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Inside the Russian & Turkish Baths, the East Village's Best Worst-Kept Secret

Published On 03/23/2016 Published On 03/23/2016
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Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Even Gorbachev shvitzed here at least once. 

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Cole Saladino/Thrillist

It was a culture of open invitation to watch strangers’ bodies.

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I felt certain I had stumbled upon the sweatiest and sexiest place in Lower Manhattan.

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Cole Saladino/Thrillist

I was a menina of the steam rooms, a goddess of this basement, just four blocks from the L train.

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1. Russian & Turkish Baths 268 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Since 1892, East Village locals and celebrities alike have been flocking to this OG Russian & Turkish bathhouse on East 10th known for its saunas and steam rooms, and traditional services like platza treatment and various scrubs. You could spend a day tuning out the world in the Aromatherapy Room and Redwood Sauna, but be sure to book a service for the full experience. This underground spa features 5 steam rooms and saunas, a restaurant and juice bar, a roof deck, and a variety of affordable massage services. Here, $40 will get you a day in the rejuvenating banyas, and a chance to run into one of the establishment's many celebrity patrons. From Mick Jagger to J. Lo, troves of A-listers have made this hole-in-the-wall health club their own.

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