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Chillin' Out With Ice in NYC

Must-try icy treats put the blast in the New York winter.

When there’s frost and a cap of snow on the Big Frozen Apple, locals and visitors alike say, “Ice this.” (OK, it’s the second day of winter, Dec. 23, and temperatures in NYC are in the 60s and will remain unseasonably warm for the rest of the week or so. More reason than ever to say, “Ice this!” as we wait for Old Man Winter to do his thing.)

Ice to Eat

Even in winter (ha!), the frozen sundaes at Snowdays—such as NY cheesecake shaved cream topped with Nilla Wafers and drizzled with strawberry puree—are known to put customers in a happy sugar daze. West Village: 67 Seventh Ave. So., 917.388.2809; East Village: 241 E. 10th St., 212.982.8881, snowdaysnyc.com

Ice to Drink

The name defies logic, but the taste, texture and temperature of the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 have kept fans in thrall for 60-plus years. Celebrity fans of the drink have included Jay Z and Beyoncé, Cher, the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and, just this past week, Jimmy Fallon, his wife and two daughters photographed happily slurping away in true holiday fashion. If dieting is one of your new year’s resolutions for 2016, you might want to wait until Chinese New Year in February and start your regimen then. 225 E. 60th St., 212.838.3531, serendipity3.com

Ice to Wear

As the song says, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” So, slip on some ice— square-cut, pear-shaped or round—at Tiffany & Co. What’s your carat? 727 Fifth Ave., 212.755.8000, tiffany.com

Ice for Play

Go figure (eight). The rink in Bryant Park, New York’s only free admission outdoor ice-skating rink, is smack-dab in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, offering brisk exercise daily thru March 6, 2016. Skates can be rented for a fee and individual or group lessons arranged. Up to 125 festive holiday gift boutiques ring the rink and are open thru Jan. 3, 2016. Bryant Park, btw Fifth & Sixth aves., btw 40th & 42nd sts., 212.661.8870, wintervillage.org