Mahendra Patel opened New York Thread to bring the ancient practice of threading to the modern masses. The technicians twist pieces of cotton thread in such a way to quickly, efficiently remove unwanted hair from eyebrows, upper lips, chins, and horns. The staff also flex their artistic skills with temporary henna tattoos in a variety of swirls, flowers, and lattice designs.
Spa treatments are sometimes considered luxuries, but Necessities Day Spa & Salon treats them as essential services that provide much-needed relaxation. Nestled in The Shoppes at Hamilton, the spa hosts a team of experts in haircare, aesthetics, massage, and waxing. For people who return to enjoy the spa’s services over multiple trips, Necessities provides membership packages that include access to a VIP lounge, use of robes and slippers, and the ability to hear a host of trumpets playing whenever they walk into a room.
If Guys & Dolls Hair Salon & Spa has a homey feel, it's probably because the space that now brims with scissors, haircare solutions, and nail polish was until the 1970s a cozy home lined with family portraits and a checklist of uncles banned from family reunions. Today, stylists Vicki Berrien and Heather Guagliardo are at the reins, showcasing their decades of experience styling hair, cleansing skin with facials, and accentuating eyes with eyelash extensions.
Stylists and aestheticians at The Face & Body Spa cultivate coiffures and nourish skin using products with an organic, vegan focus. That means that body scrubs exfoliate with organic sugarcane, nails glimmer with SpaRitual vegan polish, and hair color is ammonia-free, an eco-friendly approach that makes pampering sessions feel simultaneously as virtuous and enjoyable as volunteering at Willy Wonka's soup kitchen.
The spa's Eastern influence shows up in both the services—body workers use acupuncture and Reiki energy therapy—and the decor. Stone buddha heads broadcast calm throughout lounge areas, and live bamboo and potted trees add a minimalistic reminder of the staff's natural inspirations.
IceKitchen's dinner menu is a thrilling retreat from the banalities of everyday foodstuffs. Smooth concoctions such as the beef short rib soup ($6.50) and the creamy elephant garlic soup ($6.25) gracefully precede beautiful displays of creative small plates. The trio of wonton tacos ($6.25) fills crispy wonton shells with carne asada and a taro purée beneath a drizzling of avocado-chili sauce and Napa cabbage, while the chicken lollipops ($7.75) skewer hunger with grilled chicken wings marinated in Asian spices and Sriracha sauce. Supsters with more sizeable hankerings will want to seek out the pan-roasted Chilean sea bass sake-marinated atop a grilled sushi rice cake ($14.75), as well as the Szechuan peppercorn-crusted filet of beef with wasabi celery-root purée and buttered Chinese long beans ($14.75). Each dish can find its soulmate within IceKitchen's extensive selection of vodkas.
Knot Knot recalls a cozy zen temple with black wood floors, screen dividers, and lush potted orchids––and that's just the waiting area. In the comfort of a cozy, low-lit room, licensed massage therapists take relaxation up a notch with Thai herbal acupressure, flowing Swedish strokes, and soothing, deep-tissue bodywork. The spa also offers an indulgent menu of exfoliating facial treatments, ranging from organic hydrating masks to age-reducing collagen care.