- Tommy Guns
85 N. 3rd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-388-8288
The vintage-inspired barbershop is hardly a new concept, and neither is this London-based chainlet, which opened its first New York venture on the Lower East Side in 2008. But its huge new Williamsburg salon nails both the interior aesthetic—pressed tin ceilings, leather barbershop chairs, a loudly ka-chinging register—and the art of the old-school cut. Owner Russell Manley looks every inch the part with his bushy mustache and inked-up arms and has style cred, too, having worked with the likes of Nick Knight and Lou Reed. Though half of his clients are women (he’s a master of the fringe), guys specifically seek out Manley for the “classic short back and sides” look. The throwback cut pairs perfectly with the barber’s traditional hot-towel, open-razor shave ($40).
From the 2012 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).