Monday, February 22, 2010

Annie Ji's Nail Salon

I hate spending money when I don't have to (aka when I could be spending it on clothes), but I do really love getting my nails done. A few months ago I started getting Calgel on my nails, which is a soak-off gel that can be used to create awesome designs (check out this post from my beauty blog to see one of my designs) because it doesn't chip at all. They last about three weeks, but unfortunately they cost $50 or more each time, depending on your design. I still get them when I have a little extra to spend, but in the meantime I'm getting regular manicures to keep my nails looking good.

I've tried many nail salons in the city, and it's somewhat of a struggle to find the perfect balance of clean, quality work and affordable. A friend told me about Annie Ji's on East 25th Street, and I decided I had to try it because they have the best deal ever: Monday through Thursday, you can get a manicure AND pedicure for $15! This place is super clean, and the nail techs are really thorough. They don't speak very much English, but they do an amazing job -- my nails don't chip for days after I get them done here! I recommend trying to get there mid-day if possible. They are open until 8pm, but once people get out of work this place gets really busy and you might not get an appointment.

Annie Ji's Nails Salon
230 East 25th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
N, R to 23rd Street


  1. Wow! I can't believe you can get both for $15!! When I even get a basic mani at home (no tips or acrylics), it's $20. And a pedi is I think about $30. I can't believe that--I'll definitely have to check that place out.

  2. wow - 15$ for a mani and pedi, that is an unheard of deal in the city! Thanks for the tip - I'll definitely have to try it out!

  3. There is another place down by Union Square called Beauty Bar... it is $10 for a manicure and a cocktail (with a 21+ ID of course). I haven't tried it yet, but I heard about it from someone else at Fordham!
    Here is the website:

  4. I've tried the beauty bar! It was sooo different from what I expected. I went there over the summer with a friend and to be quite honest, the place is pretty ... well, grungy? At the time we went (around 6:30pmon a weekday) there were a bunch of "regulars" belly-up to the bar. They were all unique characters too. There was only one mani station and we had to wait for about 2 girls to go before us, so that's when we had our cocktail. Then we had to awkwardly wait for each other to get done. It was kind of weird. I mean, the drink was great, and the mani was honestly very well done. But I just wish the crowd, the atmosphere, and bar were nicer.

  5. I've heard similar things about Beauty Bar before too... I vote for getting the $15 mani/pedi and using the money you save to get a cocktail somewhere after :)

    Actually, come to think of it, the Dashing Diva salons sometimes have nights (Wednesdays and Fridays I think?) where they serve cocktails with your manicure. They do a good job, but they've gotten expensive over the past few years. They used to accept student IDs for a 10% discount, but not anymore :(

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