Best men's spas in New York City

Even alpha dudes need pampering sometimes, and they'll find it (minus the rose petals) at these male-oriented sanctuaries.

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  • Mortal Man

  • Nickel Spa

  • Nickel Spa

  • Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers

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Hey Man Day Spa
Tucked in the basement of a nondescript West Village apartment building, this low-key retreat may be small, but the serenity it offers is inversely proportional to its size. The four pedicure thrones and handful of manicure stations are surrounded by reminders of the natural world: Large prints of animals and plant life abound, and the gentle green, brown and gray palette of the interior brings to mind earth's native beauty. Males in need of muscle work are in luck: Hey Man specializes in knot-melting massages ($40--$120), offering five different styles—Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, reflexology and tui na, an ancient Chinese technique said to improve blood and energy flow—in 30-, 60-, 90- and 120-minute sessions. If you need more than just the kinks in your shoulders attended to, you can bundle an hour-long rubdown with other treatments, such as a combo manicure-pedicure ($98) or a half-hour facial ($110). Or opt for a 60-minute body scrub that exfoliates your epidermis with honey and seaweed ($85), to slough off scaly, dead winter skin. TONY DEAL Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all services through Jan 31. 226 W 4th St at Seventh Ave South (212-929-0838, heymandayspa.com)

John Allan's
Since 1988, this hip men's grooming club has been spiffing up its largely financier clientele with its signature Full Service package: a combination haircut, manicure, shoe shine and hot-towel treatment ($65). In the more than two decades it's been around, John Allan's has expanded, both in terms of real estate (the chainlet has locations in Tribeca, Midtown East and the Financial District, and within Saks Fifth Avenue, Toronto and Chicago) and the scope of its offerings. All three stand-alone locales—each adorned with a rotating roster of artwork and equipped with billiard tables for shooting a spontaneous round of pool—offer rejuvenating rubdowns (choose from Swedish or deep-tissue techniques in 30- or 60-minute sessions, $55--$105), but if it's a cleansing facial ($78) you're after, you'll have to head downtown. Even if you're just popping in for a basic beard trim ($12), an attendant will wrap you in a jacket-style robe the moment you walk through the door, and offer you a complimentary Sam Adams or cappuccino from the bar. 46 E 46th St between Madison and Park Aves (212-922-0361) * 95 Trinity Pl between Rector and Thames Sts (212-406-3000) * 418 Washington St between Laight and Vestry Sts (212-334-5358) * johnallans.com

Mortal Man
Owner Anna Augustsson is legendary for her near-ouchless waxing, and she'll painlessly defuzz you, from your ears ($20) and shoulders ($15) right down to your back ($35) and legs ($70). But that isn't the only draw of her subterranean spa, located in the basement of plant store New York Topiary: Augustsson personally attends to every client herself, meaning you'll get all the individualized care you deserve as you receive such oddball treatments as wax-clearing ear candling ($50) or an ionic detox footbath ($65), which is said to draw toxins out through the feet. Less adventurous spagoers can choose from a more familiar trio of facials, including a deep-pore-cleansing variety ($110), a skin-conditioning lactic-acid peel ($110) and an express service that combines a basic facial with a manicure and pedicure in 90 minutes flat ($190). TONY DEAL Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all services for first-time customers through Jan 31. 135 W 28th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (347-752-2907, mortalman.net)

Nickel Spa
The sleek silver-and-blue lobby of this spacious, minimalist spa looks like a Duane Reade from the year 2075: macho beauty products, such as Nickel's own Super Clean body scrub ($26) and Sebastian Microweb Fiber texturizing cream ($19), are neatly displayed on illuminated white shelves. Push past the futuristic apothecary to the eight navy-hued treatment rooms, however, and you'll promptly be brought back to the here and now. Offerings run the gamut from ubiquitous (deep-tissue massages $60--$155; manicures $22--$30) to crazy-unique, like the Jet-Lag treatment (one hour for $110), designed to align your circadian rhythm with the eastern time zone through body brushing, deep-tissue body massage and ayurvedic scalp prodding. Should the elephant-size photo of a youthful male model plastered in the entryway make you feeling self-conscious about your looks, rest assured: Nickel's vast array of facials—including a glow-inducing oxygen variety ($115) and an exfoliating Pumpkin and Papaya Enzyme Peel ($120)—will keep your visage in tip-top shape. 77 Eighth Ave at 14th St (212-242-3203, nickelspanyc.com)

Okeanos
Though both sexes are welcome at this newly renovated Russian enclave, Okeanos is a man's world. Gents make up the vast majority of clients, who flock here for banya, the ritual of spending extended time inside one of the two frosted-glass--walled, 170-degree steam saunas, alternated with ice-cold showers (half day $50, full day $90; free with any service of $120 or more). A traditional platza treatment ($50), in which technicians beat the crap out of your sauna-steamed skin with bundles of birch leaves, separate the men from the boys. Athletic types could benefit from an equally vigorous Russian sports massage (one hour $145, 90 minutes $210), during which intense heat and a technician's swift, deep movements stretch out tight muscles. But if you're more interested in softening your skin than your muscles, perhaps the exfoliating Black Sea scrub ($120), which uses essential oils and salts from the service's namesake body of water to strip off dead skin cells, is more your speed. 211 E 51st St between Second and Third Aves (212-223-6773, okeanosclubspa.com)

Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers
On first glance, this masculine space—warmly clad in sunny colors and light-wood flooring—is nothing more than a high-end barbershop: Weary bankers and businessmen gather around the marble bar to watch ESPN and CNBC on a pair of flat-screen TVs while quaffing gratis Sixpoint beers and waiting for their straight-razor shaves ($55), beard trims ($30) and clipper cuts ($35--$65). But the real treasure lies beneath the cutting-room floor: A pair of treatment nooks hidden in the basement level is where Truman's technicians deliver a limited menu of Swedish, deep-tissue and sports massages ($65--$150) that will leave you loopy with endorphins. Staying true to the shop's grooming roots, there's also a handful of deep-cleansing skin treatments, including a blackhead-extracting facial ($110) and a variation of the service specifically designed for the back ($110). 120 E 56th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-759-5015, trumans-nyc.com)

Why Not Men's Spa
This clean, minimalist sanctuary may be located on a busy stretch of West 4th Street, but you'll feel like you're miles away from the bustle once you're inside the well-insulated, incense-scented space, full of guys getting manicures ($15) and pedicures ($32). Facials are a specialty here, with seven different types to choose from, including the deep-pore-scrubbing Le Sion Masculine facial ($148) and an exfoliating botanical version ($158). There's even a back acne treatment ($168) to help banish those nasty pimples you can't quite reach with Clearasil pads. Should your extremities require a little TLC, the spa offers reflexology treatments ($50--$80), during which pressure is applied to targeted zones in the hands and feet to alleviate suffering in other parts of the body. TONY DEAL Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all services through Jan 31. 174 W 4th St between Cornelia and Jones Sts (212-337-8551, whynotmenspa.com)

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emds
emds

Reading through each of these, I notice you can receive discounts if you mention Tony name. Who is Tony? I also noticed that no one offers laser hair removal, only waxing. Why?

emds
emds

Reading through each of these, I notice you can receive discounts if you mention Tony name. Who is Tony? I also noticed that no one offers laser hair removal, only waxing. Why?

jaspreet
jaspreet

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mark
mark

wellness day spa: friendly, clean, all around pleasant...unfortunately, they don't know what they are doing when it comes to manicure, pedicure....all the rest is great. I had a full massage. the masseur offered to blow me and he jerked off when i declined - hot....then he asked for an extra tip....go figure.

larry
larry

do you do colin hydrotherapy and sugaring for the body Thanks larry