Best shave shops for men

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  • New York Shaving Company

  • Truman's

  • Spiff

New York Shaving Company

New York Shaving Company
You’ll think you’ve stepped into a time machine upon entering this shop (even though it opened in 2008): The old-fashioned decor, 1940s-era soundtrack and antique barber chairs seem fit for Humphrey Bogart. Choose from a traditional shave ($30) or an ultimate shave ($50), which comes with a mini-facial finale; both will continue to turn back the hands of time, making you look years younger. During or after your shave, the staff is on hand to teach you how to get baby-soft skin on your own (shave direction and product selection matters!). And for those who prefer a straight razor at home, they offer sharpening services ($30) regardless of the razor’s brand or age. 202B Elizabeth St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-334-9495, theshaveofnewyork.com)

Esquires of Wall Street
Forgot your monocle and top hat at home? Don’t worry, this classic barbershop, which is located directly across the street from the New York Stock Exchange, in the same building in which J.P. Morgan once lived, is not nearly as stuffy as it sounds. Customers can walk in for a cut ($23), a shave complete with warm shaving cream and warm towels ($15) and a shoe shine ($3), all of which can be done at once to save time. Also on hand: complimentary beer or whiskey. You know, in case the Dow’s had that kind of day. 14 Wall St between Broadway and Nassau St (212-349-5064)

Truman’s
The cofounders of Truman’s asked male focus groups what they wanted in a grooming destination before building this bi-level midtown space offering shaves, haircuts, waxings, shoe shines, massages, manicures and pedicures. The liquor bar and television screens (tuned to CNBC or ESPN) add a clubby vibe, and stalls are separated by plastic screens so patrons won’t catch eyes midmanicure—something a wee bit uncomfortable for the fellas. The “Refresher” ($75), for guys on the go, combines a hot-towel service, hair wash, scalp massage, style, shave, manicure and shoe shine—all in less than 45 minutes. 120 E 56th St between Lexington and Park Aves (212-759-5015, trumans-nyc.com)

The Art of Shaving
While the ladies in your party shop at Bloomingdale’s, excuse yourself and pop in for a shave at this new grooming boutique. The sleek space is staffed with two master barbers and decked out with glass walls, black lacquered furniture and sparkling black chandeliers. Indulge in an hour-long Royal Shave ($55) or an Aromatherapy Scalp Treatment ($45), or get a haircut ($40). 1000 Third Ave at 59th St, first floor (212-705-2454, theartofshaving.com)

Spiff
This sleek white-and-chrome men’s salon is a far cry from the old-time barbershop that plucked Grandpa’s whiskers. Attentive and affable staffers escort you to your chair, where an LCD television embedded above the mirror gives you something to focus on besides the sharp razor approaching your face. Although Spiff’s clientele consists mostly of midtown businessmen, they’re more than happy to walk whippersnappers through their first “real” shave. Manager-stylist Danny Kerr says he self-tested a variety of products before deciding to carry eShave exclusively. Choose from a trim ($12), an express shave ($35) or a deluxe shave ($45), which includes a hot-towel treatment to soften your skin, lavender preshave oil, and a postshave facial and hot-oil scalp treatment. 750 Third Ave between 46th and 47th Sts (212-204-8720, spiffnyc.com)

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