Where Stars Keep A Low Profile
Celebs come to the Big Apple to escape the L.A. scene and blend in with everyone else on the bustling streets--while still enjoying easy access to some of the best food, theater, and shopping in the world. Make like Jessica Simpson and set up camp at the SoHo Grand Hotel (rooms from $399; sohogrand.com), where you can request a pet goldfish for your stay if you're lonely. Get a star-worthy look downstairs at Prive, the salon founded by Laurent D, stylist to Salma Hayek, where blowouts start at $50 and cuts at $90. We understand if you prefer to save your money for the shopping, food, and culture--New York isn't cheap--so bed down at the Cosmopolitan Hotel (rooms from $175; cosmohotel.com), a still-hip choice in the trendy TriBeCa neighborhood.
New York pulses with energy. Rev your pulse with runs around Central Park (keep your eyes peeled for incognito joggers like Kim Basinger and singer Vanessa Carlton) or yoga at the gigantic Jivamukti Yoga School in Union Square ($17 per class; jivamuktiyoga.com). The recent opening drew Kimora Lee Simmons and Uma Thurman.
New York is a foodie haven, and you can get it all at virtually any time of day or night. Some must-stops: 'Inoteca, a wine bar on the Lower East Side that has to-die-for panini at wallet-friendly prices (see Quick and Healthy for co-owner Jason Denton's panini recipes), and Momofuku Ssaem Bar, in the East Village, where you can get Asian wraps (ssaems), filled with everything from organic chicken to red azuki beans.