NYC barbershops where you can get a hot shave
Dudes? Yo! Oh, hey there. This winter, get all warm and whisker-free—and, occasionally, boozed-up—at these throwback barbershops.
Tue Jan 8 2013
Photograph: Clotilde Testa
Tired of plastic razors? Not quite man enough to give yourself a Crocodile Dundee-style hunting-knife razing? Enjoy a refreshing, old-fashioned hot shave at one of these retro barbershops, including New York Shaving Company, Blind Barber and others.
Fear not, Seinfeld fans: There’s no danger of encountering a hack like Uncle Enzo at this super tiny Italian barbershop. After settling into a chair at the cozy East Village storefront, opt for the Barbiere ($50). The shave concludes with an application of Moroccan rhassoul clay, a refreshing treatment for the dry skin that plagues many a guy during harsh cold-weather months. In keeping with the joint’s old-school, masculine environs, each shave comes with a gratis shot of Jameson. 646-649-2640, barbierenyc.com
- 246 E 5th St between Second and Third Aves
Located just off Tompkins Square Park, this popular Prohibition-style drinkery proves that the NYC speakeasy is alive and well. The unassuming barbershop front is where you’ll get shorn ($30); Blind’s house-made shaving cream is infused with wild water mint and juniper berry, a natural astringent. The real scene is in the back, though: A wooden door at the rear of the shop slides open to reveal a spacious old-fashioned barroom that heightens the 1920s vibe. Not to suggest you’ll leave shorthanded if you stopped by for a shave: Each one comes with a complimentary cocktail. 212-228-2123, blindbarber.com
- 39 E 10th St between Aves A and B
Weekend warriors who battled too hard the night before should try FSC’s shave-less Hangover Treatment ($25) at one of FSC’s three outposts. The lavender oils and Malin + Goetz moisturizer used in the minifacial are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and refurbished. Customers jonesing for a proper cut should consider the soothing straight-razor shave ($40), which uses both traditional and contemporary lathers. Walk-ins only, fellas. 5 Horatio St between Eighth Ave and Hudson St (212-929-3917) • 8 Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St (212-673-6209) • 101 North 8th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-522-4959) • fscbarber.com
- Various locations
Your cramped bathroom may not quite be the gentlemen’s refuge found at the New York Shaving Company’s two Manhattan locations, with their mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers and 1940s big-band soundtracks. But after getting the Ultimate Shave ($45), which includes a minifacial, you can acquire both the skills and tools you need to give yourself a similarly smashing shave at home. All products used here are for sale, and you can even sign up for a one-on-one shaving class customized for your skin ($40–$60). 202B Elizabeth St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-334-9495) • 146 E 49th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-644-1888) • nyshavingcompany.com
- Various locations
Listen to foot-stompin’ tunes ranging from ’50s rock & roll to hardcore—made all the more sweet with a free PBR—while enjoying your straight-razor shave ($30) at this rockabilly barbershop in Greenpoint. Plus, if your car, motorcycle or helmet is in as much need of a makeover as your once-stubbly face was, bring it in for Tomcats’ on-site pinstriping and artwork service ($65/hr). 718-349-9666, tomcatsbarbershop.com
- 135 India St between Manhattan Ave and Franklin St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn