Guy & Gallard doesn't mind where people choose to savor its menu of more than 70 breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, and pastas. Diners also get to design their own sandwiches out of diverse ingredients that range from albacore-tuna salad and grilled vegetables to tandoori chicken and prosciutto. To sate health-minded stomachs and hungry treadmills, the menu uses a green leaf to denote the meals that have less fat and fewer calories.
Boasting 20 years of experience, the filth fighters at Glamour Cleaners perform all of their dry-cleaning and laundry services at their very own plant rather than outsourcing to unreliable laundry mills. While wet-washing shirts ($2 each) sends stains and odors on a rip-roaring rapids ride, a dry chemical cleanse scours pants ($6 each), blouses ($6 each), suits ($13.50 each), and other hydrophobic wardrobe stuffers to leave them as clean as the day they were stripped off the back of an unsuspecting mannequin. Customers can either drop off their dirty threads or take advantage of Glamour Cleaners’ free pickup and delivery service, available only on the Upper East Side, to have a staff member cart off laundry loads and bring them back swiftly and hand-pressed after they’ve been stain-scoured and restored to their former glory.
Piccolo Café fills the boot-shaped hole in New York City’s edible heart, offering casual diners and coffee imbibers fresh, inventive lunch fare and organic Italian brews. The Gramercy menu differs slightly from Midtown’s, but both locations feature authentic Italian cuisine such as the prosciutto, baby spinach, and parmigiano salad ($7), which is served alongside garlic olive oil bruschetta. The parmigiano cheese egg sandwich ($6.50 at Gramercy, $6 at Midtown) is a hearty addition to meatless diets, and unlike fast food chains’ morning meatballs or dusk-till-dawn deep-fried sugar cubes, it’s served all day long.
Though they call it a Russian sauna, it looks a lot more like a fortress. Thick, rough-hewn cedar planks line the walls and benches that make up the seating area, and 16 tons of small boulders make up the rest of the wall. Aside from adding an earthy ambiance, all those geological trappings soak up heat during the evenings when they are warmed, and fill the sauna with intense heat during the day.
The sauna is part of Wall Street Bath & Spa 88’s Old World-inspired bathhouse, which New York Magazine described as a visit to “Russia by way of Fulton Street.” Though the Russian sauna is the centerpiece, the orbiting sweat lodges are equally impressive. There’s an Old American shvitz, a modern infrared sauna, and eucalyptus steam room. To keep guests from overheating, the spa houses a full-size swimming pool and a cold-plunge pool chilled to an eye-opening 52 degrees, the same temperature at which bread will never bake. General day-passes grant unlimited use of most of these coed facilities, but guests can upgrade to VIP access and take advantage of a lounge with a private Jacuzzi, plasma televisions, and a pool table.
There is also a spa, where practitioners perform six types of massage in rooms reminiscent of the bathhouse areas. Behind arched wooden doors, large stone tiles cover the floor and mirrors framed with rocks hang from the wall. Some of the spa services can be arranged in the bathhouse facilities—body scrubs are enhanced in the steam room, and platza is done in the Russian sauna, a detoxifying treatment that involves sweeping the body with oak leaves steeped in aromatic water. All guests can refuel in the onsite bistro, Restaurant Matryoshka, where chefs prepare Russian dishes such as Siberian pelmeni and bartenders pour a selection of infused vodkas.
At D'Vida Health Bar's two locations, customers approach an enticing spread of delicious, health-conscious foods with low glycemic index and high nutritional value. Frozen yogurt and cookies, coffee and juices, and a selection of build-your-own shakes eagerly await hungry patrons. The Smooccino combines espresso with a smoothie that can be served hot or cold and provides an excellent, non-GMO source of fiber and protein. The probiotic-rich fro-yo boasts a low glycemic index, and shake designers can choose to dose their sips with supplements like ginseng and spirulina. Cookies and juices are designed to be as nutrient-rich as they are sweet tooth-satisfying. Samples are available daily.
Cannoli: crisp, cookie-like tubes stuffed with generous heaps of sheep ricotta cream. Cassata: ricotta-filled, liqueur-laced sponge cake embraced by a blanket of marzipan. Both desserts originated in Sicily—and so does chef Giacomo d'Alessandro. His pursuit of the perfect cannoli began when he couldn't find a cannoli in New York that measured up to the ones he knew from home. So he decided to make his own and now ships pastry ingredients in to his bakery from the Sicilian village of Agrigento. Thanks to his skills and those ingredients, his cafe diners now get to experience authentic flavors and textures from Sicily on the streets of New York City.