Where to Unwind: Bathhouses Around NYC

Living in New York can be stressful, so it’s important to take time to unwind every so often. One of my favorite ways to relax is to spend the day at a banya, or Russian bathhouse. Aside from being incredibly relaxing, banya are believed to promote health by ridding the body of toxins and improving blood circulation. Russian bathhouses in NYC often offer platska, a traditional Russian massage with venik (a bundle of dried branches) along with Swedish massages and other services. Here are some of my favorites:

Aire Ancient Baths
88 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013
b/t Avenue Of The Americas & Church St
TriBeCa

Situated in a former textile factory, Aire Ancient Baths opened in 2012. While the baths aren’t quite as hot as a true Russian banya, Aire offers a more upscale experience including an aromatherapy steam room, private baths infused with oils, and heated marble benches for resting between treatments. Admission packages start at $85 for bath + aromatherapy treatments, but there are discounted rates available for weekdays.

Photo courtesy of Vogue.com

Photo courtesy of Vogue.com

 

Wall Street Bath and Spa
88 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038
b/t William St & Gold St
Financial District

This underground bath house features a classic Russian sauna, an American shvitz (where you can use ice cold water inside the sauna to cool off), an infrared sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, resting areas, and a private VIP suite. Aside from the cold plunge pool, jacuzzi, and swimming pool, Wall Street Bath and Spa has a juice bar, restaurant, and cigar lounge. Platza treatments, body scrubs and wraps, and massages are available as well. Admission is $40 and massages start at $50.

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Russian & Turkish Baths
268 E 10th St
New York, NY 10009
b/t 1st Ave & Avenue A
East Village, Alphabet City

The conveniently-located Russian & Turkish Baths features a Russian sauna with 20,000 pounds of rock which is cooked overnight and gives off intense heat during the day. You can also enjoy the aromatherapy room, cherry-wood sauna, Turkish room, and rooftop deck. Once you’ve had enough of the heat you can take a plunge in the 46-degree pool. In addition to Russian massages, the spa offers Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages, along with dead sea salt scrubs. Admission is $35 and massages start at $55. There are dedicated women-only and men-only hours – you can check the schedule on the Russian & Turkish Baths website.

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Mermaid Spa
3701-11 Mermaid Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Sea Gate

Mermaid Spa, located in the Sea Gate neighborhood of Brooklyn, has three Russian steam rooms, a dry Sauna and cold plunge, and a restaurant serving up authentic Russian dishes. Massage services include traditional Russian massage with soap or venik, Swedish, and deep-tissue massage. The spa is located just a 5-minute walk to the beach at Coney Island, making this the perfect stop for a day of spring or summer relaxation. Admission for adults is $40 and massages start at $90. The spa website offers bundle deals and promotions.

Photo courtesy of Seagatebaths.com

Photo courtesy of Seagatebaths.com

Russian Baths of Brooklyn
1200 Gravesend Neck Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Sheepshead Bay

The main hall of Russian Baths of Brooklyn contains a full-size swimming pool with 3 saunas off to the side. The Russian sauna is the most popular room, followed by the Turkish Steam Room. The third sauna is a men’s bath house. The sundeck has plenty of lounge chairs and free WiFi, and is the perfect place to unwind after a black mud treatment, dead sea salt scrub, or massage. Admission for adults is $40, and massages start at $60.

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Brooklyn Banya
602 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218
b/t Matthews Ct & Lewis Pl
Kensington, Flatbush

Brooklyn Banya is a self-described “no-frills” bath house with a sauna, steam room, tepid pool, jacuzzi, sundeck, and restaurant. You can buy venik at the front desk for $15, and sundeck access must be purchased separately. The restaurant menu includes pickle plates, borscht, homemade dumplings, and a rotating series of specials. Treatments include massage, platska, and various body scrubs. A day pass is $35, and massage services start at $45. RSVP is required, so be sure to call ahead.

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Forest Hills Spa
59-21 Calloway St
Queens, NY 11368
Forest Hills/Corona

The Forest Hills Spa features a rich woody décor, red wood locker rooms, a huge swimming pool, a 12-person jacuzzi, a refreshing cold plunge, a Russian hot (shvitz) sauna and Finn dry heat cedar sauna, an aromatherapy steam room, and modern rain showers. Guests can relax in the pool area or rent a VIP room. Platza, dead sea salt scrub, black mud, and body wash treatments are available. The food corner serves European and Asian food, wine and beer, and features a juice bar where you can make your own freshly-squeezed juice. Admission is $30 for adults and massages start at $45.

Photo courtesy of Foresthillsspa.com

Photo courtesy of Foresthillsspa.com

Sandoony USA
1158 McDonald Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11230
b/t Avenue J & Avenue I
Borough Park

Sandoony’s sauna rooms are divided into two Russian Style Wet Saunas, one Finnish Style Dry Sauna, and a tiled Turkish Hammam Sauna. The sauna rooms surround the cold plunge pool, jacuzzi, and main swimming pool area, making it convenient to dive right into refreshing cool water after a nice steam. You can order food by the pool or eat at the restaurant, and massages and platza treatments are available. Admission is $30 for adults – tickets can only be purchased in person at the spa at this time.

Photo courtesy of Sandoonyusa.com

Photo courtesy of Sandoonyusa.com

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