Dolphin Fitness Clubs' forest of humming and clanking exercise equipment is overseen by knowledgeable staff who are eager to dole out instruction on playing nicely with the machines and to pass along workout tips. Professional cardio- and strength-training equipment, from top manufacturers such as Cybex, Streamline, and Hammer, abounds as the certified trainers lead clients through customized workouts that are supplemented by nutritional counseling. The trainers also conduct group fitness classes—such as Zumba—in their expansive studios. Hordes of flat-screens line the gym walls, regaling fitness-seekers with distractions in the form of TV shows and movies such as Babe, a pig in the city who overcame all odds to run his first marathon.
In a dining room the 2010 Michelin guide described as "a fresh, modern interior soaked in beautiful, natural light," according to their website, servers at Indian Clove deliver a diverse roster of Indo-Chinese dishes. As patrons sip salted, spiced lassi, daily lunch buffets heap plates with both vegetarian and nonvegetarian entrees. Grilled-chicken tikka and lobster cook inside the traditional clay oven known as a tandoor as chefs with a "serious talent for Indian fare," according to Michelin, prepare classics such as samosas and lamb vindaloo. Drinks and live DJs complement these classic flavors in the bar and lounge, where hanging orange lamps sprout from carefully watered light bulbs to illuminate cocktails.
Venezia Restaurant & Bar transports palates to Northern Italy, stamping taste bud passports with a menu of elegantly simple dishes and a well-stocked bar. Warm up tongues for the big game with the pan-seared sea scallops, accented by a raw artichoke carpaccio ($14). Fungus fanatics can nosh the risotto, which zestfully cohabitates with wild mushrooms and fava beans ($22). Ward off clingy vampires with the linguine aglio, sautéed with garlic and red pepper ($12). Soaked in a chianti sauce, the protein-packed filet mignon builds more muscle than a sports-car factory ($29).
Instructor and Basic Ballroom Dance Studio cofounder Ilya Barmotin is no stranger to the arena of competitive dancing—Ilya’s trophy room houses awards from the World Cup, US Open, and South American Showdance. With a lifetime spent in slick-soled shoes, he’s also aware of the social and fitness benefits of choreographed body movement. That’s why his studio teaches social and competitive dancing to students of all ages and experience levels in group or private settings.
The facility’s two large floors and private dance areas host lessons in styles ranging from the Latin cha-cha and rumba to standards such as the waltz, tango, and foxtrot. Beyond the classroom, students hone their skills in weekly practice parties or by communicating through tap dance at their day jobs. Students also participate in regional, national, and international competitions. Those seeking their own trophy collections can attend Friday-night workshops. At these workshops, participants build their stamina and stretch their limbs while receiving expert instruction.
As Quilters Guild members and proprietors of Crafting on the Plaza with M&M, Marla and MaryAnn provide fellow quilters with top-shelf instruction and products. The three-hour basic quilting class places the fledgling patchworker behind a provided sewing machine or at one brought from home, where they learn the arts of cutting, sewing, and using thimbles for finger-puppet prop comedy. Students can bring their own fabric or purchase their materials from the extensive inventory of fabrics offered in the store. By the end of the class, quilters will have a 12”x12” block created using both the machine and hand-sewing techniques, which will launch them on their way to a full-size bedspread or a hand-quilted roll of paper towels. Classes are offered Monday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.–12 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Time for Yoga is a fitness studio focused on the individual, providing classes to help experienced and aspiring yoga practitioners hone their bodies and tranquilize their minds. Taffy-inspired attendees partake in 75-minute small group classes focused on their experience and fitness level. The slow-flow class teaches slow-movement postures, perfect for beginners, and basic Hatha helps more experienced yogis tone their muscles and strengthen their cores. For a challenging session, try out the hot yoga, which takes place in a heated room, providing sweat-inducing workouts and weeding out undercover abominable snowmen.