Justification: The McDonalds of happy endings, or maybe the Jack in the Box
Description: With an elegant ambiance, and a full-service fleet of women dressed in white to choose from, this is your gateway drug. We recommend Bonnie. She's skinny but strong,
A High-end Touch
49 W 33rd St New York | 212-695-9559
Where: Aura Wellness Spa
Justification: In order to get the full service, you have to have "the look"
Description: This spa doubles as a legitimate spa during the day, and we believe they actually use a "judgment call" to assess who receives a "full body massage" and who doesn't. Ask for Connie - soft hands, very thorough, and a young rising star.
An Experience Locals and Tourists Can Enjoy
216 E 49th St New York | 212-832-3333
Where: East Spa
Justification: Accepts all major credit cards and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. That's accommodation!
Description: The masseuses at East Spa take pride in their craft. They massage with an unparalleled diligence and dedication that sets them apart from the crowd.
A Perfect Lunchtime Special
135 W 58th St New York | 212-586-8878
Justification: With a limited selection of girls to choose from, Ming's offers only the best
Description: Ming's offers a 45-minute massage, which they market as a perfect lunch-time activity. Additionally, Ming's is only open until 9:30 p.m., so some clients describe it more as a day spa or "mid-day getaway."
253 5th Ave 2nd Fl New York | 212-696-0901
Where: Garden Retreat Spa
Justification: Who needs verbal communication when they say body language is 90% more effective?
Description: Garden Retreat is all about the massage. It is so authentic that the language barrier makes it difficult to communicate with the staff. The service, however, is worth it. Walk through the door and leave the rest up to the gracious hospitality of Garden Retreat.
Justification: Because four hands are always better than two
Description: Surprisingly legitimate, this hidden gem always delivers superior service. It might be a fluke, but multiple patrons have reported being offered an additional masseuse for only $20. The owner claims this is only for good-looking guys, but nonetheless we thought the information was imperative to include. Additionally, Tranquility practices effective customer retention with their "buy ten, get one free" punch cards.
4 W 33rd St New York | 212-564-2100
Where: Spa Sol
Price: $90 for 50 minutes
Justification: Keeping this secret is worth it
Description: Walk into Spa Sol and treat yourself to emotional, spiritual, and most importantly, physical well-being. They describe their environment as "Japanese traditions blended with the New York lifestyle." Walk out with increased energy and a hop in your step.
Hottest Staff Around
Call for location | 877-726-6090
Where: Spellbound Massage
Price: $150 for 30 minutes, $320 for 90 minutes
Justification: Because there are worse things to be addicted to than a massage
Description: At Spellbound, each therapist will provide you with the highest quality of attention. After your first visit, you will be given a username and password to be used in their online "private area." This is where you will be able to see actual photos of the staff, as well as additional information, including their schedules and availability.
High Quality at a Reasonable Price
5 W 37th St New York | 212-575-5600
Where: NY Health Spa
Justification: Because sometimes you just can't make it to The West Garden
Description: At NY Health Spa, you're treated like royalty the moment you walk in. Throw on your robe, then follow the staff to a table shower for a "table shampoo". Once you're clean, it's on to the massage. The staff at NY Health Spa is highly-trained, and very thorough. After your massage, make sure to hit the steam room, then shower and, get dressed. You can even brush your teeth (they provide individually wrapped tooth brushes for your brushing pleasure).