Chalet Vibes Have Arrived at The Standard, High Line
December 16, 2015
Blades sharp, laces tight, cider spiked—The Rink is back and better than ever.
Never start with a negative, but let’s be honest: winter is coming to New York City, not in the apocalyptic Game of Thrones way, just the usual slush-puddle-circumnavigating, radiator-hissing-and-clanking, no-peripheral-vision-with-my-hood-up, omg-this-coatcheck-line-is-insane, four long months of gray, gray, gray. If only there were 50 shades. The French have a word for the cement sky, cement city blur: la grisaille. Saul Bellow writes on the subject, “The gloom is not simply climatic. It is a spiritual force that acts not only on building materials, on walls and rooftops, but also on your character, your opinions and judgments.”
Re-imagined, re-furbished, and re-calibrated to shake off more than just the winter chills, The Standard, High Line‘s street-side plaza rink—emblazoned with an even bigger red snowflake—has returned and will warm character and opinion, or your money back.
The whole rink and adjoining Standard Skate café has had a complete overhaul. We now have our very own zamboni (for smoother ice), a new chiller (for harder, more icy ice, even when it’s warm), an extended roof enclosure with tons of extra heaters, and a new layout to separate the skating-line chaos from the drinking/snacking merriment.
The new menu includes ginger bread men, both in traditional cookie form and a new savory grilled cheese sandwich. Highlights for the over-seven set include Swedish meatballs, a roasted acorn squash, an orecchiette with smoked pecorino, strudel, steak frites,the Standard Burger, and something called a bread volcano which is a loaf of bread filled with cheese. For the over 21er’s, you can sneak a shot of rum into our world-famous hot chocolate or just go for a hot toddy, mulled wine, or a glass of champagne (why not?). For those on the go, or just passing by, we have a brand new, street-facing kaffeeklatsch that will keep the spirits warm and happy until the weather is once again warm and happy.
Open late every night.
Last but not least, if you need a tree, swing by The Standard, East Village’s first annual Christmas Tree farm with Crest Hardware. Every tree comes with two complimentary skate passes to the Ice Rink at The Standard, High Line, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit The Lower East Side Girls Club.