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.
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