Through various loopholes in the current smoking legislation, these bars continue to offer solace to those who want to enjoy a Marlboro with their martini—and not just on the patio. Most are cigar bars, which by definition, must have opened prior to December 31, 2001, have 10 percent of their revenue coming from the sale of tobacco products, and have 60 percent of their revenue coming from alcohol sales. Establishments must also apply for certification from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The only cigarette bar in Manhattan will continue to be a smoker-friendly destination. With their state-of-the-art ventilation system, you can continue to light-up your Camels or even try one of their more exotic smokes.
32 Watts Street (Thompson Street and Sixth Avenue)
Subway: A, C, E to Canal Street; 1 to Canal Street
Karma offers a variety of flavored tobaccos for smoking out of its many hookahs, and also allows cigarette smoking.
51 First Avenue (3rd/4th Street)
Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue
Located in the heart of midtown (just steps from the New York Public Library), the Nat Sherman store sells an extensive array of cigarettes, cigars, and accessories. It also has a room for smokers.
12 East 42nd Street
Subway: B. D. F, M to 42nd St.; 7 to Fifth Ave.
This Upper East Side cigar bar features a state-of-the-art ventilation system and lots of leather and mahogany furniture.
26 East 63rd Street (Park and Madison Avenues)
Subway: F, 4/5/6, N/R/W to 59th Street/Lexington
This Upper East Side bar and lounge strictly enforces its dress code and caters primarily to neighborhood residents.
1020 Lexington Avenue (72nd and 73rd Streets)
Subway: 6 to 68th or 77nd Street
This West Village cigar bar claims to be the first dedicated cigar bar in New York City. It sells a variety of cigars and charges a cover if you don't make a tobacco purchase.
636 Hudson Street
Subway: A/C/E to 14th Street; L to Eighth Avenue
Sugar East has a brandy bar and cigar lounge that permits smoking, but the rest of the bar/restaurant is smoke-free.
1125 First Avenue (62nd Street)
Subway: 4/5/6, N/R/W to 59th Street