From new galleries to reimagined restaurants, explore all the city has to offer this month.
New York City Ballet’s Short Stories, presented on Feb. 25 and 26, tell four magical tales through the language of dance. Expect three works from Balanchine—Prodigal Son, based on the Biblical tale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, and the solo Pavane—as well as the return of Christopher Wheeldon’s 2003 ballet Carnival of the Animals, a family-friendly performance featuring whimsical animal costumes. These enchanting stories of sin and redemption, bittersweet romance, loss and fanciful imagination deliver powerful messages through a breathtaking presentation. Feb. 25 & 26, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
House of Cars
The Genesis House’s tea pavilion on the second floor
Dreamed up by luxury auto brand Genesis, the new Genesis House features a variety of upscale attractions, from a sleek showroom that doubles as an art installation to an outdoor garden terrace on the roofscape. “Genesis House is not just a showroom,” says Jay Chang, global head of the Genesis brand. “This is a sophisticated oasis—the place where we share our inspirations at the heart of New York City.” With spaces designed by Seoul-based Suh Architects and a restaurant serving a menu by Michelin-starred Onjium of Seoul, Genesis House embodies the brand’s rich Korean heritage. The over 46,000-square-foot mecca boasts a 250-seat, floor-to-ceiling theater ideal for community events and performances, as well as a library curated by Assouline and a serene tea pavilion. 40 10th Ave.
The Mandala Lab gallery
Designed by Brooklyn architecture studio PRO, recently opened interactive gallery Mandala Lab is based on Buddhist principles and designed to provide an emotional experience for viewers. Situated on the third level of the Rubin Museum of Art, mainly focused on works from the Himalayas region, the immersive gallery features exhibits and activities influenced by five kleshas (states of mind) that cloud people’s cognizance: pride, attachment, envy, anger and ignorance. Each part aims to help people learn from these kleshas, target difficult emotions and provide tools to deal with them. The rectangular design of the space, inspired by the Sarvavid Vairochana Mandala, which depicts Buddhist deity Vairochana, has a spiral staircase at its core surrounded by four quadrants, each dedicated to a specific theme. As visitors travel from the south quadrant to the west, north and finally east quadrant, different activities help create feelings of serenity, focus and openness. 150 W. 17th St.
BABOR Signature Spa offers a rejuvenating escape to recharge.
BABOR Signature Spa, featuring salt inhalation chambers, Turkish and Moroccan hammams, and spacious spa suites, is back at The Dominick. BABOR has also added new experiences to the treatment menu, including halotherapy, reversive gua sha facial sculpting and more. The spa is one of the city’s first to offer halotherapy, a 20-minute treatment that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave, increasing oxygen flow and accelerating cell rejuvenation. “We are so happy to be able to offer those visiting and living in New York the full BABOR spa experience,” says Tim Waller, CEO of BABOR Beauty Group Americas. 246 Spring St., 7th Floor
DANIEL’s sleek bar
Introducing new menu items, a rotating art program and top-to-bottom interior redesign by Alessia Genova (managing partner of design atelier Tihany Design and original 2008 interior designer of the restaurant), famed eatery DANIEL is reborn. The new floor plan of the 3,000-square-foot contemporary dining room features undulating wood screens and custom-designed carpets and furniture. A new stainless-steel arched entrance and a crystal-enhanced bar area, designed in partnership with Paris-based interior design studio Lalique, take the stage. Along with the interior face-lift, Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud appointed Eddy Leroux, former chef de cuisine at Restaurant DANIEL, to executive chef and Shaun Velez, former executive pastry chef at Café Boulud, to executive pastry chef. DANIEL’s new menu is grounded in French tradition with modern revisions for innovative, exciting dishes, such as the wild Scottish pheasant on the tasting menu or the autumn gateau Basque on the dessert menu. 60 E. 65th St.
Photography by: BALLET PHOTO BY BRUNO HORWATH/UNSPLASH; GENESIS HOUSE PHOTO BY FRANK OUDEMAN; MANDALA LAB PHOTO BY RAFAEL GAMO; SPA PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAND; DANIEL PHOTO BY THOMAS SCHAUER