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Sahara East

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184 1ST Ave, New York City, NY 10009-4001
(212) 353-9000
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good Hookah, but not much else

The fresh fruit hookahs are great, they hit really well and you don't need to get more than one. Bottles of Corona are $7 a pop. However, the scam they pull is the "credit card machine" isn't working once your bill gets over about $50 so you have to pay cash. The last two times I've been there it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2012
Heather C
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New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

My 17 year old daughter and 6 of her friends were served shots and three rounds of drinks without even being asked for ID!!!! As a parent I take full responsibility for my daughter's actions but someone at this restaurant as to take responsibility for serving under age teenagers drinks!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

we ordered the lentil soup, chicken soup and the chicken kebab, all of which were delicious! they were extremely nice and eager to help us. we also got the jib jab hookah flavor and the sweet melon, i personally preferred the sweet melon, but it was really cool how the jib jab was in a real pineapple - they will... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

The fresh fruit hookahs are great, they hit really well and you don't need to get more than one. Bottles of Corona are $7 a pop. However, the scam they pull is the "credit card machine" isn't working once your bill gets over about $50 so you have to pay cash. The last two times I've been there it has... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We had a very bad experience here. After complaining they told us there was no way they could take anything off the bill because they had already put it in their ordering system. I've never seen a business not be able to take something off the check. Beware, if you are unhappy with food or service, do not expect to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Drink , smoke and have fun ! That's the way it is if you wanna party like a rockstar! they make the best hookah ever, none of the other hookah bar arround can do the same. This is the only Hookah cozy bar that has a private garden & backyard ;-) I also have to say that the waiter called... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Sahara East is dirty and has horrendous service. When we sat down, one of our friends immediately said it smelled terrible. The rest of us didn't smell anything, so we went ahead and ordered our hookah and a pitcher of sangria. I soon noticed that there was vomit in the bathroom sink, and told our waiter. After half an hour,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2007

fun place for hookah, unreasonable pricing for a can of soda ($5) friendly service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2007

There food reminded me like home, it's all East African food... Bangin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2007

Used to be awesome...not so much anymore

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Additional Information about Sahara East

Address: 184 1ST Ave, New York City, NY 10009-4001
Phone Number: (212) 353-9000
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 30
Cuisine: African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 184 1ST Ave, New York City, NY 10009-4001
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: (212) 353-9000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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