Convenient pampering

Whether you're an early bird, a night owl or working with mere minutes to spare on your lunch break, there's a salon or spa that caters to your crazy schedule.

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  • Mizu

  • Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa

  • Shizuka New York Day Spa

  • Wall Street Baths & Spa 88

  • Cleo Spa and Salon

  • Hair Party 24hours

  • Spa Martier

Mizu

Early morning

Complete Body & Spa

Get a head start on your day at the Midtown East and Flatiron locations of this fitness and well-being center, which start offering spa services as early as 7am on weekdays. Work out desk-related kinks in your neck and back with an hour-long hot-stone massage ($125), or detox from the city grime with an exfoliating sugar scrub (30 minutes, $60) followed by a hydrating milk-and-honey body wrap (30 minutes, $60). As an added perk, spa patrons can use the members-only gym (and, at the Midtown East locale, the rooftop pool) for free, so you can squeeze in some exercise before heading to the office. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all spa services through August 31. • 301 E 57th St at Second Ave (212-777-7703) • 22 W 19th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-777-7719) • completebody.com.—Christina Lee

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Mizu

  • Price band: 2/4

The next time you have a big meeting and need to be perfectly coiffed, head to this glossy white, bi-level salon, which opens at 8am on Tuesdays through Fridays specifically to offer its Breakfast Blow-Dries ($65). After your tresses are lathered up with sulfate-free Sojourn shampoo, they'll be spritzed with Oribe's frizz-combating Impermeable Anti-Humidity spray and dried from the roots to create a voluminous, bouncy blowout that lasted us a full two days. The service includes a complimentary coffee, tea, cappuccino or latte, and is popular with the well-groomed staff at Ralph Lauren's headquarters across the street. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Mizu will even arrange to have food delivered to the salon from Gourmet Park (gourmetpark.com) and add the total (plus tip!) to your final bill. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off Breakfast Blow-Dries through August 31. • 212-688-6498, mizuforhair.com—Cristina Velocci

  1. 505 Park Ave, (between 59th and 60th Sts)
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Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa

There's practically nothing you can't have done at makeover maven Paul Labrecque's Upper West and Upper East Side locations before some New Yorkers even take their first sip of coffee (both branches open on weekdays at 8am). While the stylists start revving their hair dryers bright and early for cuts (women $100--$500, men $75--$250), color ($90--$250) and blowouts ($75), we prefer to rise and shine in the spa with a detoxifying seaweed body wrap ($135), deep-tissue massage (30 minutes, $80; 60 minutes, $130) or classic European facial ($135), which will have your visage looking like it belongs in an Olay ad. All services—including a mere eyebrow wax ($50)—get you access to the steam room and showers (and on the West Side, the whirlpool), so you can leave refreshed and ready to take on the day. • The Chatham, 171 E 65th St between Lexington and Third Aves • Reebok Sports Club/NY, 160 Columbus Ave between 67th and 68th Sts • 212-988-7816, paullabrecque.com—Cristina Velocci

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Spiotta Salon

This cozy midtown salon turns guys' dreaded morning grooming routine into a downright enjoyable experience, with a men's shave-and-haircut service ($48) that starts with hot towels and includes a minty lather to wake you up, a stress-relieving neck massage, a hair trim and a shoe shine. The shop, which opens at 7:30am on weekdays, also offers early-morning cuts for women ($60) and, from 8:30am on, manicures ($15). Lest you get too relaxed, proprietor Gerry Spiotta throws in a shot of espresso to ensure that you leave office-ready. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all services and 20 percent off all products through August 31. • 212-730-1312, spiottasalonnyc.com—Andrew Frisicano

  1. 219 W 38th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves

Lunchtime

Shizuka New York Day Spa

  • Price band: 2/4

You'll want to inhale your turkey sandwich at your desk, so you can sneak off to this midtown haven for a mind-numbing shiatsu massage. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays from 11am to 2pm, the traditional body rubs are discounted up to 30 percent. Lunchtime-friendly offerings include 25-minute ($50, normally $65) and 35-minute ($60, usually $85) rubdowns, but if you can part with your BlackBerry for longer, spring for the 50-minute ($80, regularly $105) or 80-minute ($110, typically $150) iteration. On weekdays from 11am to 3pm, Shizuka also offers discounted Brazilian waxes ($50, usually $65), which should only take up 30 minutes of your time. The golden-hued space is run by aesthetician Shizuka Bernstein, who incorporates elements from her native country of Japan—for instance, you'll be provided with a yukata, or lightweight kimono, to wear, and receive herbal green tea and rice snacks posttreatment. The latter should help you avoid experiencing afternoon slump later on at your desk. • 212-644-7400, shizukany.com—Lauren Levinson

  1. 7 W 51st St, sixth floor, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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Spa Martier

  • Price band: 2/4
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Luckily for time-crunched East Siders, this signless spa, located in the basement beneath boutique Martier, offers two of its signature treatments in lunchtime-friendly versions—each executed in half the normal time. We recommend therapist Karina Padilla for the Rolling Stone massage (30 minutes, $68), which begins with the inhalation of calming essential oils, followed by a round of Swedish work on the back, arms and hands. Then the stones come in: They're startlingly hot only for an instant before your muscles begin to actually crave the heat they impart. The Illuminize facial peel (30 minutes, $175) is an alpha-hydroxy facial, and is nearly as relaxing. A Tunisian salad ($13), peppered with smoked tuna, eggs, tomatoes and walnuts, eaten in the upstairs caf—or delivered straight to the spa—can cap off your midday indulgence. Mention TONY to receive 25 percent off all services through December 31. • 646-781-9758, spamartierny.com—Lee Magill

  1. 1010–1014 Second Ave, (between 53rd and 54th Sts)
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Wall Street Baths & Spa 88

  • Price band: 2/4

Downtown workers can steal away to this subterranean Russian-Turkish bathhouse for a quick shvitz or a range of 30-minute spa services. In general, the place is built for lingering, with clientele hopping among various steam rooms and saunas, a swimming pool, a bracing cold-plunge bath and common lounging areas until 11pm. But if you just want to mainline some Zen and be out, here's the game plan: Schedule a 30-minute massage ($50), facial ($50) or hot-stone session ($55) ahead of time, then order lunch upon arrival—there's a full-service restaurant that offers salads and juices, as well as heartier Eastern European specials like cheese blintzes ($11) and veal-liver stroganoff ($15). Your grub will be ready when you emerge, and you can eat in your robe before sneaking in a shower on your way out. It may take an hour by the time all is said and done, but so does waiting in line at the new FiDi Shake Shack. Sound too good to be true? Well, keep in mind you'll have to shell out $32.50 for a day pass, regardless of how long you stay—consider calling in sick for the rest of the afternoon. Mention TONY to receive a half-priced day pass with the purchase of any massage through September 30. • 212-766-8600, wallstreetbath.com—Chris Schonberger

  1. 88 Fulton St, (between Gold and William)
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Late night

Cleo Spa and Salon

Stepping into this giant, bright, glossy white space feels more like entering a swank hotel bar than a neighborhood manicure spot: Patrons wait for their appointments in a living-room-like lounge, complete with a cozy chocolate-colored couch, a matching shag rug and a gorgeous crystal chandelier. Walk-ins are accepted as late as midnight on Mondays through Saturdays and until 11pm on Sundays, and the place stays pretty lively with yuppie locals and even a few dudes receiving Swedish massages (60 minutes, $90) and Brazilian waxes ($65) from staffers dressed in hot-pink uniforms. But Cleo's biggest after-hours draw is its basic manicures ($15) and pedicures ($32), the latter performed in one of 10 cream leather massaging chairs. An exciting neon color-changing wall and Passion Pit music blasting over the speakers should help keep you awake, regardless of how exhausted you are. If you call ahead to book an appointment after 9pm, you can choose from even more services on the extensive menu, such as facials (60 minutes, $90) and eyelash color tints ($35). • 212-260-0600, cleospa.comLauren Levinson

  1. 260–264 Third Ave at 21st St

The Osaka Health Spa

Located on the third and fourth floors of a nondescript midtown building, the Osaka Health Spa leaves the din of the city behind for a Japanese woodland shrine atmosphere with a sauna, steam room, two stone baths, fake Japanese foliage and poorly translated Eastern proverbs. Destress using any of the wet-lounge facilities for as long as you want before lying down in one of the five treatment rooms for an hour-long late-night massage (the spa performs them from 10am until 3am Monday through Saturday). Swedish, sports and the spa's signature shiatsu ($120 each) are on the night-owl menu, but those who are faint of heart or sensitive to pain, be warned: Miss Lee, the proprietor, applies immense pressure with strong hands and even stronger feet, which she will use while supporting herself from a pair of ropes to stroke, knead and pound on your pressure points—regardless of which style rubdown you select. • 212-575-1303—Amanda Angel

  1. 37 W 46th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves

Tres Bien Nail and Beauty Salon

Busy young professionals flock to this small yet inviting salon for after-hours beautification. The bustling spot offers standard manicures ($11) and pedicures ($32), waxing services ($9–$55) and quickie chair massages (10 minutes, $15; 15 minutes, $21; 20 minutes, $25) until 11pm daily—and doesn't get hopping until at least 9pm. Relax in one of the four black leather chairs and indulge in a spa pedicure ($55), during which a technician will slough away dry skin with a lemon scrub, remove calluses from your soles and smooth on an extra-hydrating lotion before applying two coats of the Essie or OPI polish of your choice. Best of all, the service culminates with a ten-minute massage—and after a long day, you've earned it. • 212-980-8828—Jennifer Davis

  1. 981 First Ave between 53rd and 54th Sts

24 Hours

Beach Bum Tanning

Just because you're chained to your cubicle most days of the week doesn't mean you have to look like you never see the light of day. Pay homage to the sun gods, minus the harmful UV rays, at Beach Bum's round-the-clock tanning spots in Forest Hills and Astoria (although all of the chain's NYC locations are open until at least midnight, only these two Queens branches offer 24-hour access). It's not uncommon to see locals here in the wee hours of the morning getting a golden glow a few hours before an early flight or simply squeezing in a tan that wouldn't ordinarily fit into a busy New York schedule. While it's possible to hit the UV beds ($9--$30) whenever you please, we prefer to fake-bake the safe way in the Mystic HD airbrush booths ($25), where the staff can guide you to a beautiful—and believable—bronze. At the Forest Hills locale, you can even have your teeth whitened ($69) at all hours, and have the option of bleaching your pearly whites and tanning simultaneously or getting either service solo. Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all services through August 30. • 34-48 Steinway St at 35th Ave, Astoria, Queens (718-784-2665, beachbumastoria1.com) • 108-40 Queens Blvd at 71st Rd, Forest Hills, Queens (718-261-2998, beachbumforesthills2.com)—Julianne Grauel

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Hair Party 24hours

  • Price band: 2/4

When your tresses need some emergency TLC—be it for an impromptu bash or a last-minute job interview—normal salon hours may not work with your already-packed schedule. Instead of stressing, head to this posh Korean salon that offers everything from trims (women $70–$200, men $50–$120), color ($75–$180) and Japanese straightening ($500) to manicures ($10–$70), pedicures ($27–$120) and massages ($100–$150) at any time of day. After chatting with you about your needs and desired results, one of the expert stylists gives you a relaxing shampoo and scalp massage before snipping away split ends, shaping your 'do and giving you a masterful blowout. Walk-ins are accepted from 6am until 10pm; between 10pm and 6am, you'll need to make an appointment and cough up an extra $5, but it's worth it for the convenience. Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off hair services through August 31. • 212-213-0057, hair24hours.com—Sarah Bruning

  1. 76 Madison Ave, (at 28th St)
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Spadium Spa

After walking down three flights of stairs into the bowels of K-town, prepare to leave your modesty at the door of this no-frills spa. With minimal ambience and a lingerie-clad spa technician, this borderline-seedy spot is far from luxe. Nonetheless, the Korean body scrub (one hour, $80) will strip dead skin and dirt from your naked body. Shiatsu, deep-tissue and Swedish massages (one hour each, $80) are also available around the clock, but you'll get the best bang for your buck with the Special Package ($110), which combines 90 minutes of scrub and massage services, and ends with a full-body milk rinse. (NB: A 30 percent tip is very firmly suggested.) This might be a fine option for investment bankers or lawyers who routinely burn the midnight oil and are in desperate need of pampering, but the rest of us might want to proceed with caution. • 212-967-3131, spanyc.net—Kristen Valaika

  1. 49 W 32nd St at Broadway

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