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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
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Warm Back Up at These Restaurants Near an Ice Rink this Winter

Fuel up with Sichuan, Thai, or even a tumbler of whiskey.

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This recent stretch of mild weather is the perfect excuse to get out there and lace up the ice skates. There are plenty of excellent outdoor ice skating rinks waiting to be conquered— many even have picturesque views of the Potomac river or National Archives building.

Skating can be clumsy or graceful. But, either way, it works up an appetite. The post-rink outing usually calls for warming up and filling up with a hearty meal or beverage. From top-notch Chinese cooking in Rockville to a world of beers in Navy Yard, here are the best places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink near outdoor ice rinks this season.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Canal Park Ice Rink

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202 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 465-7012

A bite to eat: Just steps from the rink is Scarlet Oak, with its menu of American and Italian-inspired entrees like homemade pappardelle with pork ragu or fried chicken. Other options include the Southern menu at Due South, seasonal fare at Park Tavern, or Korean fried chicken from Bonchon.

Something to drink: End that skating session with a fresh beer from the extensive menu at Bluejacket brewery. Or swing by for a pint at Justin's Cafe, a popular neighborhood hangout.

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Scarlet Oak

2. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

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7th St & Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 737-4215
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A bite to eat: Penn Quarter has a wealth of dining options for that post-skate fillup. The National Gallery's pavillion cafe is located right off the ice. There's also Chinese-influenced cuisine from The Source, grab-and-go barbecue from Hill Country, and creative margaritas and Mexican small plates at Oyamel.

Something to drink: Consider a trip to Iron Horse taproom, a bar full of craft beer selections as well as games like shuffleboard and skee-ball. The Partisan is also a prime location for a cocktail or beer and quality charcuterie.

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The Source

3. Pentagon Row Ice Skating Rink

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1101-1301 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA 22202

A bite to eat: Chevy's is a solid bet for Tex-Mex favorites like fajita nachos, guacamole, tacos, margaritas, and the other usual suspects.

Something to drink: Take off the skates and grab a proper pint at Sine Irish Pub, which features a traditional menu and a gluten-free menu.

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4. Rockville Town Square Ice Skating Rink

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39 Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 545-1999
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A bite to eat: Make a point to visit Peter Chang's Rockville location for its fiery Schezuan cooking. There's also the modern French cooking at Ev & Maddy's.

Something to drink: The bar scene isn't all that robust, but a German-inspired at pint a Gordon Biersch or a cocktail at American Tap Room will fit the bill.

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Peter Chang Rockville

5. Silver Spring Ice Rink at Veterans Plaza

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8523 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

A bite to eat: Warm up with spicy Burmese food at Mandalay Restaurant or halal Thai food at the recently opened Amina Thai. Also consider The Classic's (formerly Ray's The Classics) with a menu of steak and seafood or the Silver Spring location of Nando's Peri-Peri chicken.

Something to drink: Get a draft beer or whiskey at the temporary location of Quarry House Tavern. Also, Denizen's Brewing Company is less than a mile down the road and offers local craft beer as well as tours.

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6. Tysons Corner Ice Skating Rink

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1961 Chain Bridge Rd
Tysons, VA 22102

A bite to eat: The casual Indian spot American Tandoor is one of the newest restaurants to set up shop in Tyson's Corner Center mall. There are plenty of other nearby options, including Shake Shack, BGR and other quick meals.

Something to drink: Hit up Bushel and Barrel for its vast menu of bourbons, cocktails, and local beer. There's also a menu of American-style bar fare.

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7. Washington Harbour Ice Rink

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3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

A bite to eat:It's hard to beat the cooking at Fiola Mare if money is no obstacle. More reasonable prices can be had at Mama Rouge for approachable Southeast Asian cooking or the all-vegetarian tacos at the newly-opened Chaia off Wisconsin Avenue.

Something to drink: Orange Anchor's rum-focused drink list provides the basis for good cocktails. There's also a Mr. Smith's of Georgetown, which is a solid dive bar.

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Fiola Mare

1. Canal Park Ice Rink

202 M St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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Scarlet Oak

A bite to eat: Just steps from the rink is Scarlet Oak, with its menu of American and Italian-inspired entrees like homemade pappardelle with pork ragu or fried chicken. Other options include the Southern menu at Due South, seasonal fare at Park Tavern, or Korean fried chicken from Bonchon.

Something to drink: End that skating session with a fresh beer from the extensive menu at Bluejacket brewery. Or swing by for a pint at Justin's Cafe, a popular neighborhood hangout.

202 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

2. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

7th St & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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The Source

A bite to eat: Penn Quarter has a wealth of dining options for that post-skate fillup. The National Gallery's pavillion cafe is located right off the ice. There's also Chinese-influenced cuisine from The Source, grab-and-go barbecue from Hill Country, and creative margaritas and Mexican small plates at Oyamel.

Something to drink: Consider a trip to Iron Horse taproom, a bar full of craft beer selections as well as games like shuffleboard and skee-ball. The Partisan is also a prime location for a cocktail or beer and quality charcuterie.

7th St & Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

3. Pentagon Row Ice Skating Rink

1101-1301 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202
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Sine Irish Pub

A bite to eat: Chevy's is a solid bet for Tex-Mex favorites like fajita nachos, guacamole, tacos, margaritas, and the other usual suspects.

Something to drink: Take off the skates and grab a proper pint at Sine Irish Pub, which features a traditional menu and a gluten-free menu.

1101-1301 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA 22202

4. Rockville Town Square Ice Skating Rink

39 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
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Peter Chang Rockville

A bite to eat: Make a point to visit Peter Chang's Rockville location for its fiery Schezuan cooking. There's also the modern French cooking at Ev & Maddy's.

Something to drink: The bar scene isn't all that robust, but a German-inspired at pint a Gordon Biersch or a cocktail at American Tap Room will fit the bill.

39 Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850

5. Silver Spring Ice Rink at Veterans Plaza

8523 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Amina Tha

A bite to eat: Warm up with spicy Burmese food at Mandalay Restaurant or halal Thai food at the recently opened Amina Thai. Also consider The Classic's (formerly Ray's The Classics) with a menu of steak and seafood or the Silver Spring location of Nando's Peri-Peri chicken.

Something to drink: Get a draft beer or whiskey at the temporary location of Quarry House Tavern. Also, Denizen's Brewing Company is less than a mile down the road and offers local craft beer as well as tours.

8523 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

6. Tysons Corner Ice Skating Rink

1961 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons, VA 22102
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American Tandoor

A bite to eat: The casual Indian spot American Tandoor is one of the newest restaurants to set up shop in Tyson's Corner Center mall. There are plenty of other nearby options, including Shake Shack, BGR and other quick meals.

Something to drink: Hit up Bushel and Barrel for its vast menu of bourbons, cocktails, and local beer. There's also a menu of American-style bar fare.

1961 Chain Bridge Rd
Tysons, VA 22102

7. Washington Harbour Ice Rink

3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
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Fiola Mare

A bite to eat:It's hard to beat the cooking at Fiola Mare if money is no obstacle. More reasonable prices can be had at Mama Rouge for approachable Southeast Asian cooking or the all-vegetarian tacos at the newly-opened Chaia off Wisconsin Avenue.

Something to drink: Orange Anchor's rum-focused drink list provides the basis for good cocktails. There's also a Mr. Smith's of Georgetown, which is a solid dive bar.

3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

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