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  1. New York Smokers Ny

    Bay Shore, Long Island, New York
  2. Hello Clare and welcome to the website! Like ninja said you should definitely start a new thread in another section of the forum as it will gain more attention than in the 'Introductions' section. I don't manage a hookah lounge but I have many friends who do and have talked to them about how they started up their own business. A few quick tips of advice: 1) Make sure you have the resources and money to do so. Do some research on supplies, rent, staffing, and other miscellaneous costs. I don't know how people are fairing with loans from banks nowadays with the way the economy is pushing, but I would definitely keep this in mind when considering starting a hookah lounge business. 2) Location, location, location! Don't build a hookah lounge in the middle of nowhere, in a "culture ditch", or where there is a high range of competing businesses. Survey some areas and find a place where you'll have a surplus of demand. Some of the best places for hookah lounges are near university campuses, cities, college towns, and vacation hot spots. The demand for hookah is increasing and most of it comes from younger audiences. 3) Take time out to study hookah and everything about it. You don't want to blindly build a hookah business without knowing the first thing about hookah. Many places I have gone to have tried to sell hookah smoking merely for it's face value, but fail to provide the true quality behind it. Do your homework! Other than that I can give you more advice, but I'm not a seasoned businessman. Good luck to you!
  3. Mystique Hookah

    QUOTE (clickhea @ Aug 9 2009, 01:49 PM) i was there once and had a terrible expierence. they couldnt pack tangiers correctly, and trying to get a coal change was almost impossible. clickhea: I'm sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience. I've gone twice since my review (on busy nights; Friday and Saturday) and I have not had any problems whatsoever. Perhaps you went while the lounge or hookah prep was in a slump?
  4. Mystique Hookah

    Name: Mystique Hookah Location: Westbury, New York (Long Island location) Owner: Mag Theme: Egyptian Modern Website: www.mystiquehookahlounge.com For the first time in many months, I have decided to give one of the homegrown Long Island hookah lounge businesses a try. My abstinence from hookah came around the time of a rough economy where many of the hookah establishments I enjoyed frequenting were going out of business. The economic downturn was not only a hurdle to climb for business, but consumers as well. My crave for "Blue Mist" and my very favorite Vanilla/Winterflower blend were turning more into a fading pastime rather than the weekly indulgence. Finally, with the economy showing a glimpse of favor and consumers slowly beginning to feel confident in their spending, what better way to spend a day's pay than on a night of catching up on an 8-month long hookah abstinence? Only one hookah place on Long Island caught my eye: a little place in the heart of Westbury, NY called Mystique Hookah. From the outside of Mystique Hookah, you would think it was an exotic house party store with the garden overhead and West Indian fence decour. Inside, however, is a chic lounge with an inviting atmosphere, a cool look, and a comfortable feel. The very first thing that I was impressed with was the space -- literally, the space that each available area gives to its guests -- featuring leather sofa chairs, various fauna to give that natural ambience, satin sheets draping the canopy, and long wooden tables that have a better quality than IKEA brand furniture. I was greeted by a young man by the name of Tony, a polished and friendly gentleman who was very welcoming to my presence. He interested me in "Blue Mist" (Starbuzz with a touch of mint) with an ice base out of my two other potential selections. It was hard to go with "Blue Mist" after seeing the menu with such a vast repertoire of flavors. Reading the menu was like reading an alphabet of flavors from Apple to Vanilla, and interesting combinations as far as the pages could fit them ("X on the Beach", "The Godfather", etc). The shisha itself was a 19" Egyptian pipe with a relaxing inlay floral patterned hose. Very little maintenance required on the shisha as it appears to be preened and polished to perfection, barely needing a house call to clear any stale air from the base or adjust the ball bearings. The coals were all natural compressed blocks that stayed lit for a great amount of time, and if a change was needed (only one change out of an hour long smoke) they were readily available with little to no wait. And what better to top off a great hookah flavor than to drink a piping hot pot of natural Mint tea with crushed mint leaves and a dab of honey? Truly a fantastic combination with any hookah in my experience of smoking. The next hookah, which was on the house by the owner Mag, was the Chino Special: a blend of orange and lemon with an iced juice base. This is by far one of the best citrus mixes that I have ever come upon, a cornucopia of fruit flavors that is a great choice whether you're looking to introduce yourself for a single hookah or transitioning to a new flavor. My sever, Claudeene, was very helpful in selecting this flavor along with the manager, Tony. To sync with the hookah I ordered a Stawberry/Mango drink. My only caveat with the drink was that it was not pulpy enough, but that's just a personal preference. The combination between the beverage and the hookah itself had a mutual relationship: both excellent and very fitting with each other. As I passed the time with my laptop and the music, more people started to pile in and the place was starting to pick up. Even with the other guests you feel like you are in your own realm -- the large space makes you feel like you are the only one there -- and the service is very fast and personable to every guest. In the end you feel a little closer to everybody (literally if you decide to cuddle up with your smoke buddies). My arrival was at 7:00 PM, and right around 7:30 PM on a Friday night is when the crowd begins to roll in, so be sure to arrive early and catch their "Hookah Happy Hour" every day between 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., which gives a $5 discount to all hookah orders. I must admit that I have never come across a promotion like this before from any hookah lounge. Guests eager to catch this great deal should take advantage of this offer. If you're bold for adventure, try some of their premium flavors that go for a modest price of $16-$18. Outside beverages and food are allowed but a clean up fee is required. However, judging from the cleanliness of the lounge you could tell that the staff aims to keep the lounge tidy and attractive. Mystique Hookah offers a variety of special events posted on their website, including Thursday night Belly Dancing, Friday and Saturday night "Dress to Impress", and Sundays are movie night. Additional features are free wireless Internet, an optional bar with a full line of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a great variety of music, and an attractive staff that would make the Borgata Casino servers look like Denny's in the boondocks. If you're in the Long Island area and want a genuine hookah smoking experience, then Mystique Lounge is the place to go. Mystique Lounge is in a league of its own and boasts all the qualities you want: a great hookah selection, a modest price, friendly wait staff and management, a relaxing environment, and an overall style that many other hookah lounges seem to be out of touch with. You won't find a better hookah lounge than Mystique Lounge, located in Westbury, New York. Atmosphere: Clean, inviting, and attractive. Service: Fast, efficient, and friendly. You won't find a better service. Price: Catch their "Happy Hookah Hour" and enjoy the discounted price. Go for broke and sample their premium flavors, but be prepared to pay a little extra to get closer to some heavenly flavors. Overall: If you want the experience and are on Long Island, the travel is well worth it. Definitely the best I have had in a long time and the finest hookah lounge in the area.
  5. QUOTE (Svaals @ Aug 7 2009, 11:35 AM) I'm pretty sure the reason why you get thicker clouds with colder water is that you inhale deeper because the smoke is smoother. The cold water condenses tars and other irritating chemicals in the smoke faster than warm water. At the same time, it can also condense the volatile compounds responsible for the flavor of the smoke. Juice should alter the flavor because, well the juice has a smell, so there are volatile compounds that will add to the flavor on inhalation. Also it's usually kept in the refrigerator, and is cold. What about scentless mixes like milk? I don't think milk really has a scent to it (except when it goes sour) and a lot of hookah lounges seem to promote using cold milk as a base to produce smoother and thicker smoke. I understand that the temperature will influence the thickness of the smoke, but does flavor add to it's thickness? Or is it purely for flavor purposes?
  6. Video Games

    So what video games are you currently playing and what titles are you waiting to be released? Current playing. . . Call of Duty 4 (PC) Street Fighter IV (XBox 360) BlazBlue (XBox 360) Team Fortress 2 (PC) Waiting on. . . Aion (PC) Modern Warfare 2 (XBox 360) StarCraft 2 (PC)
  7. QUOTE (dakur001 @ Aug 7 2009, 11:50 AM) My understanding is that base liquid has no effect on smoke thickness, rather, it simply alters the flavor of the smoke to some extent. However, ice cubes will thicken smoke because lowering temperatures that significantly will condense the smoke by limiting the movements of the molecules. I don't know, that's just what I've heard, and at least in my experience ice does seem to thicken smoke, though it does make flavor more mild. I could be wrong, I'm sure someone else here can give you a better answer. I understand why the ice would help with the smoke thickness, but it's a shame that it dulls the flavor too. Maybe it depends on the type of flavor you're smoking? One of my favorite mixes that never dulled with an icewater was Vanilla and Winterflower. I guess the flavor of the smoke does have something to do with the different bases, but it doesn't seem necessary if you ask me.
  8. I've been seeing a recent trend with new hookah lounges opening: mixing bases with different ingrediants. A hookah lounge I used to visit for a long time would always give the option to have milk with ice cubes in the base. Some other hookah lounges offer apple juice, gatorade, Coca-Cola, and even mango juice in the base. My question to everybody is do the different bases make a difference in the thickness of the smoke? From what I understand with hookah procedures, the burning coal draws hot air down the stem of the pipe and into the base, then collects the humidity from the base component to "filter" the air and travel's through the hose. The smoke is composed of the mixture of the hot air and the base component (i.e. water). Does the replacement of water in the base with, say juice, change the composition of the smoke produced? I'm just curious to know because from what I've experienced there has been very little to no difference in smoke thickness when changing bases. However, if I'm missing something from this or perhaps pulling smoke incorrectly (usually taking deep pulls depending on flavor and tobacco producer) please let me know.
  9. New Smoker

    Not to add on to all the advice that's been explained in this thread, but what kind of coals are you using? Are they self-lighting coals? Come from compressed coconut husks? Brand name or generic? Local or foreign coal? Your choice of coal may be another reason why you may not be getting the full flavor of your tobacco and why the tobacco sticks to your foil cover. The coal you buy does affect your smoking experience. Personally I buy Abu Haitam coal because it's longer lasting and doesn't require a great deal of effort to light and keep burning. Usually with other coals I'm replacing them every 10-15 minutes. With Abu I'm getting over double the time. Another reason why I bring this up is because the coal is because sometimes the coal does not light to the appropriate temperature and the tobacco is not properly heated, which creates less evaporation and little smoke. If you're a hookah fan who likes thick smoke, consider these three things: 1) is the aluminum foil perforated enough, 2) are the coals appropriately sized, lit, and positioned on the tinfoil, and 3) do I need more or less coal to get that thick smoke? Not sure if this will be useful advice, but figured I throw it out there to you. Good luck and happy smoking!
  10. How Do You Fund You Hookah

    Temp job doing HR stuff. Whatever disposible income I have either goes to hookah, cigars, or video games.
  11. Greetings!

    Hey all! NY Hookah Fan here: first time poster, long time smoker. Been a big fan of hookah since I had my first experience in college. Hopefully I won't sound redundant with the usual introductions, but I'm looking to meet many new faces, pass around some hookah knowledge, learn a thing or two about hookah flavors and facts, and give plenty of reviews on hookah culture and establishments in New York. I live on Long Island (towards the East), so I'll be visiting plenty of hookah places around the island and in the city. I'd like to write as many reviews as I possibly can while traveling around and give productive feedback. Anybody who's in the area that would like to join me at some point or would like to submit feedback at certain lounges would be more than welcome to (I always like knowing things in advance!) Anyways, don't know if anything that I said makes sense but in sum just wanted to say hello and I hope to contribute to everybody's awareness of hookah in NY~