112 Reade St., nr. W. Broadway, second fl.; 212-406-1010
Tenoverten makes the experience of getting a simple mani-pedi seem anything but. The salon was launched by two fashion insiders—one is the owner of West Village boutique Mick Margo—and the décor includes a limestone-slab manicure table, Belgian linens, and original Bertoia chairs. The Wi-Fi-and-iPad-equipped spot goes beyond the call of duty in terms of convenience, too: It stays open until 10 p.m., keeps your color preferences on file, and uses a streamlined booking system, which e-mails reminders a day before and sends electronic receipts. You’ll also find polishes by brands rarely seen in salons like Chanel, RGB, and Nars. And while the environs are hardly standard, the prices aren’t too far off: $20 for a mani, $35 for a pedi.
Best Nail Temple
From the 2011 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).