The Best Korean Spas in New York City

Visit one of NYC's Korean spas for a relaxing and stress-free experience
Visit one of NYC's Korean spas for a relaxing and stress-free experience | © Anniepan / Pixabay
Between slow walkers and “train traffic,” New York City can be a stressful place. Luckily, it’s also home to plenty of Korean spas, or jjimjilbang, to help locals unwind. Not your typical spa experience, the jjimjilbang is often multi-floored, gender-separated, equipped with TVs and napping areas, and exactly what you need to relax in New York City.

Spa Castle

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Have a peaceful experience at a spa | Have a peaceful experience at a spa

You’re going to want to set aside a full day to experience Spa Castle, open from 8 am to midnight. Families and frat bros alike love this College Point place for its year-round water park, fitness center, and seven themed saunas. Note: Spa-goers uncomfortable with full nudity should skip the Castle’s first floor, where patrons can enjoy gender-separated nude bathing and showers.

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Premier 57

woman in sauna
Relax in a sauna | Relax in a sauna

The same team behind Spa Castle also brings you Premier 57, a relaxing oasis in Midtown. Here, gold-paved saunas, a swim-up full-service bar, and a firm “no shoes” policy make this place feel like New York’s top attraction. Best of all, a day pass, which includes all this and more, will only set you back $75.

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Juvenex Spa

Massage Parlour, Spa
Enjoy a relaxing facial | Enjoy a relaxing facial

More familiar to non-Korean audiences is Juvenex Spa, which features European and American treatments, such as facials and massages, in addition to Asian remedies. It’s the latter that shines, however—literally, in the case of Juvenex’s dome-like saunas constructed from 20 tons of Chinese jade stones.

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Aura Wellness Spa


An upscale experience hidden in Manhattan’s Koreatown, Aura Wellness Spa infuses centuries-old Eastern therapies with the Western world’s most cutting-edge luxuries. The 12,000-square-foot (1,115-square-meter) Asian-style spa has won awards thanks to its Crystal & Jade Steam Grotto, microdermabrasion facials, and couples massages.

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Spa 32

Massage Parlour, Spa
Let go of stress with a massage
Let go of stress with a massage | Let go of stress with a massage

Regular massage recipients will love Spa 32, a Koreatown nook boasting what may be the city’s most affordable quality massage. Take advantage of Spa 32’s 24-hour policy, and enjoy a luxurious oil shiatsu deep tissue or hot stone massage before or after work (or even on your lunch break)!

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