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New York Rescue Beauty Lounge 34 Gansevoort St. 212-206-6409 We're a bit vain about our feet, so we wondered if Gyani, our pedicurist, would have anything to work with in this exfoliation-focused treatment. Well, we needn't have worried. After she cracked open a new set of tools and shaped our nails, she launched into the most vigorous callus removal we've ever had. When she finished scouring every inch of our soles with a file, our feet looked as if they'd never seen the inside of a running shoe. Even better, she pulled each foot into a slight arch as she worked, which prevented our usual ticklishness. The result -- with precise polish -- only increased our self-regard. Sports Pedicure, $68.
Beauty Jewel 146 W. 4th St. 212-505-0600 For years, there were two manicure options in New York City: dirt cheap (and sometimes dirty) neighborhood places and upscale spas that sucked up too much time and money. Beauty Jewel, a spotless new West Village nail salon with treatments named after gemstones, offers a happy medium. Our Brazilian manicurist welcomed us with the enthusiasm of a long-lost relative and quickly got to work. After painlessly trimming our cuticles, he exfoliated our hands with a fruity scrub, gave us a quick massage, and applied the perfect amount of pink polish. He advised a single coat, and we were dry and off to dinner in 25 minutes. Strawberry Quartz Manicure, $22.
Lather Spa 127 E. 57th St. 212-644-4449 Yes, the eucalyptus-and-lavender foot cream was soothing. Yes, the cucumber-
and-ginseng mist was
relaxing. And, yes, watching episodes of Sex and the City on our personal DVD player …