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How Would You Spend a Day with Dad?

By The Center Magazine Staff Jun 4 2021

If we didn’t already know that time together was the greatest gift of all, the last year has certainly taught us that. So for this Father’s Day on June 20, we asked the Rockefeller Center community: If you were to spend a day with your dad (or any father figure) at Rockefeller Center and/or New York City at large, where would you go and what would you do? Here’s what they said (responses edited for clarity and length).

Craig Melvin, News Anchor, TODAY; Co-host, 3rd Hour of TODAY; Anchor, MSNBC Reports; author of the new book Pops: Learning to Be a Son and Father
"I would treat him to an in-person viewing of America's morning news program–NBC News’ TODAY. Then I would take him to lunch at Del Frisco’s, where we would enjoy a nice filet, and then we would go for a walk in Central Park. Next we’d go to some sort of Broadway show and then we’d come back to [Rock Center] for dinner at The Rainbow Room.”

Tony Perlingieri, Chief Human Resources Officer, AWP Best In Class HR Consulting
"If I had the opportunity to spend time with my dad, since he passed away when I was just 7 years old, I would want to take him to a Yankees baseball game, have lots of hot dogs, and share what his son made of himself all these years later, and how much his passing had a tremendous effect on my life.”

Nargis Hilal, Director, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer & Counsel, Lazard Asset Management
"I would first take him to Blue Bottle for a strong coffee and home-made granola bar. We would start our day outside on the Plaza wandering from store to store, hitting my personal favorites including Louis Martin Jewelers (he is an antique and estate sale buff) and CÔTE À COAST. Then we would cross the street and hit up Saks [Fifth Avenue]—we are both big shoppers, as you may have surmised. While we would peruse floor one together, I would find myself on SHOE eventually. After shopping, my dad and I would grab cocktails and lunch at L’Avenue. We would walk up and down Madison and Fifth until we hit Central Park, where he and I both enjoy a long 3-mile walk. I love entering and exiting the park at different spots—we are both directionally challenged, so it only aids in the adventure! Where we end up, no one will really know, but almost every restaurant at or around the park promises great views and a fabulous evening!”

Quinn Coan, Expansion Director, Studio
"To start, I would get bagels at Murray’s Bagels or Russ & Daughters, then spend the afternoon exploring fun neighborhoods like NoLita, the West Village, or SoHo, after which we’d bike up the West Side Highway to Central Park, then find amazing city views at Top of the Rock, and finish with a great dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille.”



Charlie Macia, Co-Founder and Chief Heart Leader, Pure CAD Design
"Spending a day with my dad at Rockefeller Center would be a complete adventure and we would for sure have a blast. We would start our day by swinging by Ess-a-Bagel to get several lightly toasted bagels (pumpernickel, plain, and everything), with sides of light cream cheese, strawberry jam, and whitefish salad. We would have it to-go and walk a few blocks on Park Avenue & 5th Avenue to have breakfast at our AoA [Avenue of the Americas] Studio office, with a delicious La Colombe coffee prepared with love and care by the amazing staff there. For lunch, we would swing by the nearest Rafiqi’s food truck, get lamb over rice with all the veggies, and sit at a Channel Gardens bench to eat, chat about life, laugh, and people watch. We would then spend some time enjoying the breathtaking views of NYC from Top of the Rock. Right before sunset, we would have a few drinks and appetizers at City Winery, and remember all our great adventures together. To end the night properly, we would walk the Concourse and take the train to Balthazar. A few oysters, steak tartare, steak frites, and mussels—among other delicacies—and a good bottle of full-bodied red wine would wrap up this amazing day with a remarkable human being that I deeply love, my DAD.”

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