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.
Owned and operated by Indian-born Jay Batra, Liebe Gourmet Indian Fusion blends traditional flavors straight out of New Delhi with contemporary culinary flair. Liebe’s menu features a bevy of healthy options constructed from fresh ingredients, including their signature liebe roll, which is similar to the kathi rolls found at street vendors across the city. Infused with mouthwatering herbs, spices, and grilled onions, the liebe roll includes your choice of chicken, paneer, potato, or veggies ($5.95). Lighter options include tofu salad, which sports fresh tofu ready to be carved into soy sculptures of famous Indian prime ministers ($7.45), and sides such as raita—a blend of yogurt and select veggies ($2.95)—which can be enjoyed on their own or paired with an entree to tag team rambunctious taste buds. Satiate dessert desires with elaichi kheer, a homemade Indian rice pudding ($4.95), or initiate a delectable digestive rainy season with a specialty drink, such as the mango tango smoothie ($4.95) and the chilled almond-and-pistachio-flavored kesaria ($4.95). Diners can dig in while relaxing in Liebe’s casually modern dining room, where food is served swiftly and with friendly appreciation. Late-night hours ensure Liebe's naturally delicious noshables are available to quell the hunger created by moonlit jumping jacks and 12-hour arguments about where to eat lunch.
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.