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Best of New York Beauty 2003

Best Relaxation Treatment

  • Bliss Spa

    568 Broadway, at Prince Street, Second floor; 19 East 57th Street, Third floor; 212-219-8970

    Once you’ve experienced Bliss Spa’s Ginger Rub ($210), you will never be satisfied by a scrub that does not begin with twenty minutes spent slathered in crushed ginger and essential oils and in which you are wrapped, like some kind of New Age burrito, in foil and left to soften on a heated bed of water. By the time the masseuse towels you off and begins the comprehensive 100-minute massage, you’re as pliable as Play-Doh and you’ve forgotten whatever it was that caused those knots in your shoulder in the first place. By the end, you may have forgotten your own name.

From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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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).