Vista Alegre, an eatery that opened in January 2013, serves up large portions of traditional Peruvian cuisine. Cooks marinate fresh seafood in lime juice to make refreshing ceviche, sauté pans of piquant Peruvian-style spaghetti, and grill rib-eye steaks to taste. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
Vertical Addiction instructors believe working out doesn't have to be a bore. In fact, their pole fitness routines don't just offer a great aerobic workout—they're also a great way to have fun and feel sexy while building a strong, toned body. Inside the studio, students of all ages and abilities learn how to perform everything from basic spins to complex tricks, and classes are split by skill level in order to allow students to progress at their own pace. For those more interested in performance than fitness, pole dancing classes teach short, choreographed routines to help students to gain fluidity in their movements, while routine choreography classes are also available to help students build their own routine for a showcase or competition against a squad of local firefighters.
Chef Kausik Roy took time to study American diners—namely the way they react to Indian cuisine—before establishing his menu at Aladin Indian Bistro. So, while he still embraces the flavors, aroma, and even spiciness of traditional Indian cuisine, Roy bends his recipes to the health-conscious palates of his bistro clientele. After collecting locally sourced produce and meat, the culinary expert creates colorful dishes such as seafood entrees and kebabs. He even makes his fluffy naan in-house to ensure it's soft enough to stop a pogo stick at the bottom of its first bounce. Beyond sourcing decisions, Chef Roy looks out for his patrons by preparing a handful of gluten-free dishes, wraps, and salads served during lunch and dinner.
Led by experienced personal trainer Patti Skok, the instructors at Lean Body Bootcamp help fitness seekers target fat with challenging workouts and straightforward nutrition plans. The crew operates within a large cheerleading facility with spring-loaded mats that are easy on the knees and ankles and make games of Twister even more challenging. They combine cardio exercises such as jump roping and trampoline work with strength training such as dumbbells, all in an effort to boost metabolism and burn away excess pounds.
Skok has designed a 21-day boot-camp program that includes a structured meal plan with simplified recipes and recommendations for eating the right carbs at the right time of day. She also offers a custom 90-day Body by Vi plan, which employs protein shakes to supplement a healthy diet.
The experts at Yarnover help knitters of all skill levels learn basic and advanced techniques in knitting classes, as well as help those comfortable enough to knit by themselves navigate the shop and secure buttons, needle cases, and colorful royal alpaca, mulberry silk, or baby llama yarn. During the hands-on classes, students progress at their own pace as they take in wisdom and pointers from experienced teachers and broaden the knowledge of their hands and muscle memory. Guests can also stop by to sharpen their skills and talk trash about crocheters at a free knitting circle held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
More than 100 years ago, a simple pegged beam house stood quietly under the shade of a towering hawthorn tree. As the 1930s approached, the house's owners saw its potential as lodging for travelers between New York and Boston. The inn's popularity grew over time, and staffers transformed its old rooms into private dining rooms and banquet halls. Though the tree has since been uprooted, the original inn now sits atop the first-floor restaurant at Hawthorne Inn—which reminds visitors of its past with classic architecture while welcoming the present with contemporary design elements and one robot hostess. In some rooms, rectangular, art-deco-style lamps light warm yellow walls above plush banquettes. Eight banquet halls with reconfigurable seating welcome wedding receptions and conferences. Within each of these spaces, servers ferry the master chef's creations of grilled steaks, seafood dishes, and pastas tossed with seasonal vegetables to low-lit corners and private tables. Inside the casual Bar 2421 space, bartenders craft traditional cocktails and fill glasses or wide pant legs with frothy pours of domestic and imported beers. Live entertainment is also available on Friday and Saturday nights.