B, D, F, N, Q, R, V, W at 34th St.-Herald Sq.; 1, 2, 3 at 34th St.-Penn Station; 6 at 33rd St.
Some Yi-Pak customers may leave with baby-soft skin, but shy ladies be warned: There’s not much privacy at this compact traditional Korean spa for women, located on the second floor of an office building in the heart of K-Town. Guests disrobe in a small front area—which triples as a waiting room and a locker room—then are led into the spa itself by an attendant dressed in black bra and granny panties. The space itself is immaculate, which should calm fears about foot fungus. (No sandals are provided.) Typical sessions run one to two hours and begin with fifteen minutes in a steam room, followed by an all-body soap-and-water exfoliation. A relaxing break in the roomier dry sauna precedes a deep-tissue massage, during which the attendant walks on your back; next up is a hair wash and a cool cucumber mask in the steam room. Clients end up wrapped in a towel in the main room, feeling significantly less tense and a whole lot softer. Appointments are recommended.
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