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Sixteen of the Best Indie Barbershops in New York City

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Let's face it: Going to a Supercuts is about as personal as going to a Starbucks. Getting a cut or a shave should be a fun and relaxing time, and luckily, there's a bunch of barbershops in NYC that make grooming better than just running another errand.

We've rounded up a sweet sixteen of the best indie barbershops throughout the city that have a range of style, services, price, and (perhaps most importantly) drink offerings. While most of these shops cater strictly to men, a few do offer services for women with longer hair. Check out our map after the jump to see our favorite spots. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments section.


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1. Denny Moe's Superstar Barbershop

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2496 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10030
(212) 690-0015
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This Harlem hair haven sets itself apart from the rest of the neighborhood's barbershops with a deep staff led by Dennis "Denny Moe" Mitchell and superstar clientele that includes T-Pain, Ne-Yo, and Eddie Murphy. Their motto? "The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." [Photo]

2. York Barber Shop

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981 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 988-6136
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Not much has changed about this chop shop in its 85 years of existence—and that's a good thing. Filled with old-timey accessories, the barbershop offers the full range of haircuts, shaves, facials, and massages for men, as well as a limited number of services for women. [Photo]

3. The Blind Barber

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339 E 10th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-2123
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Though this East Village hotspot is well-known for the speakeasy past the barbershop, the front room still offers very good services. Each of their simple offerings—a haircut, trim, shave, or beard trim—comes with a complimentary beverage. [Photo]

4. Barbiere

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246 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003
(646) 649-2640
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Once you're done being mesmerized by the penny-covered facade, step in this Italian-style barbershop where James Franco once got a trim. The gentlemen's atmosphere is completed with a vintage record player and eucalyptus-scented hot towel service. [Photo]

5. Harry's Corner Shop

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64 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 964-5193
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Warby Parker co-founder Jeff Raider has taken his affordable men's luxury grooming line from e-tail to brick and mortar, offering typical barbershop services along with Harry's products, Hanes tees, and more. Their "Cut Archive" iPad app will save your cut and shave preferences for future visits. [Photo]

6. New York Barbers

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153 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 406-8494
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The LES barbershop offers your standard cuts, trims, and fades, but specializes in the old-fashioned, luxurious shave. Wanna try it yourself? They'll sell you a rust-free custom straight razor for $100. [Photo]

7. Tommy Guns

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138 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-1151
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Stepping into Tommy Guns is like stepping back in time, which is why the space is often used for photo shoots and movie sets. It bills itself as a salon because it also offer's women's cuts and color service along with hot towel shaves, and it's a bit pricier than most—men's cuts are $75. [Photo]

8. Barbershop

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8 Rivington St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 673-3209
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First, it was F.S.C. Barber. Now, it's Barbershop. Come January, it will be Freemans Sporting Club Barbershop. Regardless of the name, their excellent services have remained the same. [Photo]

9. Barber's Blueprint

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181 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 810-7649
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This Nolita shop lets you run in and out with a quick cut or relax with a 45-minute hot shave. With black and white chandeliers and exposed brick, Barber's Blueprint mixes the feel of a high-end salon with a down-home barbershop feel—and prices. [Photo]

10. Fellow Barber

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33 Crosby St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 929-6014
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Another offshoot from the Freemans Sporting Club team split, this branch of Fellow Barber is the third and most recent NYC location. Let us know if you've tried their $25 "Hangover Treatment"—and if it works. [Photo]

11. Frank's Chop Shop

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19 Essex St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 228-7442
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Let barbers Mr. Bee, Yuke, or Kevin carve a custom design into your mane for $60 at this LES haunt. The store also offers a full line of snapbacks, tees, and accessories, like a beanie featuring an old-school razor. [Photo]

12. Esquires of Wall St.

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14 Wall St
New York, NY 10005
(212) 349-5064
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Esquires of Wall Street offers all the services that financial titans need to be on top (or at least look like they are). If you're not into their free beer offering, ask to check out the liquor cabinet. [Photo]

13. Manetamed

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41 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 799-1849
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Whether you visit this Williamsburg address or check out the Bushwick outpost, you'll find experts in both men's and women's cuts. Bonus points for their specialization in covering up thinning hair. [Photo]

14. The Stepping Razor Barbershop

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952 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(917) 586-7710
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Owner Danny Baptista opened this shop in the back of a BMX store. There's always beer stocked in the mini fridge, and cuts start at just $25. Check out some of their favorite transformations on their Facebook page. [Photo]

15. Persons Of Interest

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299 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 858-5300
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This Carroll Gardens barbershop is still riding high from their expansion earlier this year. The overhaul here included carefully transferring their famed mural and matching the original barbershop in that space, Sal's. And their Williamsburg location also features an espresso bar. [Photo]

16. The Hustle Barber Shop

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134-11 Hillside Ave
Richmond Hill, NY
(718) 658-5605
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Like Frank's Chop Shop, this Queens barbershop offers a variety of hats and tees featuring their logos. Not that you'd want to cover up a cut from Charly Hustle and his team, as Hustle has become one of the go-to spots for styles in the borough. [Photo]

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1. Denny Moe's Superstar Barbershop

2496 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10030
This Harlem hair haven sets itself apart from the rest of the neighborhood's barbershops with a deep staff led by Dennis "Denny Moe" Mitchell and superstar clientele that includes T-Pain, Ne-Yo, and Eddie Murphy. Their motto? "The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." [Photo]
2496 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10030

2. York Barber Shop

981 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021
Not much has changed about this chop shop in its 85 years of existence—and that's a good thing. Filled with old-timey accessories, the barbershop offers the full range of haircuts, shaves, facials, and massages for men, as well as a limited number of services for women. [Photo]
981 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021

3. The Blind Barber

339 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009
Though this East Village hotspot is well-known for the speakeasy past the barbershop, the front room still offers very good services. Each of their simple offerings—a haircut, trim, shave, or beard trim—comes with a complimentary beverage. [Photo]
339 E 10th St
New York, NY 10009

4. Barbiere

246 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003
Once you're done being mesmerized by the penny-covered facade, step in this Italian-style barbershop where James Franco once got a trim. The gentlemen's atmosphere is completed with a vintage record player and eucalyptus-scented hot towel service. [Photo]
246 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003

5. Harry's Corner Shop

64 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
Warby Parker co-founder Jeff Raider has taken his affordable men's luxury grooming line from e-tail to brick and mortar, offering typical barbershop services along with Harry's products, Hanes tees, and more. Their "Cut Archive" iPad app will save your cut and shave preferences for future visits. [Photo]
64 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

6. New York Barbers

153 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
The LES barbershop offers your standard cuts, trims, and fades, but specializes in the old-fashioned, luxurious shave. Wanna try it yourself? They'll sell you a rust-free custom straight razor for $100. [Photo]
153 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

7. Tommy Guns

138 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Stepping into Tommy Guns is like stepping back in time, which is why the space is often used for photo shoots and movie sets. It bills itself as a salon because it also offer's women's cuts and color service along with hot towel shaves, and it's a bit pricier than most—men's cuts are $75. [Photo]
138 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

8. Barbershop

8 Rivington St, New York, NY 10012
First, it was F.S.C. Barber. Now, it's Barbershop. Come January, it will be Freemans Sporting Club Barbershop. Regardless of the name, their excellent services have remained the same. [Photo]
8 Rivington St
New York, NY 10012

9. Barber's Blueprint

181 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
This Nolita shop lets you run in and out with a quick cut or relax with a 45-minute hot shave. With black and white chandeliers and exposed brick, Barber's Blueprint mixes the feel of a high-end salon with a down-home barbershop feel—and prices. [Photo]
181 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

10. Fellow Barber

33 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013
Another offshoot from the Freemans Sporting Club team split, this branch of Fellow Barber is the third and most recent NYC location. Let us know if you've tried their $25 "Hangover Treatment"—and if it works. [Photo]
33 Crosby St
New York, NY 10013

11. Frank's Chop Shop

19 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
Let barbers Mr. Bee, Yuke, or Kevin carve a custom design into your mane for $60 at this LES haunt. The store also offers a full line of snapbacks, tees, and accessories, like a beanie featuring an old-school razor. [Photo]
19 Essex St
New York, NY 10002

12. Esquires of Wall St.

14 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
Esquires of Wall Street offers all the services that financial titans need to be on top (or at least look like they are). If you're not into their free beer offering, ask to check out the liquor cabinet. [Photo]
14 Wall St
New York, NY 10005

13. Manetamed

41 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Whether you visit this Williamsburg address or check out the Bushwick outpost, you'll find experts in both men's and women's cuts. Bonus points for their specialization in covering up thinning hair. [Photo]
41 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. The Stepping Razor Barbershop

952 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Owner Danny Baptista opened this shop in the back of a BMX store. There's always beer stocked in the mini fridge, and cuts start at just $25. Check out some of their favorite transformations on their Facebook page. [Photo]
952 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

15. Persons Of Interest

299 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
This Carroll Gardens barbershop is still riding high from their expansion earlier this year. The overhaul here included carefully transferring their famed mural and matching the original barbershop in that space, Sal's. And their Williamsburg location also features an espresso bar. [Photo]
299 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

16. The Hustle Barber Shop

134-11 Hillside Ave, Richmond Hill, NY
Like Frank's Chop Shop, this Queens barbershop offers a variety of hats and tees featuring their logos. Not that you'd want to cover up a cut from Charly Hustle and his team, as Hustle has become one of the go-to spots for styles in the borough. [Photo]
134-11 Hillside Ave
Richmond Hill, NY