- Just Calm Down
32 West 22nd Street, 212-337-0032
Every good pedicure spot has a devoted following; Julia Roberts swears by Josephine Beauty Retreat, and downtown girls love Acqua Beauty Bar. But the adventurous go to Just Calm Down. Pedicures are done under a Moroccan tent, where feet are soaked in old Tuscan bowls. Grooming options include the Lady Godiva ($65), during which feet are dipped in a mixture of warm milk, marshmallows, and chocolate (don’t worry, they’ll give you a cup of hot chocolate to satisfy the cocoa cravings), and the Grape Gatsby ($70), an oenophile’s fantasy. A grape-seed scrub and fruit acids in a red-wine soak are used to slough off dead skin. And yes, a relaxing glass of wine is offered.
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
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).