Despite the grey skies and rain showers, I had the most beautiful day today. It started off with a lovely, lax breakfast at The Mercer Hotel, then a little Spring shopping on the scarce streets of SoHo (weekday mornings are the best for that...), and a trip to Haven Spa for the most heavenly treatment.
There, I spent an hour and a half under the spell of a charming esthetician named Becca, who conducted a 14th century Thai medicinal massage that combines warm herbs, energizing essential oils, and the kneading-out of all those nasty knots. She left me so relaxed in fact, it took twenty-minutes to get to Balthazar (a two-minute walk away) to meet the girls for lunch. Seriously, it was that good.
Ask for the Herbal Poultice Massage ($125/60 mins; $160/90 mins).
150 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
212. 343. 3515