Russian & Turkish Baths

Russian & Turkish Baths

Spa and Bath House
East Village, New York
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    Gothamist
    "... piping hot sauna (the Russian room is particularly intense) and sweat out all..."(8 Tips)
    Brady D.
    "chill schvitz"(4 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "cold plunging and getting beat with some sticks!"(5 Tips)
    Kevin G.
    "not jumping in the ice pool after every sauna session"(3 Tips)
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  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 24, 2017
    Pop into a piping hot sauna (the Russian room is particularly intense) and sweat out all the beer you drank last night, then jump into the ice pool to cool off at the end. Read more
  • Joseph F.
    Joseph FisherJanuary 19, 2014
    Leave your ego on first ave and come here knowing it's the best 4 hours of your life. Rent the shorts. Wear the gross sandals. Get into it. Have a beer & cold plunge. Best money spent in Greenwich Vil
  • FreshNYC p.
    FreshNYC p}-:{>February 2, 2015
    The primeval appearance is charming to some and maybe dingy for others, but the communal no-nonsense atmosphere and facility is what really helps it stand out including the surprisingly delicious café Read more
  • C H.heart icon on user image
    C HAugust 9, 2019
    Just go with it. I love this place. The massage from Sasha is my favorite treatment. I leave a new woman. Food is supposed to be good too, but I’ve no clue what to order, so maybe next time!
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    Jack ReevesDecember 21, 2015
    David's shifts have a lot of deals - get the mailing list and check groupon etc. Boris's shifts don't have many deals but a 10-pack of admissions is $200 and you can split it with a friend.
  • Eduardo S.heart icon on user image
    Eduardo SantanaJanuary 18, 2014
    Pretty crowded on the weekends. Come during the week whenever possible. Also don't touch the walls in the Russian Bath, you will get burned. #seriously
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    TSeptember 23, 2018
    My favorite is the Russian room where everyone uses the buckets to dump water on their head.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 1, 2013
    Come here with a friend and enjoy a day steaming, sweating, cold plunging and getting beat with some sticks! Just bring your own sandals and towel.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PantojaOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Some people love it, some loathe it, but this bath house has character and history. You have to try at least once in your lifetime and judge for yourself. The perfect spot to come to in the winter.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Bring your own sandals and shorts, and a friend. Hit the sauna room and sweat, sweat, sweat. You'll never feel better. Read more
  • Anastasia K.heart icon on user image
    Anastasia KotelnikovaOctober 15, 2014
    Platza, massages, olivier salad, pelmeni, borscht and russian /ukranian beer. Perfect. ...And nothing else matter (c) ;))
  • Kourosh B.
    Kourosh BehnamFebruary 23, 2015
    This is the place to be on a freezing NYC night. Steam room, sauna heaven. Grab a Russian beer before you leave. It tops off the intense culture experience.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PantojaNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    It isn't high-end or plush by any means, but it makes up for it in character as well as heat. It does get crowded at times, usually after 6 during the week and 2 on weekend.
  • Rebekah R.heart icon on user image
    Rebekah RoslerDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you like going for the experience go Friday night. If you like going for the social scene, try Saturday afternoon in the winter. #russianandturkishbaths
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJanuary 18, 2016
    Do NOT go straight into the Russian room and sit on the top row. You gotta build up to that shit
  • K-Þórır D.heart icon on user image
    K-Þórır D.February 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The place for a zen vibe after a long day/week in that furious city. Sauna. Massage. Baths... And a nice rooftop for sunny days ♥
  • Erik M.heart icon on user image
    Erik MichielsenNovember 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Whether you are a first timer or an old timer, it's fun to come up with and debate your "moves" - your favorite order of sweat, rest and chill operations.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    "Bring your own sandals and shorts, and a friend. Hit the sauna room and sweat, sweat, sweat. You'll never feel better." -Sean Avery, in the WSJ's Insider's Guide to New York City Read more
  • Dartagnan D.
    Dartagnan DelgadoOctober 23, 2013
    Come during Boris' shift. Coed sauna and spa with old country character. B.Y.O. Slippers and suit especially the women.
  • Vee B.
    Vee BeeSeptember 30, 2013
    Those that love it can keep it. Vomit on the floor of the bathroom (really!), flip flops reused without cleaning and big hairy men farmer-blowing their sinus' in the chilled bath? No thanks.
  • ᴡ R.
    ᴡ ReinfordApril 12, 2013
    perfect detox spot. beware there are two owners that alternate weeks and do not honor punch cards from the other owner. it's weird. get hot and then go sit on the patio.
  • Kevin G.heart icon on user image
    Kevin GrantNovember 12, 2018
    If you’re not jumping in the ice pool after every sauna session you’re doing it wrong
  • mayo
    mayoSeptember 14, 2010
    The Russian room is not for half-milers. Sit on the 3rd row up if you can hack it. Try and get a spot next to the water tap. Don't forget to weigh yourself on the scale before & after. Hangover cure!
  • aztec e.
    aztec economySeptember 11, 2010
    maybe our all-time favorite spot in this entire city. the radiant heat room is no joke.the ice cold frigid pool isn't either. the dumplings and beer (or beet smoothies) in the midst of vintage 80's B-
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    Chirag PatelJune 25, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The radiant rooms are incredible. Crazy heat clears you out
  • Tingheart icon on user image
    TingNovember 22, 2015
    The platza oak leaf treatment leaves you with a newfound appreciation for life. Viktor was great.
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerFebruary 7, 2015
    You've been thinking about it... You should try it, at least once.
  • Nate S.heart icon on user image
    Nate SJanuary 15, 2023
    Heat rises — the higher you sit, the hotter it is. Especially true for the Russian Room! 🥵
  • Alex C.heart icon on user image
    Alex CasariegoNovember 16, 2014
    Amazing experience. But seriously, bring a pair of shorts, you don't want to wear those robes in the sauna.
  • P. D.heart icon on user image
    P. D.February 4, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    If you live in New York, how could you not go?
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 10, 2011
    There is a eucalyptus-filled aromatherapy room, and traditional massages using oak leaves soaked in olive oil. After your shvitz, be sure to sample some Russian cuisine.
  • Saraheart icon on user image
    SaraNovember 21, 2015
    It's nice bc it's one of the few Russian baths in the city but it gets crowded and they will bug you to buy their $200 pass thing.
  • Kara T.heart icon on user image
    Kara TJanuary 28, 2017
    No frills, old school experience. Russian sauna is extra 🔥, cold plunge pool is ☃️! sudden influx of loud NYU students hanging out in the already tiny pass thru areas hurried me out the door, though.
  • Felisa L.
    Felisa LuoJanuary 16, 2020
    no frills place to sweat and cool pool. come early on weekends or on weeknights to avoid loud crowds
  • Kateheart icon on user image
    KateFebruary 28
    No frills bathhouse. The banya is piping hot and the cold plunge is frigid. Good value for money
  • Ari M.
    Ari MeiselAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Start with the steam room to the left than go to the hottest Russian room. Don't forget the cold plunge between and dunk twice for the full effect.
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10April 23, 2011
    On a bachelor party, 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. Read more
  • Valerie P.
    Valerie PetrovJuly 11, 2011
    Try the Siberian Pilmeni at the cafe. Very well-seasoned and delicious! Better than at some restaurants I've been to!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoodmanFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the platza. Don't freak out too much that that means you're getting beat up by oak leaves in a 200 degree room.
  • Tamika G.heart icon on user image
    Tamika GlissonMarch 9, 2015
    I can't say enough about this place...I'm going to go through withdrawal when I leave NY
  • Casey S.heart icon on user image
    Casey SchoonoverJanuary 20, 2015
    Great place to spend a few hours relaxing and detoxing.
  • Alexis T.
    Alexis TiradoOctober 15, 2012
    2 things you need to pack before you go here: bathing suit & flip flops! Do it. Like now.
  • The Sandwich Enthusiast .heart icon on user image
    The best. Get the dumplings in between sessions.
  • Crystal W.heart icon on user image
    Crystal WardJune 7, 2015
    Great ;) Ask for Jean ;)
  • Brendan M.heart icon on user image
    Brendan McDonaldFebruary 5, 2017
    Decent prices, gruff service. Not new or very clean, but still pretty great.
  • Meganheart icon on user image
    MeganFebruary 24, 2013
    Go on a nice day, get the mud and sit upstairs on the roof deck.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SwerdloffJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your own flip flops. They provide them, but better safe than sorry.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJanuary 18, 2012
    Never underestimate the power of a good “schvitz” to revive your spirits. $35 for all-day admission- Learn of other deals on MetroFocus Read more
  • Linnea C.
    Linnea CovingtonMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The eucalyptus steam room is amazing, hit that first and the head to the hot room.
  • Thomas N.
    Thomas NolanOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Really special. Get some fresh juice. Massage. Try everything.
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