Del Frisco's Grille
Rockefeller Plaza at 51st Street
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 767-0371
Mon-Sat 11am - 11pm
Sun 11am - 9pm
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Chef: Scott Kroener
2nd Cuisine: American
Area: Rockefeller Center
Entree Price: $15-$40
Payment: Amex Visa Mastercard Discover
Del Frisco Grille is a nice alternative when visiting Rockefeller Center. The restaurant offers dining inside as well as al fresco (weather permitting). Inside, the space is dark and sexy while being a bit more casual than the Del Frisco steakhouse. Dark leather banquettes and over-sized lamps providing some warmth to the space, while the bar offers a perfect spot for a cocktail.
We arrived at an odd time, somewhere between lunch and dinner and were seated quickly. The menu offers a lot more than just steak. Here you will find jumbo lump crab cakes in a cajun lobster sauce ($19) along with ahi tuna tartare tacos served with avocado and a spicy citrus mayo ($16). We opted for the lollipop chicken wings which arrived in a cute little bucket ($15). The buffalo-style wings have just the right amount of spice and are served with a tasty avocado ranch dressing. We also enjoyed the Shanghai fried calamari (16); crispy rings of squid topped with green onions, cilantro and chopped peanuts in a sweet and spicy sauce.
Appetizers also include flatbreads fresh from a brick oven with toppings like white clam, proscuitto di parma and pulled roasted chicken. Salads range from a traditional iceberg wedge with blue cheese dressing to another topped with prime strip steak and deviled egg.
For our main course we tried some of the two-fisted sandwiches. The pastrami & swiss reuben ($18) could easily compete with ones found at New York's most famous delis. It's served with a side of crispy frites and a pickle. The shaved prime steak sandwich ($19) with an au jus dipping sauce, was good, although a bit overdone for my liking.
Speaking of steak, there is plenty to go around, although you should be prepared to pay up. Filet mignon starts at $37 for an 8 oz cut; $44 for a 12 oz version. A New York strip is $39, while a prime ribeye goes for $42. Toppings are extra.
We were also quite impressed with the service at Del Frisco's Grille, from the helpful wait staff to the floor manager, who made it a point to see if we were enjoying our meal.
Review By: Thomas Rafael