Lower East Side
Wu Lim Qi Gong Master
Located below the street level, Wu Lim Qi Gong Master looks and feels like a musty, dim basement but has a cult-following of massage lovers. Wu Lim offers $21 half-hour massages of uncommon intensity (the Asian masseuses are scary strong, so don't expect a gentle back rub). Also, the space is more intimate than the usual massage parlor, with tables packed closely together. For budget-conscious patrons seeking energetic massages—and those who know that a lot of pressure and pain yields true relaxation the next day—this unassuming spot is a can't-miss. Plus, they offer a punch card for regulars to earn a free massage.