Looking for a staycation? Pool Bar at the Grace Hotel lets you feel like you're outside Manhattan even though you're smack in the middle of, you guessed it, Times Square. The best part? There's a well-lit indoor pool area with bottle service, a full bar, a DJ, and even some steam room/sauna action. And, you don't need to be a hotel guest (or even know one) to get in. Book this spot for birthday parties or just swing by on a Saturday night to get your drink, dance, and dunk on! FYI: Make sure you cellie's not in your pocket if you to decide to get wet.
Grace Hotel, 125 W 45th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-354-2323 .
Whether you're needing skin solutions, beauty applications, waxing, or (yep) injectables, even Midtown desperately needs a reliable (and all service!) salon. Luckily, Gotham Beauty Lounge — just open in the prestigious Bryant Park Place — has a roster of clutch treatments for guys and girls. We're calling this one 42nd Street-area indulgence we'd travel uptown for...and we're booking out appointments, stat.
Gotham Beauty Lounge, 32 West 40th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-921-2002.
If you're looking for a more low-key (but still glam) Midtown hotel experience, check out the original Dream Hotel, equipped with a rooftop bar and an outpost of Serafina for the classic NYC Italian fare that always hits the spot. Sure, the downtown jam may have stolen the limelight, but if you find yourself on West 55th Street, it's still a destination for drinks and relaxation.
The Dream Hotel, 210 West 55th Street (Between Broadway & 7th Avenue); 212-247-2000.
Photo: The Grace Hotel Pool Bar, Courtesy of Formulatin
Koi NYC, 40 West 40th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-921-3330.
The Lambs Club, 132 West 44th Street (btwn 6th Ave and Broadway); 212-997-5262.
Little Town NYC, 366 W. 46th Street (between 8th and 9th avenues); 212-677-630
Venus In Fur, The Lyceum Theater, 149 W 45th Street (at 7th Avenue); 212-239-6200.
Death Of A Salesman: Arthur Miller's classic drama takes on new relevance and meaning with Andrew Garfield and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the lead roles of Biff and Willy Lowman. This Scott Rudin production drew a huge crowd when we were there opening night (ahem, Emma Stone) and we couldn't see a dry eye in the house. And that includes the play's leading men — they displayed so much raw emotion on stage we almost wanted to leap up from our seats in the front row and offer them a kleenex. It's so real, and so wrought with emotion, it seems almost inconceivable that the actors can pull off this challenging performance night after night — but they do.
Death Of A Salesman, Ethel Barrymore Theater, 243 West 47th Street (at 8th Avenue); 1-866-276-4887.
Magic/Bird, Longacre Theater, 220 West 48th Street (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-239-2822.