With today’s Groupon tucked in the toe stop, guests can skate during any of the public skate sessions, which are typically offered at least five days a week. On select nights, ice walkers can enjoy the suborbital splendor of cosmic skating, a time when the lasers, fog machines, LED lights, and house speakers fill the air with a spectrum of color and an earful of skate-worthy beats. Parents can skate with their youngsters, youngsters can trot along with their siblings, and siblings can challenge rival families to cyclical drag races intensified by seasonally enchanting smiles.
Margaritas Mexican Cantina hardly needs a sign to identify itself. The exterior shouts its affiliations with a tableaux of brightly colored murals depicting margarita glasses, limes, and cacti. This same vibrant motif of orange and lime-green hues sprawls across the interior, highlighting the spacious restaurant's Mexican-themed decor and lending crucial context for the sombrero-wearing diners. Piping-hot platters of enchiladas, tacos, and quesadillas cover wooden tables as friendly waiters deliver glasses brimming with house margaritas. Back at the fully stocked bar, bartenders pour out an array of tequilas, such as Patrón and Don Julio, and top off beer glasses with a selection of domestic and imported brews. Flat-screen TVs add another layer of illumination to the interior of the cantina, while on the covered outdoor patio, diners relax beneath strings of lights.
Cartoon skulls color the ragged wooden sign outside Matador's, creating a rustic, yet playful, atmosphere where cuisine from the Michoacán region treats taste buds to an authentic taste of Mexico. Pulled pork, tilapia, and tofu are just a sample of what's stuffed into the tortillas of 14 types of tacos, which sate south-of-the-border cravings quicker than a deep-fried bolo tie. Combination plates and vegetarian options round out the menu at the restaurant's two locations, both of which offer spacious patio seating. At the newer Glenwood Park location, patrons can relax in a separate bar area as flat-screen TVs glimmer across intoxicating bottles of top-shelf spirits.
At Perla Taqueria, chef Lotfi Chabaane puts a contemporary twist on a wide variety of tacos and other traditional Mexican dishes. With the welcome mat placed outside until 11 p.m., Perla Taqueria sates crowds of lingering lunchers and late-night munchers with 15 different tacos, such as the blackened salmon with citrus slaw, buttermilk fried chicken with caramelized onions and peppers, and the Mediterranean-Mexican falafel taco with guacamole. The tilapia taco—mingling with mango, onions, jalapeños, cucumbers, lime, cilantro, and jicama—pairs well with a bottle of Jarritos, as do the burritos and homemade chips.
An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.