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Merchants Cigar Bar | Cigar Friendly, New York

Welcome back to Merchants Cigar Bar. After a short hiatus the reopening of Merchants Cigar Bar happened on February 12, 2021. 

Established in 1996, Merchants prides itself in delivering unparalleled service. At Merchants there is no request too outrageous, they will do their very best to accommodate all their guests’ needs.

They have installed state of the art air purification technology by AtmosAir that continuously monitors, disinfects and purifies the air you breathe. Merchants is taking a proactive step and providing measured, healthy air quality, and ensuring that the air you breathe has a positive impact on our health and wellness. By Implementing Atmosair Solutions’ purification and monitoring technology, Merchants contributes to better health by restoring air to its natural state where no pollution or contaminants exist with 99.9% effectiveness at eliminating the coronavirus. 

Merchants Cigar Bar is a sleek midcentury styled lounge that transports guests to another place and time. True to the age of the decadent Havana High Life – legal indoor smoking, fresh sourced cocktail ingredients, and music playing till the early morning hours. Merchants architecture and decor is alluring and authentic. Every element is a modern adaptation of classic design. Guests descend down a striking mahogany paneled staircase brought to life with brass accents, floor to ceiling bronze mirrors, and diffused lights. Upon entering the lounge, a luxurious custom brass bar greets guests to the right, as intimate tables and bespoke leather booths welcome couples and larger groups to the left. The space is adorned with handmade Calico Wallpaper, and lighting fixtures by Triple Seven and Soho House. Featuring playful branding and artwork by noted Berlin-based agency Maison C.C. and illustrator Benedikt Rugar, Merchants Cigar Bar offers guests an environment fueled by intrigue with hints of glamour in every detail.

Merchants offers a well-curated cigar selection from Davidoff – including but not limited to the Grand Cru Toro, WSC Churchill, Aniversario Short Perfecto, and Royal Release Robusto. The selection includes cigars from the Montecristo Classic Series in addition to the Double Chateau Natural & Maduro from Arturo Fuente. Padrón brings more options to the table, such as the 1964 and 1926 Anniversaries Series. This cigar selection was curated to exemplify some of the finest cigars the world has to offer. With tobaccos from almost every corner of the globe, you’re bound to find a cigar that suits your profile and excites your palate. All cigars on Merchants list come with rich history and high accolades.

Classics elevated with a modern approach highlight the cocktail menu created by Jared Kelly.  Kelly honed his skills at USHG’s Porchlight under Nick Bennett. At Merchants Cigar Bar, Kelly has curated his cocktail creations to offer balanced flavors to complement the unique flavors of each cigar, from the spicy Macua de Isle to the vanilla notes in Corleone’s Choice.

Complementing the cocktails & cigars is a menu by Executive Chef Antelmo Ambrosio.  Chef Ambrosio has crafted a menu of time-honored plates including Steak Tartare prepared tableside, a Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with brandied cherries, Caviar with all its accoutrements, Lobster Tail, Ribeye Steak, Shrimp Cocktail, Spicy Tuna Tarata, Prosciutto Di Parma & Deviled Eggs and for a sweet tooth, Merchants offers lava Chocolate Cake. 

Merchants Hospitality Inc. (MHI) is a full-service company with expertise in real estate and hospitality. The principals have owned, operated and developed some of the most luxurious destinations in the United States. Properties have included Cachet Boutique Hotel, and the Z Hotel in Long Island City.  Restaurants include Philippe Chow, Merchants NY, Merchants River House, Ophelia, Industry Kitchen, Watermark on the East River Esplanade and renowned craft beer hall Treadwell Park.

Merchants Cigar Bar

1125 First Avenue, New York, NY 10065
T (212) 832-4610
Hours of Operation: Wed – Sun 5-10 pm
Cutting Fees: USD 10.00
Dress Code: Comfortable

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His journalistic career began in 1979 as a freelancer for German-language newspapers in the US, and later for Austrian media including Die Wochenpresse and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. For ten years he also produced programs for over 60 radio stations around the world. In 1994, Reinhold C. Widmayer devoted himself to all things cigar, publishing technical articles in cigar magazines. He began working for Cigar Journal in 2001 and became editor-in-chief in 2005; under his auspices the journal has established itself as the world’s leading cigar magazine.


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