- Silk Day Spa
47 West 13th Street, 212-255-6457; silkdayspa.com
“Urban spas” are opening faster these days than Carrie took back Big—after all, anyone with a cot and a few candles can rent a room and call it a spa. One standout, though, is the five-month-old Silk Day Spa, with its clusters of bamboo stalks, cool stone tiles, and layers of gauzy fabrics. At this below-ground oasis, energy-balancing Eastern practices are combined with the West’s focus on skin care and muscle tone to produce transporting treatments like the Silk Emperor/Empress, a deluxe indulgence for two that comprises a deluge shower, hot-tub soak, reflexology, body scrub, body mask, and Silk Melt Away Massage. Now that’s a spa.
Best New Spa
From the 2004 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).