Maintaining a perfect pedicure is tricky business in New York, a city known for its strong sense of style, high price tags, and lots of walking, but somehow fashionable New Yorkers must find a way to manage. While it’s fairly easy to find a salon that will touch up your toes, this maintenance comes at a price. What’s a girl who wants to have it all to do? Simple. Check out this guide to the best cheap pedicures in New York and you’ll find you can pamper your feet and still afford to eat.
With several locations dotted throughout lower Manhattan, you can get your pedicure while sitting in heated massage chairs, and then finish it up watching VH1’s latest music videos on a personal screen while your polish is drying. Pedicures are about thirty dollars, but you’ll get a deal if you get a manicure as well. They also offer waxing and gel manicures. Check out salons at 132 7th Avenue and 18th Street (212-366-4545), 179 West 23rd Street at 7th Avenue (212-741-0105), 294 8th Avenue at 25th Street (646-638-2727), 120 2nd Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets (212-260-6749), and 219 8th Avenue at 21st Street (212-366-6199).
Located at 270 3rd Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street, Cleo Nails is both inexpensive and convenient. Not only can you get a twenty-one dollar pedicure, you can even squeeze it in after working late at the office; Cleo Nails is open until 11:00 pm. Manicures cost $9.50. You can reach them at 212-677-4900.
Nestled in between University Place and Broadway at 58 East 13th Street is a jewel of a salon. Jeniette New York Day Spa offers some more luxurious services, but the cost for a basic pedicure is only twenty-four dollars, and you still get to sit in the large, comfortable chairs. On Monday and Tuesday, they offer thirty dollar mani-pedi specials for cash customers only. Jeniette is a full service salon, as well, offering haircuts, coloring, facials, hair removal and massages. Call to make an appointment at 212-529-1616.
On the third floor of 458 West Broadway between Houston and Prince Streets, you can find one of the cheapest pedicures in town. For twenty dollars you’ll get a full pedicure, and the combination mani-pedi will save you even more. Known for their warm, friendly staff, they also do waxing. The only downside? Soho Nails doesn’t have any drying machines, so leave yourself some extra time for your polish to set. Contact them at 212-475-6368.
For the girl who’s cash-strapped, in a hurry, and has toes in need of TLC, check out quick and inexpensive Nail 22. Located at 344 East 16th Street, in under a half hour you can walk out of Nail 22 with your nails back in shape for under twenty bucks. While there isn’t much time for luxury and pampering, the pedicures are competent and the color selection is comprehensive. The real deal, however, is the weekday mani-pedi combo for twenty dollars. They take walk-ins, or call them at 212-253-1797.