Treat yourself

Enjoy ten NYC splurges that are worth the expense---it'll be your best day of the year.

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    Aziz Ansari in a suit and tie, photographed in a lounge at the Gansevoort Hotal...

    Gansevoort Hotel

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    Le Bernardin

    Le Bernardin

  • Lali Lali Salon

  • Jetsetter

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    ABC Kitchen

  • Morrell Wine

  • The Book of Mormon

  • Rich Robinson performs at the Rolling Stones tribute at Carnegie Hall

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    Bikram Yoga NYC

  • Lia Schorr

Photograph: Dale May

Aziz Ansari in a suit and tie, photographed in a lounge at the Gansevoort Hotal...

Gansevoort Hotel

Staycation at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC
Spend a night pretending you're a baller with cash to burn: Rates at the Park Avenue branch of this luxury hotel are steep (standard rooms run $395--$525 a night), so it may take some scrimping to stay here. But a booking buys you a number of swank perks, including access to the hotel's indoor-outdoor rooftop pool with unforgettable views of the Empire State Building. If the thought of spending all that cash has you teetering on the edge of a breakdown, just roll into the Gansevoort Park's in-house Exhale Spa for a deep-tissue massage ($110 for 30 minutes); you'll develop selective amnesia about next month's credit-card bill before it's all over. 420 Park Ave South at 29th St (212-317-2900,

Dinner at Le Bernardin
Opt for a classy evening binge at the recently renovated Le Bernardin, which offers two distinct tasting menus featuring a generous selection of chef Eric Ripert's best dishes. Try the Chef's Tasting Menu ($190 per person, with wine pairing $330) or the Le Bernardin Tasting Menu ($145 per person, with wine pairings $235): The latter stars an assortment of seven delicacies, including charred octopus, roasted monkfish and a warm chocolate tart topped with vanilla--sweet-potato sorbet, while the former has eight dishes, including a butter-poached lobster tail, crispy black bass with pickled cucumbers in a black-garlic--Persian-lime sauce, and salted-peanut caramel with Maralumi milk chocolate and malted-milk crunch. 151 W 51st St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-554-1515,

Beauty deals at Lali Lali Salon
Write your own transformation story and make an appointment for a full-service package at this Noho salon. The Spa Diva ($104) gets ladies a gel manicure, spa pedicure, blowout and professional makeup application; its gentleman's counterpart, the Lady Killer ($84.50), includes a haircut, a mani and a Brazilian waxing. 650 Broadway between Bleecker and Bond Sts, third floor (212-228-2611,

Trips via Jetsetter
If your life upgrade requires temporarily changing your address, snag a winter vacation through Jetsetter: The travel site lists hundreds of exotic trips and resort options, and each vacation and hotel is handpicked by well-traveled curators. Trips are updated daily, and destinations are as varied as San Francisco, Rome and Nicaragua. January sales include a VIP Super Bowl package ($TBA)—featuring luxury hotel accommodation, access to an exclusive party and tickets to the big game. Plus, keep an eye out for a February ski trip to Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, California ($900--$1,000). Trips are exclusive to site members; TONY readers can score an invite by visiting Locations vary; visit for details.

Lunch at ABC Kitchen
Indulge in one of the city's more affordable dining splurges with an artisanal midday feast at ABC Kitchen. The Jean-Georges Vongerichten Gramercy hot spot has an opulent three-course lunch prix fixe ($28): Start with lentil soup, roasted beets with house-made yogurt, or shaved-radish toast with black pepper and mustard butter. Then, dig into one of three entres, such as a grilled-squash-and-roasted-pepper sandwich; braised hake with cabbage, chilies and seaweed; or warm field greens with farm eggs and crispy prosciutto. Finish it off with a salted-caramel ice-cream sundae. 35 E 18th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-475-5829,

Wine classes at Morrell Wine
Learn how to sip like a true oenophile during a class hosted by this Rockefeller Plaza wineshop. Start with a basic introductory course, or choose from more specific tutorials, such how to navigate regional wine varieties. Those who want to delve a bit deeper should consider the Morrell Wine Institute Series Package ($250), which covers admission to one introductory class and two different specialty theme classes, as well as a copy of Oz Clarke's Encyclopedia of Grapes. 1 Rockefeller Plaza between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-688-9370,

The Book of Mormon
Broadway's biggest treat (for the next two decades at least) is Trey Parker and Matt Stone's multi-Tony Award-winning show, The Book of Mormon. Seats to the South Park creators' hit are close to, but not totally, impossible to find; orchestra and premium tickets ($145--$477) are still available for early February and beyond. Book your tickets online ASAP to catch Nikki M. James and Josh Gad belt out tunes, subversively justifying your Great White Way splurge of a lifetime. Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 W 49th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (

Rolling Stones tribute at Carnegie Hall
It's safe to say if you shell out for the VIP package to the Music of the Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks 1964--1971 concert at Carnegie Hall this spring, you'll be the envy of every music lover in NYC. The show features an all-star cast of 21 artists including Rosanne Cash, the Mountain Goats, TV on the Radio and Glen Hansard, each of whom will perform a track off the Hot Rocks compilation album of the Stones' greatest hits. VIP packages run from the Producer's Choice ticket ($300, includes prime seating and access to the City Winery after-party) to the Ultimate Fantasy Encore Player ($10,000, gives the ticket holder the opportunity to play onstage with the full ensemble during the encore, along with backstage passes and choice seats). This indulgence comes with a charitable plus; the big ticket prices benefit music and arts programs for underprivileged youth. 154 W 57th St at Seventh Ave (212-247-7800, March 13.

Zen out at Bikram Yoga NYC
Tone your bod and cleanse your inner chi by sweating out all your negative energy at Bikram Yoga NYC: The yoga school has a number of bundled deals ranging from one week of unlimited classes ($50) to a one-year all-access pass ($1,525), with a number of intermediary options in between. If you're looking for something long-term, Bikram Yoga offers a popular monthly auto-debit program ($140), giving you unlimited access to classes as long as you opt for a four-month commitment. Each package includes a complimentary towel set, and can be cashed in at any of the four locations. Locations vary; visit for details.

Skin-care at Lia Schorr
Look as if you haven't a care in the world beyond the maintenance of your complexion after one of Lia Schorr's revitalizing day-spa packages. The skin-care vet has been in the biz for nearly three decades and offers a number of beauty bundles at her midtown spa, including first-rate seaweed facials, full-body massages, manicures, pedicures, waxings and crystal peels. Shell out for the Body Indulgence package ($310), a mind-blowing, two-hour spa spectacular featuring a hot-stone massage, sea-salt scrub, seaweed body wrap and foot-reflexology session. Lia Schorr runs frequent specials, so check the website for updated pricing. 686 Lexington Ave between 56th and 57th Sts (212-486-9670,

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