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  • Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Smoothies/Juice Bar
  • 184 1st Ave, New York NY10009 40.729416 -73.983563
  • (Btwn 11th & 12th St)
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  • (212) 353-9000
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User Ratings (Based on 21 reviews)

Food 3.4 Value 3.5
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 353-9000
(212) 353-2908
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Daily: 11am-2am
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Good for Groups, Late Night, Lunch Special, Outdoor Seating
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
Spring to 20th St E River to 5th Ave

User Reviews

  • Sahara East

    Posted by susan Lev on 08/21/2012

    There is nothing like the real thing

    I just had a great experience at my old watering place. My college days at NYU were spent at this middle Eastern place. All my friends went there After grad we all went our separate ways but last week we were back a group of us --- Guest we all wanted to go back to Sahara -- We had a great time like 3 years ago before grad.. The food was still good and the drinks great but the Hookah is still the best at Sahara -- my friends go all the time to enjoy the whole experience since I live in Texas now == It's nice to see the grand dame called Sahara East is still the Queen!

  • Sahara East

    Posted by ali on 05/12/2010

    Do not go there for food

    I went with a friend and explored this place. Outdoor garden seems nice. The food was unappetizing. Other people seem to enjoy hookah a lot.. The place is wacky. Definitely will never visit there again.

  • Sahara East

    Posted by anonymous on 04/02/2009

    Very chill if you don't get frustrated easily

    This place is truly great. Everyone is friendly, and the hookahs are spectacular. I would recommend the Jasmine flavor, but pick and choose as you like. The food isn't exactly my type, but my friends who do like mediterranean food say it's very good. A word of advice: don't complain about the minimum drink charge. Yes water is $5, but so is everything else, so you might as well get something exotic, like the mint lemonade which is a real treat. Set aside as much cash as you think you'll need for the bill, then add $20 more, it's always more than I expect, but definitely worth it.

  • Sahara East

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2009

    Not the grestest service ever

    we were there on saturday night. nice atmosphere. hookah is smoking nice. until the waiter comes and tells us we need to leave because our table is reserved for someone else. never mind that they just served us fresh drinks & hookahs.

  • Sahara East

    Posted by Rocky on 09/18/2008

    more pros then cons most def

    Theres alot of pros but most def some cons. i go about every week with my friends. we love the place...its great for hookah and to just relax. the bill is a killer every week.. it just creeps up out of no where..The service is great. The only thing i have a problem with is the bill. they always put somw weird charges that one feels as though they have to pay because there judgment is clouded due to all the liquor they have drank and hookah they have smoked...

  • Sahara East

    Posted by more than satisfied on 08/05/2006

    Great place

    Yes it is a bit expensive however you are in the city... you are not very city knowledgable if you think it's going to be cheap. The food is great middle eastern food, if you don't understand it you're going to think it's bad. They have a huge choice of hookah flavers and the service is always beyond friendly. The atmosphere alone is worth going for. Oh and if you don't like bugs, dont go to a place you would eat outside.

  • Sahara East

    Posted by some girl on 07/14/2006

    Not for the food

    Don't go here for the food. That makes your visit rather pointless. Example: i had tabbouleh salad there and it was literally a plate of parsley. Not good. BUT if you want a nice place to chill out and smoke a hookah with some friends, i definitley recommend it. it gets a bit pricey, but i like it. very relaxing.

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