Russian & Turkish Baths

Russian & Turkish Baths

268 East 10th St
New York
East Village
(212) 674-9250

New York City’s Old World culture-- in which immigrants from all over the world brought America delights like bagels and white fish salad-- has all but disappeared, replaced by condos and fancy wine bars. One leftover gem is the Russian & Turkish Baths, more commonly referred to by those in the know as “the schvitz.” Old, naked men and New York’s hipster elite come to decompress in steam rooms while chatting about whatever may pique one’s interest. Sure, this may sound like an odd way to hang out with your buddies, but it’s a one-of-a-kind experience and an incredible way to recover from the night before. Everything here is entirely above board, especially as a way to peep chicks in bikinis in the winter time.

Venue Tip: 

Buy the Bachelor a Platza Oak Leaf procedure in the Russian Room. Grab some beers and have a good laugh about it out on the deck after.

The Good: 
Nowhere else outside of Russia will you find an establishment like this. Cool people, having a good time socializing, sweating it out in their bathing suits in the East Village. What more could you want?
The Bad: 
A weekend full of debauchery might face some hurdles if a member of your party passes out in one of the saunas as he nurses a hangover from the prior night. Arrive prepared.
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Price: $$

Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Reservations Needed: No

Alcohol Encouraged: Sure, if you want to collapse and die as you move from the steam room to the ice-water bath. Have a ball. That being said, they do serve bottled beer...

Attire: A bathing suit (not a speedo), especially if you don’t want to use one of the bottoms they provide.

Close to: Whitmans (burgers), The Smith (great lunch), Vaselka (great Russian food), 

Brunch at Bagatelle (Do the Bachelor a favor and get him a shot with his breakfast. He deserves it), Chelsea Piers (Head over to the driving range and fire off some golf balls after firing off a few rounds)