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Nov 30, 2012 08:09 PM

Christmas Breakfast near Rockafeller Center

My husband and I are coming in on an early Amtrak and dropping off of our bags at our hotel (TBD). Then going over to Rockafeller Center to skate on the ice, cheesy I know but something I've always wanted to do. Considering we'll probably sleep on the entire way on the train where can we get breakfast on Christmas morning anywhere near Rockafeller Center? I'm sure our hotel will have something, but I'd prefer to not eat at the hotel. Thanks!

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  1. What time? Many places will be closed, others will be on a brunch schedule.

    Do you want takeout, a diner, or something more special?

    BTW, it's Rockefeller Center, no A.

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    1. re: kathryn

      We would probably be looking around 9-9:30 am. Anything from bagels and coffee to a diner would be fine, since we'll be dressed to skate outside I don't think we'll feel comfortable at nicer places.

      That's what I get for posting after a couple drinks, sorry.

      1. re: NSL

        Hmmm, that eliminates a lot of options -- I am checking on OpenTable for Midtown, and a lot of places that will take a reservation may be too nice for you.

        Maybe a diner or something will be open and someone else can chime in but there are a lot of low quality options in Times Square. So be careful.

        One option is to leave Midtown and go somewhere great like Russ & Daughters.

        1. re: NSL

          Red Flame Coffee Shop on W 44th just east of 6th should be open, but you should still call to confirm. It's within a 10 minute walk of Rockefeller Center.

          I love the Balthazar sticky buns and Donut Plant donuts at the Rockefeller Centre Dean + Deluca, but I doubt it'll be open Xmas Day.

      2. You can try a place like Bouchon Bakery.
        That's literally adjacent to Rockefeller Center.In fact, you can see the Rink from the restaurant.
        (BTW, if Blue Flowers is open, I would recommend you go there for an outrageous bagel. 47th btwn madison and 5th)

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        1. re: RebelWithaCause

          I called them and they are closed Christmas Day.

        2. I can't vouch for the food (haven't been there in years) but Carnegie Deli (7th Ave @ 55th) is supposed to be open on Christmas Day, & they open at 6:30am. Might be worth the few extra blocks' walk.

          1. When you identify your hotel we can easily point you to a place... unless specifically recommended here... anyplace in Rockefeller Center is to be deemed and overpriced tourist trap to be avoided...

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            1. re: dyrewolf

              For the OP: I like Jacques Torres, La Maison du Chocolat, Bouchon Bakery, Blue Bottle and 'wichcraft, and they're all in Rockefeller Center. Plus Bill's Bar and Burger is OK and Magnolia Bakery can be decent dependent upon what you order.

              Granted, none of them will probably be open Christmas Day...

            2. I think you should play it by ear. You haven't told us where your hotel is, but there might be something open near there. Also, if you are coming in on Amtrak, you will probably find things open around Penn Station. But most of all: Why not head to the Diamond District? (W. 47th). Somebody over there should be open who can scramble eggs and toast a bagel for you.

              Having spent many a Christmas in NYC alone due to work, I discovered the ONLY time it was pleasant to go to Manhattan diners was Christmas morning or lunch. There is something really nice about being with this secret society of people who are not doing what everybody else is doing on Christmas, and the places you find open are place that truly know the neighborhood, and know who will need them that day. It's a fun conspiracy. Skip the gourmet destinations.

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              1. re: barberinibee

                Thanks, but we'll still searching the sites for the best deal on a hotel. We tend to book last minute, especially around holidays. Since we're not picky about a specific hotel or area we find it works best for us.

                And diner scrambled eggs will probably be exactly what we're looking for, we have no problems meandering away from Rockefeller for breakfast. Our favorite part of NYC is just wandering the different neighborhoods, so a little neighborhood place is right up our alley. We'll save the gourmet destinations for dinner, besides I'd feel weird walking into a gourmet place with skates hanging off of our shoulders