Before or after your visit to the Top of the Rock in the middle of Manhattan, odds are you are or someone in your family is going to want to eat. Sometimes it’s fine to just grab a hot dog, pretzel or some mystery street meat, but if you would rather have a nice family meal at a sit-down restaurant there are certainly tons of nearby options. These are just a few of the fun, family places to eat near Rockefeller Center.
Located at 37 West 48th Street, Mendy’s Restaurant is a great option if you are looking to grab a late breakfast, brunch or late lunch. With five locations in the city (and one in Brooklyn) Mendy’s Restaurant is an upscale kosher delicatessen that has been serving New Yorkers for over 25 years. Besides boasting a wide variety of finger foods that the kids will just love, Mendy’s also has classic kosher deli fare like juicy roast beef, homemade fries and freshly cut corned beef. Fans of “Seinfeld” also might enjoy a trip to the restaurant because Jerry once went there to eat…just remember that soup doesn’t count as a meal!
If your family wants to try some world-famous New York City pizza (they say the secret ingredient is the water) then head to 30 Rockefeller Center Concourse and grab a slice or an entire pie at Harry’s Italian Pizza Parlor. After having years of success at two downtown locations, restaurateurs Peter and Harry Poulakakos and the team from Nick’s Pizza decided to open a branch of Harry’s Italian Pizza Parlor uptown. The menu at Harry’s Italian Pizza Parlor is fairly basic, but when there are great Italian favorites like old-fashioned square pizzas, fresh salads, cold hero sandwiches and Italian ices, no one is going to leave hungry.
Sushi is delicious and tapas are can be exciting, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like an American classic. If your family is in the mood to taste a little Americana, head to 16 West 51st Street and grab a seat at Bill’s Bar & Burger. Before Bill’s opened its doors, the chefs conducted 100 tastings of different burger recipes. After all that research, the crew at Bill’s Bar & Burger
decided to serve the “Bill’s Classic” a throwback diner burger cooked on a flattop and served in an all-American seeded bun.
With 400 seats, Bill’s Bar & Burger is the biggest standalone burger joint in the country – but that doesn’t mean the quality suffers. There are dozens of shakes, fries and burgers combos to choose from and they are all made fresh daily. Critics have called Bill’s “the best thing to happen to freshly ground beef since the Kraft single.” Stop in and see if you agree!
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