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Ask the Expert: Top Ice Skating Rinks in NYC

As winter begins, Guest Service Manager Raita Sawai of The Kitano New York shares his favorite NYC ice skating rinks.

There’s still plenty of winter left, which means there’s ample opportunity to enjoy cold-weather activities, including taking a spin around one of the city’s many ice skating rinks. Raita Sawai, Guest Service Manager at The Kitano New York (66 Park Ave., 212.885.7000), shares his top three.

The Rink At Rockefeller Center
The Rink At Rockefeller Center (Courtesy The Rink At Rockefeller Center)

First up, Sawai suggests a jaunt around the ice at the world-famous Rink At Rockefeller Center. This is always a worthwhile winter activity, but Sawai notes, “during the holiday season, with the Christmas tree and holiday lights, ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a truly magical and unique NYC experience.”  The rink is open thru April.

The Kitano New York
Raita Sawai, Guest Service Manager at The Kitano New York (Courtesy The Kitano New York)

A little farther east in Central Park skating enthusiasts will find Trump Rink in Central Park, also known as Wollman Rink. “With a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline, outdoor ice skating in Central Park is a classic New York experience,” Sawai says. He also notes that the large rink is kept in good condition and is the perfect pick for both families and adults. The rink is open now thru the first Sunday in April.

The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (Courtesy The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park)

Open thru March 1, The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park offers free ice skating—you just pay a rental fee for skates. With Celsius, a glass-enclosed restaurant, resting next to the rink plus several shops nearby, it’s “the most romantic ice skating rink in NYC,” Sawai says.