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Getting a Massage

How do you choose from among the dozens of FOOT BACK RUB! basement entrances? Aim for 70 cents a minute. Skip places that charge more than $1 a minute unless you really crave a door that closes and a table longer than five feet eight.

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Best Deal Melanie's Body and Foot Massage Two tiny rooms inside Tinny Beauty School. Ignore the scary machines and bevy of heavily made-up women outside. Helen works wonders with a steamed towel, and her Thai foot massage ends with an awe-inspiring knee rub. 75 cents a minute, 126 Lafayette St., nr. Canal St., second fl. 917-680-7843.
Best Facial Katy's Face Center Cluttered, well-equipped four-room spa. Katy, a 41-year-old industrious Hong Konger, makes you fill out a very detailed questionnaire. Her face massage is exquisite. $1 a minute, 184 Mott St., nr. Kenmare St.; 212-226-3278.
Best Walkin Wu Lim Services Cavernous rooms of four to fourteen beds filled with naked women draped with towels. Not for the modest. The masseurs talk to each other constantly, but you get sixteen minutes of invigorating Chi Quong. Men might prefer 179 Grand, where the clientele is more male. 70 cents a minute 145 Grand St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-925-1276; 179 Grand St., nr. Baxter St.; 212-334-3909.


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