Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, closed
L at Bedford Ave.; J, M, Z at Marcy Ave.
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Though it’s located on Williamsburg’s main Bedford drag, Audrey Spa—a small, serene spot boasting vibrant green furnishings and sun-dappled bamboo floors—is devoid of any of the neighborhood’s typical hipster trappings. Which isn’t to say that crowd doesn’t flock here: owner Yolanta “Yola” Borzdynski, a Polish born esthetician with more than two decades of experience (most recently at West Village favorite, Eve), has devotees both local and from as far away as New Jersey, all of whom know to book Saturday sessions well in advance. Yola’s calling card is her no-nonsense, Mother Hen manner, and her ability to recommend the appropriate facial, hair removal or nail treatment depending on a client’s needs and skin type, all without product pushing. In Room One—dubbed the “torture chamber” by Yola—the owner dons an apron bedazzled with “Wax Queen” and gets to work on brows and bikinis using two types of wax and her fan-favorited “sensitive” techniques. Room Two is scrub-central, while Room Three is designated for facials, including the house specialty Anti-Acne, a combination of deep cleaning, exfoliation, and extractions, plus lots of instruction and take-home tips. A final room is set aside for massages. Out front, two oversize, very sterile manicure and pedicure stations face black and white images of Audrey Hepburn, the spa’s namesake and inspiration.
Indoor surfing, spinning lovefests, a luxurious pig-placenta facial, and more.