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Best of New York Beauty 2003

Best Men's Spa

John Allan's Club

  • John Allan’s Club

    46 East 46th Street, 212-922-0361; 95 Trinity Place, 212-406-3000

    What the John Allan’s experience amounts to—they call it Full Service ($65)—is an admirably efficient 40-minute immersion in male-centered pampering: A shoeshine. A shampoo. A haircut. A scalp massage. A hot-towel facial. A manicure. Exhibiting an acute understanding of the psychological needs of his clientele, Allan has cloaked all this indulgence in reassuringly masculine camouflage: overstuffed distressed-leather armchairs, a pool table and bar, and beer. Pony up $695 for an annual membership and you can get the Full Service treatment daily if you want; they’ll even let you stash your own personal bottle in the lounge.

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So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).