Tue-Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun-Mon, closed
6 at 77th St.
Le Salon draws quite a few walk-ins with its homey-looking main room of houseplants, rattan chairs, and a nonworking fireplace. But owner Marina Khasin says she rarely takes clients without an appointment; her schedule is almost always filled by regulars who’ve been coming to her for the past twenty years. Many of them are devotees of her medical pedicures (podiatrists refer patients), which she performs along with manicures in the sunny main room. In 2002, she attracted a new crop of clients when she expanded the spa to include three smaller treatment rooms—one for waxing (which Khasin does herself), one for massages (hot-stone treatments, shiatsu, and reflexology), and one for facials. These last are given by Khasin’s sister, Irina, who previously worked at larger spas, including Georgette Klinger and Dorit Baxter; her customized treatments, which use Bionova products and include extras like shoulder massage and hand-softening hot mitts, can last up to two hours. New clients coming in on Saturdays shouldn’t be surprised to find longtime habitués lounging in their pajamas while they wait for their appointments; for many of them, Khasin says, the spa has become something like a second living room.
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