In The VIP Chair: TriBeca Beauty Spa Review

In The VIP Chair salon reviews
Disclaimer – Ruth has been on holidays in Australia & New Zealand, so this post was written a few weeks ago.

TRIBECA BEAUTY SPA – 8 Harrison Street, Tribeca, New York

Is it me or is everyone either getting married or having a baby? It seems like these days the only time I have to get my nails done is when I have an upcoming nuptial I need to attend. My dear friend’s wedding was going to be the event of the year. Think beautiful West Village loft in one of New York’s trendiest suburbs coupled with decadent food and exquisite cocktails – you get the idea.

I was asked to do my friend’s makeup and sing a song (bet you didn’t know I moonlight as a gospel, soul and jazz singer, that is a story for another day). It was quite the juggling act with my adorable 6-month-old bubba, however I did manage to score a rare two hours to myself so I could prepare for it.

I booked in for a blowout and spent the time learning my song and running through the order of the day. I had 45-minutes to spare and literally stumbled across TriBeCa Beauty Spa on my way to get lunch and thought lunch can wait my nails cannot (a girl has to have her priorities straight). Lucky for me they had time to fit me in for a quick mani and pedi.

Classical music greeted me as I walked into this cute, boutique looking spa and I was definitely ready to relax for a few minutes before things got busy getting my friend ready for her special day. My nail technician was so engaging; asking about my daughter in a way that seemed genuine and even massaged my feet for a few extra minutes to help alleviate my stress.

This salon was clean and hygienic, I loved that she didn’t soak my hands, which definitely helped my polish job last a few days longer. I went with RGB’s classic ‘red’ for my toes and ‘moon’ for my fingers. What I really like about this place is that it is small, quaint and makes you feel like you are having your nails done in your home. I would definitely recommend this spa and cannot wait to return for another amazing foot massage.

Until next time,

Ruth Shelling


  • Ambience: relaxing, felt like I was having my nails done in my home
  • Cleanliness of salon: Clean and hygienic
  • Polish: Pedicure: RGB’s ‘Red’ and Manicure RGB’s ‘Moon’ (Retails $18)
  • Polish job & chip factor: Good polish job. My toes lasted 5 weeks and fingers 7 days
  • Brands They Stock: Essie, OPI, RGB and Zoya (although the Zoya polishes were not good quality)
  • Color range: Small color range
  • Customer engagement: Professional and genuinely interested in my story
  • Price range: Spa Manicure and Pedicure $100 (90 min), Spa Manicure – $45 (40 min), Spa Pedicure – $65 (50 min), Express Manicure and Pedicure: $45  (50 min), Express Manicure – $17 (20 min), Express Pedicure – $28 (30 min)


Ruth Shelling

As the Publisher for, Ruth has 20-years of media, marketing, and sales experience. Currently, she writes the quirky and funny column In the VIP Chair with Ruth Shelling that is all about the crazy salon experiences she has throughout Manhattan and New Jersey.

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