The Top Nail Salons in NYC, According to Our EditorsJanuary 20, 2021
Like Starbucks and bagel shops, you can find a nail salon on just about every street corner in New York City. Choosing a favorite is kind of like trying to pare down a collection of lipsticks — there are just so many reliable options! That being said, there are a few that stand out from the crowd. And with health and safety a top priority in the age of COVID-19, it’s even more important to indulge in a nail treatment somewhere you can trust.
Ahead, we’re sharing five NYC nail salons that our editors consider themselves regulars at, including the best place for Instagrammable nail art designs and zen spots for when you desperately just need to chill out.
Editor’s note: Call ahead to learn more about each salon’s COVID-19 safety protocols.
Sip on a wellness-based latte as you choose from a gel manicure, curated nail art designs or a moisturizing pedicure. The salon also offers an extensive menu of facials and massage treatments to give you even more chill vibes. If you’re not in NYC, try the brand’s Chill Tips, long-lasting press-on nails with seriously cool designs.
Jin Soon Choi is a celebrity manicurist as well as the founder of JINSoon Spas and Nail Polish. You just might spot her if you visit one of the four Manhattan locations. For the ultimate spa experience, we recommend indulging in a hand or foot treatment. Two of our favorites are the Breath of Milk and Honey pedicure, which includes a honey sugar scrub, and the Spirit of the Beehive, an intensive hydration treatment perfect for the harsh winter months.
At this manicure-only salon, you can choose from a look book of trend-setting nail designs that change each season. As you relax during your mani, start thinking of a clever caption, because you’re going to want to share the finished product on the ‘gram.
You may have stumbled upon Tenoverten’s non-toxic nail polishes at Target. If you’re in New York City, we recommend checking out where it all started. We love that the salon feels more like a cozy living room than a place to get your nails done. To really pamper yourself, try the Luxe manicure, which includes a hot stone massage.
This minimalist haven is perfect for anyone who needs a relaxation sesh and loves clean beauty. All of Sundays’ in-house nail polishes are 10-free, non-toxic, cruelty-free and vegan. Don’t want any polish? Choose the Buff Manicure service that includes a major pampering sesh for your hands and nails but leaves them bare.