FILE (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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Tacky, chipped nails ruin even the most polished look, pronto. A fresh manicure is every woman’s necessity, able to give your mood a million dollar lift for just a few bucks. If you want your hands to do the talking, either at an important board meeting, a romantic date or simply around the house, make your way to one of these New York City salons.

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Marc Joseph Salon
147 W. 40th St., 2nd floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 391-6699

A surprisingly affordable manicure menu, plus a focus on chemical-free products and legendary service, makes the Marc Joseph Salon an easy go-to lunch hour retreat. Located in the heart of Midtown, the Salon features nail polishes comprised primarily of naturally derived, safe ingredients and a sophisticated, unparalleled atmosphere. Known as the spa where beauty meets fashion, Marc Joseph’s salon services also include haircuts, styling and curl relaxing treatments.

Williamsburg Beauty Spa
105 Berry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 799-1221

One of Brooklyn’s most established, eco-friendly salons, Williamsburg Beauty Spa’s technicians are highly trained in the art of the shellac manicure as well as artful purveyors of pampering. The relaxing environment is geared toward gentle rejuvenation and comfort. Plus, this spa serves wine, an added end-of-a-hard-day perk.

Nail Plus
325 Church Ave.
Brooklyn, NY  11218
(718) 854-7891

Nail Plus is a neighborhood salon with a keen sense of professionalism, high quality of service and personable attentiveness so above and beyond the norm that patrons flock here from all five boroughs. Manicures include orange-scented scrubs and perfectly timed hand massages geared toward total relaxation within a budget. Pedicures, waxing and massage round out the picture.

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Potala Nail & Spa
2848 Steinway St.
Astoria, NY  11103
(718) 777-8798

An affordable salon located in Queens’ coolest neighborhood, Potala Nail & Spa is known for exceptionally friendly service, perfect mani-pedis and immaculately clean surroundings. A fiercely loyal customer base has kept this professionally-run salon firmly at the top of the manicure heap for many years. Plus, every tenth manicure is free!

Akiko Hair & Nail Studio
159 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
(917) 284-7449

Known for unique artistry and design work, the technicians at Akiko Hair & Nail Studio are practically psychic when it comes to their clients’ tastes, temperament and mood. A creative focus and attentive service makes up for the limited amount of pampering time you will receive here. If you can dream up a nail design, or if you want something completely individual, there is no equal to this shop. Located within an open-style marketplace, Akiko’s downtown vibe is discernible and its client base eclectic.

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