Not Your Standard Ice Rink
Holiday ice skating in the city can be a lovely winter tradition, but if you skate in touristy areas like Central Park and Rockefeller Center, dodging that many people can put a deep freeze on your memory-making.
Recently, however, a new option has opened up downtown that offers a more local-friendly vibe for your future holiday reminiscences.
Kids can skate alongside their parents or with a skate instructor. (The rink offers half-hour lessons throughout the day.) Skate rentals are also available in case you aren’t a professional skater, although a few of the kids we spotted must be!
After crashing into the wall a dozen times, you just might be in need of a pick me up.
Luckily, the hotel has a chic “après-skate” hut called the Koffeehaus where you can treat yourself to both sweet and savory crêpes or waffles along with cold weather favorites like rich hot chocolate (in three flavors) and, of course, coffee.
If you’ve hit the ice extra hard, you can pay $4 more to spike your beverage with bourbon or Irish cream.
The Standard is also planning ice hockey tournaments, fashion shows and other holiday joys out on the ice, all of which we plan on enjoying without having to fight our way through the crowds first.
Laura just might need to take lessons first, though!