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Nailed It: Ten Salons for Cheap Manicures in Manhattan

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The Birchbox nail salon; Photo by Driely S. for Racked

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You probably didn't come to New York City thinking you'd be scoring great deals when it came to indulgences, large or small. But half the time, they're right under your nose—or at your fingertips, as our round-up of ten of the best cheap manicures in Manhattan proves.

From nestled-away neighborhood joints to no-frills midtown spots to a Soho newcomer that you can duck into for flawless fingertips, these salons will pamper and polish your nails for way less than the price of sweating it out at a SoulCycle session. Check out our map below for the salons. —Mina Shaghaghi


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Yours Spa

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Yorkville has a hidden beauty secret, and it's this totally affordable nail salon. Classic manicures are just $11 at this self-described oasis, which seeks to create a worry-free space to encourage relaxation and meditation for its customers. They also have a second location in Chelsea. [Photo]

Pink Blossom

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This pampering sanctuary lies just beyond the sensory overload of Grand Central. Besides offering a necessary respite, it’s a pleasant surprise for your wallet as well—polish changes are just $7, while a classic manicure will only set you back $12. [Photo]

Black Label Nail & Spa

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Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a sanitary environment to score a pretty mani. Fortunately, Black Label gets that. This spacious salon prides itself on a commitment to cleanliness, and a classic manicure is just $11. [Photo]

Annie Ji

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This Kips Bay salon has garnered a following thanks to its jaw-dropping price list—can you really beat a $4 polish change and $6 manicure?—coupled with its efficient, professional service. [Photo]

True Color Nails

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One Yelp reviewer admitted to making the trek from deep within Brooklyn to visit this Flatiron salon. Polish changes are only $6, and if you feel like splurging just a few extra bucks, you can score a complete manicure for just $9.50.

Fresh Spa

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While it may not be the most glamorous or spacious of settings, this little nook of a salon delivers a better-than-average manicure for only $10. [Photo]

Buddha Nails & Spa II

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The bar is set high when your salon is named after a spiritual figure who’s basically synonymous with the idea of enlightenment, but this budget-friendly spot does deliver rather revelatory deals, like a $25 mani/pedi during the week and a free manicure or eyebrow service after the fifth visit. They've also got a location in Murray Hill. [Photo]

Sun Tan Nail

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This no-fuss East Village salon offers one of the best deals around, with a classic manicure ringing up at just $8. Take your pick from a rainbow-colored wall of Essie and OPI polishes. [Photo]

Birchbox Soho Nail Salon

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Tear yourself away from the Build Your Own Birchbox station and head downstairs to discover the store’s full-service beauty salon, where you can score the “Mani Heaven Polish Change” for just $10. Take your pick of on-trend shades from cult favorite lines like Ruffian. [Photo by Driely S.]

Ann Nail Salon

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The Financial District may not be your go-to neighborhood for a bargain, but this nail salon definitely delivers. Customers love the friendly service and are even more enamored with the $21 mani/pedi deal. [Photo]

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Yours Spa

Yorkville has a hidden beauty secret, and it's this totally affordable nail salon. Classic manicures are just $11 at this self-described oasis, which seeks to create a worry-free space to encourage relaxation and meditation for its customers. They also have a second location in Chelsea. [Photo]

Pink Blossom

This pampering sanctuary lies just beyond the sensory overload of Grand Central. Besides offering a necessary respite, it’s a pleasant surprise for your wallet as well—polish changes are just $7, while a classic manicure will only set you back $12. [Photo]

Black Label Nail & Spa

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a sanitary environment to score a pretty mani. Fortunately, Black Label gets that. This spacious salon prides itself on a commitment to cleanliness, and a classic manicure is just $11. [Photo]

Annie Ji

This Kips Bay salon has garnered a following thanks to its jaw-dropping price list—can you really beat a $4 polish change and $6 manicure?—coupled with its efficient, professional service. [Photo]

True Color Nails

One Yelp reviewer admitted to making the trek from deep within Brooklyn to visit this Flatiron salon. Polish changes are only $6, and if you feel like splurging just a few extra bucks, you can score a complete manicure for just $9.50.

Fresh Spa

While it may not be the most glamorous or spacious of settings, this little nook of a salon delivers a better-than-average manicure for only $10. [Photo]

Buddha Nails & Spa II

The bar is set high when your salon is named after a spiritual figure who’s basically synonymous with the idea of enlightenment, but this budget-friendly spot does deliver rather revelatory deals, like a $25 mani/pedi during the week and a free manicure or eyebrow service after the fifth visit. They've also got a location in Murray Hill. [Photo]

Sun Tan Nail

This no-fuss East Village salon offers one of the best deals around, with a classic manicure ringing up at just $8. Take your pick from a rainbow-colored wall of Essie and OPI polishes. [Photo]

Birchbox Soho Nail Salon

Tear yourself away from the Build Your Own Birchbox station and head downstairs to discover the store’s full-service beauty salon, where you can score the “Mani Heaven Polish Change” for just $10. Take your pick of on-trend shades from cult favorite lines like Ruffian. [Photo by Driely S.]

Ann Nail Salon

The Financial District may not be your go-to neighborhood for a bargain, but this nail salon definitely delivers. Customers love the friendly service and are even more enamored with the $21 mani/pedi deal. [Photo]