Tue-Wed, 6pm-2am; Thu, 7pm-3am; Fri-Sat, 7pm-4am; Sun-Mon, closed
6pm-9pm; half-price hookahs ($15), drinks and plates
Thu, 7pm-9pm; half-price hookahs ($15), drinks and plates
F at Second Ave.; J, Z at Bowery
Sat, $10 after 10pm
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This venue is closed.
One of the Lower East Side's most downmarket drags—Chrystie Street—hustled towards respectability with the opening of Kush Lounge in summer 2005. This Moroccan-themed hookah hot spot was originally located on Orchard Street before much of the block was demolished to make room for a new hotel. No worries—Kush's new digs are more spacious and luxurious, with extra emphasis on lounge. Wooden detailing and opulent ottomans abound under sultry lighting. DJs spin a global mix of house and pop for a sophisticated, late-night clientele. Though there's never a cover charge during the week, the Kush experience can be pricey: there's a $10 cover after 10pm on Saturdays, a hookah will set you back $30 and some drinks cost double digits. It's worth it, though: The Kush Martini made with pomegranate molasses already has legions of fans.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.