Daraius’ Adventures in Queens: Part 2 – Moon Barber Shop in Jackson Heights

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I always have a great time when I visit New York.  And usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists.  But this time, I decided to spend more time in Queens.

The highlight of my trip was getting a shave and head massage at a little barber shop in Jackson Heights. 

Moon Barber Shop Jackson Heights

Little Did I Know This Would Be Such an Enjoyable Experience!

I’m so glad places like this still exist in the US.

Exploring Queens Index:

Part 1 – Hyatt Herald Square Review

Part 2 – My Haircut at Moon Barber Shop in Jackson Heights

Part 3 – Sri Pra Phai Restaurant

Part 4 – Upi Jaya Restaurant

Part 5 – Trip to the US Open Tournament

Moon Barber Shop Jackson Heights

I went to Jackson Heights in Queens, which is an extremely diverse neighborhood filled with tons of amazing ethnic restaurants.  In fact, it is one of the most culturally diverse places in the world!

Moon Barber Shop Jackson Heights

Now That’s Cheap for Salon Service!

I don’t like shaving myself.  But I love it when others shave me with a straight razor.  Barbers are fairly common and cheap in other parts of the world.  But in the US, I’ve found it hard to find a barber who can use a straight razor skillfully.

And they are terribly expensive!  I’m not paying $45 for a shave from a hip Austin barber.

I had googled barber shops in Jackson Heights and found one which resembled barber’s shops in India.

When I walked in, I heard Urdu spoken from the Pakistani barbers.  Urdu is quite similar to Hindi, so we could communicate with each other!

Moon Barber Shop Jackson Heights

You Can’t Exchange Your Shave Here. And You May Hear Music Played on Cassette Tapes!

I found out a shave would cost $10.  That’s a great deal, so I took a seat in the barber’s chair.

Moon Barber Shop Jackson Heights

All the Tools Needed for a Thorough Service

The barber was detailed and professional.  I trusted his experience and found myself quickly relaxing.

As we spoke, I found out I could add a head massage to my bill for only $5, so I agreed.  Anything to keep me there a little longer – I didn’t want to leave so soon!  And I love head massages.

Moon Barber Shop Jackson Heights

It Takes an Arsenal of Products to Look This Effortless 😉

I’ve gotten shaves back home in Austin.  But something about Moon Barber Shop was comforting to me.

Perhaps it was the experienced barber, the conversation in Urdu & Hindi, or the collection of products, images, and tools stuffed into every available surface.  Much unlike than the fancy minimalist salons I’ve been going to!

The total bill for my shave and head massage was only $15.  For so much relaxation, I would’ve gladly paid more.  I thanked my barber and walked back into Jackson Heights.  I’m grateful there are still places like this.

It was the highlight of my entire trip!

You Can Do It Too

Want to visit New York?  It’s easy to use your miles & points to do it on the cheap!  Here are a few ideas:

1.   Flights

2.   Hotels

New York is full of hotels you can book with points!  For example, there are ~30 Starwood hotels and 12 Hyatt hotels around New York City!  I also like Airbnb for larger groups, or for a more authentic feel.

One of my favorite hotels is the Andaz 5th Avenue.  The big plus of this hotel is its proximity to major attractions, like Central ParkRockefeller Center, and Times Square.  It costs 25,000 Hyatt points per night.  This is a great hotel to stay at if you want to use the 2 free nights that come with the Chase Hyatt card.  Or stay 4 nights with the sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Reserve!

Bottom Line

I love authentic experiences in new places.  Jackson Heights in Queens is a diverse neighborhood filled with the unexpected.

I got a shave and a head massage at Moon Barber Shop on 73rd Street near Broadway.  But I wasn’t expecting it to be the highlight of my trip!  It was comforting to speak Hindi in the small shop.  I’m glad I took a chance.  That’s what travel is all about!

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14 responses to “Daraius’ Adventures in Queens: Part 2 – Moon Barber Shop in Jackson Heights

  1. “When I walked in, I heard Urdo spoken from the Pakistani barbers. Urdu is quite similar to Hindi, so we could communicate with each other!”

    Is Urdo a variant of Urdu? Or is that a typo?

  2. Glad you got to venture out of Manhattan or as we locals call “the city” Yes, Queens is the most diverse place in the world and especially Jackson Heights.

    I’m a tri-state native, that lived in Austin, TX for 7 years then recently moved back and settled in Queens.

    Did you try Sammy’s Halal Cart in JH? Halal guys is the tourist attraction but many locals swear by Sammy’s (more authentic)

  3. Fellow Austinite here. I had actually rerouted though NY on my way back from DC to Austin (on $1 megabus) just to have a haircut from Desi barbers (and to meet my cousin at Jamaica). It felt SO good, specially the massage.
    The poster on the glass says, ‘haircut with extreme care by Bangladeshi Barber’.

  4. Sounds great!

  5. Thanks for sharing !
    I will be in NYC and know Jackson heights. I need a haircut so this is there I will go

  6. Hey Darius, didn’t know you spoke Hindi! Are you desi? Zoroastrian/Parsi?

    I’ve followed your blog for years now, and I love your blog!