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For high- class treatments with clever names go to:
An established New York spa that offers everything from a facial called “the Hangover Herbie” (specifically designed to rejuvenate your skin without any irritation) to “the Pre-nup”, which includes six months’ worth of pampering for your favorite harried bride to be.
Lexington Ave and 49th St, 212-219-8970
Luxuriate in a mod setting at:
RED AND WHITE SPA
If you’re feeling a little less Twiggy than you’d like, you can get their “neck and double chin special treatment,” followed by the “anti-cellulite treatment.” And if you’re still not ready for your close-up, get “the detoxifying body parrafin treatment” to cleanse yourself of all your non-model energy.
484 Broome St., 212-343-9444
Pretend to indulge your food cravings at:
If your diet doesn’t allow chocolate, gin, or almonds in your mouth, at least at this spa you can spread them all over your body. Find out what it feels like to have chocolate salt and rose petals slough away your dead skin, or have warm milk, honey and minced almonds hydrate your epidermis to perfection. And the gin? You’ll have to go see for yourself.
8806 Third Ave, Brooklyn, 718-921-6100
Be treated like an Indian bride at:
INDIAN TREASURES INC.
This spa offers many of the same preparations given to Indian brides, including the “turmeric treatment” — a skin treatment used to even out the complexion. Also on offer are authentic bridal henna tatoos. You can even get a specialized mommy-to-be belly one. But those ones may actually be bad luck if you’re not really pregnant.
1794 Third Ave. between 99th and 100th St,
Take your boyfriend for a facial at:
Specializing in flexible schedules which allow you to get as many treatments as you can in the time you have available, this is the perfect place to take your significant other for a quickie before a special occasion (get your mind out of the gutter). They provide the “men’s essential” — a protective facial that helps heal the damage caused by shaving, ingrown hairs and stress.
104 W. 14th St, suite 2C,
Have tea in China at:
What could be more relaxing than a massage that offers eight different essential oils gently trickled like raindrops along the spine? Maybe an hour-long green tea facial, or better yet, the spa’s Friday afternoon massage special that promises to rid your body of a work week’s worth of tension.
44 W. 55th St, 5th Floor, 212-245-3245
Get an innovative haircut without the pretense at:
THE LITTLE HAIR SHOPPE
It doesn’t actually offer all of the pampering of a full-blown spa, but with a staff this friendly and haircuts this great, it might as well. Their clients are some of the most devoted you’ll find in New York City. Highlights include after-hour appointments and student discounts.
54 E. 4th St., 212-375-1004
Take care of the little details at:
RANDEE ELAINE SPA AND LASER CENTER
After running around this crazy city all day, your feet are going to need some serious attention. Luckily you can stop by Randee Elaine and get a 20 minute foot massage for just $20. Oh, and since you probably forgot (and who wouldn’t really) you can get an eyelash tint in a matter of minutes.
180 Seventh Ave S., 212-229-0399