NY – How about a nice romantic skate date this winter? Even though Rock Center is the main artery of tourist town, there’s just something magical about the iconic location, especially during the holidays. We have a few suggestions for a fun day or night in the Big Apple that could bring out your inner tourist and just might tempt you to brave the elements for that special someone–at least once.
1. Whether it’s 10 or 100 degrees outside, it’s a cool idea to stop in for a drink at Minus 5 Ice Bar (be warned in advance there’s a cover fee to enter). Bundle up in either a parka or faux fur (provided for another fee of course) and cozy up to the ice cold bar — literally made of ice! Actually, everything in the bar is made of 100% ice — including the cocktail glasses! If you really want to go all out for a memorable experience, they offer a special Pop the Question on the Ice Package for a mere $10,000. This place is a real novelty, as long as it isn’t actually minus 5 degrees outside!
2. Soak in one of the ultimate NY experiences and skip the crazy lines at The Rink at Rock Center with a premium VIP Skate pass, set at a reserved time. Admission includes bypassing the general line, a pair of skates, hot chocolate, Nespresso Cafes, freshly baked cookies and 90 minutes of skating under the sparkling Christmas tree and watchful gaze of Promethius. Nov 22-Jan 4 is peak pricing at $105 per person. If you want to hold out until after the holidays, Jan 6-Feb 28 the price drops to $50 per person. If you’re an early bird try First Skate, the first skate of the day between 7 and 8 am for a mere $40 per person (including skates). And if this is a really special occasion, you may be interested in an Engagement on Ice. Prices range from $350-1000 if you want to go all out with exclusive time on the ice for just the two of you to the sounds of your favorite song, among other amenities. A bargain compared to Minus 5’s package, eh? Don’t forget to pack those skate socks!
3. If you want to put a classy and creative touch on your adventure, head on over to The Modern at the MOMA museum for lunch or dinner and the ultimate trifecta: cuisine, ambiance and stellar service. Trust us, there’s a reason this place has received all of the praise–from the NY Times to the James Beard Awards. Request a table near the sculpture garden for the best seats in the house or if you’re looking for something a little less formal, you can’t lose at the bar either.