Most of the time, Midtown Manhattan is a place to work for locals. We do not think of it as destination for quality entertainment or food. Its adjancency to Times Square makes us wary…with one possible exception: Rockefeller Center.
Entertainment: a skating rink in winter, an expensive but pleasant outdoor restaurant in summer, Radio City Music Hall and regular free events.
History: dated but still interesting 20th Century pre war architecture, sculpture and landscaping.
Green space: Rock Center makes excellent use of small areas of the plaza, keeping its planters and fountains seasonally landscaped year-round.
Spiritual rest stop: the lovingly maintained St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one block away.
Meeting place: rare free restrooms and tons of seating both on the plaza and under it.
A word to the wise though: avoid it between 8 and 9:30 in the morning and again at the end of the work day, from 4:30 to 6:30. All of those modernist art deco towers making up Rockefeller Center house thousands of offices.
If you go, enjoy! I visited recently when a sculpture exhibit was taking place in the plaza.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral