Men, women, and children alike sit back in comfy salon chairs at Alex's Unisex Hair Salon & Barber as stylists tend to each customer's hair needs. Haircuts remove dead weight and split ends at the tips of strands, and highlights add pops of color to refreshed styles. The stylists also calm frizz using keratin straightening treatments, trim beards, and twists locks into chic updos for the annual pretzel-festival ball.
Viru Restaurant demonstrates its authentic Peruvian roots with a wide variety of traditional dishes. Causa rellena de camarones satisfies bellies with shrimp, as long as those bellies like their shrimp hiding inside chilled mashed potatoes that are spiced up with lime and yellow chili ($12). The parihuela, a soupy sea of seafood cooked with white wine, spices, and panca chili, moisturizes parched stomachs with a torrential downpour of flavor ($24). Representing the eternal battle between land and sea, the bisteck a la chorrillana—a grilled New York steak with a sauce made of panca chili, onions, and tomatoes ($24)—wields haricots verts clubs against the pescado sudado, the fish of the day poached in seafood broth and herbs ($19). Placing a comforting cap on dinner, flan reminds diners of former days when sweet, creamy desserts grew everywhere all the time and only cost a nickel ($6). In addition to edibles, Viru Restaurant nourishes guests at the bar, which stocks its shelves with an impressive supply of domestic and imported beers, sangria, wines, and chicha, a drink made of fermented maize.
Mr. Carmine got his first taste of haircare at the age of 11. His father was the local barber in his hometown of Avellino, Italy, and young Carmine helped his father trim their neighbors' hair. Mr. Carmine dedicated himself to haircare and, after moving to New York in 1958, began studying hair thinning and hair loss. He has devised a system of solutions for both men and women to combat hair loss and receding hairlines. In addition to focusing on hair loss, Mr. Carmine and his team of experts also offer a full-service salon.
Lorena's Body Shoppe is a one-stop venue for looking good. Above the neck, beauty pros offer facials, haircuts, makeup applications, and eyelash extensions. Mani-pedis clean up nails, and massages relax stressed bodies. An on-staff tattoo artist inks up bodies with colorful flowers, tribal designs, and blueprints of celebrities' houses.
For more than 20 years, the stylists at J's Personal Touch Hair Salon have been transforming their clients' styles with custom cuts ranging from asymmetrical bobs to flowing, layered looks. The team also paints strands with multidimensional color and straightens curls with keratin treatments.
The term "wedding hair" may conjure images of updos, but that's not all it can mean. Under the care of the Up Do's and Eye Do's team, it can be whatever you want, from half-up, half-down styles to a chic blowout or ringlets for a flower girl. Audrey, the team's lead hair stylist, crafts a diverse array of just such wedding-appropriate hairdos. While she tends to locks, her business partner Cindy—a makeup artist and licensed medical aesthetician—subtly enhances the wedding party's features with products from MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Smashbox.
While the duo's main focus is on weddings, they also style clients for other special occasions and introduce kids to the joys of the spa experience. At their children's birthday parties, little ones get their hair and makeup done and even get to wear clip-in hair extensions, a more practical and temporary hair-extending alternative to wearing hats full of Miracle-Gro.