Althea "Tiah" Barnes has spent years teaching liturgical dance to both kids and adults. She has switched gears at her self-named Zumba studio, where exercisers of all fitness levels partake in the energetic, dance-inspired workout. It's clear that Barnes isn't one to sit still, which may explain why she also created her own classes called Music & Movement 4 Kids, a program inspired by Zumba but tailored to preschoolers.
To Manny Sarmiento, American food isn't really American. The chef recognizes that it's the product of a number of international influences, and he draws attention to those influences in the fusion cuisine he creates at 500 Degrees. Sarmiento puts his stamp on dishes such as the "1946 Blend" burger and the Chicken a la Manny, the latter of which complements an organic, oven-roasted chicken with cherry peppers, lemon, and roasted potatoes.
The New York Times recently applauded the chef for his willingness to mix a variety of international cuisines, but no review of 500 Degrees is complete without a note on the interior. The elegant dining area alone is worth the price of admission, with a tin ceiling, exposed brick walls, and a glass terrace that overlooks the river.