From New York’s manliest place for a shave to Vegas’s newest barbecue joint to L.A.’s most current form of socializing, we have the 411 on what’s trendy now. And we’re sharing it with you (because we like you).



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1-Who’s Feeling Social?
The renowned Hollywood Athletic Club has been reincarnated into a stunning, Moroccan-influenced restaurant. Called Social Hollywood, in honor of the site’s past life as Sunset Boulevard’s toniest hangout, the new eatery blends Hollywood heyday elegance with new-American audacity. The eclectic menu offers everything from seared foie gras to pomegranate-glazed lamb rack and stewed lamb shank. Most fun, though, is a state-of-the-art glass projection wall that thrills diners with films produced for the eatery. ­www.socialhollywood­.com

2-Silence Is Golden …
And you can find it in the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel’s newly designated quiet zone. Tranquility comes in the form of a soundproofed floor, where daytime hotel operations cease just so you can sleep. Just think: no housekeepers or pesky bellmen lugging bags, from eight in the morning to eight at night. Recover from jet lag with an uninterrupted daytime snooze, or prepare for that important meeting with a power nap. Rates start at $79 and include earplugs and eye masks.

3-All Great Parties End Up in the Kitchen
Or so thinks executive chef Joseph Oldham of the Houston Four Seasons’ trendy Italian grill, Quattro. And that’s why, for Sunday brunch, Oldham’s doing things “chef side,” meaning he’s moving the buffet stations to the kitchen, where guests can choose the dishes they want to try hot off the line. $45. ­

4-A Sip and a Bite
To whet the appetite of the weary traveler who’s hungry for good food but not up to a mammoth, three-course meal, several hotels have come up with small, minicourse offerings. San Francisco’s Fifth Floor Restaurant at Hotel Palomar has “Flights and Bites,” which pairs three savory food flights (think Maine lobster and English peas) prepared by acclaimed chef Melissa Perello with three wine selections chosen by sommelier Emily Wines ($25). And in New York, the Muse Hotel’s Mini Bar offers a trio of miniburgers, each paired with a worthy wine ($32)., ­­

5-Just for Men
New York metrosexuals tired of visiting women’s salons, rejoice! You now have a place to call your own. Offering the service and ambience of an old-fashioned barbershop (but on urban steroids), clients visiting Truman’s can indulge in a shave or manicure “handshake maintenance” after enjoying a beer, watching a little ESPN on the flat-screen TV, or thumbing through the latest car magazine in the sophisticated and male-friendly bar/lounge (read: waiting area).

6-Sin City Gets a Lickin’
For ages, barbecue fanatics have been making the pilgrimage to Driftwood, Texas (near Austin), to dine at the famed Salt Lick barbecue restaurant. Now, the much-beloved barbecue shack is making its second appearance. Only this time it’s in Vegas, baby, at the newly opened Red Rock Station casino. Hungry gamblers (those who can tear themselves from the slots and tables, anyway) can indulge in family-style pit-smoked brisket (plus sausage, ribs, and all the fixings) for $16 per person. Sorry, y’all, no sharing.