29 E. 19th St., Flatiron
The duplex spa is enormous and luxurious, with high ceilings, plush couches, and a posh aesthetic that manages to be both modern and comfortable. There’s a hair salon, nail studio, and fourteen treatment rooms where you can get a variety of skin-perfecting therapies like the Oxylight facial, an over-the-top combination of micro-current, ultrasound, oxygen therapy, and more to lift, tighten, and smooth, and many more LED -, microdermabrasion- , and laser-intensive sessions, plus massages and detox body wraps (you’re slathered in sea mud, which leaves skin insanely silky). A facial with founder/skin-whisperer Danuta Mieloch is transformative—her touch is exquisite, and you emerge looking beyond glowy. We love the Bio Seaweed Gel manicure, which uses 5-free polish, LED light to set the pigment (as opposed to UV light), and lasts about a month.
Fields Good Chicken
44 E. 23rd St., Flatiron
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. Former financier-turned-pro-cyclist-turned-chicken-enthusiast Fields Failing converted his passion for the most perfectly cooked, crispiest-skinned bird into a business. With five locations across the city all serving up the same four styles of cooked chicken—herb grilled, grilled mojo, pulled bbq, or chicken salad—a good lunch is minutes away no matter where you are. The free-range chickens are sourced from Freebird family farms in Amish country, Pennsylvania, from sustainable farmers Failing has built relationships with. These protein-heavy bowls and salads (Christina's Kale, cobb, mo' miso) are filling, healthy and delicious, the perfect nutritious lunch to pick up on-the-go in the city. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
27 W 20 St., Flatiron
If you’ve never had a massage dedicated to relaxing the muscles in your jaw, forehead, scalp and entire face…it’s insanely relaxing. FaceLove’s three signature treatments—FreshLove, PureLove, and WholeLove—all focus on massage, exercise, and acupressure to stimulate circulation and release inflammation. Not only will a clenched jaw or furrowed forehead feel miraculously released; you’ll emerge looking pretty amazing, too.
Cote Korean Steakhouse
16 W. 22nd St., Flatiron
Simon Kim is most famous for Piora, which earned him a Michelin Star, but those close to him say he's even more passionate about his new steakhouse, which is inspired by his Korean roots. The sleek, modern, grayscale interior is dotted with smokeless grills embedded in each table, where customers cook their own meats, barbecue-style. That said, Korean barbecue is an oversimplication of what's going on here–the sauces and accoutrements are firmly in the fine dining category, and chef David Shim is meticulous about beef sourcing, selecting cuts that are USDA prime grade or above and dry-aging them on-site before they ever see a customer. Get the Butcher's Feast, which is the standard order and the best way to understand the full scope of the offerings here.
Ophira & Tali Edut
39 W. 14th St., Flatiron
We first discovered Ophira and Tali Edut (otherwise known as the AstroTwins) through their fantastic book, Momstrology, an insightful guide to understanding and dealing with your kids through astrology; we devoured their Love Zodiac next. Their site, and own-brand imprint horoscope books and ebooks, including their popular annual horoscope guides, are all incredible resources. We met with Ophira for an individual session, where she connected by drawing up astrology charts, giving deep, unexpected insights into all parts of life.
Le Coq Rico
30 E. 20th St., Flatiron
The name—try saying it three times fast—translates to “The Bistro of Beautiful Birds,” and is an offshoot of three-star Michelin chef Antoine Westermann’s original poultry-focussed restaurant on Rue Lepic in Paris. Before opening, Chef Westermann spent more than a year traveling through Hudson Valley and Pennsylvania, meeting with local farmers to learn their farming practices and philosophies. (As a result, all the birds come from small family farms.) Come for the slow-cooked egg and Plymouth barred rock chicken, and don’t hesitate to order the quarter rotisserie chicken or the macaroni au gratin. There’s an entire section devoted to dishes featuring pasture-raised eggs, too. Photos: Asia Coladner
37 W. 17th St., Flatiron
This a no-frills, Japanese-style Italian food spot is known for its spin on traditional pasta dishes, like spaghetti with roe and linguini with sea urchin. Bonus: When you order their (excellent) spaghetti con prosciutto e parmigiano dish, you get it served to you in a half-wheel of Parmesan cheese.
1130 Broadway, Flatiron
An appointment at this no-frills day spa (there are five throughout the city) is wonderfully personalized: You choose the duration of your treatment (thirty, fifty, or seventy-five minutes) and set your goals with your skin therapist. Every treatment comes with a deep cleanse, exfoliation, custom mask, and hydration, then ends with sunscreen protection (the fifty- and seventy-five-minute options also have extractions). Upgrades include peels, microdermabrasion, and light therapy, and if you need monthly treatments, there is a membership program. Bonus: Appointments are available until 9 p.m., making an after-work facial actually doable.
900 Broadway, Flatiron
While it’s pretty hard to screw up a grilled cheese sandwich, the oversized, overstuffed versions here are made using Beecher’s own cheese, a lot of which is made right on site (watching the cheese makers do their thing through the massive windows is nothing short of mesmerizing). The main café is ideal for weekday lunches and the Cellar downstairs is a more dressed-up small-plates-and-wine restaurant. And if you need a hostess gift but are short on time, the nuts, jams, small but mighty selection of wine, and of course, cheeses, pack up nicely.
164 5th Ave., Flatiron
While so many activewear-centric retailers pride themselves—and their wares—on boosting performance, the focus at Bandier is fashion. Owner Jennifer Bandier gathers luxe brands like Live The Process, Lucas Hugh, and Adidas by Stella McCartney along with the requisite Beats headphones and Nikes to finish off the outfit. The idea that workout gear can be just as cute as it is functional is one we can wholeheartedly get behind. The barely year-old Flatiron store also boasts a fully functioning workout studio, complete with a jam-packed schedule of classes, directly on top of the selling floor.
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