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Columbus Park
210 Central Park S, Midtown
A solely outpatient facility, Columbus Park serves adults, adolescents, and children struggling with any type of eating disorder. Founded by Melissa Gerson, a licensed clinical social worker, the center includes a team of ten experts who see clients in individual, group, and family settings and incorporate various therapies including enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Since it is an outpatient program, treatment typically runs between twenty to forty weeks. The center also offers periodic adolescent intensives throughout the year catered to teenagers dealing with anorexia or bulimia.
1 Hotel Central Park
1414 6th Ave., Midtown
We’ve been fans of the 1 Hotel group since it first set up shop in Miami; New York quickly followed with two locations—one near Central Park and the other on a stretch of rapidly changing Brooklyn Heights waterfront. Blurring the line between luxury and sustainability, every corner of the space is considered in terms of design, from the locally made tables to the greenery and reclaimed wood walls. The rooms are minimal but comfortable, outfitted with hemp-blend mattresses and organic cotton sheets. Another major draw is the food: Chef Jonathan Waxman’s beloved NYC establishment Jams was reprised here, and he hands down serves one of the city’s best kale salads and squid ink rigatoni.
Spa Nalai
153 W. 57th St., Midtown
Inside a Christian de Portzamparc-designed skyscraper, the Park Hyatt New York sits directly across from Carnegie Hall and offers some of the biggest rooms, square-footage-wise, in the city. Perhaps an even bigger draw, though, is the 13,000 square foot Spa Nalai on the 25th floor, which is divided into a fitness room, 65-foot lap pool, and six suites offering everything from treatments on a sand quartz bed (the only one of its kind in NYC) to "off-menu" services like cupping, manual lymph drainage, and reflexology. They've also teamed up with MNDFL meditation studio to offer a series of private and semi-private sessions.
Kryo X
57 W. 57th St., Midtown
You won’t get pedicures here, but the full-body cryotherapy session—in which you stand, in the buff, in a chamber that’s chilled to roughly -240°F for two to three minutes—is bracing, but more bearable than, say, an ice bath, since there’s no moisture in the liquid nitrogen-cooled air. We left feeling less stressed and more centered, and we slept better, too. Started by doctors to holistically treat patients with arthritis, cryotherapy is believed to stimulate the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems and reduce inflammation, improve mood, lower anxiety, and enhance overall well-being. If you’re super worried about chattering teeth, start slow with a brightening cryofacial.
The Pool
99 E. 52nd St., Midtown
When Mario Carbone and his team took over the Four Seasons space, they divided it into two separate restaurants–a high-end steakhouse (The Grill) and this modern-feeling seafood spot. The space still has a beautiful interior (including all of the notable historical details, which are landmarked by the city), and in addition to Carbone's ambitious take on seafood–think Dungeness crab rice, charred octopus with onion blossoms, and Block Island monkfish with an "ocean emulsion"–there's a deep focus on cocktails, incorporating flavors from whole fruits like bananas, strawberries, and oranges. If you're feeling flush, the surf and turf is a worthy splurge.
Mifune
245 E. 44th St., Midtown
This new Japanese spot is named for Toshiro Mifune, a Japanese actor who starred in films like the Seven Samurai in the '50s. Exemplifying Japanese fine dining, the feel of the place is very white-tablecloth-special-occasion, with dishes to match–we've heard great things about the miso cod with parmesan foam and the (stunningly plated) butterfish with radishes. For a really special occasion, make an omakase reservation at sushi AMANE downstairs–Chef Shion Uino comes from Sushi Saito, a Tokyo restaurant with three Michelin stars where it's nearly impossible to get a table.
The Grill
99 E. 52nd St., Midtown
The opening of The Grill was a little bittersweet for some New Yorkers (given the location's previous identity as the legendary Four Seasons, which re-opens a few blocks away later this year), but as major fans of Mario Carbone, we were supportive of this changing of the guard. Nostalgics will find comfort in the fact that the interior is relatively unchanged (many elements, including the famous Lippold sculptures over the bar, are relevant to the history of the Mies Van der Rohe-designed Seagram building and landmarked by the city) and that the overall vibe honors the expense-account, power-player reputation of its past. So does Carbone's menu, which leans on old-school items like oysters, crabcakes, a ridiculously good Crab Louie salad, and steaks that you can literally choose from the waiter's tray. The classic cocktail list reads like something out of The Great Gatsby–new regulars order the gin martini, a Manhattan, or a feminine, delicate grasshopper.
Maria Papapetros
141 E. 55th St., Midtown
Maria was our in-house intuitive for the goop Shiso Psychic pop-up in NYC when we launched our latest fragrance, and needless to say, she dropped jaws with her eerily accurate readings. She is extremely calm and uses meditation at the beginning of each session to create a relaxed state before diving straight in. She also analyzes handwriting and uses Tarot to establish a framework. Keep in mind that she is a straight-up psychic who doesn't hold back, so if you'd prefer someone who soft-pedals, she probably isn't the right choice for you.
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