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“The secret to a good cheap lunch at Rockefeller Center is...”
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City 75
Cuisines: American
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Restaurant details
Neighbourhood: Midtown
New York, New York
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106 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“The secret to a good cheap lunch at Rockefeller Center is...”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

City 75. Usually crowded, with very few, small cafe tables available, City 75 is an excellent deli restaurant for great food for an outdoor picnic on Rockefeller Plaza. (No table service; you choose the food and pay at the register.) Go before 1:15 p.m. if you want to get the grilled salmon--it's delish and goes fast! Love the roasted vegetables (mushrooms, peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, onions) too--they are not ruined with too much garlic, salt or pepper as some restaurants might do. Every day they have also an Italian dish or two, like lasagna; chicken nuggets; mac'n'cheese; soups (ask at the carving counter); and a few Asian dishes (teriyaki vegetables, noodle dishes).

The location is perfect when you are visiting Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral or SAKS Fifth Avenue and are tired of being forced to overspend on basic, good food. This is where many local business people get their lunches and stroll the plaza for an outdoor seat for people-watching. If it is raining, you can get lunch here, then head to the Rock Center concourse to find a table (N.B. This can be challenging). Dollar for dollar, lunch at City 75 will likely cost less than at any of the Rock Center concourse restaurants; and you won't have to wait as long in line.

Unfortunately, they do charge a lot for water, soda, vitamin drinks ($2+). That's too much. Suggest going to the grocery store for your drinks, and then trying City 75 for fresh, good salads, soups and entrees.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank LizzieandIzzy
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Forked River, NJ
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“Reasonably priced great lunch in Midtown, Manhattan”
Reviewed 13 December 2011

Every year at Christmastime, my wife and I visit New York City and enjoy the special Christmas atmosphere. Our visit would not be complete without lunch at City 75 deli. Amazing sandwiches, salad bar, and even desserts are available at a reasonable cost. I enjoyed the "New Yorker;" lean pastrami, corned beef, and swiss cheese with cole slaw and dressing on rye. My wife enjoyed a turkey & swiss cheese sandwich. Sandwiches are typically $5 to $6, very reasonable for an area where $18 hamburgers are not uncommon. There is an upstairs dining area where you may be able to sit at a table for two overlooking the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
This is a great place for lunch any time of the year; a little crowded at lunch time, for obvious reasons. I can't comment on the table service, simply because we've never used it. Like most patrons, we hop on the deli line, order our sandwiches, and pick up drinks, chips etc. on the way to the cashier.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank woodturner52
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