Colonists asserted their independence at the Boston Tea Party by lulling British officers to sleep with cups of chamomile and drawing marker mustaches on their faces. Harness the revolutionary power of tea with today's Groupon: for $13, you get $30 worth of tea, hookah, and Persian tapas at Genie’s Traditional Middle Eastern Tea House & Restaurant in Newport.
At Genie’s Traditional Middle Eastern Tea House & Restaurant, patrons lounging on plush throw pillows sample authentic Persian teas and tapas or sip aromatic smoke from handcrafted Egyptian hookahs set atop glass tables. To keep air clean and breathable, state-of-the-art filtration units whisk away extra smoke produced by the hookahs’ all-natural coconut shell coals, and disposable hoses and mouthpieces help ensure a sanitary smoke on one of a dozen flavors of tobacco, including chocolate mint and watermelon ($16.99 each). Patrons can also sample three flavors of herbal molasses, a tobacco- and nicotine-free concoction ($16.99 each), or such signature mixes as the Daydreamer, a velvety blend of raspberry and coconut ($20.99). Having admitted the futility of snacking on smoke rings, guests can munch Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus ($5.99) and stuffed vegetarian grape leaves ($6.99), as well as the sohan, a pistachio-topped Persian brittle ($5.99). Genie’s specialty tea ($2.99+), an exotic black loose blend, pairs with a selection of herbal and fruit teas, including the pomegranate delight and a caffeine-free lemon ginger ($2.99), helping soothe weary senses and purge sinuses of lodged old-sock scents.
Vivid red, green, and blue walls complement Middle Eastern décor in the swanky seating area, which often opens its doors to body artists, belly dancers, and musicians who blend Persian, Arabic, and Greek tunes with Western-style lounge songs. Although Genie’s doesn’t serve alcohol, patrons may tote along their own bottles of beer and wine, which staff will uncork ($5 additional), pour into glasses ($2 additional), or juggle while whistling the I Dream of Jeannie theme upon request.
Genie's Hookah Lounge
Captivating the Charm of Downtown Newport Genie’s Hookah Lounge is a family-run tea house and restaurant, offering a vivid environment with relaxing ambiance. Our menu includes the Finest Tea, Persian/Middle Eastern Cuisine & Desserts. A delectable menu of traditional shisha and herbal molasses (a tobacco-free sweetened blend) is served in hand crafted hookahs. A traditional water vase connects to a disposable hose for individual use, producing a fruit-flavored blend. Step into another culture and world of comfort at Genie’s Hookah Lounge with the exquisite low lounges, designer soft pillows and glowing tea lights.
94 William Street
Newport, RI 02840