Beauty >Frank's Chop Shop
19 Essex St., New York, NY | Directions 1000240.715306 -73.990059
M-Su 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Chill vibe but gettin pricey – This is a good place for a nice cut that's quick without too many frills. When I started going here the prices were great but not anymore. Maybe they need to start handing out those free transparent rolling papers again to go with the cuts.
Franks Chop Shop – If you want a short haircut this is the place for you. I had gone here last week and asked for a regular haircut. The guy used the buzzer for most of the cut. Back and sides were cut almost to the skin with some length left on top. It's not what I asked for. When I left the shop I was not sure what to think. This was the shortest cut I had ever had. I have to say that all my friends said it looked great. So I might go back
TERRIBLE! – Maybe the previous reviewer had the same sub-par barber that I did for my recent "appointment" (a mowhawked, Jon Leguizamo look-a-like named Willis) -- he showed up a half hour late and STONED (as a veteran pothead myself I can tell -- the difference, however, is that I don't get high before I go to work). Once the guy finally showed up and unpacked his tools, he seemed thoroughly more interested in regaling his co-workers with petty details of his previous night's exploits in Queens (the fact that he even went out in Queens should have had me off the chair right off the bat). Anyhow, the glassy-eyed "Pest" stand-in yapped and yapped and yapped, while never actually bothering to work in any dialog about the style of haircut I was looking for. This topic only came up after he had already taken a scissor to my head. Flash forward to the end and what I'm left with is a crappy, overpriced haircut ($38) and a bag of coffee beans (?), which was inarguably the height of the experience. Save your time and go somewhere else. I'll be returning to the Little Hair Shoppe on 4th and Bowery. They're great people, excellent stylists and essentially the same price.
Can I have my money back? – My barber was running about 30 minutes late, then took on another walk-in friend. He at least told me he was doing this, but he certainly didn't ask if it was ok, so I had no choice but to wait an hour after my appointment to get my hair cut. Then I had a very basic haircut; nothing fancy, and nothing particularly great, but it was what I requested. Mostly trimmers with a little scissor work. They charged me $35 dollars for this. I'd read a review by "sir frank" at another site explaining this sort of cut should run $25. This was not the case. No reason I should ever pay $35 for such a basic cut, especially after waiting an hour after the time of my appointment. I've also noticed the same reviews copied and pasted on every review site. seems a bit suspect to me, especially when "sir frank" gave himself a perfect rating on the other site. Also, the place might be hip and all, but the demographic spectrum includes exactly one type of person. Check it out for yourself, but if you get a basic cut, maybe you should look elsewhere. or spend $35 on a pair of trimmers.
Great and Stylish Barbers in the Coolest Shop You'll Ever Go To. – Bottom line - these guys (I've only gone to Chris) cut men's hair very well, and beyond just buzz cuts that most Barbers are limited to, including "neighborhood Barbers" on the lower east side. On top of that, this is probably the coolest/hippest barber shop I've ever been to. At $25 cut, it's not the cheapest barber, but if you want style and barbers that both care and have the skill to achieve more than just the basic buzz cuts, come here!
My Super Secret Barber – I've been getting some bad haircuts lately and desperetly needed to find someone to do a better job with my hair. Then I read an article on Frank's Chop Shop in The Mens Journal saying what a great barber shop it is and thought I'd like to try it out, but didn't get around to it. A couple of months later I saw another article in the New York Magazine "Best Of". That was the last straw. I just had to try this place out and boy was I glad I did. I was a little intimmidated by the photos, thinking it was going to be some punk rocker hang out where I wouldn't fit it, but I was lucky enough to get Mr. B, the head barber, who's arms are pretty much completely tatooed. I don't think I've met a nicer guy here in NY since I moved here a year and a half ago. There were a couple of early 20's guys in suits getting cuts and another couple guys in jeans and t-shirts waiting. Everyone there was completely normal and made me feel very comfortable. I didn't feel out of place at all. Even though I live in Queens, I'm going to be traveling to the lower east side for my haircuts from now on. They've only been open since November and the only thing I'm worried about is too many people finding out about this place and them having trouble fitting me in. One other great thing is that unlike traditional barber shops, they take appointments. Sweet!
A gentleman's barbershop on the up-and-coming border between Chinatown and the Lower East Side. – In Short
The offices of Frank Book, a pocket-sized, hipster guy's lifestyle magazine, are fronted by this relaxed, intimate barbershop--the magazine's very own, done up with 1930s barber chairs, brown leather, dark wood, original brick walls and a tin ceiling. Suited businessmen and young indie rockers mingle in the name of good grooming, which can be either traditional (a classic cut and straight razor shave) or trendsetting (a hip hairstyle or a design shaved into a crew cut).
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