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Sahara East

$$ - $$$
East Village
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184 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10009-4001
(212) 353-9000
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

THis little hole in the wall does not look like much but the food is outstanding. They use excellent spices to ramp up some dishes and ask them for what you like, they will be very helpful. Not crowded at all but good food, excellent service and great prices are rare to fin in the city of scams.

Thank Allan S
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016

I've been going to Sahara East since I was in high school (which was too long ago, honestly). 17-22 seems to be the typical age of patrons here, and the scene totally reflects that. The price for one hookah is usually over 20 dollars, plus drinks and food. The hummus is actually great, but the EDM house music blasted at... More 

Thank ArielleC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

Wanted a relaxing environment just to have drinks and smoke hookah. After some failed attempts I was referred to this place by a limo driver. This is exactly what I wanted. Great music. Relaxing atmosphere. Decent prices. Highly recommended.

Thank jamilio
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1 of 5 bubbles 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!!!

Thank Melissa_Arroyo
Weston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank SophiaCon
New York
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Heather C
Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank micsue123
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank matthiasdubois
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2007

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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