Merchants East - Closed

1125 First Ave.
New York, NY 10065
212-832-1551
One of the few remaining cigar bars in Manhattan, Merchants East has a bustling basement level where you can smoke your brains out. Granted, customers go through more Parliaments than Cohiba Robustos (premium selection, $29), and the upscale dinner crowd gets seedier and seedier as the clock ticks toward 4 a.m. If you need some nourishment with your nicotine, feel free to order appetizers in the smoking loungeasome of the seemingly strange fusion food is actually tasty. The spicy chicken Caesar pizza (with buffalo mozzarella, $9) is a refreshing mix of hot and cold, melty and crispy. Call ahead for music listingsasometimes the Friday and Saturday live crews are deafening.

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