Retail Guide: Where to Go in New York

Colicchio & Sons
85 Tenth Ave.
212.400.6699

Foodies can turn the tables on “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio and put his culinary creations to the taste test at his latest launch, Colicchio & Sons. Opened in March, the Meatpacking District eatery features both a formal dining room and a more casual tap room. The menu focuses on seasonal dishes using small-batch ingredients sourced from micro-producers and family farms. A $135 tasting menu is available, with expert wine pairings for an additional $65. After a long meal, diners can stretch their legs with a stroll through the nearby High Line park, whose elevated promenade offers one-of-a-kind views of the Hudson River.

Details:
Dinner is served 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd St.
212.708.9400

While Henri Matisse is known for his use of bold, brilliant colors, art lovers will get a glimpse into his darker, more experimental side at a new exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art. “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917” explores the period during World War I when the French painter traded in his usual vibrant, descriptive paintings for more abstracted works dominated by moody shades of black and gray. Included among the more than 100 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings are two pieces — “Bathers by a River” and “The Moroccans” — that Matisse himself identified as among his most “pivotal.” Insight is offered into how new technologies have allowed curators to reveal the layers beneath the surface of Matisse’s art, demonstrating his habit of obsessively reworking his masterpieces.

Details: MoMa is open 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday through Sunday; and 10:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m., Thursday (July and August only). Timed tickets ($20) are required.

Halo Air Salt Rooms
133 W. 22nd St.
646.666.0554

Breathe easier in the big city after a visit to Halo Air, which brings the salt caves of Eastern Europe to Chelsea. The halotherapy spa is the first of its kind in the U.S., and features five rooms that are covered — walls, ceilings and floors — in imported Ukranian salt. Inhaling the ocean-like air is said to improve respiratory ailments caused by pollution, as well as promote healthier skin. Nap, meditate, read or watch TV within the tranquil, snow-white space, while the salt-infused air works its wonders. A one-hour session costs $100, and patrons can either go solo in a private room or sit side-by-side with a friend in a double.

Details: Halo Air is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday. It is closed on Saturdays.

Press Lounge
Ink48 Hotel
653 11th Ave.
212.757.2224

Escape the hot, humid streets and head for higher ground at Press Lounge. The chic rooftop bar, which sits atop the Ink48 hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, offers panoramic views of the Hudson River and Midtown neighborhood. Chill out in the glass-enclosed lounge or sit under the stars on the wraparound terrace, which is outfitted with an illuminated reflecting pool. In addition to beer and wine, there is a creative menu of cocktails ($14 to $16) that include the Moscow Mule (Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer and lime juice) and the Junmai Sky (Tanqueray 10, St. Germain and Tozai Junmai sake). And with no pumping music, Press has the perfect, low-key vibe for shaking off a long day at the shoe show.

Details: Press is open 5:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday through Tuesday; 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Asphalt Orchestra
Broadway Plaza at Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway
212.875.5000

They’re not your typical band geeks. The acclaimed Asphalt Orchestra, an edgy, 12-piece marching band that puts on packed street performances around the world, returns to Lincoln Center Out of Doors for a three-night run in August. Known for its cutting-edge arrangements, bold choreography and soldier-inspired costumes (complete with Converse and combat boots), the group’s infectious sound mixes diverse styles ranging from funk to jazz. This month’s performance will include renditions of original compositions by Yoko Ono and David Byrne with St. Vincent’s Annie Clark.

Details: Performances are free and are scheduled for 7 p.m., Aug. 4-6.

Plein Sud
Smyth Hotel
85 W. Broadway
212.204.5555

The French countryside meets Manhattan at the recently opened Plein Sud. Located in the swanky Smyth Hotel in Tribeca, the brasserie is steered by executive chef Ed Cotton, who is currently battling it out for culinary glory on season seven of “Top Chef.” Inside the rustic, farmhouse-inspired dining room, patrons are treated to classic French fare, such as steak au poivre ($32), coq au vin ($18), moules frites ($18) and escargot ($12). And since no French dining experience is complete without dessert, Plein Sud serves up sinful selections such as a lemon soufflé ($10) and crème caramel ($8).

Details: Dinner is served 5 p.m.-11 p.m., daily.

The Addams Family Musical
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
205 W. 46th St.
877.250.2929

They’re creepy and they’re kooky — and they now have a hit show on Broadway. The Addams family is back in a laugh-filled musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Starring Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, the show spins a fun new storyline that’s a bit like “Meet the Parents”: daughter Wednesday is all grown up and, to her family’s dismay, has a “normal” boyfriend. A comedic culture clash ensues as the oddball clan struggles with hosting his family for dinner. Adding to the show-going experience is a spooky score and elaborate gothic costumes and sets.

Details: Show times are 7 p.m., Tuesday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday; 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 3 p.m., Sundays. Tickets start at $50.

Eco-Fashion: Going Green
The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27th St.
212.217.4558

Green may be the hot trend of the moment, but fashion actually has a long history of honoring the environment. For a quick trip through two centuries of sustainable wearables, check out “Eco-Fashion: Going Green” at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The free exhibition showcases more than 100 pieces, including textiles, clothing and shoes, presented chronologically beginning from the mid-18th century to the present. Both good and bad environmental and ethical practices are examined, with a focus on key themes such as repurposing and recycling, quality of craftsmanship, labor practices and the treatment of animals. The show runs through Nov. 13.

Details: Museum hours are 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday.


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