Live music and a duo of fireplaces create a cozy ambience inside Restaurant 552, an eatery named for its address on North Country Road in St. James. Chef prepares small-plate tapas such as the PEI mussels steamed in lobster broth and salmon tartare served on crisp wontons with spicy mayo,
more substantial entrees such as New York Strip Steak or Linguini Pescatore, along with sliders that a New York Times reviewer praised as "the best sliders I?ve ever had, made with Angus beef, cooked precisely to order (medium-rare) and running with juices." That same review described the desserts such as the cr?me br?l?e, as "perfect: thick, cold and satiny." Restaurant 552 was also voted one of the best restaurants of 2013 by Newsday.
At Lil Diva's Spa, the beauty experts give spa services a kid-friendly twist. Aimed towards kids ages 4?13, the spa offers candy-scented manicures, cupcake-scented facials and more. Swaddled in plush robes, youngsters enjoy these treatments at spa parties or as part of more intimate experiences, like a BFF package designed for two girls. Regardless of the size of the crowd, the stylists show kids how fun it can be to take care of yourself, while emphasizing that looks are never more important than your personality or your bandaid collection.
As she guides clients toward achieving their fitness goals, exercise guru Lauren Zummo also immerses them in her own fitness interests. Zummo is the owner of Prana Pilates & Yoga, where she draws from years of experience in movement analysis and a graduate degree in exercise physiology to train groups of no more than six students at a time. She helps them hone core strength in Pilates reformer classes, tone lean muscle in cardio barre classes, and learn poses and breathing techniques in her basic yoga classes.
Signature Service: Full-service hair salon and yoga
Brands Used: Muk Hair Care, Redken, Biolage, Wella, Paul Mitchel
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes