Mon-Thu, 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 5pm-1am; Sun, 11am-midnight
B, D, F, M at 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Center
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This venue is closed.
Along with the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, the Rainbow Room is one place true New Yorkers expect never to visit. Except, of course, when you have to: For a show-off wedding, an out-of-towner dinner, or just to satisfy your curiosity about whether it lives up to the romantic lore. With spectacular views—the George Washington bridge in one corner, Central Park in another—a circular dance floor inset with Art Deco starburst designs, a baby grand piano, and a massively glittering chandelier, it certainly looks impressive. But the décor also includes hokey rainbow lights and a surfeit of mirrors, and the gold-cane-backed chairs that line the tiered seating areas look more rental than refined. Add to that a menu that offers both contemporary haute cuisine (roast duck with champagne grape essence) and classic hits (shrimp cocktail, anyone?). But it’s clear why most of the people flocking here to dine and waltz are easy-to-impress tourists. You may want to go once, just to say you have. Until then, dancing on the deck of the Empire State Building would be a lot cheaper.Weddings
The famed local institution offers six private rooms, all decorated in an Art Deco style, with a rotating dance floor in the main dining room. The space holds up to 400 people for dinner, and the food is provided by Cipriani. The views of Central Park and the Empire State Building are spectacular. Prices upon request.