Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa
Fashion week’s favorite nail artist, Jin Soon Choi, made her bones on hardy manicures that stay chip-free for two weeks. Now she has three serene NYC locations — all designed by her architect husband John Coughlan — and her own line of high-pigment polish. (We love Blue Iris, an elegant cobalt, and Jasper, a glimmering new burgundy color.)Jin Soon East Village
, 56 E. Fourth Street (between Bowery & Second Avenue); (212) 473-2047.
Jin Soon West Village, 23 Jones Street (between W. Fourth & Bleecker Street); (212) 229-1070.
Jin Soon Upper East Side, 421 E. 73rd Street (between First & York avenues); (212) 249-9144.TenOverTen
An upscale lacquer selection including RGB, Nars, and Chanel, iPads to play with during your dry time, and late-night hours (they’re open until 10 p.m.) make this the ideal spot for busy queen bees. They even offer a 15-minute speed manicure — a step up from the always-unsatisfying polish change — for just $15.TenOverTen
Tribeca, 112 Reade Street, second Floor (between W. Broadway and Church Street); (212) 406-1010.
TenOverTen Midtown, 119 W. 56th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); (212) 767-1010.Tomahawk Salon
House nail guru and Illamasqua U.S. ambassador Fleury Rose does the most bananas-insane manicure art (think high-concept illustrations, 3D sparkle and swag) out of this Bushwick salon. You might recognize her work from, well, basically every magazine on the newsstand. By appointment only.Tomahawk Salon
, 10 Porter Avenue (at Flushing Avenue), Brooklyn; (646) 399-6873.
Note: At the end of October, Tomahawk Salon is relocating to 17 Thames Street (between Bogart Street and Morgan Avenue); Brooklyn. Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique
A country-chic escape for the eco-conscious girl, this charming space offers natural treatments and non-toxic nail lacquers by Zoya. You’ll be compelled to Instagram your feet submerged in a washbasin of warm milk, almond oil, and rose petals. Either that, or to eat them.Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique
, 222 W. Broadway (between White and Franklin streets); (212) 925-5441.Sakura Nail & Spa
The snug salon offers chip-thwarting Calgel manicures for $40, as well as fine glitter, gems, animal-print, or anything else you can think of for a few bucks more per nail. Flip through their Japanese fashion and nail magazines for a spark of inspiration, or let your highly-trained tech freehand something unique.Sakura Nail & Spa Lower East Side
, 35 E. First Street (between First and Second avenues); (212) 387-9161.
Sakura Nail & Spa Upper East Side, 1709 Second Avenue (between E. 88th and E. 89th streets); (212) 722-1334.