Love and Skating

The way to a happy, healthy relationship, Im told, is keeping the romance fresh and bold while choosing traditions that will build into lasting memories.

This romantic notion seems an easy one to achieve in our urbane city, because New Yorkers are the most romantic souls walking on Gods green Earth. Why would the citys architects have designed such a rich treasure trove of opportunities for lovers it not by grand demand of the citizens?

Im as much a fan of chocolates and silly cards as the next soul, but this year, I was craving an outdoor adventurewhich is just a flimsy excuse to wear my vintage mink coat.

Eureka. My blind date suggested a scene straight out of the film “Autumn in New York, and, being a film buff and critic, I gladly accepted. Now Im sharing these details with sentimental Harlemites.

Create your own heart-warming, cinematic moments with a VIP Skate at the Rink at Rockefeller Center and celebrate Valentines Weekend (Feb. 14-17). Its only $75 per couple.

You and your treasured one deserve to be treated like Jay-Z and Beyoncé, so enjoy the personal skate concierge who will greet you, warmly Im sure, at the winter chalet offering skating tips, hot cocoa, mulled wine and an assortment of fresh Valentines Day-inspired baked goods by pastry chef Michael Gabriel.

One cant live on love alone, so you can pair your skate date with a choice of several chef-crafted prix-fixe menus being offered at Brasserie, Brasserie 8 1/2, La Fonda del Sol, Nick & Stefs Steakhouse and the Sea Grill. All eateries are under the Patina Restaurant Group (

Prix fixe is a way to keep the romance on a budget without looking cheap. I’m keeping it real. The prices range from $55 to $79 per person. The menus are crafted to stimulate the palate, and the ambience is dramatic enough to keep the fires of passion stroked.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is located at Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th streets. For more info on Date Skate, call 212-332-7654.

Happy lovers day, NYC! Build a memory and keep it genuine from start to finish.