1031 Lexington Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.771583 -73.961360
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
Joseph is also now at Delta Men's Hairstylists – I'm glad someone added a post below about Ilya being at Delta Men's Hairstylists on Lexington and 72nd. I called and found Joseph is now there as well. Great barber, great guy. Joseph has always given me a top quality haircut, and I'm in and out quickly, which I appreciate.
Ilya Has Left Paul Mole and is now@ Delta Men's Hairstylists – It's sad to see a great barber like Ilya to leave Paul Mole, where he worked for over a decade! But as they say you move on to bigger and better...The good news is that you can still have Ilya style your hair at Delta Mens' Hairstylists which is located at: 992 Lexington Ave.(bet. 71 & 72st.) 212-650-9055 & 212-628-5723 or you can even call him on his cell: 917-399-4130. He is the only one I trust my hair with!
barber – I was very satisified with my haircut but I had to wait a decent amount of time. I know I went during a high traffic time but I still thought it took a little long. I would still recommend the final product.
Best in New York! – I strongly disagree with Mattiemoo. . .This place is amazing! I have been going to this Barbershop for many years for myself and my children, as have many Upper Eastsiders (the walls are covered in Mugs from customer's of 20 years or more). The service is superb. Great relaxing envrionment for the whole family. Their cappucino is amazing. I have used many of the guys there and do have a few recommendations.. The are all great and can do anythin but his is what I have found over the past years:
For shaves- Roberto, Gary, Peter
Short haircuts- Ilya, David, Joseph
Medium length hair- Guiido, Joe, Roberto
Children- Elizabeth (no TV), Kim, Tony
Longer hair- Peter, Carmine, Elizabeth
Color- Adrian, Carmine, Peter
The weekdays are quieter and the barbers will spend more time with you. Feel free to contact me if you want any other info!
After reading the reviews here on CitySearch, I thought I would surprise my husband with a hot towel shave here at Paul Mole's. Well, it was a HUGE disappointment. The barber said practically NOTHING to him and ended up missing several spots that my husband had to touch up at home. It lasted maybe 15 min and was $42! What a waste!
Best Shave and a Haircut for 2 Bits. – Ok it is a little more than 2 bits (25 cents), but $29 for a haircut is very reasonable in New York. I started going to Paul Mole about 4 years ago when my hair stylist cut his work hours to one day a week and only 3 times month. (I guess a "stylist" can do that since the charge $80 and up for a 20 minute haircut. I like "barber" better, but I digress). I used Lev, who was written up as "The Best Shave" in New York and it was. My face had never been smoother, no friction burns, no stubble, just a nice clean feel.
Aside from the professional haircuts and shaves, Paul Mole is all about service. I am always offered a shot of freshly made espresso (sometimes a harder shot) when I sit in the chair or am waiting. When I bring my son (who sits and watches my haircut) they always make him feel welcome and offer him a lolly-pop when I leave.
Unfortunately, Lev has left and moved cross country to be with his family and has opened his own place. I now go to Gary, who is extremely good. I had him give me a shave on a day that I was having a professional portrait taken for work. I told him what I was doing and he really took great care and attention. His final step, in a process that had numerous hot towels, oils and creams) was to run the tips of his fingers against the grain of my face and then touch up any spot that might possible show as stubble in a picture. My haircuts are always clean and neat and to my specifications.
Bottom line is, don't expect the fancy shmancy aura of a salon with Perrier and Belgum chocolates. This is a straight out of the 1920's movie, quality and service oriented "Barber" shop, which I would highly recommend.
One should note, if you are an electric razor guy and then go for a straight razor shave (and vice-versa) your face may have a small reaction. Every time I switch back and forth between my safety razor and electric razor (I use electric when I travel) it takes my face about a week to get used to the new friction process.
Great Customer Service – I have been interested in learning about wet shaving using a safety razor for several weeks and had done considerable research on the subject online. A friend recommended that I go to Paul Mole's because they sell all the products needed and have experienced barbers that might be able to offer me advice (I was thinking about going to the Art of Shaving, however, was afraid of ending up with some random counter person that really didn't know anything more than me.) I was pleasantly surprised at the attention I received, although the counter person was very busy answering phones and making appointments, she took almost 45 minutes walking me through each aspect of wet shaving and showing me all available products. It was very helpful to have a person who was very knowledgeable, and not condescending, walk me through the process. While I ended up spending more money than I originally had planed, the guidance and advice where well worth it. After this experience I can?t wait to try a shave there!
I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in wet having with either a straight or safety razor visit here before making a purchase. It has been a week since I made my purchase and I am very pleased.
One note they only take cash, however, there is an ATM in the shop.
A proper shave at Paul Mole – Dear BKGOOSE, I read your review on my barbershop with dismay since I take great pride in our level of service. First of all, if you did indeed receive bad treatment like you reported, I do apologize and if possible I would like to make amends. A shave at Paul Mole is a lost leader. The barbers offer this service to keep their traditional touch. We shave with a disposable open edge, which can be a problem if the skin has blemishes or pimples. If an open blade is ran over problem skin it will cut the pimples off. If the customer has never had an open razor shave before there can be some discomfort if the barber shaves too close. A regular shave cost $29 and should take about a half hour. As long as you are on time for your appointment that is how long the barber should take to perform the service. It includes pre-shave creams/oils that are massaged into the beard and followed by a hot towel compress. Then a hot lather is applied twice with more hot towels. The first part of the shave is done with the grain of the beard growth and another hot towel is then applied. The barbers ask the customers before they shave against the grain of the beard to obtain the closest shave. After the actual shave is complete we apply a face cream, another hot towel w/witch hazel, and then an after shave lotion. For an extra $10 you can receive a mini face massage that takes approximately 15 minutes. Now if you did not receive this level of treatment please contact me and let me know when you came to my shop for a shave and with which barber. You may or not may not be aware that we record all services and are capable of looking at any time you might have came in within the last six months. If you did indeed receive the service you reported I will personally compensate you $1,000 for your time. I do this so a competitor cannot use this forum to bad mouth me or my shop. As I have mentioned we take great pride in our level of service. *Paul Mole Barbershop*
Where a shave is like a massage. – The Space
After nearly a century in business, Paul Mole (say Mol-ee) can truly be called old school. Mr. Mole himself has passed on, but the business remains in its original Upper East Side location, a long second floor corridor with a small reception area. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfy--black-and-white photos line the walls above aged wood trimmings, and the barbers are expert conversationalists.
A shave is a complex, multipart operation here, involving the application of sweet-smelling creams and ointments, no less than five hot compresses and a couple of gentle face-slapping massages. In the middle of all that, the shave itself is a languorous affair, the edge of the blade providing a pleasurably grating counterpoint to your soft, tingling skin. At the end of it all, you'll feel like you've just experienced an exotic spa treatment.
It seems this place was great at one time, but that time has long passed... – If you have an extra $29 burning a hole in your pocket and enjoy sub par shaves, this place is perfect. If however, you prefer close shaves without being nicked numerous times, and a barber who understands the concept of symmetry (or maybe you even care about your appearance), then you are probably better off passing on Paul Mole.
I had the very unfortunate experience of getting a shave from one of the barbers who was noted to be a specialist. He was a very pleasant gentleman, but extremely poor at his craft. I was in a state of shock afterwards, as all I saw were mistakes and stubble. I could have got a closer shave with a rusty old electric shaver. I am fairly particular about my grooming, but the result was extraordinarily poor, and what made things worse, I am not sure it was apparent to him. I rushed home to fix the mess the I was left with.
I truly regret my decision to patronize Paul Mole.
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