New York spas: where to go in Astoria, Queens

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.

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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.

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    Thai New York Spa & Salon

  • New York spas: where to go in Astoria, Queens

    Blo It Out

  • New York spas: where to go in Astoria, Queens

    Blossom in Astoria Nail & Spa

New York spas: where to go in Astoria, Queens

Thai New York Spa & Salon

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 towel and another tray of tea, extending my Zen state for a few more moments. 60min regularly $79. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for 15% off all massage and facial treatments through Feb 7. 718-932-0999, thainewyorkspa.com

  1. 23-92 21st St between 23rd and 24th Aves

Blo It Out: Cut & Blo

Hair-care veteran Gina Almona, who learned the business from her mother, has amassed a legion of fans from the neighborhood. Being there instantly felt like I was gabbing with a bunch of girlfriends, in part because I was quickly offered coffee or water and was prompted to snack on the mini cupcakes displayed on the front desk. After one of the associates gave me a relaxing shampoo, Almona started trimming my dead ends and taming my too-long locks. She was quick but comprehensive and had my thick hair looking sleek and styled in record time. At the end, she sent me home with samples of the Keratin Complex products she’d used, to help me with upkeep (she’s a rep for the brand). As a bonus, all new customers receive $10 off their first treatment. Haircut and blow-dry regularly $50. Mention TONY when booking for 20% off any service through Feb 24 (cannot be combined with first-time customer discount). 718-685-2560, bloitoutny.com

  1. 23-21 Steinway St between 23rd Ave and 23rd Rd

Blossom in Astoria Nail & Spa: Manicure and pedicure

This bright, welcoming salon automatically energized me with its kelly-green walls, black-and-white zebra chairs and top-40 jams playing in the background. My affinity for sky-high heels and years of dancing mean my feet tend to need a little extra TLC. My dedicated technician, Blanca Penafiel, was meticulous as she spent extra time pumicing my calluses and massaging my calves. My arms and fingers received the same attention moments later, and I was treated to a short hot-stone massage on my shoulders while I sat at the dryers. The other perks here are what really seal the deal: With any manicure-pedicure combination, customers can choose between a free eyebrow or lip waxing or threading (regularly $7 or $6, respectively). Manicure and pedicure regularly $23 with free eyebrow or lip waxing, or threading of either. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for 15% off any service, except couples massages and eyelash extensions, through Feb 24. 718-278-2324, blossominastoria.com

  1. 22-04A 31st St between 23rd Ave and Ditmars Blvd

Natura Spa: Diamond microdermabrasion deep-pore-cleansing facial

Natura Spa is a case of opposites attracting. Downstairs you’ll find a hopping hair and nail salon with bright, natural light. Upstairs, though, is a serene space with soothing music, warm air and dimmed lights in private rooms, where the mood was instantly set for my facial. Viviana Taborda did a brief assessment of my skin and diagnosed me with the Goldilocks of faces: an oily T-zone, dry cheeks, and a chin and sides that are just right.The deep-pore-cleansing facial she recommended began with began with microdermabrasion to remove oil and dirt. A thorough, hour-long treatment followed, utilizing a Diamond microdermabrasion machine, steam and an assortment of Aveda products that were painted or lightly tapped onto my skin. As the session wound down, Taborda set cooling and hydrating masks on my visage, then massaged my shoulders, arms, feet and legs. Facial regularly $85. Mention TONY when booking for 30% off any service through Feb 24. 718-956-5530, naturaspany.com

  1. 31-78 Steinway St between 31st Ave and Broadway


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