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Recline in the lap of luxury at Core: club, Soho House and private members' club Norwood.

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  • Core: club

  • Photograph: Amy Murrell

    Soho House

  • Photograph: Amy Murrell

    Soho House

  • Photograph: Poul Ober

    Soho House

  • Photograph: Layo Mayoli

    Soho House

  • Norwood

  • Norwood

  • Norwood

  • Norwood

  • Norwood

  • Photograph: Noah Hawthorne

    Norwood

    Norwood

  • Photograph: Noah Hawthorne

    Norwood

    Norwood

  • Photograph: Noah Hawthorne

    Norwood

    Norwood

Core: club

Pamper yourself
Even nonmembers can take advantage of the posh grooming services at Core: club's sleek midtown facilities. Schedule an appointment at the award-winning Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa, where you can indulge in an intensive hair-mask treatment (30 minutes $50), mint-menthol scalp revitalizer ($50) or 45-minute classic manicure (men's or women's $32). Once you've primped, take a spin through the first-floor public gallery space to view works by Andy Warhol, Russell Young and other big-name artists. Core: club, 66 E 55th St between Madison and Park Aves (212-486-6600, thecoreclub.com)

Crash a members' club
A full-fledged membership to Soho House may require A-list status and a massive chunk of change, but you can still access the restaurant, bar and glitzy rooftop pool—if you treat yourself to a one-night staycation. When you're done sunning yourself poolside, catch a movie (gratis with your stay) in the in-house cinema, or indulge in meatball parmigiana sliders ($11) or ricotta-lemon flatbread ($13) from your plush king-size bed. Soho House, 29--35 Ninth Ave at 13th St (212-627-9800, sohohouseny.com)

Get free first rounds
The LES outpost of popular Thai restaurant Rhong-Tiam has a secret: its candlelit back patio. The hidden space isn't well-known, but you can reserve a spot on weekends if you call ahead and ask for a late-night table for you and your crew. When you arrive, look for the pay phone in the back and quietly inform the hostess why you're there; you'll be secreted away to the canopied porch. As a bonus, the restaurant gives out drink cards. After you accumulate 20 stamps, you'll achieve VIP status, which means you won't have to phone if your party is fewer than four—and the owner will buy back your first round of Singha beer for life. Rhong-Tiam, 154 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-260-7539, rhong-tiam.com)

Take a gratis tour
A schmancy West Village townhouse, originally used as a private residence, became Norwood's home base in 2007. "Qualified" prospective members are invited to peek inside the preppy digs during free tours, which are scheduled throughout the week. Peep the sitting room, bar and lounge, private screening room and dining area during the walkthrough. If they like you enough, you'll be invited to stay for a complimentary drink. Norwood, 241 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-255-9300, norwoodclub.com)

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