Yesterday evening my boyfriend brought Brooklyn, our four year old daughter, and me to a tiny little ice skating rink at the Standard Hotel in the meatpacking district in NYC. Our daughter and I finally got to try out our new Christmas skates and we all enjoyed a sweet little family date.
This 3,000 square foot pop-up rink is located street-side, between the Standard Grill and the entrance to the Standard Hotel. During the summer this area serves as outdoor dining but during the winter it has been converted to an adorable mini ice skating rink complete with skate rentals and a cafe that serves boozy hot chocolate.
This outdoor rink is charming, intimate, and free of the tourist crowds that over populate Wollman, Rockefeller and Bryant park rinks. They also have free little penguin ice skating helpers for kids to push around to help them skate. This rink seems to have way fewer restrictions than the larger, more popular rinks. We were even on the ice with a camera and no one hassled us, unlike our experiences elsewhere.
The cafe area has over-sized rocking chairs with faux-fur blankets and lots of ambient space heaters to keep the space toasty. It’s perfect for families but also a cute date spot with it’s late night hours.
Hours through March 6th:
Mon – Thurs 12pm – 12am
Fri 12pm – 1am
Sat 9am – 1am
Sun 9am – 12am
* The Rink will be closed Fri Jan 22nd from 3pm. They will re-open 6:30pm
Adults $13 + $4 Skate Rental
Children (Under 12) $6 + $4 Skate Rental Admission
$5 locker rental
- They do not offer helmet rentals so bring your own.
- Sundays are their busiest days.
- Bring your own lock and use their lockers for free. When we were there people were just putting their shoes in a corner.
- Very limited space for strollers.
- Ice quality is acceptable, not the best.
- This is right around the corner from Black Tap, for the best milkshakes in NYC click here.
- To read about Bryant Park ice skating click here.