There’s a sad calculus that governs the quality of the restaurants that overlook great tourist sights. Usually the better the view, the poorer the food, for the simple reason that tourists will come whether or not the eatery does well by them. Miraculously, this formula doesn’t hold at Lodi, a very accomplished Milanese-style café that’s within snapshot distance of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Created by star chef Ignacio Mattos, it coddles sightseers at all hours of the day, thanks to the espresso counter at its heart—for quick pick-me-ups of high-quality java and house-baked pastries—and counter seats and tables both inside, and on the plaza, for those who’d like to linger over breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The food is Northern Italian and very authentic, which means it covers a number of dishes rarely served on this side of the pond, like a cloud-tender whipped chicken liver spread (pictured above), or a vegetarian entrée of caramelized cabbage with rice, truffles, and cheese. Excellent sausages, imported cheese and charcuterie, sandwiches, salads, soups and antipasto round out the menu. There’s no pasta, but you won’t miss it. Final perk: the handsome Art Deco design of Lodi is a perfect foil for Rockefeller Center, and a great background for selfies.
New York City
New York City› Restaurant
1 Rockefeller Plaza in Rockefeller Center.
Our Rating Neighborhood Rockefeller Center Hours Mon–Sat 8am–9:30pm, Sun 8am–7:30pm Transportation Subway: B, D, F to 47/50th St/Rockefeller Center Prices Entrees $11–$34 Cuisine Type Italian Web site Lodi
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