Romance blooms at The Grand Taverne, an upscale restaurant nestled inside the The Grand Central Hotel & Spa's restored Victorian-era building, where head chef David Gilderson sprinkles a from-scratch smorgasbord of steak and seafood with herbs freshly plucked from his balcony garden. Chef David artfully arranges the menu's pan-seared scallops, completing his culinary replica of Starry Night with strokes of lobster butter sauce and potato risotto ($26). A slab of grilled beef steeps in béarnaise sauce beside a mound of gratin dauphinois potatoes ($29, add crabmeat for $7), and a sesame-encrusted tuna carpaccio relaxes beneath gingered napa slaw and grapefruit-wasabi sauce ($13). Unravel onions stuffed with herbed goat cheese, cradled in a balmy bed of house-made pasta and sautéed spinach, draped with a blanket of roasted tomato coulis ($17), and sung to sleep by a legion of tiny grandmothers.
Acropolis Salon and Day Spa beautifies and relaxes physiques with a medley of services ranging from precision haircuts to massages. After shaping tresses into trendy hairdos, stylists can enhance color with artistically placed foils; Fake Bake spray tans bronze bodies sunlessly, and SpaWhite teeth-whitening treatments eradicate enamel stains caused by smoking or accidentally drinking from an inkwell. the spa’s massages unclench tense muscles, and its facials clear pores, leaving clients fresh-faced. A Kiddie Corner, outfitted with an airplane chair and TV, entertains youngsters during their parents’ appointments, and the salon prides itself especially on welcoming children with special needs.
While tanning might be implied in the name, at Jamaica Me Hot Salon, clients can do more than just achieve bronze glows. In addition to a full spectrum of tanning services, the salon also offers massages, nail care, and body wraps. Weight-loss treatments and detox foot baths are also available.
At Aspire Medical and Day Spa, medical aesthetics and skincare work in tandem to erase signs of aging. The staff, overseen by Dr. Nicole Reid, smoothes wrinkles with Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Belotero, and streamlines morning routines with permanent makeup. The aestheticians also rejuvenate your look with facials that range from a quick lunchtime pick-me-up to the Ultimate Facial, which combines cleansing, exfoliation, and microdermabrasion with an upper-body massage. Their arsenal of skincare products and custom facials helps clients stay beautiful at home with high-quality brands such as Dermalogica.
Beauty specialists prettify patrons with hair and nail services within the sage-green walls of Take One Hair Studio. To smooth unruly tresses, savvy stylists slather hair in up to 4 ounces of Keratin Complex solution, whose powerful proteins wrestle unmanageable strands into submission in around 2.5 hours. The treatment leaves locks as smooth and silky as a Swiss-chocolate bust of Frank Sinatra for three to five months, and clients also take home travel-size bottles of keratin shampoo and conditioner to help maintain their new look. Alternatively, nail techs can cover finger shields in a coat of glittering gel polish that can last up to 21 days without chipping, fading, or eloping with a comely set of acrylics. Then, they’ll brush basic polish onto toenails, completing both treatments in about 90 minutes.
Pure Salon and Spa's skilled crew of body beautifiers indulge guests with luxurious hair treatments, nail overhauls, facials, and more. Sip on complimentary beverages while stylists snip and shape hair into a face-framing haircut ($24–$34 for women, $15–$24 for men), brighten languid locks with full highlights ($85+), or jolt strands with all-over color ($70+). Foot finessers and hand caressers drape blank nail canvases with a color during a basic manicure ($22) or pedicure ($38), while the pure signature facial ($60) brightens a tired dermis more easily than a daily cheek pinch from a beloved coworker. Pure Salon's private room offers a soothing space to smooth epidermal expanses with a brow, lip, and leg wax, while fair skin can be highlighted to a brilliant bronze with an airbrush tan.