- Craig P. Wern
14 E. 4th St., 212-254-2371
Manscaping—the meticulous shaving, clipping, and waxing of the male body—has only recently become a trend. But Craig Wern has been at it for fifteen years, and the fact that he’s, well, a guy significantly diminishes the embarrassment factor. Wern’s rosewood-paneled office looks more like a shrink’s office than a girlie salon, with Oriental carpets, Arts and Crafts–style furniture, and soft lighting. Each client has a thorough consultation before any work starts, and shaving is done dry, using disposable razors and a special Italian baby powder. Because many clients come before a date or other special occasion, Wern has a shower available to use after treatment. He charges by the hour, not by body part, which means the less hair you remove, the cheaper.
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).