Rock Center Café
Directly in the center of the iconic Rockefeller Plaza, under the towering 30 Rock building, and shrouded by white umbrellas is Rock Center Café. If you know the golden sculpture that sits in a waterfall on the plaza, the space that surrounds is an ice skating rink in the winter and the outdoor seating area of this urban oasis in the summer. Seated in this sunken dining area, I completely forgot that just above me were hoards upon hoards of people.
The menu is very American. If you love a good burger or want a healthier option of a thoughtful salad, this is the place. On a more playful note, they recently added a do-it-yourself sundae to the menu. Pick the ingredients you want from a long list and they bring it out in little cups for you to put together at the table. When I asked the chef why the DIY feel, he said, "I love to make a mess". I so agree! It's so fun and an adorably playful way to finish off a meal.