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Best Shishas New York 2001 - Rico Café - CLOSED

Rico Café

Rico Café

153 Ave. C

New York, NY 10009


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Rock the casbah at RICO CAFÉ, where the Egyptian shishas ($7) get packed with banana tobacco. The eclectic storefront is a hodgepodge of exotic artifacts, mismatched chairs, and exposed brick. But what sets this place apart is its hospitality: Brightly colored sheaths fit for Tutankhamen were slipped over our heads, and when the funky Arabic sounds of al-jil got us up and writhing, our host, Mike, Prince of Egypt, joined in and taught us some moves. Alcohol's a Muslim no-no, but, hey, this is Alphabet City, so Heinekens and Coronas ($4) are on offer.
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