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Beauty Inc issue 12/13/2013

As the cofounder of, a comprehensive ratings and reviews site for New York City spas and salons, Julie Kurtzman considers it her personal calling to find the best beauty services in town. Here, she shares her top-five picks for a quick holiday manicure.

This story first appeared in the December 13, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Blooming Nails & Spa
260 Park Avenue South

Who: Everyone there is really good.
Why: Full disclosure: It’s literally across the street from my apartment. However, this corner salon stands out. It’s huge, it’s spotless and I can count on a flawless mani or pedi followed by an amazing chair massage every time.  

Pinky Nail Salon

2240 Broadway at 80th Street

Who: Anyone Susan (the owner) recommends.
Why: Pinky offers a great assortment of nail polish and a nice back massage while your nails are drying. Always a good bet for a solid mani.

Primp & Polish
205 North 9th Street; Williamsburg

Who: Anyone. They are all great!
Why: Great manicures, reasonable prices and walls of polish. Not to mention, it’s one of the coolest looking nail salons I’ve ever seen. A minimalist’s dream in white.

Spa Butterfly
155 East 44th Street

Who: Anyone. They are all really good.
Why: Clean and spacious, and a very convenient midtown location.


Le Parker Meridien lower level
119 West 56th Street

Who: Yangdi.
Why: This jewel of a salon is heaven for any polish junkie, with Tenoverten’s own line as well as full collections from RGB, Uslu Airlines, Nars, Chanel and Essie.