Best Pedicurists – New York

Advanced Skincare Day Spa
Classic Manicure, $32
Classic Pedicure, $65
140 W. 57th St., Suite 3C

Everything about this midtown spa is comfortable: the heated neck pillow and mug of hot chocolate when you arrive, the couch where you sit for your manicure and pedicure. None of it is fancy, and that’s fine with us. Our only complaint: The spa didn’t have much in the way of trendy shades. But Balaban was so eager to please that she let us pick a deep red Chanel polish from her personal stash and wear the spa’s flip-flops home (she only asked that we return them). And we will be returning: Our pedicure was perfect, and our manicure lasted for a full week and a half.

Manicure, $75
Pedicure, $125
By appointment only

We’re ashamed to admit how bad it had gotten. Our calluses had calluses and two of our fingernails were so split that Cianciotto, who has tended to Kelly Preston and Barbara Bush, had to pry off the Band-Aids before getting to work. She filed, scrubbed, and generally performed a beauty intervention on our fingernails until they were almost unrecognizable—in a good way. Then she moved on to our sorry feet. Cianciotto won’t touch razors. Instead, she rubbed our soles with a dose of sloughing lotion made with olive pits and peppermint, and then worked her nail voodoo with a special buffer that abolishes all ridges. The finale, an intense reflexology massage, made us feel utterly and unspeakably serene.

Essie flagship at Samuel Shriqui Salon
Nails, $40 and up
35 E. 65th St.

She earns high praise from high-profile stars (including Julia Roberts).

Fix Beauty Bar
Full-On Fix, $85
847 Lexington Ave., 2nd fl.

Whoever said that bad things come in threes never stopped by this uptown salon for a simultaneous manicure, pedicure, and blowout. Soedarmadji, our nail technician, steered us away from the dark brown shade we selected, suggesting a deep purple to suit our fair skin. While she filed our toes, Vagias got to work on our blowout, smoothing out every kink. Next, Soedarmadji moved on to our hands, giving our nails a squarish shape to go with our edgy polish. We left with gleaming fingers, toes, and hair—a true triple threat.

Manicure, $19
Pedicure, $38
150 Mercer St.

We don’t need rose petals thrown at our feet (or into our footbaths). But this sleek, cozy spa is a major upgrade from the similarly priced, noisy neighborhood joints we’re used to. Our technician escorted us to a quiet corner where she proceeded to file our nails, pausing every few minutes to measure each tip against the others until they were all equally round and shiny. Polish went on smudge-free, and we left feeling relaxed, not rattled by gossip sessions and cellphone jabbering.

Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spa
Manicure, $18 and up
Pedicure, $32 and up
23 Jones Street

A-list actresses and CEOs of beauty companies are flocking to Choi’s brand-new salon as much for the candlelit decor as for the manicures and pedicures. Sarah Jessica Parker and Iman soak in Choi’s Summer Oasis (sliced cucumber, mint leaves, and peppermint essential oil).

Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spa
The Breath of Milk and Honey Manicure, $28
421 E. 73rd St.

We never quite understood why hot milk makes people sleepy—until we ventured into Jin Soon. We soaked our hands in a bowl of warm milk, honey, and grapefruit essence, which felt so calming and hydrating that our manicurist practically had to pry out each hand for filing. When our nails were shaped to the ideal roundness, she massaged a lemon-scented exfoliator up to our elbows, and rubbed our arms and hands again with a velvety moisturizer. After a wrap of steaming towels, she painted on a light pink shade. By the end, we were feeling smooth and ready for a nap.

La Prairie at the Ritz-Carlton Spa
Maximum Indulgence (a facial with manicure and pedicure), $425
Ritz-Carlton New York, 50 Central Park South

Our mother always insisted that facials weren’t an extravagance, just basic maintenance. Well, Mom would feel at home here, with the white-gloved doormen and slightly stuffy floral decor. She’d appreciate our aesthetician, too, who executed a thorough deep cleaning while delivering no-nonsense instructions to the nail technician grooming our hands and feet. The entire experience felt far more efficient than indulgent, but we were amazed to discover zero redness and no post-facial breakouts (an absolute first for us).

Medical Pedicure
Medical pedicure, $120 and up
225 W. 35th St.

The place: This has the look and feel of a doctor’s office (stark white walls, fluorescent lights, a table covered in tools). No surprise, considering Correa grew up helping out her father in his podiatry clinic in Uruguay.
What we asked for: Smooth soles and a thorough, no-­holds-barred callus removal for our feet.
The extras: There aren’t any perfumed foot soaks or fancy sugar scrubs here—Correa’s full focus is on restoring health to nails, relieving tense muscles, and smoothing calluses with metal files. Clients have to provide their own nail polish for the appointment.
Bottom line: Correa removed every last callus and buffed a few corns flat, even inspecting an air pocket on one nail before soaking our feet. She finished with a perfectly adequate polish application with the bottle we brought from home. We can’t remember the last time our feet were this soft.

Mezzanine Spa
Medical Pedicure, $110
140 W. 58th St., Ste. 6

We’ve always wanted to try a medical pedicure—a no-holds-barred obliteration of calluses and cracked heels. And our technician’s confident, clinical approach didn’t disappoint. She zeroed in on our leathery soles, applying a glycolic peel and rasping away every rough spot. Not only were our feet smooth and supple, but the polish was precise and shiny.

Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa
Pedicure, $65
171 E. 65th St.

The original Paul Labrecque spa at the Reebok Sports Club pulses with the energy of a Spinning class; the second location is more like its serene, yoga-loving sister. We were led upstairs to a room overlooking a garden, where our technician guided us through infinitesimal differences among ten shades of red. To the standard pedicure, she added an exfoliating mango scrub and a sweat-inducing session with the foot file—smoothing rough heels, soles, and even the sides of our toes. A true perfectionist, she removed the polish on our right little toe (it looked fine to us) and repainted it, basecoat and all. We sat sipping coffee, so content that we actually waited for our nails to dry.

Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa
Classic Manicure, $35
Classic Pedicure, $65
171 E. 65th St.

This busy salon has a packed waiting area, and hairstylists’ assistants are everywhere. But Binu’s sunlit corner is relatively quiet, and the manicurist herself is soft-spoken and deliberate. She made our short nails look elegant, and our polish stayed chip-free for longer than usual (a week and counting). All in all, we felt justified spending more than we typically do on our nails.

Polished Beauty Bar
Signature pedicure, $30
250 W. 78th St.

The salon’s selection of Essie polishes is enormous. Plus, the salon offers a complimentary manicure with any pedicure on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If your pedicure appointment coincides with one of the salon’s regular specials, you’ll get a manicure on the house, though the old adage might ring true: You get what you pay for.

Signature Manicure, $20
Signature Pedicure, $40
112 Reade St.

This TriBeCa nail spa is cooler than most, starting with the nail-polish selection (which includes Chanel’s latest shades), iPads to play with during your appointment, and quietly chic slate gray walls. They take clients until 10 P.M., which is especially cool given our work hours. Our gracious, thoughtful technician stopped several times to make sure we were comfortable and put on glasses to inspect our nails closely. She painted two coats of an inky plum on our fingers and a nearly black brown on our toes, and because we didn’t have to dig in our purse for money—the spa emailed our receipt, including the tip, to us—we didn’t mess up her work.

Signature Pedicure, $40
112 Reade St.

Here’s what’s relaxing: a lovely pedicure in the middle of a workday. Here’s what’s not: getting your pedicure next to a magazine-ad saleswoman as she yammers to a client. This really happened. Of course, it’s not Tenoverten’s fault. Our pedicure, though, was done faultlessly and fast. But speed doesn’t always allow for indulgence. The footbath was tepid and the massage brief. Instead of parking yourself under a dryer, you’re ushered out with a fast-drying topcoat.

Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique
Honey Walnut Pedicure, $86
222 W. Broadway

With its peppermint smell, candy-striped furniture, and nail treatments that sound sugarcoated, this Tribeca spa resembles a grown-up candy land. Aestheticians immerse feet in heated milk, almond oil, and rose petals; coat them with an organic honey-walnut mask; and treat them to a pressure-point massage before applying the cherry-on-top polish.