Crimson hues edged in accents of neon orange and ice blue pervade the interior of Lava Lounge. Amid the low lights and bleeding colors, guests lounge on long benches and pull from long hookah hoses. Their exhalations send out swirls of smoke in flavors such as white peach, watermelon, or dominican mango. Between puffs, parties can sip bubbly Blue Moons and Stellas or make a night of it with bottle service. Bartenders also mix long island iced teas, cosmopolitans, and other cocktails behind a bar whose fuchsia lights transition into sky blue.
Tall grasses line the walls behind Lava Lounge's black couches, giving some of the smoking area a more pastoral feel. Patrons can also melt into one of Lava Lounge’s auto-massage chairs, pulling from a hookah while the chair kneads away muscle strains caused by relaxing too hard.
From its roots in a family kitchen, Mi Casa Cake Pops' mail-order business boomed along with demand for its colorful, sweet, handmade cake pops. Today, the bakers whip up desserts in a brand new baking facility, creating multi-textured morsels of cake and frosting in a variety of flavors, including vanilla bean, red velvet, dulce de leche, and nutty peanut-butter cup. Sweet treats delight children and adults alike with shapes such as beloved children's show characters, babies, and vice-presidential candidates of the 19th century.
At seven area locations, New York Car Care's teams of technicians keep motorists driving safely in healthy, happy automobiles. The auto techs perform tasks big and small, from major transmission overhauls to routine maintenance jobs such as balancing tires, fixing flats, and giving chest bumps to fired-up bumpers. They also have plenty of on-the-road advice for drivers to keep machines moving smoothly year-round.
Precise Optique fills the walls of its cozy boutique with frames from designers including Gucci, Dior, Armani, and Prada. As clients shop the shelves, staffers demonstrate their commitment to personal attention by helping customers find eyewear that complements their lifestyle and facial shape. Frames are then filled with basic or progressive lenses, which gradually increase in power for close-up reading and faraway whale spotting. Patients also can opt for contact lenses to achieve frame-free sight. The doctor extends the same personal courtesy as the staff during examinations, spending time to ensure patients’ eyes are free of glaucoma and cataracts before assessing visual acuity.
Under the mellow glow of Simply Fondue's chandeliers, small groups sit at marble-top tables, immersing fresh bread, vegetables, and fruit in bubbling pots of gourmet cheeses. Heavy drapery and metallic walls surround each semiprivate dining station, allowing diners to sink skewers into gooey cauldrons without having to worry about secret techniques, such as eating slowly, being revealed to those surrounding them. The menu showcases regional blends such as the traditional swiss chalet, as well as the italian fontina, infused with romano cheeses and a base of garlic, basil pesto, and marinara. More than 100 martinis supplement dessert fondues include the Rocky Road pot?marshmallow cream, nuts, and rich chocolate.
Oren Lippmann has made a career out of training NBA players such as Kris Humphries and Metta World Peace, both of whom needed his demanding regimen to stay strong in the post. You might not have to bang with the likes of a 7-foot center, but Lippmann's classes at CrossFit Glendale aren't just designed for professional athletes.
Along with fellow coach Al Pena, Lippmann oversees hour-long workouts that touch on all the major aspects of fitness at the 4,000 square foot Queens location, including endurance, flexibility, and strength. With equipment such as kettlebells and climbing ropes at their disposal, the coaches can devise functional, full-body workouts for all skill levels, focusing on form, technique, and fun.