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Karma Lounge

East Village
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51 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-9414
+1 212-677-3160
13:00 - 04:00
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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I went here with my wife and her cousin to hang out after going to a few other spots. This one played a really good mix of Dancehall, Soca, and hip-hop. The best music spot for the night. We started off downstairs and stayed for awhile then sat upstairs for the remainder of the night and just chilled behind one... More 

Thank Kenneth P
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I loved Karma for the music! They have a great upstairs and downstairs section for you to choose from with a bar on each floor. The music was amazing and I found myself jamming all night. The problem I had was paying a cover of $25.00 to have basically no place to stand or sit. It was that packed!! It... More 

Thank LaToya B
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015 via mobile

I've been coming here for a few years now so I've seen things change in staffing. I absolutely love the girls that work here and they're great at their jobs. The hookah is good, inexpensive and lasts a good amount of time. The drinks are also pretty cheap. My girlfriend and I usually spend less than $60 on a hookah... More 

Thank Amrisa B
Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2014

Walked over here from Chinatown and entered into a dim , dark, dismal, dirty bar. Probably just as well it's so dark that you don't actually see the dirt. very low seating and velvet curtains with lots of alcoves. Drinks were pricey and the clientele were well, strange....yes, you can smoke inside, but I would rather be in a more... More 

Thank katy-lied
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

I went to Karma Lounge late one night with some friends - we had started out at Velvet Cigar Lounge on 7th Street and when that closed, headed on to Karma. I had never smoked hookah before, and in that respect, I enjoyed my time there. Otherwise, I found it grungy, worn looking, typical I suppose of old dive-y sorts... More 

Thank Charming_Karl
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013 via mobile

I went there for a drink after recommendation from a friend. The only that was good about it was the fact that we could some inside. The place inside does stink of smoke and is really dark. It seems very run down and the loud music played was terrible (britney spears like).. So yeah you can smoke inside but to... More 

Thank Chrysteria64
Tavistock, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

Really hip little place and also it is very nice being able to smoke inside when it's freezing out. However it is not the cheapest place in the world. For example if you ask for a shot, the bartenders will automatically make it a treble and charge you $9 accordingly...

Thank gazmanjones
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

I was able to find excellent cous-cous here, not easily found in NYC. We ate in their garden, & it was lovely. Their desserts are wonderful as well.

Thank lorijon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
13:00 - 04:00
13:00 - 04:00
13:00 - 04:00
13:00 - 04:00
13:00 - 04:00
13:00 - 04:00
13:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-9414
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-677-3160

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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