When Rosie Mesias was growing up, she was known around her neighborhood for styling the hair of her dolls and friends alike. Her passion stuck with her and, armed with education in both beauty and psychology, she opened Bellissimo Hair Spa to combine the two into a therapeutic array of salon services that fix flyaway hair, roughed-up nails, and sore muscles. Rosie’s staff has beautified the pages of fashion magazines and summoned attention with looks sent down designer runways, but inside her chicly appointed salons, she describes the atmosphere as “relaxed, comfortable, and very laid-back.” Complimentary glasses of wine sparkle beneath the SoHo location’s chandeliers, while the Long Island location’s striking scarlet-and-gold damask accents add drama to pampering sessions or impromptu stagings of Glengarry Glen Ross.
For those who might be unfamiliar with Roman-style pizza, the New York Daily News provides an easy solution to the problem: “If you don’t know what a Roman pie tastes like, visit Emporio.” Here, chefs top “wafer-thin” crusts with cheeses imported directly from Italy, locally grown veggies, and hormone- and antibiotic-free meats. A brick oven bakes the dough, melts the cheese, and fuses each pie with robust flavor. Chefs crack organic eggs to make their housemade pasta, including yellow-potato-and-ricotta gnocchi topped with wild mushrooms and artichoke ragu. They make sure to work hearty proteins into the equation, as well. No dish better represents this than the 32-ounce Black Angus rib eye, served with enough meat, fingerling potatoes, and shishito peppers for two to enjoy. Just like its menu, the restaurant itself exudes a rustic Italian feel. Huge skylights drench the dining room in natural light, illuminating the pumpkin-colored walls and exposed beams to make Emporio a cozy respite from the screaming-newborn-baby-filled city outside.
Though it's a relatively new spot, YN's history is already accumulating on the ceiling, which is covered in corks from wine bottles well spent. What you see on the ceiling isn't necessarily what you'll get, though, as the wine list is constantly changing. According to Time Out New York, about 25 wines by the glass and 25 by the bottle pair with a selection of "cheese and charcuterie from nearby Di Palo's Fine Foods." Guests can sidle up to the cozy wine bar for a glass or two, or settle into a table in the back.
Murder mysteries should be anything but silly. That’s the view espoused by Live In Theater Productions, the brainchild of prolific actor and playwright Carlo D'Amore. Eschewing the goofy tone of some other shows, Live In Theater plunges participants into cases that take their immersive details from unsolved, historical murders in New York. Showgoers make their way along the city streets where the real crimes once took place, interrogating actors playing roles ranging from 19th-century Irish slumlords to strung-out 1970s junkies. Each event plays out differently as the amateur sleuths weigh evidence, pursue leads, and finally find some use for their pocket-sized polygraphs, creating a one-of-a-kind adventure that earned a 2012 Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience.
While the front section of Prince St. Café is a laid-back coffee shop with baked goods and free WiFi, venture to the back and you’ll find a proper dining area where guests dig into artfully plated salads, pastas, and sandwiches. Using fresh ingredients, Chef Gary creates gourmet menu items such as duck confit salad, gnocchi with wild mushrooms, and sirloin burgers piled high with premium ingredients. And like a dentist who specializes in vampires, the breakfast menu is available all day and night, and includes items such as frittatas and banana-stuffed french toast.
The creators of Paint Nite started their on-location art parties as a way to bring people together over a mutual love of art and cocktails. Events take place at bars in New York, Los Angeles, and more than 20 other cities, and have been touted by New York Magazine as the Best Friend Date and profiled by The Daily Beast. During each two-hour session, participants create a 16?x20? reproduction of the night's chosen artwork while sipping a beer, mixed drink, or glass of wine purchased from the bar. Paint Nite supplies all other materials, including paint and brushes, canvases, easels, and aprons. They even supply a local artist who guides participants through each step of the painting process, such as choosing a color palette.