Summer Garden & Bar Opens Rockefeller Center’s Outdoor Dining Scene for the Summer Season

Rockefeller Center has a green new look for summer! 

The Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe opened on Saturday, May 10th, unveiling garden landscaping that sweeps across the famous plaza. In the famed space that houses the Rink at Rock Center in winter, a fresh summer design now creates a sunny al fresco oasis. It’s set with boxwood hedges and topiary, ficus trees, flowers, wicker and resin furniture, nautical umbrellas and comfortable fountain-side lounge seating. Looked over by the iconic Prometheus statue, there is a buzzing bar with communal tables, while quieter seats are placed along the outer rim of green hedges.

Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe (credit: Philip Greenberg) (PRNewsFoto/Summer Garden & Bar)

Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe (credit: Philip Greenberg) (PRNewsFoto/Summer Garden & Bar)

The restaurant, organized and operated by the Patina Restaurant Group ( Patina, a bicoastal boutique company, is a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. On the East Coast, its portfolio features New York City’s world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, The Sea Grill, Brasserie 8 1/2, La Fonda Del Sol and Lincoln Ristorante, among others. On the West Coast its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times‘ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA, and catering and food service operations in museums and cultural centers throughout California.

The restaurant has launched a lineup of programming for 2014 that celebrates summer dining and socializing. The experience of breezy garden dining in an urban setting is one that New Yorkers have embraced for decades. Rockefeller Center, opened in 1939, has long held a place as a beloved escape from the stress of city life.

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Garden (May 19)
Cult Brooklyn beers take over Rock Center for this ultimate beer-focused event. Brooklyn Brewery will co-host an evening of tastings – six brews will be poured – with a selection of beer-friendly dishes from 6-8 pm. Tickets are $45, reservations accepted online at

World Cup Viewing Party (June 12-July 13)
What better way to celebrate the most-watched sporting event in the world than with Brazilian-themed food and drink specials at Rock Center’s outdoor bar? Every game will be aired live on brand new TVs mounted behind the bar.

Every day throughout the summer, Chef Prontelli sources the freshest seasonal produce for Summer Garden & Bar (complete menus are here). A 3-course prix-fixe is available for $41. Standout dishes include:

Shaved Artichoke and Mushroom Salad
Wild Arugula, Lemon Emulsion 15.

Grilled Marinated Summer Vegetable Plate
Asparagus, Summer Squash, Portobello Mushrooms, Toasted Red Quinoa, Chickpea Spread 24.

Tagliatelle Pasta
Shrimp, Roasted Corn, Smoked Bacon, Asparagus, “Corn Milk” 28.

RCC Chef’s Burger
DeBragga Black Angus Short-Rib & Chuck Blend, New York Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, House-Cured Pickles, Smoked Bacon Aioli, and Crispy Fries 21.

Tartufo Banana Split
Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream, Caramelized Banana, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce 13.

Summer Cocktails include the Summer Garden Rose Sangria and Ginger Basil “Negroni” at $14 each.