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Top Five Manicures Under $15

These dependable nail salons don't skimp on a basic polish.


Pastel Nail, Spa, and Tanning.  

Bloomie Nails
Various locations
Manicures at these three spots are basic (filing, cleaning, moisturizing with hand massage, polish application) and fast (about twenty minutes)—and they only run $13. Choose from dozens of nail polishes, peruse (carefully!) a range of current magazines while waiting for nails to dry, or watch tiny TV monitors mounted at most drying stations.

Grand Spa
389 Grand St., nr. Suffolk St.; 212-253-9978
The husband-and-wife owners of this Chinatown spot have imposed a no-acrylic, no-airbrush policy since opening in 2003, so the space smells airy and fresh: better for workers, customers, and nails. A regular manicure is $8.

Pastel Nail, Spa, and Tanning
193 Second Ave., at 12th St.; 212-477-0002
This cheery East Village spot does brisk business in basic manicures for $11. Added bonus: It's open till 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Dashing Diva
Various locations
These eight spots turn the basic manicure into a party. There are music videos and free Cosmos Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., and the manicures themselves are thorough and long-lasting.

Coco Nails
164 E. 33rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-684-7880
This immaculate, spacious salon takes walk-ins and for only $10 turns out a precise manicure with quality OPI polishes in under half an hour.

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