Rainbow Room: A Brunch In The Skies Of Manhattan

As good representatives of what we preach, last month The Hedonist Magazine team visited one of the most renowned landmarks in New York City: The Rainbow Room, which every Sunday invites its guest to enjoy a luscious brunch in the skies of Manhattan. This legendary establishment that has defined the glamour of the big apple for the past 80 years, is perched atop the 65th floor of the iconic Rockefeller Plaza, alias “Top of the Rock”.

Luckily sitting in the best table, the sun shone intensively bright and a clear blue sky allowed us to enjoy the magnificent views of Manhattan and beyond. Altogether, a perfect and inspiring environment to self indulges in a display of gastronomic delights.

History, class and elegance 

1975. Dancers perform in a Rainbow Room evening show/Image courtesy of Rockefeller Group Inc. Rockefeller Center Archives

Since its opening during The Great Depression in 1934, The Rainbow Room has welcomed celebrities and individuals of the high society of New York. Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Sir Lawrence Oliver, Marlene Dietrich, Cole Porter, Michael Jackson, Elisabeth Taylor, Al Pacino, Barbara Streisand or Muhammad Ali are some examples of remarkable characters that danced on the Rainbow Room rotary floor. Not only that, its microphones have witnessed the voices of artists such as Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong or Tony Bennet. The Rainbow Room was during its golden times, the place where the elite of New York was meeting up to socialize over cocktails, fine cuisine, shows and elegant live music.

“The Rainbow Room has always preserved its essence, character and excellent modus operandi”

From its very first founder J.D Rockefeller, passing by The Cipriani Family to its current operators Tishman Speyer and chef Robert Aikens at the helm, The Rainbow Room has always preserved its essence, character and excellent modus operandi. Nowadays, locals and visitors alike, attend the Rainbow Room in search of a unique, singular and classy experience.

5*  Gastronomy

“The Sunday Brunch is based on local and seasonal products that are combined with tradition and a glimpse of nostalgia”

Robert Aikens is the creative mind behind this culinary heaven. After having worked for about a year with the former Rainbow Room Chef Jonathan Wright, the master chef brings along the influence of his background applied to his creations: the Sunday Brunch at Rainbow Room is based on local and seasonal products that are combined with tradition and a glimpse of nostalgia towards the former menu.

Luscious brunch at Rainbow Room: a wide display of gourmet masterpieces

Meals such a truffle risotto, a wide selection of homemade pates and terrines, fried chicken and foie grass waffles with pepper jelly are some of the culinary treasures that can be found on their buffet, not to mention the wide delectable proposal of desserts.

Unbeatable service and astonishing views

View of the iconic Empire State building from the Rainbow Room

Following the prevalent standards of excellence and reinforcing its distinction, The Rainbow Room offers the highest level of service. Always sharp, the staff is devoted to kindly attend the client’s requests while promoting quality and style.

Settled on an exclusive location with breathtaking views of beautiful New York, this historic gem goes beyond anyone’s expectations.

Rainbow Room
Photography Courtesy Rainbow Room