Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cheap Mani-Pedi

The city is filled with nail salons and spas in every neighborhood, sometimes a few on the same block.  Because of the abundance of choices, most of these shops must keep the prices low to attract clients.  In the East Village, there are a few nail salons that I’ve discovered to have cheap prices, a clean space, and quick yet efficient service.

Top A Nail is just a couple blocks from my apartment.  This busy little salon is one of the cleanest in the area, decorated with an Asian inspired interior.  A manicure and pedicure costs $23.  You can add a ten minute leg or back massage for $10, which makes this deal feel more luxurious.  They have a great selection of the latest Essie and OPI polishes.  Top A is always busy, so be prepared to wait on a weekend afternoon.

Sun Tan Nail boasts one of the cheapest manicure and pedicure combinations - $18!  The salon is a no frills room, with random posters on display.   Tanning services are available for $10 for 10-13 minutes.  I have gotten an eyebrow wax a few times there for $6, when I’m too lazy to go to Uni K in Murray Hill.  The wax is done quickly and the eye brow shaping is just right.  They also offer a Brazilian wax for $20, but I’m honestly not about to get that done at a little nail salon, even though the rooms appear sanitary and tidy.  I will keep that to a spa-only treatment.

Top Beauty Spa is my new go-to spot on 2nd Avenue.  The manicure and pedicure is $24.  Ask for Tony for a chip-free manicure, a relaxing leg rub during your pedicure, and for an additional $11 he will give you a relaxing ten minute neck and back massage that will make your long day of lugging groceries and an over sized purse a forgotten memory.  They are open late (until 10pm), which is perfect for those last minute manicures for a date night.  The best perk is their frequent customer card: buy ten manicures then get one free! 

Where do you go for a cheap mani-pedi? xo

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