New York spas by neighborhood: the best local spots for pampering

New York spas might a dime a dozen, but everyone should have a go-to. Find the best massages, facials, mani-pedis and hair treatments near you with our guides.

It seems like citydwellers always have a favorite bar or deli near their apartment. The same should be said for New York spas and salons. We scouted the best spots in popular ‘hoods to get convenient pampering, from cheap haircuts to luxurious facials. For good measure, we also tracked down great international services, treatments for men and all-day retreats. Go ahead and relax already!—Edited by Sarah Bruning

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The coolest New York spas for lounging

Sometimes you just want to kick back and do nothing. Booking a treatment at one of these New York spas lets you do exactly that. Certain New York spas seem to beg you to spend a day there. Forge the rest of the world even exists at one of these tranquil spots, where you can find treatments for any purpose, from releasing tension to relieving a hangover. You might also like Best spas 2012 Spas for any situation Spa etiquette Water spas with day passes

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New York spas with the best international treatments

New treatments from around the world are popping up at several New York spas. Travel sans passport with one of these globetrotting services. New York's best spas and salons are constantly launching new therapies from around the world. Whether your beauty obsessions include scrubs and body treatments or facials, you’ll find something new to try among these internationally inspired services. CHINA – Asia Tui-Na Wholeness: Tui na back, arm and neck massage The experience: Tui na is no casual massage: It’s a traditional Chinese medical rubdown designed to target tight muscles, using deep-tissue pushing and the tapping of acupuncture points. At Asia Tui-Na Wholeness, my therapist, May G., went to town on my tense shoulder and back knots, using her elbows, palms and fists to pop my spine joints and release stuck muscles. She also dabbed herbs and oils—an ancient Asian practice—onto my back to soothe my sore torso.Bonus: Postmassage, May rubbed my back down with a piping hot towel, which left my pulverized muscles feeling fresh and calm.Why it’s worth trying: The massage isn’t for the virgin spagoer; my limbs were sore for a couple days after. But May knew how to get the deepest kinks out and left my oft-tight deltoids ten times more relaxed. 212-686-8082, asiatuinawholeness.com. 45mins regularly $50. Mention TONY when booking for $5 off this treatment. INDIA – New York Ayurveda: Indian head massage and shirodhara The experience: Popular throughout India, holistic head massage

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New York spas for men

Most New York spas are guy-friendly, but certain places specialize in services for the male persuasion. Here are four of the best spas for men around town. Guys sometimes get slighted at New York's pampering spots. But there are a few barbershops, salons and spas that devote a solid chunk of their menu (if not all of it) to massages, facial and offbeat treatments designed for just men. Four of our male editors test out some spas for men. Kiehl’s Spa 1851: Close Shavers Squadron Service The barber area of the steampunkish space is clearly for the boys, with its pair of black-leather-and-chrome chairs and Sailor Jerry aesthetic. My master barber, Justin Virgil, slathered my face with Close Shavers Shaving Formula 31–O preshave oil, followed by White Eagle shave cream and, finally, hot foam. A steamy eucalyptus-scented towel was applied between each potion for maximum whisker softening. Once the straight-razor shave itself started, Justin meticulously dispatched my 5 o’clock shadow. A postshave toner followed by a soothing mask and Facial Fuel moisturizer wrapped up the experience, and I walked away with none of the blotches or bloody spots typical of my own handiwork. Most products used in the service are available in the shop, so you can easily upgrade your at-home routine. 888-772-1851, kiehls.com/spa1851. $55.—Ethan LaCroix The Spa at the OUT NYC: Customized facial It’s easy to forget that you’re just a few blocks from Times Square when lounging in the glass-covered at

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New York City spa deals

Spa deals make getting pampered even more relaxing. Here’s where to save some cash and still bliss out. The only thing better than a spa treatment is scoring one of these spa deals. We asked some of our favorite New York spas and salons to pony up discounts on their services, so you can score massages, facials and more without breaking the bank. TRIBECA Sweet Lily Natural Spa: Rosemary eucalyptus pedicure222 West Broadway between Ann and Fulton Sts (212-925-5441, sweetlilyspa.com). Regularly $68. Mention TONY when booking for 20% off this service through Feb 28.Pas de Deux Salon: Scalp and hair reconstruction treatments79 Worth St between Broadway and Church St (212-274-0079, pasdedeuxsalon.com). Scalp treatment regularly $25, reconstruction treatment regularly $70. Mention TONY to receive a hair reconstruction treatment for $40 when booking a full-priced haircut, or 40 percent off eyebrow shaping, through Feb 28.Tribeca Beauty Spa: Very Minty peppermint-scrub-and-massage combo8 Harrison St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-343-2376, tribecabeautyspa.com). Regularly $170. Mention TONY when booking to receive $25 off this service through Jan 31. WEST VILLAGE Relax: One-Hour Session716 Greenwich St at Charles St (212-206-9714, rickrelax.com). Regularly $95. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for $10 off a one-hour session with a staff therapist through March 31st.White Tea Med Spa: Anti-Aging Stem Cell Facial104 W 14th St at Sixth Ave, second floor (21

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The top blowouts in NYC

Blowouts can take ho-hum looks to the next level. We visited four of NYC’s blowdry-centric salons to test their style skills. Good blowouts require patience, the right tools and a level of coordination that most of us just don’t possess. Instead of struggling with a round brush, countless hair products, a blowdryer and multiple mirrors, treat yourself to an appointment at one of these four salons. Drybar In 2008, hair guru Alli Webb started this L.A.-based chain as a mobile business, driving to people’s houses just to do their tresses. Since then, the company has grown to 25 locations, five of which are in NYC. Blowouts ($40) are the sole service offered at the salons, which aim to make your 45-minute experience ultra relaxing with a gratis glass of wine or champagne, plus chick flicks playing on flatscreen TVs. You can choose from six signature styles named after cocktails, such as the sleek Manhattan or the curly Cosmo. Since I wanted loose, beachy waves, I asked Jason Hardy at the Murray Hill outpost for the Mai Tai. Don’t fret if you get addicted: By setting up a “bar tab,” which offers bundles of three ($115), six ($225) or 12 ($440) appointments, you can save $5, $10 or $15, respectively. Visit thedrybar.com. Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar This indie salon helped kick off the blowout trend when it opened its doors in 2005, and although it now offers other services (cuts $65 and up, color $90–$200 and chairside manis $10), the standout service is still the persona

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Nails at home: six new polish collections

Is it worth doing your nails at home if you want funky nail art? We sampled a half-dozen new lacquers, from magnetic snakeskin to matte glitter, to find out. You might also like Best spas 2012 You might also like: Best spas 2011 Convenient pampering Best spas and salons Top ten: Nail-art salons When it comes to mesmerizing manicures and daring designs, these crafty spots can do it all. Delacqua Salon and Spa For highly detailed and unique nail art, it's worth the hour-long trip from midtown to this one-of-a kind spa and salon. Since 2002, owner Edward Malina and his team have been providing beauty services like haircuts ($25–$65) and color ($60–$150), waxing ($30–$100), facials ($45–$150) and massages ($70–$110), but the nail art is what makes this spot stand out. The tri-level space has a colorful haremlike feel with red leather pedicure stations and leopard-print chairs. Sip gratis tea or coffee while one of the seven manicurists on hand (we recommend Nina Levata, who has been doing nails for seven years) prepares the nonacrylic LCN resin that she will apply to your natural nail bed. What starts as a honeylike liquid sets under a heat lamp for just a few minutes to become hard, nonporous nails ($80 for LCN natural nail lengths, $100 for LCN tips). Once the canvas has been created, the technician will apply 3-D effects like gel flowers and crystals ($10 per nail), or hand-paint anything from abstract prints to amazingly lifelike renditions of iconic New York City sites

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New York spas by neighborhood

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Williamsburg

These New York spas cater to Williamsburg residents looking for some R&R. Find out where to decompress in this popular ‘hood. Take a break from knocking off all those Billyburg spots on our 100 best restaurants list and enjoy some calorie-free treats at the New York spas in this Brooklyn hood. There are a few salons for splurges on the list, so brush up on your spa etiquette so you don’t go acting a fool. Williamsburg Beauty Spa: Signature facial After a month of holiday eating, a week’s worth of New Year’s partying and hardly any beauty sleep, my skin was as dull and dry as the weather. Fortunately, spa owner Gosia Bawol had a remedy. She started by gently cleansing and exfoliating my face with a sweet-smelling strawberry-rhubarb scrub, followed by an invigorating lime mask. As she administered the concoctions, Bawol explained that all the products are “straight from Mother Nature” and incorporate fruit- and veggie-based ingredients. After grueling (but worthwhile) extractions, she used a Clarisonic cleansing brush to buff the surface of my skin. Bawol followed up with a transcendent massage, tending to every crevice of my face and neck with slow, smooth movements that worked in tune to the soothing music playing. She ended by slathering some cool, natural collagen onto my eyelids and ended with a gentle scrub and moisturizer. Regularly $111. Mention TONY when booking and get 20% off this service through Feb 24. 347-799-1221, williamsburgbeautyspa.com Primp and Polish:

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Midtown East

Some of our favorite New York spas can be found in this bustling part of town. Check out these tranquil escapes. Whether you live in Midtown East or just work there, you’d do well to keep these New York spas in mind for when you need a break. Recharge with massages, facials and manicures, plus hair treatments so relaxing you’ll be tempted to doze. Bliss 57: Fabulous facial Winter is tough on my combination skin, which plagues me with superdry cheeks and a very oily forehead. Even so, I felt hopeful as I entered this new uptown location of Bliss Spa. My aesthetician, Irina Chern, examined my grit-filled pores and blemishes, and asked me precise questions about my daily skin-care routine. Her expertise allowed her to pinpoint underlying causes of distress that I’d never connected to my mug’s sometimes erratic behavior; for instance, my salicylic-acid face wash is fine to use in the summer, when my skin is greasier, but it’s overly drying in the winter. Once the assessment concluded, she proceeded with cleansing and exfoliation—both of which employed the brand’s balancing Fabulous products—followed by extractions and an oxygen mask that felt like a fuzzy cloud resting on my face. Not only did I leave with a refreshed countenance, but I gained important insight on how to keep it looking great year-round. $125. Nails on 54th: Hot Chocolate manicure Once cold weather hits, the only thing I want to do is drink hot chocolate all day, which is exactly what led me to try this ind

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Midtown West

Think of a visit to one of these quiet New York spas as a respite from the throngs of Times Square tourists. The treatments are just a bonus. New York spas are perfect for escaping the clamor of visitors and flash of neon lights that are oh-so-common in Times Square. Go ahead and see a Broadway show, then disconnect from the hustle and bustle with a massage or facial. Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa: Divine body treatment The anticipation of a week spent fraternizing with some of the most anxiety-provoking people on the planet—my family—put knots in my back that no yoga stretches could alleviate. But massage therapist Jennifer Lopez (different Jenny, different block) worked all the preholiday kinks out of my body during this blissful 80-minute treatment. After she carefully applied a scrub composed of brown sugar, Caudalie’s Vinotherapie lotion and the spa’s signature Divine oil to my legs, back, arms and stomach, I took a luxurious, warm shower in an adjacent room and returned to the massage table for an extensive rubdown with more Divine oil (a lubricating blend of grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan varieties). I left smelling better than I ever have before, and unable to speak in complete sentences for at least an hour thanks to a transcendent scalp massage. Regularly $305. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for 20% off the treatment through Jan 31. 212-265-3182, caudalie-usa.com John Barrett Salon: The Braid Bar hair styling Weeks spent gawking intricate b

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West Village

Relax: One-Hour Session You won’t find exotic oils or aromatherapy in this no-frills spot, but you will find powerful deep-tissue therapy by a team of friendly pros. Owner Rick Sharpell has been using his Swedish Institute-trained hands to heal injuries and combat stress for 22 years, which has made him the go-to guy for marathon runners, fashion designers, and the nearby Wall Street set. The massage guru skillfully walked the line between pleasure and pain as he kneaded the lumpy knots out of my back. After one hour of serious muscle maintenance, my mind was clear and my tense muscles had turned to Silly Putty. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for $10 off a one-hour session with a staff therapist (regularly $95) through March 31st. 212-206-9714, rickrelax.com White Tea Med Spa: Anti-Aging Stem Cell Facial I’ve never been a facial fanatic, but Maria Rianna, the lead aesthetician at this day and medical spa that feels like an elegant tearoom, made me a believer by reducing my premature wrinkles and making my skin look radiant, plump, and feeling baby-bottom smooth. For 55 blissful minutes, my skin was pampered with potent natural products to hydrate, heal, and increase collagen production, including a sweet-smelling pumpkin cleanser and serums made of stem cells from Swiss green apples. While my face was busy absorbing nutrients, Maria gave me a hand scrub and upper body massage that melted my stress away. Regularly $150. Mention TONY when booking or

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East Village

New York spas hide among the trendy restaurants and bars in this busy 'hood. Here are four places to indulge in a little TLC. Whether you’re an NYU student looking for a cheap manicure or a long-time resident hoping to find a few spa deals, there’s a place to relax in this part of town. And if you’re game for something crazy, peep the hair edition of our street fashion section for inspiration. Fox & Jane Salon and Finishing Bar Thanks to the one-two punch of hat hair and frigid temps drying out my strands, I needed major mane help. This East Village salon injected moisture back into my hair with this conditioning treatment. The quick-but-luxe service began with a wash (using sulfate- and paraben-free Nano Complex Keratin Gold shampoo) and scalp massage. Stylist Alison Kushner used a syringe to carefully apply a dose of Nano Complex Rejuvenating hair treatment, which is packed with amino acids, keratin and 24-karat-gold nanomolecules (they help the conditioner penetrate the hair shaft). Our advice: Spring for the blowout, which is an additional $35 and up; after Kushner worked her magic, I was ready to face the city with shiny locks that Rapunzel would covet. Regularly $35. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for 20% off this treatment through April 24. Tamago Skincare: Green-tea facial This treatment rescued my face from the ruddy-cheeked, red-nosed look I’ve been rocking since the weather turned cold. Facialist Akemi Arima used all-natural Dr. Jeff pro

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Chelsea

Nightlife thrives in Chelsea—and so do New York spas. Head to these spots for some high-quality pampering before your next big night out. In addition to restaurants and art galleries, New York spas are a big draw in this popular neighborhood. Treat yourself to some TLC at one of these urban oases after you’re done popping into one of the ten best winter art shows. Platinum Salon: Cut and style Exposed brick, minimal decor and bumping, up-tempo music set a hip downtown vibe in this popular spot. The staff was engaging and generous, offering coat check and complimentary tea while I thawed out in the lobby. Anna Rose, who has been with the salon since it debuted four years ago, started my appointment with an in-depth conversation to assess my lifestyle and habits. She asked questions about my hair-care routine and how I wanted to look, and carefully eased me into my decision to cut off several inches. After a wash and conditioning with Moroccanoil products, plus a scalp massage so relaxing I nearly fell asleep, she cut my damaged hair to a clean and sharp, textured coif. Before I left, she gave me styling tips for different occasions and suggested products, making sure I was excited about my transformation. Women’s cut and style $65. Mention TONY to receive 15% off a standard cut and style through Feb 28. 212-243-1010, platinumnewyork.com Graceful Spa: Signature facial This spot may not have the frills of other spas, but by the time my hour-long appointment was done, I cou

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Lower East Side

Fox and Jane: Hot-chocolate pedicure Daily city commutes leave my feet feeling tired and tender—a problem that this hour-long treatment promised to remedy. Esthetician Donna Marri firmly milked the aches out of my lower extremities, starting with the top of my toes and working up toward the bottom of my knees. The brown water-filled soaking tub seemed unorthodox at first, but I quickly realized the hue was a result of the malted soap bath bombs that filled the air with the service’s eponymous scent. The sweet smell carried through the remainder of the session, which also incorporated a sugar scrub-turned-mask and a cocoa-infused moisturizer applied after my feet were pumiced and buffed. The last step was a meticulous paint job with cherry red Zoya lacquer—one of the 50-plus big-brand shades available. $45. Pimps and Pinups: Haircut and style Beauty buffs tout the staffers at this 1940s-themed salon—replete with retro bulb-trimmed mirrors and vintage styling chairs—for their ability to spice up old Hollywood glamour with edgy,modern twists. Niko TK kicked off our one-on-one time with a thorough pre-cut wash and conditioning, followed by a near nap-inducing scalp massage. Before I could start snoring, he passed me off to stylist Rochelle La Bar, who reshaped my haggard mane, gave it glamorous Veronica Lake-esque curls and bestowed a couple pointers for how to make the glamorous ’do last for the next few days. Women $85, men $60. SkinStation: Signature facial This spa’s hi

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Tribeca

Treat yourself to some quality time at one of these urban oases. Green fiends will even find a spot that utilizes eco-friendly beauty products. In addition to some of New York’s best restaurants, New York spas are part of this neighborhood’s appeal. Hit up one of these tranquil refuges (perhaps one of the city’s best spa hotels) to decompress with massages and more. Sweet Lily Natural Spa: Rosemary eucalyptus pedicure I generally apply the same grit-my-teeth-and-get-it-done mentality to pedicures as I do to bikini waxing—I don’t enjoy it, but I withstand the process for the results. But within seconds of dunking my feet into the warm water of the enamel tub at this retreat, my toes unclenched as the bath’s eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils began to calm me. My technician, Soni Shrestha, cleansed my achy feet with Saipua’s softening rosemary soap, then massaged my lower extremities with a skin-softening eucalyptus butter made exclusively for the salon each week by staffer Jen Forman. By the end of the hour, as Soni painted on the last stroke of a deep-purple Zoya polish, I felt refreshed, recharged—and, for the first time ever, looking forward to my next appointment. Regularly $68. Mention TONY when booking for 20% off this service through Feb 28. Pas de Deux Salon: Scalp and hair reconstruction treatments Chemical straightening, color and a flatiron addiction had left my hair in serious need of salvation. Stylist Stella Winkelmann nodded sympathetically and got to

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Soho and Nolita

Erbe Spa: Back cleansing A bad habit of hanging out in sweat-soaked clothes postworkout has made my back prone to breakouts. My aesthetician Tara Fitzpatrick, also pointed out that indoor heat, dryness in the winter air and wearing multiple layers of clothing can also lead to skin issues. An initial skin examination, cleansing and exfoliation—all done with natural products produced in Italy and custom-made for the salon—were followed by a few extractions that brought back memories of getting a tattoo on my shoulder. But the postpain massage with rosemary-scented lotion was more than worth it. The next morning, I wore a backless tank to yoga, simultaneously eliminating my bacne-causing issue and showing off Tara’s awesome work. $120. Asanda Aveda Spa: Dry Remedy treatment and blowout This airy, third-floor studio offers an escape from the Broadway bustle below. I felt myself relax thanks to senior stylist Matt King’s infectious enthusiasm, a refreshing change from the cool attitude often found in salons. My hat-and-heat–damaged hair craved conditioner, and this treatment promises to make hair softer and shinier thanks to pomegranate and buriti oils. While the Aveda products worked their magic, King was working his, massaging my arms and hands into stress-free submission. The lunchtime pick-me-up finishes with a bouncy blowout that lasted for three days and made me feel gorgeous, even when I was bundled up in a knee-length parka. $70. Mention TONY at booking to receive 4

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Financial District

A trip to one of these New York spas will release tension, even for those in high-stress, Wall Street jobs. Whether you work on Wall Street or Main Street, you deserve a trip to one of these way-downtown New York spas. Massages, facials, manicures and pedicures—they’re all available and worth every hard-earned penny. Coiffeur: Milbon deep-conditioning treatment Regulars stop by this French-owned salon for impromptu chats and complimentary espresso as if it were a Parisian brasserie, but Stephane Rebillard’s downtown space is all business when it comes to hair. Stylists Nanae K. and Dena R. administered Japanese brand Milbon’s therapeutic Linkage Meu process to my tresses, which are normally subject to a barrage of bleaching and flatironing. The regenerative treatment, which comes in three strengths depending on your hair’s coarseness, features an amino-acid-loaded shampoo, a deep conditioner and a sealing treatment, all meticulously rubbed into my strands one product at a time to fill holes in the damaged cuticle. My long, brittle tangle became a silken mane after about an hour; plus, I got four vials of the product to take home with me, so my hair can remain très chic for the next month. From $55. 212-587-9433, coiffeurnyc.com The Setai Club & Spa Wall Street: Refresher facial Ideal for FiDi denizens or beleaguered office workers in need of a quick pick-me-up, this lunchtime facial doesn’t skimp on pampering. My aesthetician, Aniko Cocinescu, cleansed, toned and exfoli

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Upper East Side

New York spas on the UES range from ultra-fancy destinations to completely pretense-free salons. Here are four spots worth checking out. Denizens who call the Upper East Side home can visit these New York spas to enjoy myriad services, from manicures and pedicures to scrubs and body treatments. Find out where to take care of the basics and where to splurge for a special occasion. The Nail Place on Lexington: Jelly pedicure Much like Sam Malone on Cheers, owner Renee Kaplowitz seems to know everybody’s name when they walk through the door of her welcoming salon. After settling into one of the massage chairs, I chose this treatment, which mixes sea salts, baking soda and gelatin to transform average water into a silky, peppermint-scented blue jelly that soothed my weary feet. I explained to my technician, Nancy G., that my job as a morning-show producer means I’m on my feet from the crack of dawn, so she paid special attention to my beleaguered toes. Following the thorough leg and foot massage, she buffed away calluses and trimmed dead skin, leaving a tidy canvas for the deep-red Essie polish I chose from 900-plus options. Regularly $26. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment to receive this service for $20 through Feb 24. 212-421-3434, thenailplacenyc.com Dusnee Thai Spa: Deep-tissue/Thai combination massage To remedy my aching back, I’ve tried everything from physical therapy to acupuncture, so I was mildly skeptical that this session would be effective. My

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Upper West Side

Robert Stuart Salon: Linkage Meu deep-conditioning treatment Although Robert Stuart’s eponymous salon has been around for 30 years, that doesn’t mean it’s out of touch. The neighborhood institution moved from its original Amsterdam Avenue location to a larger, industrial-chic space in 2011 and is constantly updating its offerings. To wit, it recently added Japanese hair-care brand Milbon’s new ultra-moisturizing treatment, which takes place entirely at one of the four washing stations. After analyzing my hair to determine which formula (fine, normal or coarse) would work best, a stylist lathered my locks with Neu Due shampoo and began the 15-minute, three-step process. First, she worked a orange-and-grapefruit-scented amino oil through wet strands to create an even surface for the next round: a lemon-lime–scented moisture veil. A final rose-and-jasmine collagen top-coat was massaged in, followed by a thorough rinse in cold water to seal off cuticles. I immediately noticed that my tresses were softer, shinier and easier to style after receiving a blowout ($50–$65, depending on stylist). Everyone leaves with four ampoules of at-home treatment to prolong the silky-smooth results for up to five weeks. Regularly $50. Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off this service and 10 percent off a blowdry or haircut through FEb 28. Polished Beauty Bar: PBB Signature manicure and PBB Signature pedicure Bargain mani-pedis are a dime a dozen on the Upper West Side, but the clean, sophis

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Park Slope

New York spas provide endless ways to escape the throngs of kids in this 'hood—whether the tykes are yours or your neighbors. Denizens of Park Slope can visit these New York spas to experience myriad services, from manicures and pedicures to scrubs and body treatments. Find out where to take care of the basics and where to splurge for a special occasion. Sage Spa: Sage Spa myofascial release massage Hunching over my computer keyboard all day leaves my shoulders and lower back tight and twisted, so I opted for this treatment, which uses slow movements to release and realign muscles. Therapist Suleika Olivo led me into a warm and dimly lit room for my massage, focusing on the tensest areas of my body. She began by placing a hot towel on my upper back to increase circulation, then used her hands and forearms to apply gentle pressure. Using a technique called skin rolling, she pulled and kneaded the fascia, or connective tissue that support organs and joints, to loosen my constricted muscles. Olivo worked her way down to my thighs, calves and feet, opening up muscles stiffened from too much running and not enough stretching. The final touch was a soothing head massage that nearly put me to sleep. $115. Mention TONY at booking or time of appointment to get any one-hour massage for $89 (Tue–Thu) through Mar 1. 718-832-2030, sagebrooklyn.com Feel Day Spa: Collagen antiaging facial After inspecting my face under bright light, facialist Jenny Li deemed my skin “too dry” and reco

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Astoria

Much like the nabe’s authentic Greek restos, these four spas are worth seeking out. Here’s where to bliss out in this residential ‘hood. Whether you’re a recent grad looking for a cheap manicure or a long-time resident hoping to find a few spa deals, there’s a place to relax in Astoria, Queens. And if you’re game for something crazy, peep the hair edition of our street fashion section for inspiration. Thai New York Spa & Salon: Thai NY signature massage The whiz of blow-dryers and chatty technicians up front gave me pause about how serene my treatment would be, but the spa area of this hybrid joint turned out to be plenty quiet. While filling out the requisite paperwork, I sipped a soothing cup of ginger-lemon tea and wiped my hands with a warm towel. Kan Prasertsri, who owns the spa’s two outposts with her sister Pat, took me into a private  room in the back for my Thai massage, which incorporates more appendage-stretching than is found in other techniques. During the hour, Kan went to work with scent-free Bon Vital organic oils, kneading my whole body carefully and paying extra attention to my problem areas (shoulders and lower back). She checked in often to make sure the pressure was okay and that I was comfortable, but not so frequently that it disrupted my reverie. My arms and legs were often lightly twisted into almost yogalike poses, loosening and relaxing muscles I’d clearly never paid attention to. When I returned to the front of the salon, I was greeted by a t

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Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens

With some of New York’s best restaurants located in these 'hoods, it’s easy to forget about the great New York spas nearby. Relax at these cozy spots.

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