T+L Reports: A Meal and Massage in Paris
How do you finish off a sinful meal in Paris?Not with dessert, judging by the batch of restaurants adding massages to their menus. Wednesday through Sunday nights at Nirvana (3 Ave. Matignon; 33-1/53-89-18-91; dinner for two $184), just off the Champs-Élysées, you can slink away from the rest of the couture-clad clientele to the "de-stress" corner for a 25-minute rubdown ($23). Sir Terence Conran's chic Mezzanine Bar at Alcazar (62 Rue Mazarine; 33-1/53-10-19-99; brunch for two $60, including massage) is the place to be for brunch on Sundays—not only for the Beautiful People-watching, but also for 15-minute kneading sessions. In the subdued 15th Arrondissement, On Air Café (25 Rue Balard; 33-1/45-58-45-68; dinner for two $44) arranges quarter-hour tableside treatments ($17) in a casual, bistro atmosphere. And celebrity flytrap Man Ray (34 Rue Marbeuf; 33-1/56-88-36-36; dinner for two $135) gives patrons a reason not to hate Mondays, with a weekly after-work elixir: a strong cocktail and a half-hour massage ($12). With any luck, you might catch owners Johnny Depp and Sean Penn getting pummeled in the next seat.
On Air Cafe
Word on the street has it that this cosmopolitan restaurant and nightclub is one of the finest in Paris. Located in the Bastille & Marias section on the city's right bank, the Nirvana's electric-pink entrance invites hordes of smartly dressed partygoers to imbibe on designer cocktails while dancing the night away to the bar's own heart-thumping music. Brightly colored furnishings and rhinestone-studded mirrors adorn the swanky interior, right down to the glitzy bathrooms. Chef Maurice Guillouet, formerly at the helm at the Ritz, is on hand should anyone work up an appetite for fine international cuisine.