For Anthony and Domenico Sacramone, cooking is about passion and tradition. The two brothers opened Sacramone's Restaurant to share the recipes and techniques passed down through the family, from their grandmother's kitchen in Abruzzo, Italy, to their mother's kitchen in the United States. Many of the dishes on their classic Italian menu were once treasured secrets of their mother, Maddalena, and they can now be savored nightly by patrons. Entrees include traditional preparations of veal, chicken, and eggplant, and a coal oven produces blistering pizzas made with housemade mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes from Italy. Diners can also add Mama's famous meatballs and sausages to any dish for an extra-meaty meal.
Although The Goddess Spa resides inside Grand Central Hair Salon, its staff moves beyond coifs to address a whole different spectrum of cosmetic concerns. The aestheticians help rejuvenate skin using everything from ultrasound therapy to specialized anti-aging serums. These treatments aim to conceal imperfections typically caused by acne scars, dead skin cells, and chain-mail pillowcases. Peels gently resurface the topmost epidermal layers without abrasive acids, and the body wraps' seaweed-based herbal gel leaves skin feeling soft and nourished.
The merrymakers at Mystique Gardens Hookah Lounge beckon guests inside the decadent, scarlet- and gold-toned drinking den to imbibe in exotic sips and flavored hookah puffs from the comfort of plush leather couches. Authentic fruit drinks ($4) sate dry palates in flavors such as mango, guava, or banana, and energy drinks ($5) fuel up lagging eyelids and commuter power packs. Curls of smoke drift from patrons’ lips in single shisha flavors ($15) including double apple, mint, or cinnamon, or exotic blends ($16) such as the Sahara Sunset’s mix of rose and vanilla. Patrons can share hookahs among friends ($5/person) and increase sensations with ice hoses ($3), which chill the smoke from spirited gourmet blends including the sour-apple martini ($25). On Thursday and Friday nights, belly dancers detract attention from the illuminated, trickling fountain by performing odysseys of movement and interpretive word problems.
Prospect Sports lacks the elements every baseball player dreams of—the smell of freshly mowed grass beneath their cleats, half-eaten pretzels hurling over their heads, rows of seats that seem to never stop climbing into the sky. But that's because the facility intentionally eschews such romantic distractions in order to foster an ideal training environment, which in turn fosters better athletes. Amid a top-notch synthetic turf that plays like real grass and an adjustable netting system that snakes across 25,000 square feet of space, players hone their skills through performance training, video analysis, and private lessons that focus on specific aspects of sports including baseball and softball. The center also offers a "Build-a-Player" program, which integrates skill and performance training into one program to develop well-rounded athletes that can handle the pro leagues' 400-pound baseballs made of solid gold.
The sweet and savory brainchild of Jill Frechtman, Fretzels by Jill features an array of scrumptious, salty snacks that have been featured on the Today show as a budget-friendly wedding favor and twice in Real Simple as a practical palate pleaser. Saccharin sages individually hand-dip each morsel in lickable coatings, including the half-dozen original assortment pretzel pack drenched in milk, white, and dark chocolate, which taunts taste receptors with assorted candy toppings and curvaceous shapes. Foragers can indulge sweet incisors with the supple shell and crunchy marrow of fractured Fretzels, and chocolate chefs envelop each salty shard in Belgian milk chocolate before lambasting treats with heavy candy confetti fire. The dark-chocolate espresso bark square cocoons caffeine in a 2.8-ounce chrysalis of coffee flavor, pretzel particles, and fresh-ground espresso beans.
Ski Stop proffers the latest in snow-slicing technology, with professional in-shop services and top-flight gear. Prep your skis for mountain season with a thorough tune-up, which delights snow gliders with an indulgent stone grind, bevel, and hot wax treatment before whispering inspirational quotes in their ears and sending them back to the slopes. Lift loafers can peruse skis, boots, bindings, and poles in the pro shop, or complete a pre-existing mountain-defeating arsenal with protective wear like GoreTex-laced gloves ($64.95) or ear warmers ($30). Newer skiers can count on Ski Stop's friendly, helpful service to pair them with appropriate equipment.