Today’s cigar bars not only offer fine smokes, but exquisite cuisine with top shelf liquors all designed to pair together. They offer an escape to old world sophistication and upscale service without the urge to “turn tables over.” Evenings are meant for lingering and tasting.
Soho Cigar Bar (32 Watts Street) Formerly known as Circa Tabac, Soho Cigar Bar is one of New York’s oldest cigar bars and lounges, celebrating it’s twentieth anniversary. The warm and welcoming environment is reminiscent of a 1920’s speakeasy with plush leather furnishings and an art deco inspired décor. Modern touches include a new state-of-the-art ventilation system and flat screen TVs throughout, which are discreetly hidden by timeless photography. Walking into Soho Cigar Bar is like stepping back in time, all the while enjoying a true New York City experience where you can enjoy hand-crafted cigars, cocktails and food. The menu includes Ultra Thin Flatbreads like Pesto, Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes ($14), Crab Cakes with Chili Cilantro Sauce ($16) and Bacon Wrapped Meatballs with Blue Cheese ($16). The cigar menu is expansive and reads like a wine list, offering an experience for every cigar lover. General Manager Michael Dounoulis is the only certified Cigar Sommelier in the state, guaranteeing a perfect cigar for every smoker.
Lexington Bar and Books (1020 Lexington Avenue) Lexington Bar and Books caters primarily to Upper East Side residents dressed to the nines. Leave the college students at home for this refined evening. Expect to find a large array of classic cocktails like The Vesper: Ian Flemings original 007 beverage and a specialty selection of spirits. They often host whiskey tastings for the whiskey connoisseurs in your crowd. The casual menu includes cheese and charcuterie plates ($25) and sandwiches like Beef Sliders ($12) and Chili Cheese Toast ($13) with mozzarella, red onion and cilantro. Hand rolled cigars start at $16 while classic cigars like the Montecristo #2 is $55.
Harlem Cigar Room (3456 Broadway) Harlem Cigar Room hearkens back to a time men gathered to have a smoke and a drink. Have a bottle of whiskey you’ve been saving for a special day? While there is no food menu, they do have a BYOB policy for $8 per bottle. Grab your bottle and your honey to relax in this chilled cigar parlor. They have a variety of the world’s most exclusive cigars from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras plus a handful of domestic products. Ask to walk through the humidor to find your perfect stogie. Try the house blend cigar for a unique and affordable adventure.