A good hookah lounge is like a good science experiment—full of flavorful smoke and best enjoyed with a hummus appetizer and the lab partner you have a crush on. Today's Groupon treats the senses to a sensual sensory experience: for $15, you get $30 worth of fruitily smoldering hookahs, signature cocktails, and Mediterranean meals at Le Caire Lounge on East 3rd Street. The vibrant night scene and ample dance opportunities at Le Caire make international dining a chic affair.
Le Caire Lounge wears its maroon on its sleeve, with luscious wine-colored curtains and translucent drapes that send the imagination to distant lands of hedonistic escape. The two-storied establishment broadcasts global music above beautifully ornate hookahs, which rise from candlelit tables as enticements to eager ring blowers. Practice smoky figure eights while indulging in the calm quiet of cherry, melon, apricot, and mint hookah blends ($15 on weekdays, $20 on weekends). The mellowing vibes of the communal hookah simmer below the intoxicating sips of decadent cocktails such as the Le Caire special mojito and the hurricane, mixed with light and dark rums, amaretto, grenadine, sour mix, and fresh pineapple juice.
After 10 p.m., Le Caire Lounge transforms into a nightclub scene hydrated by cool libations and the social act of dancing, but before then there's a savory variety of appetizers and meals ready for service. Snack lightly on seasoned hummus and pita bread ($5.95) or relax with a well-secured falafel with fresh veggies and tahini dip ($7.95). Vegetarian appetites are privy to grape leaves stuffed with rice and yogurt salad ($7.95) while skewered proclivities can turn to the kofte kebab of char-grilled lamb spiced with onions and parsley ($15.95).
Jane Lerner with New York magazine highly recommends Le Caire with this praise:
- Le Caire, complete with snaking hookahs, global dance music, and occasional gyrating belly dancers, knows how to transport patrons to the East.
- As a vegetarian I was impressed with the appetizers and salad I had. Later on there was a belly dance show and the dancer had everyone in the lounge get up and dance [sic] – JIsaac, Citysearch
- The food was great, hookahs were the best, rocking music that kept everyone dancing, and best of all the service. – builder, Metromix
- Every time i go there we all have a blast. Staff are really friendly and dj great and take requests. Music keeps everybody dancing. – Monster1819, Metromix
Le Caire Lounge
Le Caire Lounge cultivates a chic atmosphere with stylish décor, a menu of Mediterranean dishes, and a full bar dispensing flavorful cocktails and hookahs. Wisps of dancing smoke dissipate into the air, glowing red from the crimson lights of the ceiling and bar, where aircraft beacons take a load off after a hard day's blink. Delicate curtains and palm-tree fronds shiver in the wake of servers ferrying plates of hummus and glasses of wines and cocktails. On weekends, belly dancers gyrate to music from live DJs as visitors lounge on the couch seating or join the shimmying on the dance floor.
189 E 3rd St.
New York , New York 10009Get Directions