Karizma Hookah Lounge

3.7
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
Karizma is a two-floor, exquisite Hookah Bar and Lounge that is located in the heart of NYC. It offers vast variety of premium hookah flavors and special blends. Dimly-lit, decorated with beautiful wall paintings and mahogany furniture alongside of comfortable couches provides an intimate and exciting atmosphere for all kinds of celebrations.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday hookah great and food

K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

the hookah took 25 mins to come out
not good being it is a hookah spot

RV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Husband and I spent the day in NY. We came here strictly for hookah and drinks. Service was very good, hookah was great! Music was good too. We didn't eat. Loved the decor and feel. We were there between 9 and 10:30 , so it probably wasn't as crowded as it could be. Great stop for a Saturday night,

ZA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great overall night. Music is good and jist low enough to be able to have a conversation. Waitress was nice but took over 20mins to get our first order.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome!! Probably the nicest staff I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant. I’m not kidding. Our waitress, I think her name was Magda, was so sweet. The entire staff was great. Hookahs were fantastic. We had a great time.

EL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful experience. Poor customer service. None of the staff knows what’s going on and share contradicting info. Don’t honor happy hour times.

SB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool decor inside and a good atmosphere. Staff was very nice and prompt. Hookah was good, and a fair price. We did not eat any food here, but the tea was good.

A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Honestly, you don’t come to Karizma for food or drinks. And if you do, you’ll be highly disappointed. It’s for hookah. The hookah is good, lots of flavors, and set up is superb. The bathroom is filthy. And, the drinks aren’t the best.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Me, my sister, best friend and our boyfriends came here for New Years. The place is great. The staff is very friendly and accommodating and we had such an amazing time.

NS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a chill place , staff is great !! And hookah and drinks is great as well ..

SK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The table was shaking all the time, waitress placed the tissues under leg of table. And cheese rolls were awfully burned and all the cheese were fell off to the plate. Upstairs servers and service staff was awful.

Good thing was only a Egyptian guy downstairs and hookha was amazing. These are only things nice in here.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Amazing food

L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Good prices! Lovely ambiance!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our girls night out here...they were warm, friendly and had great music

NK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The place is very dark and not very clean. I couldn't wait to finish my meal (which was okay) and get out of there. We wanted to smoke a hookah but didn't feel comfortable because the place did not appear to be clean.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place. Very interesting ;). Had lots of fun that night!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Natalie our server was awesome. It wasn't my first time here, I've beeen here three times before with a friend based on her recommendation for good hookah places downtown. I always love coming here and I order my usual calamari which I've never had complaints about.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great quiet place to smoke some hookah and have a few drinks (as long as you're there before 10pm). One of the most relaxed places to offer hookah that I've been to in NYC. Would definitely go again!

MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to hangout

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

I went here with my boyfriend for a date night in the city. The hookah was great! The menu selection wasn't so great. I had a great time. The belly dancer performance was fun!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's a very sexy lounge, has a great ambiance and the drinks are really good! I went back twice already.

R
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a cool place been to a couple of hooka places but this one was really nice food was very good and we loved the hooka there

D
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Really fun for a Saturday night, whether a date night or a friend get together. Keep in mind there's an extra service charge for the hookah they don't tell you about. They also charge you for water.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

I didn't have any food, but I enjoyed a hookah and a drink alone. They charge a service fee which upset the waitress when she didn't get a tip. The atmosphere and hookahs are nice- the staff was just okay.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The place was cool , prices were reasonable .. The only thing I disliked was that the music didn't reach all the way to the second floor in the back . They should consider putting speakers there also. And the belly dancers only danced in the middle didn't come to the side I was on .

J
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Although our meal wasn't even close to the best Middle-eastern food we've ever had, we had a great night at Karizma regardless! Our server was delightful. The hummus, baba ganoush & pita appetizer was excellent. The hookah pipe was really fun & relaxing. And the drinks were strong and rather tasty. For what we were served as far as dinner, and considering that this would be perceived as a dive bar in other cities, I was shocked by the bill, but that's Manhattan for you. Still, a great place If you are looking for drinks and munchies, but not a dinner place in my opinion. Glad we went, but wouldn't go back.

s
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great hookah lounge. Music was good and the food wasn't bad either. It was very casual and chill. Exactly what we were looking for

f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant/lounge was cool. It's not a place for an extensive meal. But finger foods and appetizers are good. Depending on where you sit the servers may have to continuously ask you to get up so they can reach the other customers. This is very annoying. The hookah was great and wonderfully priced.

J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was apprehensive about this paces service trading reviews but place wad top notch. Appetizers were satisfactory and hookah was great and reasonably priced. Will definitely come back next new york city visit

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Karizma lounge is a excellent place for a party. My only issue was the lack of space for friends to seat
Our final balance when we left was a bit expensive too

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was not great but prices are good and hookah all night!

H
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2012
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It seems good for a hookah lounge, but we only went for appetizers. It's dark and nicely decorated, though oddly, we were seated in the coldest corner, and right by the speaker, even though there were other tables free. The mezze combo plate was nice, though we also ordered the foule (fava beans), which were way, way too salty. We were also then so thirsty, and when we asked for more water, the waitress was harried and never brought it, and we had to ask again. We also couldn't find her for the check, and we were pressed for time. The tables are not set up to eat more than a small plate, with loungey chairs, unless there are more table-like setups in the front room. We'd go back if we wanted a hookah lounge, but not just to eat.

N
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2012
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food here was great, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're not a fan of hookah as it engulfs the entire place with the smell. The waiter was mostly downstairs, however, and as we were seated upstairs, it took quite a while for me to track her down to change seats or even get the check. I liked the food a lot however and we sat on the upstairs terrace.