- Mezzanine Spa
62 Crosby Street, 212-431-1600
Don’t be lured by the more exotic offerings at the Mezzanine Spa. The double-height ceilings and three-story waterfall create a luxe and tranquil atmosphere. But it’s quickly spoiled by the paperwork required to determine your Ayurvedic disposition for the signature Tan Lepa Wrap, a $200 indulgence that has you slathered with cream or yogurt by two aestheticians (neither of whom is actually a massage therapist)—and left chilly, sticky, and mummified in banana leaves. Also skip the Ancient Chiropody Pedicure ($100), which is supposedly extra-effective but involves frightening European medical tools. I’ve had an equally good job done elsewhere for $35, and it involved pleasant creams, too. Stick to the peppermint pedicure. Beth Landman
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).