120 E 56th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.760434 -73.970646
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown Center
Awful haircut – My husband came home for Truman's with big hair! I bought him a giftcertificate through Gilt City and after having tip the stylist, hair washer, and manicurist there wasn't savings at all, plus bad manicure to boot. I'm afraid I am now married to Dilbert's boss. Save your money.
Nice place, but avoid the shave – I gotta say, I really want to love this place. I enjoyed the whole "service with a smile" bit by the lovely ladies who work there. The bar is nice, the haircut pretty good ($65, but decent), the shoeshine adequate, the manicure--nice pretty lady who does your nails while you get your hair cut by another attractive girl. Who cares if the manicure is no better than you get from the koreans, but twice as expensive?
The shave, however, all $55 of it (plus tip), is a massacre. Dull blade with someone who clearly lacks experience. My face is killing me five hours later. I have cuts all over. To add insult to (literal) injury, the shave isn't even close. I think I have to shave again (with a proper Gilette--none of this pocketknife bulls#i+) before I go out. Major barber fail. I had a straight razor shave in India, of all places, and had none of these issues. This guy is a butcher, not a barber. He should be chopping meat, not chopping me. Go to Art of Shaving or somewhere else.
Despite all that, I still think I will go back, but not for a shave.
money – This place does a pretty decent job, but my husband hates shelling out so much for a simple cut and shave. Have any of you ever heard of Onyx & Jade? I guess buywithmeNYC has got a deal going on there offering a full men's package (shave, cut, etc.) for just $23. I'm gonna have him give it a try. If you're interested, check out this link: htp://bit.ly/bgTifj
great space, ok service – I have been coming here on and off for the past 2 years, and I really would like to love it because the space is very cool and they have everything a man could want. I have gotten almost all the services here and the only thing I would come back for is the handshake matinence and the massages, their therapist is amazing. The shave I got was ok, the hot towels and the face massage was great but the shave took to long. The haircuts are nice but nothing super polished my sideburns were uneven once and the other time there was hole in the back of my head that wasnt there before.
General rule of thumb when coming here, stick with male stylist, my friend still goes here and his guy cuts his hair perfectly. Enjoy the beer and happy shaving.
Great Place – Ive been going to Trumans for over a year now, even have a membership. Every visit the service is impeccable and my haircuts are great. The staff there is more than accommodating and are not only professional, but friendly. I have even bought gift cards for my friends and co- workers, and everyone has been beyond satisfied. All in all, it has taken me many years to find a great haircut, and the drinks help too.
A Wonderful Experience~ – I've waited several days to write my review on Truman's Gentlemen Groomers, in order to post as clear-minded as possible. It's been four days but my opinion hasn't changed-this place deserves your time, attention, and money. This place is absolutely worth it. I chose to try out Truman's since my last hair salon experience was a nightmare (in Paramus, NJ). The hair salon was cheaper than Trumans but it was a rushed, botched, job and I felt unappreciated.
After feeling so bothered by that experience I started to think about what it was that I wanted out of a barbershop/hair salon. I wanted someplace tranquil where I could truly relax and enjoy my time there. Friendly customer service is obvious. The thing that I wanted the most though was a ?manly? salon. A salon that maintains a sense of masculinity but that isn?t set in the 20s, or 30s.
I tried the Art of Shaving and just wasn't convinced that it'd be a place I'd look forward returning to month after month.
Instead of blindly visiting every barbershop in New York City, I googled male saloons and Truman?s came up. It sounded to good to be true. When I stopped in, the front desk politely asked what it was that I?d be having done. Originally, I was only going for a cut & wash but since I hadn?t had a facial in years and my face felt like cardboard, I said why not. After sitting down for only a couple of minutes, I was asked what beer I?d want served. It was great. I was introduced to Kat, a very talented and kind hair stylist who gave me the haircut I was looking for-clean and styled to the way my hair grows. It sounds like not much but you?d be surprised (or not) by how many barbers and stylists disregard that small detail. She was also a great conversationalist. After the haircut, I went on for a much needed facial. The woman who attended me was absolutely professional and cordial and left my face feeling completely renewed. I'd write more but I've run out of space.
All in all, HIGHLY recommended!
Not Impressed – I get a massage at least twice a month. I saw this place when I was walking home from work. I have a regular massage guy that I use but I'm always down to try new places, especially when they're geared towards men because I hate sitting there, looking like a tool in a robe thats too short and you just know the pretty brunette sitting next to you is making fun of you in her head. Anyway, I work crazy hours, usually around 12 hours a day and amazingly, I still find time to work out as well. So...you can just imagine how stressed out and stiff my muscles are. this place is like 3 blocks from where I work, so, I figured I'd give it a shot. On the inside, it looks real nice, it's well decorated, some of the girls that work there are very pretty and talkative, they give you beer while you wait...no harm in that. One of the pretty girls comes to get me for my massage and I ask her nicely if I could have a guy for my massage. (I always have male therapists beacuse they're just stronger, in my opinion, and i need really deep intricate work done) Anyway, she looked at me like i had 10 heads and said there were no men, only females. i thought that was kind of weird, i guess that they're going for one of those 'Masters of the Universe' homophobia, no man is touching me kind of deals. which i guess i could understand...if this were Alabama....in the 80's. But, it's not, it's NY, in 2008, deal with yourselves. I prefer a guy working on me...and I'm totally straight. Ok, so no guy, I'll go with the flow, i'm cool.. however, it was just as I suspected, the massage was too light and when I asked her for more pressure, it was just more of the same for the whole hour. Next time, I'll just go back to my regular guy. the servcice was good, the people were nice, the decor was cool and real masculine..the massage wasn't. Oh well..maybe they're better at haircuts
Haircut to beat – Tried this place on a gift card for a shave and haircut from my girlfriend. The whole 'man-salon' is not really my thing. I really just want a great haircut and hate going to women's salons. (Don't really care much for free beer and all that stuff but I'll take it!). Hands down the best haircut I have gotten in NYC. The staff is friendly and straight-forward - almost too friendly in constantly offering me drinks, coffee, water, etc,, but I guess that is better than the alternative. I even tried their "Handshake Maintenance" (aka manicure) which I would never have done if it wasn't part of the gift and actually enjoyed the results. Straight-edge shave was nice too, though I didn't realize it was a 40 min service. Net: great haircut, no attitude.
A bit overrated! – I was really excited about getting the "Truman's Service", but must admit that I am disappointed. I was ready to love everything, and was strongly considering signing-up for one of the year-long packages, based on this experience.
I will not be signing up for the year-long package, and I will not send my friends to get their haircut.
The service was great. The beer was delicious. The women are all very pretty, nice, and attentive.
The manicure was good (nothing special, but I'm not a pro on manicures). The hairwash was great -- I would take the redhead with me anywhere.
The shoe shine was average (I strongly suggest you go to the shoe shop across the street, where they'll give you mirrors on your feet for $3 - $4!)
The haircut is not good. The consultation was essentially her asking "How do you want it cut?" Both the back and sideburns are uneven, and the sideburns aren't even shaved with a clean line (I had to do it myself this morning!)
Ultimately, all I wanted is a good haircut. So if they can't deliver THAT, then what good is all of the other stuff?!
Best men's haircut in NYC – My husband discovered Truman's a few months ago and I can't believe the transformation; he looks great! He always raves about how great the atmosphere is. He's even tried a few extra spa services. I'm very happy that he now gets a great haircut and looks so good. The prices are very reasonable for their services. I wish there was a place like this for women!
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