Stop 'N' Spa

Stop 'N' Spa

Once upon a time, ladies had the leisure to spend hours and hours at a spa, getting beautified from head to toe. Destination spas, such as Elizabeth Arden's The Red Door, were renown for their "Day of Beauty" packages, which included a leisurely massage, steam room, facial, haircut, makeup session and even lunch. One emerged a new woman (if sometimes unsure what time it was).

But times change—and smart places evolve with them. Which may be why the latest branch of The Red Door, down on Union Square, offers some different options. The main floor of the airy, gray-and-white salon (adorned with a symbolic pair of red doors above the front) is devoted to speed services, all done in under an hour (and many in 30 minutes). The roster includes expedited, cunningly-named facials and targeted treatments ("Bree-Zee Pass," "Lady Liperty"), hair blow-outs, and manicures. Makeup services include the creation of customized foundation: A camera is held up to the cheek, your skin tone is analyzed, the results are uploaded into a computer, and, with the press of a few buttons, a bottle of your formula is mixed, shaken and stirred, while you watch.

I opted for an eyebrow design (which is done in a private treatment room). Interestingly, The Red Door offers waxing, tweezing and threading—most spas specialize in one approach—and my aesthetician did a combination on me, using wax strips to clear away the straggling hairs, then a pair of tweezers to fine-tune the arches. It all took something like 20 minutes, and that included a thorough discussion of my ideal brow shape before she began.

The Red Door offers full-fledged services too, on its luxurious lower level (the changng room alone is larger than some NYC apartments). But it's nice to know that if you need some New York City-style beautifying in a New York minute, this is the place to go.


<< The Red Door, 200 Park Ave. So., 212.388.0222