- Le Parker Meridien
119 W. 56th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-708-7340
Though it’s known for its stunning rooftop pool, it’s what’s happening underneath the hotel that’s turning Le Parker Meridien into the city’s unrivaled top-shelf pampering destination: a brand-new basement-level, 20,000-square-foot spa-café-gym-salon hybrid. The spa, Moonshine, is decked with Louis Vuitton trunks and Turkish rugs, but the spare menu of only waxing, facials, and massages is tailored to specific problem areas: lower-back pain, for example ($120 per hour). Meanwhile, the ten-chair Drybar offers an illustrated menu of $40 blowouts, from stick-straight to full-bodied curls. Next door, slick nail salon Tenoverten will soon bring its immaculate manis and pedis to the premises, enlisting the long-lasting polish brands (Chanel, Nars), personal iPod docks, and limestone-slab mani tables that made their Tribeca location a hit. And the Petit Blue Dog Café will, come spring, serve sandwiches, salads, and smoothies, convenient for breakfast blowouts or a pick-me-up after Gravity Gym’s “AssKicker” class down the hall.
Best Upscale Beauty Mecca
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).