Bars, Lounges East Village
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you can smoke here! the chalkboard screams, and it doesn’t mean just hookahs. That’s right. You can savor a Black & Mild with your Black Cat (Absolut, Kahlua and crème de cacao). But wait, there’s more: an intriguing mix of bar snacks (tikka masala, panini, potpies); deep house and hip-hop in the revamped downstairs lounge; and cozy, secluded booths. You’ll delight in seeing those relics of a bygone era ashtrays littering the bar. And you won’t be alone. Everyone from NYU kids to retirees regards this bar as a refuge from the Bloomberg-era blues.


Venue name: Karma
Address: 51 First Ave
New York
Cross street: between 3rd and 4th Sts
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 10am–midnight; Tue 6pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 10am–2am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course, including rice: $12AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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