Best Nail Salons in NYC to Add to Your Bucket ListJanuary 28, 2019
Similar to Starbucks and delis that promise the best bagels in all of Manhattan, you can find a nail salon on just about every street corner in New York City. But as far as the ones you’ll want to go back to time and time again, the list grows narrower, something akin to how you might feel about your three favorite lipsticks out of your collection of 101. As New Yorkers with a passion for polished nails, be assured, you’ve come to the right place.
Ahead, discover our six favorite nail salons in NYC, including the best nail salon for Instagrammable nail designs and the zen spot for when you desperately just need to chill out.
Valley Nails — Three Locations
Calling all nail-art lovers: this is a spot to add to your NYC bucket list immediately. The zen space is great for nail services of all kinds, but its nail art is on a whole different playing field. Want to see for yourself? Services can be scheduled in 15-, 30-, 45- or 60-minute sessions depending on the designs’ intricacies. You can choose your nail art from a booklet full of looks, or you can bring in a design you saw, well, anywhere really, and Valley Nails will make it happen.
Chillhouse — Lower East Side
When we think of cozy, modern self-care, we think Chillhouse. The spot is a dual coffeeshop and spa, so plan on showing up early to get some work done with a latte prior to heading back for your appointment for an Instagrammable nail-art look. It’s a small salon, so we recommend booking your appointment in advance (it’s fun to have something to look forward to, anyway). Nail services range from a traditional manicure to nail-art designs, which are divided into three tiers based on difficulty.
JINsoon — Four Locations
Jin Soon Choi is a celebrity manicurist, as well as the founder of JINSoon Spas and JINSoon nail polish. You’ll undoubtedly spot her backstage at NYFW creating runway-ready nail designs, but you can also find her at one of the four JINSoon Spa locations in NYC. For the ultimate spa experience, choose a hand or foot treatment. Two of our favorites are the Breath of Milk and Honey to get some extra pampering for hands and feet (hello honey sugar scrub) and the Spirit of the Beehive, an intensive hydration treatment perfect for harsh winter months.
Paintbox — SoHo
An appointment at Paintbox will make you feel like a celeb. The manicure-only salon gives customers a “look book” to choose an on-trend nail design out of 20 to 25 rotating options. From there, the only things you’ll need to do are say “yes” to a glass of complimentary Champagne (or coffee, if you’re feelin’ low-key) and think of a clever caption for your mani ’gram. Bonus: This airy spot is ideal for socializing with friends or co-workers.
Tenoverten — Four Locations
Make an appointment at one of the four Tenoverten locations in NYC to experience a nail salon that feels like a cozy apartment. There’s an iPad at every manicure seat for you to play with while you’re being pampered. Feeling fancy? Check out the Christian Louboutin Manicure & Pedicure experience, which includes a few drops of Christian Louboutin Perfume Oil in the nail-soaking water, nail-shaping, light cuticle care, a moisturizing hand massage, Christian Louboutin polish and an additional five-minute shoulder massage.
Sundays Nail Salon — Three Locations
Behold, the minimalist haven that’s perfect for anyone who needs a relaxation sesh. Choose a polish-free restorative buff manicure, one of Sunday’s minimalist nail-art designs or anything in between. There’s even an option for a guided meditation and manicure. Sundays in-house nail polishes are 10-free, non-toxic, cruelty-free and vegan.