You’ve been traversing Manhattan’s streets in your Jimmy Choos, and now your tootsies are hurting. So where to go in New York for the best pedicure? You definitely want flawless execution that allows you to highlight that skimpy summer footwear, showing off your pampered feet.
Plus, as if you needed an extra incentive, bear in mind that it’s a misperception that pedicures are a luxury rather than a necessity. Podiatrists and other health professionals increasingly say that pedicures should be part of a therapeutic regimen for healthy feet, helping you avoid such foot ailments as corns and ingrown toenails. So make regularly scheduled appointments for a salon pedicure at least once a month and preferably once every two weeks.
Read on for our list of the top five pedicures in Manhattan, based on the degree to which they incorporated healthy products, like grapes, olive oil, and mango into their treatments, as well as how they performed on overall presentation and execution. While the described treatments were available at the time of publication, salon offerings and prices may change without notice. Even if the starring pedicure isn’t available during your visit, however, the salon and its nail and spa technicians still meet the highest standards, so dive in!
This spa at 30 West 18th Street is small, chic, and infinitely relaxing. Slip off those YSL pumps at the door and channel your inner Cleopatra with the Queen Bee pedicure for $85. During this treatment, you’ll soak your feet in “a one of a kind mixture of milk, honey and bee pollen extract," followed by an intoxicating scrub and “honey glaze” massage. Or sip a glass of Shiraz as you try the Grape Gatsby massage, also $85, which treats your toes to a soak in a basin brimming with grapes and grape seed oil, both heralded as natural exfoliating agents.
Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi’s flagship New York salon is located in the Plaza Hotel. So, prepare for a sumptuous treat as you climb the marble stairs leading to this haven famed for its pampered, yet slightly edgy rock and roll style. Opt for the Fresh Flower Pedicure, for $76, in which you soak your feet in a bowl made of Murano glass, then select a color from the exclusive Sally Hansen for Warren-Tricomi nail polish collection.
Acqua Beauty Bar
This day spa near Union Square offers the Orchid Pedicure for $45. This delightful experience is made up of an eight-step treatment that features softening soaks, crisp buffing, and a sugar scrub that's whipped up fresh on the premises, followed by an intricate massage. The salon itself channels a water theme, hence the name, that features first-class pedicure chairs, white leather couches, and sea-blue glass accents.
Jin Soon’s clients swoon over the Magic Clay Slipper pedicure, which costs $55. Offered at her Upper West Side salon, this spa is housed in an airy, yet intimate former 19th-century antiques shop. The treatment features a vigorous clay scrub, followed by a mimosa-fig mask that will knock your proverbial socks off.
This stalwart spa on Fifth Avenue is the grand dame of the five salons and a tried-and-true “old school” choice. We’re especially fond of the Olive Oil Pedicure, $80, which features Villa Floriani products, including an olive-based cream and salt scrub designed to exfoliate and rejuvenate. These are followed by a specially formulated massage cream that transforms into a gel, leading to super-soft heels and toes.