Tongues of flame twist in a fireplace, hinting at the warmth filling the bustling kitchen at MK Valencia. Rail lighting spills a blue aura over dishes that draw from myriad culinary traditions. Mediterranean flavors shine through in salmon drizzled in a pesto sauce and lamb osso bucco. In the dining room, glasses clink occasionally like a xylophonist failing a performance review, setting a tempo for the wait staff, which totes roasted salmon in a pesto sauce.
A curtain of bubbles rises up through champagne cocktails in lively colors that match the crescent-shaped orange booths or electric-blue wine racks. During warmer months, the murmur of conversation spills out onto a patio equipped with a 75" TV. Inside, the lounge also offers two 60" TVs.
A lot of people like to have a one-on-one with a trainer before embarking on a new fitness regimen. But at First Class Fitness, visitors have the option of meeting with a veteran exercise physiologist, who will issue a fitness evaluation and a comprehensive health screening in order to draft a unique, custom-tailored training program. What follows in the cozy, earth-toned gym might vary from person to person: instructors hold boot camp and circuit classes, and personal trainers provide focused attention to help clients reach specific goals. Other guests might opt to work out independently by lifting weights in the carpeted equipment room or by taping toy cars to their feet and gliding on the hardwood floor of the stretching studio. The one thing that is consistent, however, is the inviting atmosphere, which welcomes guests of all ages and from all walks of life.
Made In Hip Hop, LLC is a community of dancers that works to spread an appreciation of hip-hop and breakdancing culture. At the studio, breakdance lessons introduce newcomers to the style, and an in-house performance crew allows experienced dancers to take their skills on the road, entertaining at clubs, schools, and charities.
At Winter Garden Ice Arena, families slice ice during public skate sessions or slap pucks into goals during adult or youth hockey leagues. There are also figure-skating programs, and the center’s icy confines and private party room make ideal meeting grounds for children’s birthday parties.
Surrounded by the leafy trees and green lawns of Overpeck Park, the 22-acre Bergen Equestrian Center is designed to keep both humans and horses happy. Locker rooms and showers, a lounge area, and a full kitchen cater to the humans, while 100 custom-built stalls supply the horses with all the creature comforts they could ask for. Each stall is equipped with padded flooring and automatic water dispensers, and each receives a daily cleaning. Climate-controlled tack rooms and 21 grass turnout paddocks are just icing on the hay bale.
The facility is equally impressive when it comes to training. Two indoor and three outdoor riding arenas serve as the stage for horseback-riding lessons for students as young as 5. These lessons teach beginner through advanced skills, all while allowing students to move at their own pace. A Grand Prix field and medieval jousting ring, meanwhile, allow for higher-level training.
A hip and colorful destination, Mariachi Bar and Restaurant supplies its guests with everything from dancing to stir fry. Serving a menu of pan-Asian cuisine, the kitchen fries and sautes ribs, rice cakes, and giant octopi for visitors to snack on before they hit the bar for pitchers of beer. Frequent events light up the dance floor, and a nightly happy hour held seven days a week offers specials on drinks and snacks.