Karma is a swanky lounge in the East Village with original artwork on the walls and a helpful staff. There are two levels at Karma; the main floor boasts a candle-lit bar, velvet sofas, relaxing music, and tables with brass hookahs. The downstairs lounge, which is only open at night, has a more intimate, cozy atmosphere. The bartenders at Karma will get your drinks and tobacco right away, while you are listening to music spun by talented DJ’s who match their music to the calming atmosphere. The best seats are on the velvet benches that face 1st Avenue. Enjoy happy hour drink and hookah specials between 1 p.m. and p.m. including $3 select beer, $4 wine, and 50 percent off bottles of liquor. Hookah prices are determined by the size of the hookah, the favor, and are cheapest during happy hour.
Kazuza is a combination of a hookah lounge, bar and restaurant. With about 50 flavors of tobacco, this Mediterranean Lounge on the Lower East Side has an extremely romantic and relaxed environment. The cuisine is unique with a variety of foods such as paninis, wraps, burgers, chicken and lamb shish kebobs. There are also many specialty drinks and a huge range of wines. There is a live DJ every night spinning today’s hits, hip-hop and Mediterranean cultural beats. There is a Belly Dance show on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:45 p.m. Every day of the week, Kazuza has happy hour specials, so pricing on Hookahs depends on which day and how many hookahs and flavors you order.
Falucka has guest DJs spinning Medina-flavored fusion along with house and techno, and belly dancers stop in for a twirl, often accompanied by live percussionists. The house cocktails are strong and sweet, with a French martini topping the list. When the bar’s hosting a hookah night, you can sample apple tobacco from those famous tall water pipes. Falucka has Leather banquettes and ottomans, stained glass lamps and rose petals scattered on the table: This Middle Eastern-themed club offers a leisured reprieve from a block known better for its mob scenes than its martinis. Hookahs are priced based on size and the time of day you go.
This is a Middle Eastern themed bar; you will not feel like you are in New York City when you step into Sahara East. The food is delicious, with standards such as tabbouleh and hummus. Hookahs here are very cheap, with an option of more than 40 flavors of tobacco, including yummy apple and mango. The best part? Sahara only charges $17 per hookah, and $25 for fresh fruit hookah.