"In Saratoga Springs, Catering to the Horse Set
New York Times - August 2010
At Siro’s restaurant, the 72-year-old hub of haute revelry here, men in blazers the hue of Easter eggs and women in prodigious hats addressed their $48 Cassel Farms rack of lamb. Only five minutes and an immeasurable universe away, 942 itinerant workers in T-shirts ate free stir-fried Sichuan chicken under a white party tent at the Saratoga Race Course.
Dining in this food-focused town, which claims to have invented the potato chip and the club sandwich, comes in every guise. Newness intrudes here often, too. At the Saratoga Race Course, for instance, Danny Meyer has just opened a Shake Shack satellite — just five betting windows down from his new Blue Smoke.
Long before Saratoga Springs was famed for its horse racing; it was known for it’s natural mineral springs, which attracted visitors from far and wide. Thousands of people from all over the world continue to visit Saratoga Springs - year round- and take the plunge into the refreshing effervescent mineral waters.
The Roosevelt Baths and Spa located within Saratoga Spa State Park – bordering SPAC and 2 buildings from the Victorian Pool - offers everyone the opportunity to “take the waters” as well as partake in an array of other services such as massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, hair styling and the progressive services and skill of an integrative nutritionist. The eco-friendly Roosevelt Baths and Spa is a Top 10 New York State Green Destination and just celebrated its 75th anniversary this past summer. It has received the designation of an “Eminence Green Spa” for implementing sustainable practices such installing high efficiency lighting, energy conservation, recycling awareness and waste reduction.