Insider's Guide

Westchester Magazine has been dishing about the county for more than a decade now, so we know more than our share of insider secrets about how to best navigate the dining, shopping, and overall living-in-the-county scene. So here we tell you how to nab a table when no one else can, dine at the finest restaurants at a fraction of the cost, score tickets for sold-out concerts, get your hair cut and colored (for free), find the easiest DMV for road tests, and much more.


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[health & beauty]

Get a Manicure That Lasts for Weeks—Really

A well-groomed girl’s dream: the Shellac system goes on like a nail polish, but lasts like a gel—two (sometimes three) whole weeks with no chips, smudges, dings, or dents. It’s UV-cured after each step (base and two color coats), so there’s zero dry time. Manicures, $40; pedicures, $50 at Ivy Nails (15 N Central Ave, Hartsdale 914-946-6245); Oasis Day Spa (50 Livingstone Ave, Dobbs Ferry 914-409-1900;; Paulo’s Atelier (725 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills 914-666-2800;; and Shine Salon & Spa (161 Main St, Ossining 914-762-6675).

Find Cheap Meds

Psst: Target and Walmart charge only $4 co-pays on about 300 commonly prescribed generic drugs (the basics: anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds, antibiotics).

Get Buff, Not Broke

No sense paying sky-high membership fees if you just want to get on a treadmill or lift some weights. Planet Fitness in Yonkers, Scarsdale, or White Plains (yeah, yeah, we know it’s a chain, but you won’t find a cheaper deal anywhere), was offering, at press time, a $20-a-month deal with a low start-up fee of $9.75. Visit Or join the Y, where financial aid is available at some locations.

Get a Cut or Color from Top Stylists without Paying Big Bucks

Be a stylist’s “model” and get your hair done at a significant discount—or even free, in some cases.

Beautiful Hair Color Salon
41 Washington Ave, Pleasantville
(914) 741-2428;
On Tuesday nights: $10. Call in advance to find what is offered.

Le Collage Salon
200 E Main St, Mount Kisco
(914) 241-0084;
On Tuesday nights: free. Call in advance to find what is offered.

Paulo’s Atelier Hair Salon
725 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills
(914) 666-2800;
On Wednesday nights: free. Call in advance to find what is offered.

Richard Scott Salon and Day Spa
15 S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco  
(914) 242-1700;
Free nights vary. Call in advance to find what is offered.  



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