A Day of Luxury Living in the West Village
People who enjoy the high life flock to New York City to indulge in the endless luxury entertainment options. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can dine at a five star restaurant, catch a Broadway show, dance into the wee morning hours and wake up to enjoy some of the best coffee and croissants in the country.
The West Village neighborhood boasts some of the city’s most coveted real estate. Handsome brownstone apartments line the historic cobblestone streets, and elegant cafes, bars, shops and dining establishments provide a walker’s paradise for strolling from one unique spot to another. Residents love it because it provides a charming alternative to some of the busier sections of Manhattan, and tourists love it because there are endless ways to spend your time here. Here are some suggestions for a full day of exploring the variety of luxuries that can be found in West Village.
Start your day with a stroll to Downing Street for a delicious breakfast at Mas (farmhouse). It was opened by Galen Zamarra, a chef known for creating spectacular New American fare that appeals to the most sophisticated diners. They serve a phenomenal brunch that will provide with you scrumptious fuel to hit the cobblestone streets for a day of shopping and exploring. If you’re feeling like a splurge, tack on a mimosa to your meal – the bubbles will help you sail through the day with a smile on your face.
White Tea Med Spa
After you’ve had your fill of excellent farm-fresh cuisine, head over to the White Tea Med Spa. Here you can visit the lead esthetician, Maria Rianna, and get an anti-aging stem cell facial that will make your skin looks years younger. The spa feels like an antique tearoom and will leave your skin feeling radiant, plump and ultra-moisturized. You’ll also get a hand scrub and upper body massage during the 55-minute treatment, which will help keep you energized for your long day out on the town.
When it starts to near the dinner hour, there is no better choice than the Waverly Inn. A proper West Village institution, the kitchen here is run by celebrated chef Ashley Merriman, winner of many James Beard House awards. You can start your luxurious meal with a bottle of champagne from their world-renowned wine list and a plate of fresh oysters that come from around the world. The main plates are a sensational mix of New American and Old World flavors – the duck and the chicken pot pie are the real standouts. Treat yourself to a glass of cognac or after dinner wine before you leave.
Now it’s time to retire, or maybe head back to the hotel bar for one last cocktail. Book a room at the elite Gansevoort Hotel where you can enjoy the trendy bar and get a fantastic night of sleep in an ultra-comfy Queen or King bed. It’s one of the trendiest luxury hotels in Manhattan right now, and the rooms are well appointed and modern. Weather permitting, you can also enjoy the rooftop pool where many a celebrity or socialite has been spotted after hours.