Best Place to Bathe With Old Russian Men (2008)

Russian Turkish Baths

In a dimly lit arena of saunas, burly Russian regulars outfitted in complimentary shorts and slippers stare absently at you from underneath a heat-induced haze. In fact, there is only one actual bath at the RUSSIAN TURKISH BATHS—a 50-degree, oversized communal tub intended for post-sweat dunks. The rest of the "wash, wash, sweat, sweat" regime occurs mostly in the Russian Radiant Heat Room, a sauna deliberately bigger and hotter than the dinky American one across the hall and fully equipped with giant buckets of ice because, as Peter the masseuse claims, "Russian people like steam."

Location Details

268 E. 10th St.
New York NY 10009


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