UPPER EAST SIDE
- Charming Nails
212 E. 87th St.; 212-987-7239
Singled out by fashionistas for spa-quality attention—all that kneading and sloughing—on a budget ($8 for a manicure, $20 for a pedicure).
UPPER WEST SIDE
- Fashion 74 Nails
303 Amsterdam Ave.; 212-799-5252
Several spa owners in the area admitted—sotto voce—that Fashion 74 is a great no-fuss choice; one even goes there.
- CoCo Nails
164 E. 33rd St.; 212-684-7880
Immaculate, spacious salon easily takes walk-ins and for only $10 turns out a precise manicure with quality OPI polishes in under half an hour.
- Jin Soon
23 Jones St.; 212-229-1070
The rare local spot with gentle, nonfluorescent lighting. The Spirit of the Beehive paraffin wrap is the ideal cure for March hands.
LOWER EAST SIDE
- Grand Spa
389 Grand St.; 212-253-9978
Airy, clean, reliable, and no more expensive than the neighboring Chinatown cheapies.
- Salon 25
111 John St.; 212-227-4255
Spotless, with an array of Essie and OPI polishes. Thirteen dollars gets you a manicure and a brief shoulder massage.
BOERUM HILL/COBBLE HILL/CARROLL GARDENS
- Dashing Diva
129 Smith St.; 718-875-1210
The latest franchise in the ever-expanding network. A little too pink, but clean, consistent, and inexpensive. Kiddie services available, too.
Best Neighborhood Manicures
From the 2007 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).