 Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10020

Website: The Weather Room

Opening hours: 9am - 11pm (daily)

Must eat: Ham, butter, and brie on baguette; fresh NYC pretzel with yellow mustard, NYC cheesecake. View the menu here.

Reservation required: Not specified

What guests are saying about the restaurant and view:

“Small bar located at the top of Rockefeller Center, therefore it has privileged views. You can visit it if you go to the “Top of the Rock” experience…” - by Google reviewer, Carina Silva

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Dinner with a view

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Source: Photo by Flickr user Michael Vadon used under CC BY 2.0

These hot spots offer great views of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Take it up a notch and stay at a hotel or one of the top hotels with rooftop bars in New York City! So, whether you stop in for a drink or for dinner, be sure to stop by these Rockefeller Center restaurants with a view of these beautiful landmarks, and take time soaking up this iconic NYC sight. There are also brunch buffet spots and dessert spots all around the city, too. so don’t forget to check them out.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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