New York City: 30 Rock’s historic Rainbow Room set to reopen

Rainbow Room
The dance floor at the restored Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Center.
(Bart Barlow)

Some of Gotham’s glam will return Sunday when the Rainbow Room reopens after a five-year hiatus.

The Rainbow Room, which opened in 1934 on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center, once hosted Elizabeth Taylor, Noel Coward, Cole Porter and city mayors.

Now it has been spiffed up and gained a new cocktail lounge called SixtyFive. The restaurant will be open to the public for Sunday brunch and Monday dinners.

It closed in 2009 after the Cipriani family, which had been operating the restaurant, lost their lease.


Real estate company Tishman Speyer, which controls Rockefeller Center, and executive chef Jonathan Wright take the reins in what’s being called a “restaurant and event space,” a news statement released Wednesday said.

That means aside from Sunday and Monday, the rest of the week will be open only for private events.

What’s the same: The Art Deco crystal chandelier and wall sconces as well as original brass railings and other items remain at the dining spot, designated a New York City landmark in 2012.

What’s new: The dance floor and other parts of the restaurant have been renovated, and SixtyFive, which will be open to the public Mondays through Fridays.


The Rainbow Room’s first brunch on Sunday will feature chef stations on the dance floor serving offbeat specialties such as char siu barbecue pork steamed buns and herb-roasted Amish chicken, cinnamon apple cider doughnuts and New Orleans beignets.

The restaurant opens for dinner Monday, and jazz, swing band and other musical performances return to the space that evening.

Fixed-price menus are featured on both days. Sunday brunch costs $95 for adults and $65 for children younger than 12; dinner and dancing on Mondays costs $175 per person. Prices don’t include alcohol, tax and tip.

Info: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor; (212) 632-5000.