238 E 9th Street, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.729338 -73.987845
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Friendly staff, great atmosphere and good hookah every time.
*This review is for my first hookah experience in NYC only, not for the restaurant portion of this place.Oh hookah, how I missed you so!
I haven't been to a hookah lounge in so long, but am glad to have found Cloister Cafe! Actually, my friend & I were looking for this sake place when we stumbled upon this place. Decided to check it out since it was actually affordable ($20 per pipe plus one drink minimum per person).
The Ukrainian bouncer wasn't all that intimidating, I've seen worse, but I did notice he didn't allow guys in easily (he told a random guy to call out his friend to meet him at the entrance instead). My friend and I, on the other hand, walked in just fine.
The ambiance of this place is awesome; the outdoor garden is covered by trees and grapevines above you, and the music is loud enough to enjoy but still able to hear the other person across the table. Luckily the weather was perfect, it would've sucked if it rained.
We got the rose & mint hookah (delicious!) and each got an iced tea (lemon was included, without us asking.. even better!) We must've spent about three hours here, and the server never pressured us to leave. I'm definitely coming back here!
I found the Cloister Cafe as I was walking around the city with some friends during the summer and I decided to go back last weekend. I love the ambiance here, its a little garden in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the city. The hookah is good and I have to admit I liked their drinks.. Their zuchinni chips are are very tasty and their tiramisu is to die for. I will most deff. be coming back.
"I have been coming here for an eternity, at first mainly for the mojitos, but once they changed their chef, I started coming back for lunch and mojitos.
I don't know what magician pours the drinks, but you always leave with a ""buzz"". The Cloister cafe is the best during the warmer months, so you can enjoy many cocktails, under the grapevines and lush foliage, with hookah and friends.
The last time I went, was with a friend, on a rainy day, to celebrate her graduation from Parson's.
We were seated ""inside-outside"" area, which is a tented area, but still not deprived of many trees and plants. We ordered mojitos, a brie quesadellia appetizer, and two salads: the duck and the salmon,
I'm not a big salad person, but I like the way they make theirs. Big portions of duck and salmon, well seasoned, fresh and filling. I love their fried potatoes too, with sea salt, time and pepper.
To end our meal we ordered a hookah and dessert, and oddly enough it ended up being on a bit over 40$ a person(with out tip), which I think is beyond reasonable for the location, quality of food, and magical cocktails.
I would recommend this place 100% for a first date, since they never rush you or take forever to bring your food.
I would also recommend this place for sitting alone on a sunny afternoon, with friends at night, or whenever. It's a winner.
It got a perfect rating from me, because it deserves it. You get the exact bang for your buck!"
Best place for conversation. I ALWAYS enjoy the conversations I have there...there's really something about Cloister. It always leaves me happy! Haha.
This is a great place to go for brunch when there's nice weather. Unlike so many places where you have to wait for an hour or two to sit outside for brunch, there is tons of outdoor seating in the cloister garden. The garden is such a nice atmosphere and relaxing since it is removed from the street.
Adorable spot. Love it!!!!
Smoking hookah at a cloister. What a genius idea.
A beautiful little hideaway – The Cloister Cafe is a beautiful little hideaway with a great outdoor garden. Go there for dessert or for drinks, enjoy the garden and the fountain on a lovely summer night. It is a neat date place if you like the medieval/garden decor. The service is friendly and the desserts are luscious.
A nice place – This is a nice place for a hookah lounge. Classier than most other hookah bars. It has both inside and outside seating. Ask to sit outside. The food is pretty good.
Great summer spot – I've only been once, in June. So I can't say how the place is in winter. But it is a GREAT summer spot for inexpensive food and drinks. Plus you can smoke hookah!
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