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Check Out These Pop-Up Rockefeller Center Restaurants Before They’re Gone

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|by Mikey Miller |

Sample local wines, Mediterranean cuisine and more

Summer 2019 is quickly passing us by, and so are the remaining beach days, warm summer nights in the city and time spent enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. With everything going on in the Big Apple this summer, you’re going to want to make the most of the remaining weeks before autumn hits. Summer is also pop-up season in the city, and as it winds down, a pair of midtown’s must-try pop-up restaurants will soon be closing up shop as well. Make sure you head over to Rockefeller Center to experience these unique drinking and dining experiences before they’re gone. While you’re in the vicinity, stop by the Top of the Rock Observation Deck for the perfect spot to take in breathtaking views of the city on a summer evening. 

Sip a selection of wines at Rockefeller Center's City Winery pop-up (Photo: Rockefeller Center)

Sip a selection of wines at Rockefeller Center's City Winery pop-up (Photo: Rockefeller Center)

City Winery at Rockefeller Center
You may already be familiar with New York City’s City Winery, a restaurant and wine bar located downtown in Hudson Square, or with City Winery locations all around the nation (in cities including Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia). Now, you can experience all the elegance and fun of City Winery at its outdoor wine garden pop-up location at Rockefeller Center. Located on the plaza between 50th and 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, City Winery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight, and will actually (and fortunately) be operating through the fall.

Described as “a sophisticated outdoor oasis and lively gathering place,” City Winery at Rockefeller Center turns the hustle and bustle of Midtown into an experience reminiscent of wine country, affording you the incredible opportunity to taste locally produced wines while being outside and basking in the sun. In addition to having a selection of reds, whites and rosé on tap, City Winery at Rockefeller Center boasts a Mediterranean-inspired menu, as well as a partnership with Montauk Brewing Company so that you can also sip refreshing craft beers.

Our Menu Picks: Try the burrata with crostini bread, marinated tomatoes and basil, which pairs well with rooftop rosé.

Rainbow Room’s Tiki Bar
The Gallery Bar at the Rainbow Room Restaurant, housed in the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, is exhibiting a pop-up tiki bar this summer. You have less time to catch this pop-up than you do the City Winery pop-up; its remaining dates of operation are August 9, 12, 13, 16 and 19. Doors open at 5 p.m. on each of those evenings, and because the tiki bar isn’t around for that long, it is highly recommended that you make reservations, which you can do through OpenTable.

The Tiki Bar at the Rainbow Room’s Gallery Bar features a menu of food and cocktails that will make you feel like you’re summering in the South Pacific. While munching on delicacies such as beef poke and fried tofu Bahn mi, you can sip tropical cocktails like the Banana Boat, the Mermaid Lagoon and the Coco-Cockatoo, which is topped with an orchid. To finish off your meal, leave room for dessert and try the coconut-frosted rum cake or the cream pie with roasted banana purée and chocolate ganache.

Our Menu Picks: Don’t miss the Hawaiian pizza topped with grilled pineapple, crispy pork belly and burrata. Wash it down with a Smoke on the Rock, which features coconut, lime and actual smoke. 

For more of the best of the city this season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in August 2019.

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