Wellness

A Head-to-Toe Refresher Within Five Blocks

From working on your fitness to upgrading your lashes, our own health and wellness editor Amanda Taylor knows how to do pampering right on the Upper East Side.

Photo by Julie Robbs

Among all the luxe boutiques, grand galleries, and the crème de la crème of Manhattan elite, the Upper East Side probably has the healthiest stretch in all of the borough: Third Avenue between East 79th and 84th Streets.

The East 83rd Street location of SoulCycle (1470 Third Avenue) is the spot that started it all. Home to founder Stacey Griffith—who teaches Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—the high-intensity classes are always packed. Get the app or go online on Monday at noon to book. If you’re new to Soul and the whole thing kind of terrifies you, avoid the more congested crowds and sign up for a low-key class during off-peak afternoons in the B Studio. First class, $20; one class, $34; series of three classes, $75; five classes, $165.

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Spinning will probably leave you sweaty, full of positivity (thanks, endorphins!), and thirsty for a green juice at Juice Press (1474 Third Avenue) right next door. Probiotics, prebiotics, ginger shots…who the heck knows if any of it really does anything for you, but the caffeinated Harvey Wallbanger With the Works ($8) will put some spring in your step thanks to the shot of coffee it’s topped off with. There is every kind of green juice imaginable for the veggie purists, along with vegan salads ($10), vegan sushi rolls ($10), soups ($6.50 for small, $8 for large), and bowls (starting at $8).

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If you’re feeling ambitious, you can try out a TRX class right across the street from SoulCycle at Exceed Physical Culture (1477 Third Avenue). This beautiful gym has been a local mainstay since UES mom and entrepreneur Catherine Goodwin opened its doors five years ago. Exceed’s 50-minute classes are efficient, fun, and hard; you’ll work all 700 or so of your muscles. But you don’t have to be a hardbody to it; Exceed welcomes athletes at every level, from expert to novice, and its experienced staff makes sure each and every client is moving safely and at a level appropriate for them. Marianna Biribin is my personal favorite, but honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the instructors. True to its slogan—“Not a club, not a clique. We are a culture”—this is that rare gym where there truly is no attitude, no drama, and no judgment. One class, $32; five classes, $160; monthly unlimited, $350.

If you are more of a stay-in-one-place-all-day kind of person, Y7 Yoga Studio and Heyday Facial Bar are conveniently located in the same building (1459 Third Avenue). The self-anointed “original hip-hop yoga studio” offers classes like We Flow Hard Slow Burn Yoga and #TBT Throwback Thursday Vinyasa. Clients are encouraged to “come with an open mind, stripped of any and all expectations you carry of yourself, and take an hour-long vacation of body exploration, transformation, and movement,” all in a dark, heated room. A relative bargain for a yoga studio, classes are $25 each. Newcomers should consider a two-week unlimited pass for $45 or a monthly unlimited for $99. Meanwhile, devotees of the NoMad and Tribeca Heydays will have a (slightly) easier time booking a facial now that the bar’s UES locale is open. Book a 30-, 50-, or 75-minute customized facial (starting at $60) and prepare for clear skin and, naturally, a restored spirit.

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Photo by Julie Robbs

The only thing that would make your face even fresher is a bit of an eyelash touch-up; that’s where Lash Decor (1401 Third Avenue) comes in. For the uninitiated, this involves individual extensions—single strands of synthetic hair—being applied to your own eyelashes…every single one of them. They stay on for an average of two weeks, meaning you’ll wake up not worrying about anything besides throwing your hair in a ponytail and applying some gloss before leaving your apartment for 14 glorious days. Throw in a mani-pedi or an acupuncture session while you’re there. Why not? Multiple lengths and types of lash extensions, ranging from standard for $150 to supersilky starting at $220, are available. Check the website for additional services.

Don’t know where to start your health + wellness day around the Upper East Side? Let us book you an appointment at any of these spots.