Best Of 2003

Best Populist Manicure and Pedicure: Forbici Salon

There's no retro-chic Danish furniture, no white-smocked aestheticians, no Perrier to jack up the overhead at mellow Forbici. For just $45, manicurist Clarissa spends more than an hour beautifying your hands and feet -- and she'll gladly listen to you gripe about your boss. After soaking in a tingling peppermint bath, your feet get the royal treatment: an exfoliating scrub, nail trim, and lotion-massage, topped off with your choice of nail polish. (Hands get the same pampering, minus the scrub.) What a way to indulge champagne tastes on a lager budget!