Tucked inside iconic designer Norma Kamali's boutique in Midtown Manhattan is a wellness & beauty oasis- a must-see if you're a New Yorker, or simply in town on a visit.
What makes Norma Kamali's Wellness Cafe such a gem? Everything in the cafe was chosen by Norma because she uses it and has seen wonderful results with it in her life. Start with the Organic Avenue juice bar, where you can grab a green juice like Mellow Love (we included the recipe in an earlier post) and my fave, Green Love, which blends cucumber, spinach, celery, kale, swiss chard, lemon and apple juices- delicious and amazing for skin! If you crave a sweet drink, try the Lemon Lime Shake, a mix of lemon, lime, coconut, avocado, cucumber, alkaline water and stevia. Fresh chilled soups are also available daily. Why go anywhere else for a lunchtime beauty nutrition boost? Don't miss picking up Norma's favorite edible olive oils from around the world either!
The Wellness Cafe makes room for beauty products as well, featuring Norma's favorite organic beauty brand Intelligent Nutrients. Norma Kamali Wellness brand olive oil-based beauty products are also available, though I'm disappointed to report that just two products meet natural standards (Only Olives Soap and Olive Calcium Liniment). The products that are natural are wonderful, so it's my hope that the rest of the line will be reformulated someday- possibly to match Intelligent Nutrients standards!
One last stop in the all-around wellness destination is fitness. Physique 57, a fitness studio loved by celebs like Kelly Ripa, Christy Turlington and Parker Posey, sells equipment and DVD sculpting and toning workouts in the cafe. Pick one up to round out your total-body beauty experience!
The cafe is located in the Norma Kamali Flagship Store: 11 West 56th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.