Le Rock occupies the address of 45 Rockefeller Plaza, which used to be the site of Brasserie Ruhlmann, a go-to for French bistro classics. Gone are Brasserie Ruhlmann’s dark, wood-paneled walls and deep burgundy seating. The space has been remodeled from top to bottom, preserving the building’s historic art deco aesthetic but updated with an airier color palette.
Le Rock celebrates traditional French cuisine overseen by Executive Chef Walker Stern who, before making a name for himself with his Brooklyn restaurants Battersby and Dover, spent years honing his skills in French cuisine working under Alain Ducasse. Expect both year-round traditional dishes such as poulet rôti d’Espelette and seasonal offerings that change weekly like cod with coco beans and chorizo.
Classic brasserie fare