Best Men's Haircut
70 East 55th Street
Worlds away from generic barbershop snippings is the styling of Chantal Gouy, who operates in a private loft above the bustling Ishi salon. "She seems to focus on every hair," reports one awed client. But it's the results taming the frizz-plagued, transforming the dated into current that keeps her clientele coming back. Her regulars, from CEOs to rock stars, are dedicated partly because she keeps their lifestyles in mind. "For those who appear onstage, it's important to have their features pop, so I might not give them as soft a look as I would someone in a different profession," she explains ($90 for an initial visit, $80 thereafter).
465 West 23rd Street
GREAT DEAL: If you don't mind waiting on line, Chelsea Barber offers a quick but stylish shearing for a mere $20.
The New Male Vanity (April 2001)