Organized from north to south, find fifteen of New York's top spots for polishing your digits, from salons that specialize in house brands or eco-friendly polishes to those who have perfected the next generation of nail art. Links + location deets:
  1. Bed Of Nails
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    Harlem's answer for downtown chic, Candice Idehen's salon is stocked with polishes from Essie to Chanel. Manicure prices range from $15 to $30 depending on the length of service.
  2. Fix Beauty Bar
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    Opt for the nails-and-blowout combo service they're known for when you need to get ready in a rush, or just throw your hair back and focus on your manicure starting at $18.
  3. Essie Nails at Samuel Shriqui Salon
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    At least you don't have to decide between brands at the dedicated nail stations inside this full-service Upper East Side salon. Sink into one of their plush couches while your nails are painted; pricing starts at $32.
  4. Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa East
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    When you want your manicure to feel more like an experience rather than just another errand, book a 45-minute classic manicure for $35, or bump it up to a 60-minute service for $50.
  5. Tenoverten Parker Meridien
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    The house brand five-free/cruelty-free polish is all you'll find at this fashion-favorite salon. The quickie service is just $15, and the luxe service only comes to $40.
  6. The Paint Workshop by Nails Inc. (at Saks)
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    Nestled among racks of clothing are sleek manicure stations equipped with iPads, charging docks, and 150 of the British brand's colors. Their menu ranges from the quick-service $24.50 to a $48 gel session.
  7. The Red Door
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    Bypass the shelves of makeup on ground level to get to the black, white, and red-all-over downstairs salon. Manicures include the $22 "essentials" and the $40, 25-minute express gel session.
  8. Jinsoon
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    Step into the salon for a manicure from a nail technician trained by the cult nail expert, who launched her own line of colors in 2012. Hand services start at $18.
  9. Hortus Nailworks
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    The earthy vibe at this salon that was formerly known as Lushlife has a refreshing non-New York feel to it. Choose from one of several manicure packages, starting at $15.
  10. Valley NYC
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    Customers are coming in for nail art, ranging from a menu of sleek geometric designs to custom options. Prices vary by design, but that'll be added to your $30 standard manicure.
  11. Paintbox
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    Pick out your design from a lookbook and opt for something with a fun effect to take advantage of their singular aesthetic. Prices range from $35 to $68 for manicures.
  12. Vanity Projects
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    Vanity Projects is known for its innovative nail art. Sans designs, a basic manicure is $18 and a gel manicure is $40; when you add in the art, prices will start at $50.
  13. Primp & Polish
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    At each of this north Brooklyn mini-chain’s four salons, most staffers are paid “well above” the state’s minimum wage. But if you’re only in for a touch-up, basic manicures cost just $15.
  14. Ph7 Nail Couture
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    A Williamsburg newcomer as of last fall, Ph7 caters to the neighborhood with natural, Brooklyn-made products. Basic manicures run $18, while you can also upgrade to the “indulgent” mani for $30.
  15. Very Polished Lounge & Nail Spa
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    All services at this salon use natural, organic products, including toxin-free polishes and kitchen-made scrubs. Basic manicures cost $15, while other variations run into the $25-to-$30 range.