Classic Cuts: NYC Barbershops
by Jeremy Lehrer, 01/30/2013
F.S.C. Barber, Lower East Side. Courtesy, Freemans
5 Horatio St., 212-929-3917, West Village, Manhattan
8 Rivington St., 212-673-3209, Lower East Side, Manhattan
101 N. 8th St., 718-522-4959, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Even on a weekday afternoon, a steady stream of customers flows into FSC Barber's Horatio Street location. Similar to the barbers of bygone days, FSC barbers don't take appointments, and patrons can wait anywhere from a few minutes to two hours, depending on the day—though there are eight chairs. The barbers here cut the spectrum of styles, trim beards, and do straight-blade shaves involving a multistep process of oils, shaving creams and hot towel wraps. A special at FSC is the "hangover treatment," a shave that adds on some additional restoratives encompassing Malin + Goetz product and a facial massage. The shop, characterized by traditional charm and a no-fuss, straightforward approach, strives to embody the quintessence of the barbershop. Emphasizing that manifesto are vintage furnishings such as the Koken, Paidar and Kochs barber chairs, built in the 1920s. Other FSC locations can be found on the Lower East Side and in Williamsburg.