Actually, got a good cut at Bedford Barber( E. 59th). My preferred girl was not around and I don't like to experiment for many dollars because it is almost always a waste no matter the cost. Had the older, bald headed guy, don't know his name. Think it starts with a B.
He took the time and got it almost exactly right which was not the easiest task.
I don't think just asking for a quiff with short sides, a peaked side crop or whatever style you want based solely on a name will work there but some pics should do the trick. Did for me(plus all my personal annoying constraints). Other thing is that I went at a bit of an off hour. Results might be better than during the crush rush.
Since this is not an uber salon, definitely know what you want instead of asking for them to give you a 'look'.
Might sound like BS that this guy did a fine job(I hardly believe it myself) but it was really good. I am a picky bitch for what it is worth.
$16, that made it great and certainly worth a go.
If you want a place in BK, I can give you my girl's name. $35, I think, maybe $30. Does a lot of fashion forward/hipster 'dos but will cut a plain or conservative style as well. Just good technique that applies to any cut. Also, she can help with styling if you want to mix it up though I think it is always best to have a basic idea in your own mind.
Also, a place in upper Chelsea. Never actually got mine cut there but have seen other results(though mostly women) and had gone for a quick consult. I think it is $70 though.