Close, but no cigar. Are you looking the best cigar bars in NYC? If so, then let us transport you to Merchants Cigar Bar, our first cigar bar ever. This sleek, midcentury styled lounge pairs the decadence of Havana with delicious cocktails, scrumptious bites and the world’s finest cigars. The music is also spectacular. Merchants Cigar Bar is fantastic for a night out, a bachelor party or even a ladies night. We are excited to share the best cigar bars in NYC in 2021 with you.
Best Cigar Bars in NYC
If you are looking for one of the best cigar bars in NYC, then check out Merchants Cigar Bar on the Upper East Side. This restaurant is part of Merchants Hospitality Property, a hospitality group founded by Abraham Merchant. We visited sister restaurants Ophelia and Merchants River House last month. Merchants Cigar Bar is open for dinner on Sundays and Wednesdays from 5PM to 11PM and Thursdays to Saturdays from 5PM to 12AM. You will definitely have a fabulous time with refreshing cocktails, delicious food and cigars at Merchants Cigar Bar.
Best Cigar Bars in NYC: What to Order to Drink?
Tequila mockingbird. We kicked off our cigar night with a round of cocktails including: The Bluebird, Mombacho Spritz and 12-year scotch. These vibrant, colorful cocktails are a work of art, and they also complement the unique flavor of each cigar. Make sure to ask your server for cocktail and cigar pairing suggestions. Our favorite was the Mombacho Spritz. It’s an Aperol Spritz with a twist. If you like tropical cocktails, you’l love the The Bluebird.
Our second round included the Cool, Cool, Island Breeze and the Islay Remedy.
Our favorite was the Cool, Cool Island Breeze, which is a floral and fruit forward clarified daiquiri.
Best Cigar Bars in NYC: What to Order for Dinner?
For-tuna-tely, the shared appetizers are fantastic. We started with the Spicy Tuna Tartare, Deviled Eggs and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. Our favorite was the Tuna. The devil is in the details. We first tried the Deviled eggs at Ophelia. These are the most gourmet deviled eggs you’ll ever eat. Each is topped with either caviar, candied bacon, saffron or chives. The Jumbo Shrimp is shrimpy the best.
Next up were sliders with bourbon caramelized onions, aged cheddar cheese and a potato bun. We don’t usually eat beef, but these were delicious.
This lobster is my butter half. The Broiled Lobster Tail was our favorite dish of the night. It was cooked perfectly and with the butter, it just melted in our mouths.
Best Cigar Bars in NYC: What Cigars to Order?
Merchants offers an excellent selection of cigars from around the world from Davidoff to the Grand Cru Toro, WSC Churchill, Aniversario Short Perfecto, and Royal Release Robusto. Don’t worry if you aren’t a cigar aficionado.
Your server can make some recommendations based on your taste preferences or drink of choice. Make sure to select a cocktail that pairs with your cigar (your serve can help with the pairing too).
I like you choc-o-lot. We finished up our meal with a rich, decadent Chocolate Lava Cake with fresh raspberries. It was the perfect way to end our experience at one of the best cigar bars in NYC.
This year, head uptown, grab dinner, drinks and cigars at Merchants Cigar Bar, one of the best cigar bars in NYC. You can also check out our Outdoor Dining and Indoor Dining section for more recommendations.
I am sure there are many things better than a good cigar, but right now, I can’t think of what they might be.Richard Carleton