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Top Five Hookah Bars

The sweet aroma of fruit-flecked tobacco will soon be outlawed from these fragrant Middle East havens. Inhale legally while the law is still on your side.

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1. Sahara East
Dine on Middle Eastern standards like tabbouleh and hummus; after you eat, choose from about 40 flavors of tobacco (like apple and mango). ($10 per hookah; 184 First Avenue; 212-353-9000.)

2. Mamlouk
After indulging in a six-course feast, including favorites like kabobs and moussaka, you’ll want to top off the experience with a toke from the water pipe. There are five flavors of tobacco on the menu; strawberry is the crowd favorite. ($15 per hookah; 211 East 4th Street; 212-529-3477.)

3. Kapadokya


Actually, you don’t have to get in a last puff this week: There’s an outdoor narghile patio here, where you can try rose and honey tobaccos. Till it warms up outside, content yourself with traditional Turkish dishes like lamb and creamy eggplant. Belly-dancers Thursdays through Saturdays. ($13.95 per hookah; 142 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights; 718-875-2211.)

4. Kush
Vibrant Moroccan décor, candlelit tables, and plush pillows set the scene for serious smoking. Sip an exotic cocktail, and try the apricot or mixed-fruit tobacco, to name just two. ($15 per hookah, $5 on Mondays; 183 Orchard Street; 212-677-7328.)

5. Egyptian Coffee Shop
For the real deal, look no farther than Steinway Street in Astoria, where Middle Eastern businesses dominate. This welcoming café is for the hard-core hookah lover: bare-bones, with coffee-sipping Egyptian men watching television, pipes at their sides. ($3 per hookah; 2509 Steinway Street, Astoria; 718-777-5517.)


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