Every now and then I like to smoke hookah with a group of friends when I am sick of the booze and or the club scene. Smoking hookah is a very soothing and relaxing activity and when paired with typical Arabic beverages such as mint tea, it really provides a fun but relaxing feel. East Village is endowed with tens of hookah bars from big to small. Here are my top picks.
1. Sultana: This hookah bar has roughly 6 tables and is very dark. It is perfect for chilling out with friends and get immersed in the frangrance of hookah and low-key environment. Hookah here is $15 and if you order the special hookah it is $20. What’s even better, this is a BYOB place with a $5 corkage fee.
2. Horus Cafe: This hookah bar has been in the neighborhood for quite some time. It has belly dancers on the weekends and is always vibrant with tons of customers. The price here is slightly higher but they offer alcohol and entertainment. Therefore, it should be justified.
3. Sahara East: This Hookah bar has an outdoor garden and is perfect for summer and spring. Hookah here is also from $15 to $25 depending on the flavors you choose. They also have a variety of food and beverages here to choose from. The only drawback is they tend to rush you.
4. Habibi Lounge: Habibi Lounge is where I go when I want to smoke hookah but also dance to live DJ music on the weekends. They also have really fun and sexy belly dancing performance. The price here is no different to any other lounge. If you want to smoke hookah but also have the luxury of dancing and watching a nice belly dance performance, I would highly recommend Habibi.
Sultana: 128 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
Horus Cafe: 293 E. 10th St, New York, NY, 100099
Sahara East: 184 1st Ave, New York, NY, 10009
Habibi Lounge: 198 Ave A, New York, NY, 10009