In recent years, vintage barber shops are making a comeback in New York City. The new generation of barber shops offer high quality cuts using traditional techniques and fancy products, but more often than not come with a hefty price tag. Nevertheless, many of these aspire to evoke a sense of the classic, old-world charm that still exists in the city. Some of these businesses are still going strong, but many are threatened by dwindling customers and gentrification. As a nod to those who have inspired the new breed of barbershops, here are 10 authentic vintage barber shops that have been serving customers for at least 50 years, and counting.
10. Paul Mole Barber Shop
If you’re looking for old-fashioned barber shops in New York, Paul Mole Barber Shop is THE oldest barber shop in Manhattan. Located at 1034 Lexington Ave between 73rd and 74th Streets, this Upper East Side staple is the Rolls Royce of barber shops, and has been proudly offering old world barber service since 1913. Time seems to stop inside the walls of Paul Mole, exuding a certain retro charm attracting clients of all ages. That said, service is not cheap, running at $40 for a shave, and an additional $40 for every half an hour of haircut. To reinforce its old school spirit, Paul Mole is cash only.