BEST FOR DRINKING
The Standard Ice Rink
848 Washington St., at 13th St.; 212-694-3642
Open: Mon. to Thu., noon to midnight; Fri., noon to 1 a.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. to midnight
Price: $12 for adults, $6 for children, $3 for skate rental
This 3,000-square-foot ice rink in the shadow of the High Line has many charms, chief of which is its rinkside restaurant, where you can sip sparkling hard apple cider, hot toddies, and schnapps. Alternatively, you can add some zip to the eggnog and superrich hot chocolate by adding a shot or two.
BEST FOR KIDS' PARTIES
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Pier 61, 23rd St. at the Hudson River; 212-336-6100
Open: Daily (hours vary)
Price: $13.50 for adults, $11 for children and seniors, $8 for skate rental
Its indoor setting lacks the charm of the city's more majestic outdoor options, but it's much easier to wrangle a big group of kids here than it is anywhere else. And for parents who aren't skaters themselves, there's plenty of rinkside seating and the temperature is comfortably warm.
BEST IN BROOKLYN
776 Lorimer St., nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 347-482-7798
Open: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $4 for children, $5 for skate rental
The jury's out on Prospect Park's new Lakeside Rink, which is scheduled to open sometime in December, making this Williamsburg newcomer the best available option for those not looking to travel into Manhattan. At 7,200 square feet, it's not the largest option in the city, but it can accommodate around 300 people at a time and there will be food carts onsite to provide sustenance during skating breaks.
BEST IN QUEENS
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Pl., nr. 47th Ave., Long Island City; 718-706-6667
Open: Mon., 1:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.; Tues. and Thu., 1:30 to 3:50 p.m.; Wed., noon to 3:40 p.m.; Fri., 4 to 5:20 p.m.; Sat., noon to 2:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.; Sun., noon to 2:50 p.m.
Price: $5–$8, $5 for skate rental
Sure, it's another indoor rink that lacks some charm, but it's convenient for drivers and riders of the 7 train. And unlike the World Ice Arena in Corona Park, this one's topped off with a white bubble dome that makes skating here more aesthetically pleasing than at most indoor options.