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Discounts on Critics Picks Nationwide

Critics can be a tricky bunch to please, but we've gathered up Local Deals your pocketbook will love at restaurants, spas and for activities that the critics raved about. Treat yourself to a night out at Zagat-picked restaurants, pamper yourself at Conde Nast Traveler’s top spas and go for an outing at USA Today featured venues.


  • Baltimore Spa & Salon: Twice listed on Baltimore Mag’s Best of list and praised for the “endlessly swank” services … $99 (reg. $180)


  • Pickwick & Frolic: USA Today calls it one of the “10 great places to watch stand-up” over drinks and apps … $55 (reg. $115)




  • Tamayo: Named one of Gayot’s Top 10 Colorado Outdoor Dining Restaurants and called a “fantastic treat” … $20 (reg. $40)
  • Jonesy’s EatBar: Travel + Leisure ranks the fries among the best in the U.S. at this Best First-Date Restaurant … $20 (reg. $42)
  • DiFranco’s: Named the Best Italian Restaurant of 2013 and given a perfect rating by Metromix … $25 (reg. $52)


  • Allegria Spa: This “haven of tranquility” is one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas … $99 (reg. $165)
  • Aria Spa & Club: Frommer’s says the Conde Nast Traveler lauded spa “gets better every year” … $89 (reg. $178)


Las Vegas

  • Alize: The “magical French stunner” appears on six Gayot Top 10 Lists and boasts “astonishing” views … $99 (reg. $222)



  • Artifex Manuum Spa: City Pages calls it a “stress-relief haven” and said they provide the city’s Best Massage … $30 (reg. $70)


  • The Works Museum: This kid-favorite museum is one of USA Today’s Top 10 great family museums … $8 (reg. $16)

New York


  • Karloff: NY Mag names this “cozy Cobble Hill eater” a Critics’ Pick for the Eastern European cuisine … $39 (reg. $73)
  • Le Bistro D’A Cote: Choose any of the Zagat praised “quality French classics” for dinner of brunch … $25 (reg. $50)
  • Baconery: Critics can’t get enough of the bacon-infused sweets; the NY Times says it’s not to be missed … $12 (reg. $29)
  • Havana Alma de Cuba: Zagat calls the cuisine “excellent” and praises the “festive” atmosphere … $39 (reg. $76)
  • Nomad: The NY Mag pick serves up “flavorful North African eats” that Zagat calls “excellent” … $30 (reg. $60)


  • Supple Spa: Time Out New York named the Flatiron District oasis one of its top 10 picks for Spa Week … $49 (reg. $136)


Northern California


  • Sante: One of SF Chronicle’s 100 Top Bay Area Restaurants serves “outstanding Cal-French fare” … $99 (reg. $159)


  • Milk+: Try out a new fall nail trend at this Allure magazine praised spa … $19 (reg. $35)
  • Vanity SpaSalon: Our subscribers know about great deals and called this one “soothing” … $85 (reg. $224)
  • The Spa at Casa Madrona: InStyle featured the spa in its Ultimate Black Beauty Book … $59 (reg. $105)




  • Spa Lamar: Unwind with “an unforgettable spa experience” at one of the Best Spas in Arizona (Gayot) … $79 (reg. $170)

Southern California


  • Gemmell’s Restaurant: Named a Top 10 OC French Restaurant by Gayot and highly praised by Zagat … $55 (reg. $114)


  • Estrella Spa: One of Conde Nast Traveler’s top U.S. resort spas, Vogue says it’s the place “to play the pampered starlet” … $139 (reg. $255)


  • Racer’s Edge: LA Weekly named the indoor go-karting track the city’s best, calling it “a thrill” … $44 (reg. $92)

St. Louis

  • World Aquarium: The Riverfront Times praises the “dream-world” home to over 10,000 animals … $35 (reg. $130)

Washington, D.C.

  • Taan: Zagat praises this Top 10 Ramen spot (CityEats) for their signature dish and date-night lighting … $35 (reg. $74)
  • Café Oggi: Gayot praises the McLean eatery for “fresh and seasonal cuisine” … $35 (reg. $70)
  • Raaga: The Washington Post loves the “impeccable Indian food” at the Falls Church eatery … $20 (reg. $40)
  • Spas
  • Parma Spa: Take an hour to unwind at the Washingtonian-praised “serene” spa … $65 (reg. $115)

West Palm Beach

  • Palm Beach Golf Course: Two can hit the links at one of Golf Digest’s Top 50 Most Fun Courses … $35 (reg. $76)

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Thursday, September 5, 2013
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