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Gitano Jungle Room at the James Hotel in Soho delivers the healthiest and most delectable tastes of Tulum. BY JULIA SZABO


Beyond the luxury shops, Hudson Yards is Manhattan’s new wellness central. BY NANCY KANE The much-anticipated Hudson Yards restaurants, shops and public square opened last month on Manhattan’s West Side, drawing residents and visitors alike to a perfectly contained world where the bustle of shopping and dining meets urban serenity. Get in a workout climbing New York’s newest landmark, the Vessel. The 150-foot-high structure counts 2,500 steps and 80 platforms and public space. Catch your breath at luxurious, plantfilled 3Den, a drop-in club where you can take a nap (in your very own pod), shower, and Zen out in the meditation room. Pop by for a vegan, chemical-free, nontoxic mani-pedi at sundays; get your glam on at celeb-hair guru Sally Hershberger salon inside the city’s first Neiman Marcus. Guys will want to check out athletic wear at Rhone—their first brick-and-mortar store—and women can choose from Athleta or Lululemon to get in gear for walking the 5-acre park, a lush landscaped plaza that links Hudson Boulevard Park at West 33rd Street and the High Line three blocks down. Worked-up appetites can be satisfied at eateries including those helmed by David Chang (Asian fusion at Kawi and Peach Mart) and Thomas Keller (TAK Room’s Continental fare). Paleo haven Belcampo offers organic meals from their regenerative California farm.

entrees alongside No sooner do carne asada (try beachcombers Pot-Roasted Cauarrive home from liflower with Black the Yucatan PeninGarlic and Mole). sula than they crave Absolutely nothing is a return trip. New fried—not even the Yorkers experiencing addictive corn chips, this phenomenon which aren’t chips need only travel as A vibrant spread at the per se, but pieces of far as Soho, home of Gitano Jungle Room tlayuda, 2-foot tostaGitano Jungle Room das, slow-toasted and delightfully crispy. at the James Hotel—which also, conveJungle Room’s bill of fare prides itself niently, operates a property in Tulum. The on unprocessed ingredients, from freshly eatery captures “the essence of Yucatan squeezed citrus juices to never-frozen cuisine,” promises Executive Chef Ivan avocados, made daily into guacamole Lemoine, veteran Tulum traveler and served with an array of crudités far from the restaurant’s co-partner (with Mads the usual suspects: chayote squash, red Refslund). “It’s food that is better for you, and white endive, jicama. Cocktails and and makes you feel better.” dessert offer still more opportunities to fill Forget the stereotype of “unhealthy” Mexican fare, and indulge in bean-laden up on freshness: Each item on the drinks menu “requires two or three fruits,” and burritos without artery-clogging crema. the dairy-free panna cotta gets its lush Here, you’ll find no sour cream anywhere creaminess from coconut. 23 Grand St., on the menu, while cruciferous vegeta212.201.9119, bles hold their own as mouthwatering

HE’S GOT THE CHOPS Chef Richard Farnabe reinvigorates Reserve Steakhouse with a gourmet kosher menu.

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Holder of the Guinness World Record for creating the most expensive soufflé, chef Richard Farnabe feasts on “a fantastic challenge.” So when Albert Allaham approached him to revamp Reserve Cut, FiDi’s modern steak house, Farnabe went big: “It will be the world’s first-ever Michelin-starred kosher restaurant,” he promised. “Next-level kosher.” Nonkosher-keepers, fear not: Farnabe flavor means that forgoing dairy and shellfish won’t feel anything like a sacrifice. Highlights of Farnabe’s new Reserve

Cut menu, unveiling May 6, include red snapper with ginger, cilantro, mint, star anise and cinnamon; porcini pizza with walnuts, caramelized onions and a gluten-free cauliflower crust; cassoulet of roasted vegetables with saffron, cumin and coriander in a light sherry-tomato sauce; and strawberry-rhubarb baba au rhum or vanilla Napoleon, both paired with a whipped coconut cream dreamy enough to render regular schlag obsolete. The Setai – Wall Street, 40 Broad St., 212.747.0300 —J.S.

Courtesy of Related-Oxford; courtesy of Richard Farnabe; courtesy of Gitano Jungle Room

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