Best outdoor yoga in NYC
The green Park Slope yoga studio Bend & Bloom, known for its wind-generated electricity and gratis postclass organic tea, is back with its annual vinyasa series on the park’s expansive Long Meadow. “It’s so rewarding to be out in the open, under the sky,” says manager TJ Halliday. “It opens the senses.” bendandbloom.com. Free.
This super cool offering has yogis meeting at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in Brooklyn at 8am on Saturdays to run across the Williamsburg Bridge together, followed by cold-pressed juice and a restorative-yoga session back at the studio. A zingy way to start your day. nyc.laughinglotus.com. $22.
Work on your sun salutations while taking in the actual sunset at the rooftop farm's Monday evening yoga series at 6.30pm. Bring your own mat and head up to the open-air patio, where Sarah Schumann, owner of Shambhala Yoga & Dance in Prospect Heights, leads you through a 60-minute, all-levels asana practice. brooklyngrangefarm.com. $16, six classes $75.
Instructors Yojaida Estrella and Monique Schubert rely on the meditation-heavy system Kripalu, a branch of hatha yoga, during these beginner-friendly classes. And the setting is apropos: Situated on a knoll between the waterfront and the park’s sculptures, it’s a perfect spot for contemplating the harmonious balance between nature and art. socratessculpturepark.org. Free.
Want to perfect your lotus pose without wasting a beautiful day in the city? Head to this Midtown East studio where you can keep up your hatha or vinyasa practice in Yo Yoga!'s outdoor sessions on its private roof deck, whose slightly uneven surface creates an extra challenge for your planks and chaturungas. yoyoganyc.com. $20.
On an unassuming side street in the Fulton Mall district of Downtown Brooklyn, the traditional street food of Shanghai comes alive at Yaso Tangbao. The venerable Chef Zongxing Tu—former executive chef of Joe’s Shanghai—serves as the ‘yaso’ (uncle) to three twenty-something partners from Nanxiang, who sought to bring the chef’s famous xiao laong bao steamed soup dumplings to an area poised for rapid growth. It’s a clear fit, as the casual, counter-order eatery is ideal for the constant stream of workers from the nearby municipal buildings to grab a filling, low-cost lunch. But the word is out among locals, as well; all of the restaurants’ seven long, wooden communal-seating tables were occupied at 7 p.m. on a recent Sunday evening. Chef Zongxing is sort of a big deal among fans of Chinese dumplings, so be sure to start your meal with the blue crab and pork soup dumplings ($6.95), which shimmy on the special spoon provided for their enjoyment. Gently bite off the orange-hued tip, and a fresh burst of briny Maryland blue crab broth rushes onto your palette. Sip it up to get to the ground pork filling. A few seats down, a little blonde girl cries out as some of her succulent broth escapes; she desperately lifts the bamboo steamer over her spoon in an attempt to catch it. Don’t skip the pan fried pork baos ($5.65), tangerine-sized rolls of soft white dough with a juicy pork filling in a tiny reservoir of broth, topped with black sesame seeds and a pleasant sheen of grease. Anothe
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