Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-7pm
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.
Iranian immigrant Jeniette Melamed’s namesake spa is nothing fancy, but its celebrity clientele find it as familiar and satisfying as a plate of comfort food. Since the spa opened in 1982, Hollywood A-listers and runway stalkers have embraced the Cheers-like atmosphere, not to mention the notoriously popular bikini waxes. (Heart-shaped and Brazilian are salon specialties.) Jeniette’s brow waxers and threaders have sculpted some of the best arches in the biz; Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Mandy Moore, and Ashley Olsen are a few who’ve graced the green-and-white candy-striped space. The second floor of the sprawling two-story spa is devoted to a long lineup of hair and mani-pedi stations, with private downstairs nooks reserved for couple's massages, facials and waxings for spa-shy gents.
Indoor surfing, spinning lovefests, a luxurious pig-placenta facial, and more.