The 36-Hour Spa Weekend: Brooklyn

We think it’s high time guys everywhere embraced the sheared-and-shorn Tom Haverford-approved spa weekend. If the ladies have all-day makeover and mani-pedis, why can't we rally a few pals and splurge on a borough-wide relaxation odyssey? To kick off our new New York Times inspired series, we took to the home of all things small-batch and artisanal—even the skincare. Here's how to spend a day and a half shopping, eating, and grooming like a true monarch in the county of kings.

Saturday Morning

Staying at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave., 718-460-8000) is a good idea, if for no other reason than it’s got a roofdeck to soak up some rays, and it’s a short walk to the best way to start any day: A “New Orleans” from Blue Bottle Coffee (160 Berry St., 718-387-4160). After that buzz, sit for traditional hot towel service at Tommy Guns (85 N. 3rd St., 718-388-8288) for a hot shave, and bask in a Boardwalk Empire aura. You can pick up some grooming essentials on your way out, including Proraso Shave Cream and BB Man favorite Chris Calabrese’s Raritan Bay Rum Talc-Free Dusting Powder.

Saturday Afternoon

Hunker down at Tommy’s for a haircut or catch the G Train to Carroll Gardens and step into the wood-paneled barbershop Persons of Interest (299 Smith St., 718-858-5300) for a low-key trim by Brooklyn's finest creatives-turned-hairdressers while sipping a locally-brewed lager. While you’re in the hood, stroll to Epaulet (231 Smith St. 718-522-3800) to get fitted for a new tweed suit and stop by Smith + Butler (225 Smith St., 718-855-4295) to snag a Henley or a pair of pants made by New York-based Save Khaki. Follow up with a leisurely late brunch of steak frites and thick-cut bacon at Prime Meats (465 Court St., 718-254-0327). Then catch a car—Arecibo is a good bet—to Brooklyn Banya(602 Coney Island Ave. 718-853-1300) to detox in steam rooms and saunas and de-stress with a massage from a Russian masseuse or a good flagging with a bundle of birch twigs (trust us).

Saturday Evening

Join the cool kid contingent at Bed-Sty's Do or Dine (1108 Bedford Ave., 718-684-2290) to munch on deep fried frog legs with Dr. Pepper glaze and throw back a few stiff cocktails (or their one-of-a-kind pickle backs). Be sure to ask the heavily-tatted waitress for the foie-gras doughnuts. Then get a dose of culture by taking in a concert or dance performance at BAM (30 Layfayette Ave., 718-636-4100). If you’re more in the mood for a stogie, unwind by smoking a rare hand-rolled Ashton VSG in the plush environs of Diamante's Brooklyn Cigar Lounge (108 S. Oxford St., 646-462-3876)—with any luck the owner and voice of the Brooklyn Nets, David Diamante, will be in the house. Before heading back to the Wythe to turn in, have a custom-crafted night cap at Hotel Delmano (82 Berry St., 718-387-1945).

Sunday Morning and Afternoon

Spend Sunday morning sunbathing on the hotel’s roof deck deck, looking out at Manhattan, and sipping mimosas (just don’t forget the SPF)—you’ll need a small buzz to stock up on all the locally-made loot you can in the next few hours. Begin with a trip to The One Well in Greenpoint (165 Greenpoint Ave., 347-889-6792) to raid their supply of beard oil, balm and pomade from local product line Brooklyn Grooming, and be sure to make a stop at miomia (318 Bedford Ave., 718-490-5599) to pick up the tobacco-tinged Dude No. 1 Beard Oil by Brooklyn perfumers MCMC Fragrance. Cap it off with a trip to Brooklyn Tailors (358 Grand St., 347-799-1646) to outfit yourself in finely sewn shirts and slacks—most of them with the coveted Thom Browne cut—so you’ll have something to remember this spa weekend forever.

Photos: gq.com, seriouseats.com, spaweek.com

Laura Peach

comments powered by Disqus