Raising the Bar
A meeting of pamper and play, duel-purpose salons and boutiques are the newest phenomenon gaining headway in the world of fashion and beauty. New York’s famed Beauty Bar, once a classic beauty parlor named Thomas Beauty Salon, has morphed into a hot nighttime stop offering cocktails and manicures for only $10. The kitschy Gramercy Park location offers their nail service until the late evening but when the clock strikes 11pm, a full-on bar scene emerges from the woodwork. Warning: This is not your grandmother’s salon. Hit this tiny starter bar up after work and exit before the NYU crowd takes over. It can get pretty cramped in the wee hours.
If your digits don’t need a touch-up, hop on the F Train to Delancey for The Dressing Room where you’ll enjoy live music, specialty drinks, free internet, and shopping. The Lower East side hybrid bar/boutique started three years ago by stylist and designer, Nikki Fontanella, as a space to showcase young fashion talent and swap vintage wares. Ransack your closet for gems, and Nikki will give you 30% of the item’s value in cash or 50% in store or bar credit. Genius. This is a real community hangout–one that welcomes only the most daring of tourists.