Co-owners Adam Roper and Erik Cummings didn't always sport the healthy bodies they do now, but through years of dedicated practice and, eventually, Bikram certifications, Adam lost 35 pounds and Erik addressed a shoulder injury caused by a previous bike accident. Today, the two yogis share their passion for the heated practice with the help of a team of fellow certified instructors and Bikram Yoga Harlem's unofficial mascot, a pint-sized dachshund named Sebastian Kumquat. The studio welcomes practitioners of all experience levels, with Bikram's series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises catering to even the rustiest of tin men. Balmy temperatures around the 100-degree mark warm the muscles, helping students achieve deeper twists, binds, and bends, and encouraging the body to expel harmful toxins and clingy droplets of T-1000.
If serene, lakeside views sound more enticing than panoramas of skyscrapers, hop aboard the trolley on 5th avenue and snag a waterside table at this boathouse restaurant. Rowers and gondoliers rhythmically strike their paddles against the water, orchestrating a fitting soundtrack to a lunch of lump crab cakes.
The bold red and black hues of CKO-Edgewater's fitness facility inspire intensity in exercisers pummel hanging heavy bags with kicks and punches. In each class, students burn calories and tone physiques under the tutelage of an enthusiastic instructor and their sidekick, an actual side kick. Or, students can work with staff one-on-one in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute personal training sessions that can incorporate weight training as well as kickboxing techniques.
CAN DO's gyms combine state of the art equipment with award winning interior design to create an aesthetically pleasing fitness environment. A month-long trial gym membership includes access to numerous amiable amenities. Hearts will hammer thanks to cardio equipment equipped with both small flat-screen TVs and music selections via the club com system, whilst muscles get motivated with free weight strength training equipment from companies like Cybex, Free Motion, and Body Master. After an intense workout, CAN DO's lavish locker rooms include steam rooms, fully tiled private showers with shampoo, soap, and skin lotion, as well as private changing rooms for women. All lockers use built in digital locks, so there's no need to lug around heavy padlocks, booby traps, or teams of bouncers.
Sweetwater's serves up an eclectic array of eats, quaffs, and entertainment, continuing the traditions of the Manhattan Sweetwaters in the ’70s and ’80s. Start a nautical-themed meal with Sweetwater's signature bowl of tortilla soup ($5.95) and a sea-sourced entree such as the fried shrimp ($11.95, with fries), and then cast a land-anchor with a hefty bacon burger (with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, and a side of fries, $8.95). Patrons can sample the full spread of bathypelagic bites with a seafood tray—fried fish, calamari, shrimps, and seafood quesadillas served with fries ($29.95).
Small, sharable, Italian-style tapas inspire adventurous experiments in first-daters and longstanding partners. Baked veal meatball crostini, seared yellowfin tuna, or prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella pair well with wine selected from an Italian-only wine list.