Revered celebrity and editorial nail artist Jin Soon Choi’s Tribeca JINsoon location pampers not only with luxe mani and pedis, but also with the space’s luxurious, tranquil design—sweeping warm wood ribbon walls, David Weeks chandeliers, and plush, custom-made upholstered chairs for pedicure stations. Oh, we failed to mention that every imaginable brand and color of polish is available at the salon, but our eyes can only see JINsoon’s very own line of polishes. A 5-free formula that, seriously, lasts all week long (thanks to the high-tech polymers and resins), and with colors so bright and bold you’ll want to show them off, which is perfect because they also have a custom photo booth to take a mani selfie (Melfie? Maniself?).
37 Walker Street, New York
With Scandinavian-inflected decor, Sundays nail salon offers non-toxic, vegan nail care products and services in NoMad. Its owner, Amy Ling Lin, was so involved in every detail of the design, she even traveled to Denmark to choose furniture for the space. Inspired by Nordic culture, Sundays studio design is hygge and features a color palette of dusty nudes and natural textures. From handmade Danish Rama chairs to a minimalist nail bar featuring a custom communal table, the warm and friendly vibe of this nail studio is evident across both floors. “Forget the hectic lifestyle of New York City or any weather mother nature may whirl at you,” says Lin. “We are your oasis in NYC.” The brand will soon offer a “two-in-one” manicure meditation treatment in partnership with meditation company Inscape.
51 East 25th Street, New York
Ruchki da Nozhki Salon
Offering nail treatments (“ruchki” for hands and “nozhki” for feet) and waxing services, Ruchki da Nozhki Salon is a highly-anticipated arrival in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. “I wanted to build a well-designed place where everything from the polish display to the pedicure bench to the acetone bottle was aesthetically pleasing,” says owner Katya Kan. “The details were important to us.” Working with architects Ben Bischoff and Jess Thomas of design firm Design/Build/Made, Kan was able to create a beautifully-decorated environment that features “millennial pink” walls and open shelving. The nail lounge strives to be a socially-conscious business, which means taking care of the staff and clients’ health and well-being, creating the most efficient workplace, developing safe procedures, paying fair wages, and using all-natural products for treatments. “We are the first salon in New York state to comply with the latest regulations on local ventilation as each station is equipped with a powerful exhaust system that absorbs nail dust, vapors, and fumes to ensure clean air,” says Kan. “We work closely with unions to train our staff and make sure they know labor laws and understand their rights. We take all of it as a social responsibility, and we hope to win our customers’ trust by doing things ethically.”
381 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill
Tucked into NYC’s Lower East Side, the chillest cafe/spa concept believes in treating yo’self, but without having to break the bank. The Chillhouse mission is to “be a Downtown escape for city-dwellers seeking a modern path to total relaxation with style, character and ease with its core services being a wellness cafe, manicures and massages,” says co-founder Cyndi Ramirez.
But the nails are the real showstopper. Chillhouse is known for only featuring non-toxic nail options, but elevating everything you’ve thought about green manicures, with innovative nail art inspired by the likes of palm leaves and Matisse.
“I love supporting newer, emerging brands,” says Ramirez. “For us, being non-toxic was the only option. What’s the point in having two sections of your business that preach wellness and the nails being a toxic service? All the brands I carry I’m personally excited to have in our property. We want to introduce you to brands you may have never heard of before.”
Chill design, cafe, massages, and (green) nails—is there anything else you need in life?
149 Essex Street, New York
Building off of their green and clean ethos of their flagship Brentwood location, Côte has brought their California vibes to New York’s buzzing Union Square. “We designed Côte with this in mind: creating a soothing, relaxing environment that will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed,” says Côte co-founder Leah Yari.
Chill vibes not enough to convince you? The entire collection of Côte’s exclusive 10-free nail collection is available (that’s over 100+ shades, nbd). In addition to the polishes, the green manicure also includes a healthy application of 100 percent organic argan oil to the cuticles.
100 E 13th Street, New York
Originally published April 24, 2017. Updated November 13, 2017.