The city is filled with nail salons and spas in every neighborhood, sometimes a few on the same block. Because of the abundance of choices, most of these shops must keep the prices low to attract new clients. In the East Village, there are a few nail salons that stand out for affordable prices, a clean space and quick yet efficient service. Get your manicured nails and pedicured toes perfect for summer at these cheap nail salons in the East Village. By Sarah Shaker.
Top A Nail
This busy little salon is one of the cleanest in the area, featuring a sleek Asian-inspired interior. A manicure and pedicure package costs $23. De-stress by adding a ten-minute leg or back massage for $10, making this deal feel a bit more luxurious. There’s a great selection of the latest Essie and OPI polishes available. For those wanting to keep their nails chip-free for two weeks, try their gel manicure for $29. Top A is always busy, so be prepared to wait on a weekend afternoon while people watching from across Tompkins Square Park.
Blush Nail Lounge may not be a “cheap” salon, but it’s well worth mentioning, as this candy-pink townhouse is a haven for ladies looking for a quality, always-sanitary and relaxing nail service. While Blush is a bit more luxurious than the random nail salon on your corner, you can indeed get a deal on a basic manicure and pedicure combination – $34 when you make an appointment for Mon-Thurs, 11-4:30 p.m. Skip out of the office to get pampered at Blush on your next lunch break to enjoy this special pricing. Or splurge on their signature Milk and Honey mani-pedi ($59), a combination of real milk, chrysanthemum petals, molten honey and a paraffin wrap that can resurrect the most damaged of exhausted New York feet.
Sun Tan Nail boasts one of the cheapest manicure and pedicure combinations in the neighborhood – only $22. You can get a manicure-only for just $8 – that’s less than you probably just spent on lunch. The salon is a no frills room, with random posters on display. Tanning services are available for $10 for 10-13 minutes. When you’re looking to save a few bucks, but want your nails filed and painted, Sun Tan Nail is your go-to money saving salon.
Top Beauty Spa
The manicure and pedicure package is $28 at Top Beauty Spa, but you can get it for only $24 when you visit on a Monday-Thursday. Ask for Tony for a nearly chip-free manicure, a relaxing leg rub during your pedicure and for an additional $11 he will give you a relaxing ten minute neck and back massage that will make your long day of lugging an oversized purse a forgotten memory. They are open late (until 10pm), which is perfect for those last minute manicures on a date night. The best perk is their frequent customer card: buy ten manicures then get one free.
Pastel Nail & Spa
A beauty destination in the East Village, Pastel delivers the usual manicure and pedicure, as well as a full spa menu covering massages and body scrubs, facials, waxing, tanning, and men’s services. Pastel’s staff of technicians dish and joke with customers, asking remembering their regulars’ stories about their boyfriends and tiny studio apartments. Enjoy personalized service, along with your $12 manicure at Pastel.