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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some of local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Man-about-town, entrepreneur, and restauranteur Cobi Levy (whose latest venture includes Niko, a recently-opened Japanese joint in the heart of SoHo) has been written up countless times for his gentlemanly charm and dapper demeanor. But a cultivated reputation is sometimes accompanied with high maintenance. Levy, who used to be a frequent visitor of a certain upscale Meatpacking District salon, has since scaled down, and now hits up this East Village no-nonsense barbershop twice a month.
For years, I went to Bumble & Bumble on 13th Street for my haircuts. While the cuts were great, it took forever. There was an abundance of needless banter and it was the same price as an hour with my attorney. Then, a good friend of mine, Interview Magazine editor Miguel Enamorado, turned me on to Neighborhood Barbers, a three-chair shop on 9th Street in the East Village. I've been getting my haircut there for years since I made the switch from an expensive salon to old school men's cuts. Gone are the robes, wide spaces, and head massage. They've been replaced with a no frills, good and straightforward men's haircut at $14. (I see Eric every two weeks.) You can get a face massage or a straight blade shave as well.· Neighborhood Barbers NYC [Official Site]
· All Cobi Levy Coverage [Eater NY]