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Classic Barber Shops in New York City

August 26, 2022 | 3 min Read

Looking for an old-world experience, a great shave and haircut? We’ve got you covered this week as our blog takes a look at vintage barber shops in the city. Stepping into any of the shops on our list is like going back in time to a New York that has mostly vanished. From the antique decor to the staff to the clean shave, it’s a one of a kind experience. Read on for more information and where to find some of the city’s best old-school barber shops. NB: Most offer a great deal on kids haircuts too.

Paul Mole Barber Shop

Paul Mole Barber Shop holds claim to the title of the oldest barber shop in Manhattan. Located in the historically wealthy Upper East Side, Paul Mole’s doesn’t mess around when it comes to first class barber services. With a history that dates to 1913, the shop is steeped in history. The interior exudes a timelessness that is endearing, where wood trimmings, leather-and-chrome barber chairs, antique barber poles, and shop heirlooms that compliment modern day luxury. Each client is offered a cappuccino upon arrival and the shop has an elegant website that shows off how it combines old world service with modern day amenities. You can book your cut or shave or any other service of choosing on the barber shop’s website. Appointments are encouraged; walkins are also welcome.

1034 Lexington Ave between 73rd and 74th Streets

New York, NY 10021

York Barbershop

Not far from Paul Mole is another old world barber shop, York Barbershop. York has been in business for 93 years and has long been a celebrity favorite for a classic cut and shave. The cozy space is decorated with framed photos, large mirrors, vintage barber poles and a classic black and white checkered floor. Appointments can be booked online or by phone.

981 Lexington Ave.

New York, NY 10021

Royal Barbershop & Stylists

Royal Barber Shop & Stylists in the financial district is a unique space tucked away underground at the Fulton Street Subway. The shop has been serving customers here since the late 1930s. The current owner Dominick Abruscato has been working in the space for 40 plus years and cutting hair since he was 8 years old back in his native Italy. It’s a friendly, no frills shop; customers are loyal and the cuts are on point. Call for an appointment.

95 Fulton Street

Between Gold and William Streets

New York, NY, 10038

(212) 962-6114

Sigfrido’s Barber Shop

With more than 50 years of service, Sigfrido’s Barber Shop in Gramercy Park is a neighborhood staple. You might hear Sinatra over the speakers and Italian chit chat in the background while you get a shave and haircut. The wood paneling is classic barber shop as are the photos that are staggered above and around the mirrors. The service is fast and prices are more than reasonable. Call for an appointment.

381 1st Ave

New York, NY 10010

(212) 475-9513

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