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