The Stepping Razor Barbershop, which bills itself as “a traditional barbering service for the outlaw and the gentleman,” has mint-green walls decorated with skateboard decks, motorcycle movie posters and Marilyn Monroe prints. Cuts tend towards the classic without “being stuck in the retro vortex,” and, for such consciously hip barbers, it’s also surprisingly affordable.
Precision grooming in an inclusive environment is the MO of this beloved barbershop in Clinton Hill. Owner Adrian Fanus (who learned his trade in St Lucia, where he grew up) aims to give every customer who comes through the salon doors the same five-star treatment he provides for his roster of celebrity clients.
The Corner Barber is a casual spot offering solid, simple haircuts with the aim of bridging the gap between expensive salons and basic barbershops. Its prices are fair, and the quality is excellent. Though you’ll likely be in and out quickly, you’ll be happy with your new look.
Darren Irwin and Matthew Baker created a hipster haven when they opened Black Rabbit Barbershop – a barbershop and leather studio in East Williamsburg. Sip whiskey while they complete your cut, and then venture to the back of the shop to buy a new leather belt or wallet from Bushwick-based label AWL&MAUL.
Persons of Interest boasts three popular locations in Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens and Fort Greene. Along with providing excellent haircuts, the Williamsburg location also holds a Stand Coffee, while the Fort Greene shop shares its space with men’s boutique Brooklyn Tailors.
A line of parked Harley-Davidson motorcycles is a permanent fixture outside of Tomcats in Greenpoint – a nod to the classic American cuts and straight-razor shaves this spot specializes in. Grab a beer while the barbers rework your hair, taking inspiration from retro styles with precise parts, sharp fades and pomade-slicked tops.
When Magda Ryczko opened Hairrari, her goal was to provide an alternative to the hyper-masculine environment the majority of barbershops embody. The salon now has three locations and a strong contingent of LGBTQ clients who value its gender-neutral ethos and creative, stylish cuts.
Cotter Barber is a small and friendly establishment where you can get your hair cut while sipping an espresso. Coffee connoisseurs take note: Cotter Barber is the only place in NYC to sell lauded Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco. It’s a reason to drop in, even if you’re not looking for a trim.