And Keep the Robes
Looking for a particularly quiet, romantic getaway? The Library Hotel in midtown houses 60 charming rooms organized and themed according to the Dewey Decimal System. There’s enough reading material to get you through the night, but, with surroundings like this, who wants to open a book?
299 Madison Ave. (at 41st)
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With guest comments like “a gem in Manhattan” and “the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in,” the Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel is an intimate oasis offering deluxe accommodations and traditional Irish hospitality. Rooms feature oversized canopy beds, plush robes, pillow-top mattresses, a traditional Irish Legends book, and turndown chocolates from the Emerald Isle. A popular choice for celebrities, political figures, and business travelers.
141 E. 44th St.
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A favorite among both news and primetime TV personalities – yes, all that hair is touched-up – the Miano Viel Salon and Spa is possibly the best-kept secret in the city that never shuts its mouth. Master stylist Damien Miano and “color genius” (as he has been rightfully dubbed), Louis Viel specialize in enviable, cutting-edge looks that aren’t overly trendy. Their Terme di Saturnia day spa within, run by Russian dermatologist-turned-NY-facialist Alla Katkov, specializes in lymphatic drainage massages and chemical peels. A full-service salon with world-class stylists and colorists, Miano Viel also offers manicures, pedicures, waxing, and body treatments for men and women. Tangible proof the place is a must amongst the international set: Combined, the staff speaks 18 languages.
16 E. 52nd St.
Confidential Deal: Free manicure with any haircut, hair color, or spa treatment, and 15% off any hair or skin products purchased. Print this offer and show at time of purchase.
X Marks the Spot
There’s no rushing at the sexy and hip Madame X, where Happy Hour lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. during the week and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Low-cost, $4 to $6 libations include a full list of seductive signature drinks (such as the Indecent Proposal, mixed with bubbly, peach schnapps, and mango nectar), beer, wine, champagne, and incredibly refreshing mojitos in warm months. If famished, order food to be deliv ered to your table from a host of local restaurants by just asking for the menu book. Drinking or dining al fresco is also an option in the tranquil garden (where smoking is allowed).
94 W. Houston St.
Confidential Deal: Print and present this offer to receive two-for-one happy hour drinks (one offer per person) and free weekend admission.
Puttin’ on the Fitz
A new midtown find for meeting up with friends after work or for chilling on a Saturday night in one of the cozy leather banquettes is the Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel’s The Fitz, a modern Irish bar with understated elegance and warm atmosphere. Order one of the creative cocktails, such as the Lexington Martini made with Baileys Chocolate Mint, Kahlua, hazelnut, and vanilla vodka.
687 Lexington Ave.
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Regardless of which way your pup leans, political animals of every stripe will cast their vote for the primary dog sweater by Wagwear, in all-American – and always chic – red, white, and blue. Those with a furry pal with international tastes may go for the Merino rugby sweater, in khaki green with chocolate brown, maroon with golden yellow, or grey with orange.
48 East 11th St.
Confidential Deal: Get 10% off any purchase when you show a copy of this confidential.
If fashion is your passion, make your way to Brooklyn to check out Flirt. Started by three designing women, Flirt has become well known for its unique and eclectic mix of clothing and accessories, many made by local designers. But why stop there? If you’ve dreamed of designing yourself, their custom skir t shop is a must. With seven patterns and more than 100 fabrics to choose from, plus the expert advice of the Flirt staff, you could be wearing your own perfect skirt in a couple of weeks. They even offer on-site classes for those who prefer to do it themselves.
93 5th Ave., Brooklyn
Confidential Deal: 10% off any purchase from their store and free delivery on any custom skirt. Present this offer to receive your discount.
The psychedelic-colored, Who-ville-sized sweets at Papabubble come in such lip-smacking flavors as passion fruit, apple cinnamon, and fig. But it’s the candied rings of honeyed mango and spicy cinnamon – to say nothing of passion fruit, cherry, and watermelon – that really tickle our tongues. Yet as delicious as these Technicolor baubles look, they’re even better to eat. Papabubble’s creators are not merely confectioners, but artisans.
380 Broome St.
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Fleas to Please
With the well-established Chelsea flea market in Manhattan shrinking as the high-rise condo market expands, so is the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene also growing. These days, 200 vendors congregate every Sunday (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No Manhattan snobbery here since sharp-eyed bargain hunters from the entire region shop for everything from antique furniture (costing thousands) to cupcakes to pristine prints from area photographers. Also on hand: Vintage clothing, distinctive jewelry, designer threads, hard-to-find records, out-of-print books and, of course, grandma’s priceless ceramic pitcher.
Bishop Laughlin Memorial High School
Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave.
Confidential Deal: Free Brooklyn Flea tote bag or Brooklyn Market T-shirt at entrance. Present this offer to redeem.