Best Manicures in New York: A to Gel

Image via Paintbox.

Image via Paintbox.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge fan of getting my nails done. I go about every other week to my local salon in Palo Alto - but my absolute favorite place to get my nails done is New York. New York has salons that specialize in gel manicures and ones that offer all-natural experiences. Below are my top three spots.

Paintbox

Gavin Tarquinio for Paintbox.

Gavin Tarquinio for Paintbox.

Paintbox specializes in gel manicures and unique, fashion forward designs. Located on Crosby St in Soho, the space is well appointed with relaxing lighting and quiet background music. Upon arriving, you're offered a drink (water or champagne are most common), your coat is hung, and the receptionist will hand you a menu of gel and regular nail looks curated to fit current trends and a sample of color options.

When I made my first trip there a last weekend, my artist Amy was incredible! I left having had an incredible conversation about tech and how gross people don't wash their hands, as well as great nails that are holding up incredibly well.

If you're looking for a relaxing and high-end gel manicure experience, I highly recommend it. Paintbox doesn't do pedicures, but they're experts in their manis.

Primp and Polish (on Bedford Avenue)

Admittedly, Primp and Polish isn't my favorite salon in NY - usually I go to one of the other two on this list. However, their location on Bedford Avenue (one of 5 in Brooklyn) has one major selling point: a covered outdoor pedicure garden. 

If you're looking for a good and convenient pedicure in Brooklyn, that so happens to be outside, this is your pick.

Tenoverten

Image via Tenoverten.

Image via Tenoverten.

Tenoverten has four locations on Manhattan, one in Austin, and one in LA. My favorite is their Soho spot on West Houston, it feels like a cozy cave with a lovely outdoor space that feels like you're in another place in the summer. Unlike Paintbox and ------ Tenoverten is the closest to a full service salon, offering eye brow and lash, makeup, and waxing and sugaring services in addition to manicures and pedicures.

Tenoverten's mission is to provide non-toxic nail care, as well as a lovely salon experience. Their house brand nail polishes are vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA, and 8-free, meaning they do NOT include several toxic chemicals that are in most other polishes. They also carry several 3-free lines and high-end lines like Chanel and Dior.

The entire experience at tenoverten is relaxing, from the comfy pedicure seats to the moisturizing manicures. Their other services are top-notch, as well.