Saturday, October 4, 2008

Taking Manhattan by Storm

Manhattan is one of my most favourite places in the world. It's probably partially because Gossip Girl takes place there (both the movies and the book) and also because it's home to classical ballet, elegance, luxury and sophistication. Many of which cannot be found where I live. So I decided to compile a post of all the best, luxuriest, and most gorgeous things that Manhattan has to offer.

Checking In (The Best of Boutique Hotels)

1. The Mercer (147 Mercer St.) 212-966-6060
-It's in the heart of Soho
-The loft-like rooms are flooded with light
-The Mercer Kitchen, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, has great American cuisine and sexy lighting.
-Bath products stocked by FACE STOCKHOLM
-Lowest Room Rate: $595

2. The Lowell (28 East 63rd Street) 212-838-1400
-The Post House is next door
-Some rooms have terraces and most have fully equipped kitchens
-It's a romantic hideaway, and almost every suite has a working fireplace
-Bath products stocked by BULGARI
-Lowest Room Rate: $665

3. Gramercy Park (2 Lexington Avenue) 212-920-3300
-It's across the street from lovely Gramercy Park
-The hotel's Aerospa offers in-room treatments
-It's nearly impossible to get into the hotel's Rose Bar-unless you're a VIP or hotel guest
-Bath products by MARIO BADESCU and HAMADI
-Lowest room rate $695

4. Thompson L.E.S (190 Allen Street) 212-460-5300
-The Lower East Side is so much cooler than uptown
-The rooms are super stylized but very plush
-You never have to go out at night, because the thumping music and potent cocktails from the terrace bar make you feel like you're at a club
-Bath products by KIEHL'S
-Lowest room rate $495

5. The Greenwich (377 Greenwich Street) 212-941-8900
-No two rooms are the same
-There is a huge, decadent, Japanese-insipired spa. And the hotel's paintings are by co-owner Rober De Niro's father
-Bath products by RED FLOWER
-Lowest room rate $625

Where To Get Pampered

Hair and Grooming

1. Blow (843 Lexington Avenue) 212-452-0246

2. Bumble and Bumble (146 East 56th Street)

3. Frederic Fekkai (712 5th Avenue) 212-753-9500

4.Paul Mole (1031 Lexington Avenue) 212-535-8461

5.Eva Scrivo (407 West 13th Street) 212-677-7315

Massages, Facials and Speciality Spas

1. Angel Feet (77 Perry Street) 212-924-3576

2. Cornelia Day Resort (663 5th Avenue) 212-871-3050

3. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hotel (88 Columbus Circle) 212-805-8880

4. Russian and Turkish Baths (268 East 10th Street) 212-473-8806

5. Tracie Martyn (59 5th Avenue) 212-206-9333

For Mani-Pedis

Rescue Beauty Lounge (8 Centre Market Place) 212-431-0449

The Best of Restaurants

1. Strip House- Steak (13 East 12th Street) 212-328-0000

2. The Spotted Pig- Gastropub (314 West 11th Street) 212-620-0393

3. Sasabune- Sushi (401 East 73rd Street) 212-249-8583

4. Lupa-Italian (170 Thompson Street) 212- 982-5089

5. Golden Bridge Restaurant -Chinese (50 Bowery Street) 212-227-8831

6. P. J. Clarke's- Burgers (915 3rd Avenue) 212-317-1616

7. Balthazar - Brunch ( 80 Spring Street) 212-965-1414

8. Lil' Frankie's- Pizza (19 1st Avenue) 212-420-4900

9. Barney Greengrass-Delis ( 541 Amsterdam Avenue) 212-724-4707

10. Los Dados- Mexican ( 73 Gansevoort Street) 646-810-7290

To be continued (L)

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