Dust off your skates and hit the ice
While the rink at Rockefeller Center is a go-to spot for tourists and city slickers alike, there's plenty of other "cool" places around the five boroughs where you can lace up and get your ice skating fix.
1. Wollman Rink at Central Park, 830 Fifth Ave., 212-439-6900
Hours: Dec. 26-30, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Holiday rates, $17 Adults/ $6 Youth/ $5 Seniors. Cash only.
Spectator fee: $5
Wollman Rink, in the heart of Central Park, is pure bliss. The rink is the city's largest and is perfect for first-timer skaters.
Nearby: Sarabeth's Central Park South, 40 CPS, 212-826-5959
Serving delicious food at all times and, if you're chilly after skating, stop in for afternoon tea.
Brasserie 8 1/2, 9 West 57th St., 212-829-0812
A classic French bistro, this is a great place for an upscale and classy meal - and a cocktail or glass of champagne - post-skating.
2. Lasker Rink at Central Park, 110 Malcolm X Blvd., 917-492-3856
Hours: Varies daily. See schedule at laskerrink.com
Admission: Adults $7/Under 12 years $4
Central Park's second rink, though not as scenic as its southern counterpart Wollman, is less crowded and more economical. Fewer tourists venture to this rink, making it better for skaters looking to practice their skills.
Nearby: The 5 and Diamond, 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 917-860-4444
This spot is known for its homey food with a twist. Stop in for dinner or brunch (with endless brunch cocktails for an hour for $10.) Call for details.
Amy Ruth's, 113 116th St., 212-280-8779
For soul food, there's Sylvia's further up Lenox Ave., but you can't go wrong with Amy Ruth's either, a down-home comfort zone where the collards and the chicken and waffles are the thing.
3. Citi Pond at Bryant Park, 1 Bryant Park, 212-661-6640
Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 8 a.m. to midnight
Citi Pond, surrounded by the offices of midtown and the New York Public Library, is a fun and exciting experience for kids and adults alike.
Nearby: The New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., 917-275-6975
You can't be near the NYPL with some time to spare and not at least stop in for a visit. The majestic building is filled with books and is steeped in NYC history, and there's even a café in the lobby if you need a warm-up.
Crumbs Bake Shop, 43 West 42nd St., 212-221-1500
Do you have a sweet tooth? Who doesn't. Stop by Crumbs right across from the pond and you'll be satiated, we promise.
4. Riverbank State Park Ice Rink, 679 Riverside Dr., 212-694-3642
Holiday hours: Varies daily, check schedule at: nysparks.com/parks/93
Admission: Adults $5/Youth 11 and under $3
This covered outdoor rink boasts spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Jersey Palisades. The rink is divided into two sections for different skills.
Nearby: Caridad Restaurant, 3533 Broadway, 212-862-4053
This is Washington Heights, after all, so why not stop into Caridad, located just a few steps from the rink, for some authentic Dominican food? Try the skirt steak.
5. The Standard Ice Rink at the High Line, 848 Washington St., 212-500-6035
Hours: Weekdays, 12 p.m.-midnight; Weekends, 9 a.m.- 1 a.m.
As with anything related to the High Line, this small rink is picturesque.
Nearby: Biergarten, 848 Washington St., 212-654-4646
Located on the Standard premises, this is a great spot for a beer or any other adult drink. Also on the menu: Sausages and pretzels.
Spice Market, 403 West 13th St., 212-675-2322
If Asian fusion is your thing, Spice Market, where innovative flavors and pairings meet classic staples, is a great and close-by spot.
Aviator Sports & Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Ave., 718-758-7500
Holiday hours: Varies daily, check schedule at aviatorsports.com
Admission: Adults $9/Youth $7
The Aviator Sports & Events center at Floyd Bennett Field, is housed in a former airplane hangar. This indoor ice skating rink is open year-round and offers ice skating on NHL regulation ice.
Nearby: Nick's Lobster, 2777 Flatbush Ave., 718-253-7117
For seafood with a view, hit up Nick's, a community staple since 1955.
Floridian Diner, 2301 Flatbush Ave., 718-377-1895
Classic diner fare is served up fresh at the Floridian.
City Ice Pavilion, 47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City, Queens, 718-706-6667
Holiday hours: Varies daily, check schedule at Cityicepavilion.com
Admission: Holidays, $8
City ice opened in 2009 and is an indoor rooftop skating rink with some of the most affordable skating prices in town.
Nearby: The Creek and the Cave, 1093 Jackson Ave., 718-706-8783
A great neighborhood joint.