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Merchants Cigar Bar, New York, NY

Merchants Cigar Bar

4.5
4.5
130 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Merchants Cigar Bar is a sleek, midcentury-styled lounge that transports guests to another time and place with legal indoor smoking, an exquisite cocktail menu, and music playing till the early morning hours .
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 and the Double Chateau Natural & Maduro from Arturo Fuente. Padron brings more options to the table, such as the 1964 and 1926 Anniversaries Series. With tobaccos from almost every corner of the globe, you’re bound to find a cigar that suits your profile and excites your palate.
Complementing the cocktails & cigars is a menu by Executive Chef Antelmo Ambrosio featuring time-honored plates including Steak Tartare prepared table-side, seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with brandied cherries, and Caviar with all its accoutrements.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Lounge, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (212) 832-4610
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Women
  • Executive chef
    Antemlo Ambrosio
  • Private party facilities
    For Private Events, please visit: https://www.merchantscigarbar.com/private-events/
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Cross street
    62nd street and 1st Avenue
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    F, N, Q, to Lexington Ave./63rd St.<br />N, R, W to Lexington Ave./59th St.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Wine

What 130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Good for groups

  • Manhattan

    Good for groups

130 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Merchants Cigar Bar for many years and never had a bad experience. D and John did a phenomenal job taking care of us. They were very attentive and friendly and made our experience very enjoyable. Definitely looking forward to our next visit there with some friends.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded 3 days ago
    Hi OpenTable, thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled to hear that D and John provided you with exceptional service during your visit to Merchants Cigar Bar. We appreciate your loyalty over the years and can't wait to welcome you and your friends back for another great experience soon!

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  2. ArthurG

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the food, cigars and ambience at Merchants. Cocktails were good. Service was OK, not great. However, Merchants is a nice place to hang out and I will come back again.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on February 14, 2024
    Hi Arthur, thank you for your feedback! We're glad you enjoyed the food, cigars, and ambience at Merchants. We appreciate your honest input about the service and will strive to improve. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  3. Stephanie

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dee was a one woman show and still managed to be attentive and helpful as she guided me as well as neighboring guests through the menu offerings with knowledge and personal suggestions. My first option the rib eye wasn’t available so I ordered the hummus with roasted cauliflower, a crab cake which was Dee’s suggestion, veggies and finished off with the lava cake and all were delicious. I ended up here on a whim as it has been on my list (I typically go to soho cigar bar) and wanted to check it out before visiting with friends I also see they have tasting flights and experiences which I’ll be back to try
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on February 13, 2024
    Hi Stephanie, thank you so much for your kind words and for choosing our restaurant on a whim! We're glad Dee provided attentive and helpful service, and we're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the menu offerings. We can't wait to welcome you back for our tasting flights and experiences.

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  4. RichardG

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    In summary: No Cabernet Sauvignon whatsoever…Caviar served with potato chips instead of blinis like the menu states…No prawns. Basically, it seemed like a business that’s about to shut down and are selling only what they have left…The 2 stars are for our server, Joseph, who bent over backwards to try to accommodate us as best he could with what they had to offer. Luckily, it was my birthday and I was with the woman I love. Nothing was going to ruin my evening.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on February 13, 2024
    Hi Richard, thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the disappointment you experienced during your visit. We are continuously working to improve our offerings and appreciate your kind recognition of Joseph's efforts. We hope to have another opportunity to provide you with a better experience in the future.

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  5. WilliamC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent the was excellent the drinks wasn’t watered down the service was amazing the atmosphere was great the was my 2nd time celebrating my birthday at merchants cigar bar can’t wait to go back
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on January 30, 2024
    Hi William, thank you for your kind words and for choosing Merchants Cigar Bar to celebrate your birthday for the second time! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our excellent service, flavorful drinks, and great atmosphere. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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  6. HelenaL

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked a table of 4 in advance online, arrived on time to be told there was no free tables and the waitress said she doesn't know why the app let me book, Travelled quite far across town to go here for a cigar and drink, we got 2 seats at the bar and 2 of us had to stand up
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on January 24, 2024
    Hi Helena, thank you for sharing your experience. We apologize for the inconvenience you faced with your reservation. We'll address this issue with our team to ensure it doesn't happen again. We appreciate your feedback and hope you give us another chance in the future.

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  7. EsmeraldaC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to celebrate all events. The food is good.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for a small event. Had my birthday party here and it was fantastic!
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on January 31, 2024
    Hi Opentable Diner, Thanks so much for leaving us this kind review! It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to have you back in soon

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  9. Manuel

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great like always..!!! Love the place and the ambience..!
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you so much, Manuel! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We take pride in providing a great atmosphere for our customers. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon!

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  10. MarlonM

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location for good food while enjoying your stick.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Hi Marlon, Thank you for your review!

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  11. StaciR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service, ambience, cigars and drinks all amazing and wonderful. We were celebrating my husband's bday and he loved it all!! The beautiful young lady who was taking care of us for the evening was a big part of the experience. (Can't remember her name) she was FANTASTIC!. VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND ENERGY WAS BEAUTIFUL!! She truly made the evening along with everything else. We will be going back soon.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you so much for your review!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a great place with quality cigars, excellent staff, and delicious food.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you so much for leaving us a review!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my second time at Merchants cigar bar and it was an equally great experience! Our server was amazing and knowledgeable. The vibe was very calm.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for your review!

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  14. mcm1049

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect setting for old friends to get together and have a drink and a snack before the holidays begin. Merchants is always very comfortable and the service is always very good. Location works well for all of us and we will return.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for your review!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice intimate dark space. Good music. Not too smokey. Food so-so. Limited but good selection of cigars. I would go back for drinks and a smoke.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for leaving us a review!

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  16. Murphy

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent vibe and lovely hostess and mixologist.... Mika and Andrea were top level!! The team and I are coming back because of them... 💪🏾
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for leaving us a review!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an experience, Merchants is my new favorite place to smoke! And the food hits everytime.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for your review!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was inattentive, never came to check on my table. In addition, they forgot what we ordered and brought any utensils for our meals. I literally had to get up and request my bill before leaving.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on September 30, 2023
    Thanks for leaving us this review. We take issues with service very seriously and I've addressed this with my team. We sincerely hope you will give us another try in the future so we can have another opportunity to provide you with five-star service. Please reach out should you come again so I can ensure your next experience is great. Thanks, Katherine Benecke

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The one woman show at Merchants did a great job making and serving drinks and food on her own. Kudos to her.
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for leaving us a review!

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  20. LeKua

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a perfect evening at the perfect spot. Everything was amazing .
    Merchants Cigar BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thanks so much for leaving us a review!

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  21. Drea

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had an amazing time. Great food, service, ambiance, drinks were perfect, music was good. Looking forward to my next visit.

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  22. nel2fly

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Andrea was top tier and a wonderful mixologist, especially with her suggestions and pairings.

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  23. AsiaW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous time. I won’t waiter was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the cigars and cocktails. My only issue is that it is very hot and it was not like that the last time I visited a year ago.

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  24. Melissa

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic time having the Havana high life experience. Will definitely do it again!

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  25. GabrielaP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem for lovers of food and cigars, great location!

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  26. Nash

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm happy to have found a cigar lounge that serves food & cocktails. It's smaller than I expected, but the size is just right for an intimate feeling. The vibe was great, along with the food & specialty cocktails. Don't skip the ribeye! They have a great assortment of cigars as per the husband.

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  27. MichelleM

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband & I enjoyed ourselves & the food was good. The ambiance was also nice. A good after work spot to have a cigar & unwind.

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  28. KishaH

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had an AMAZING time, it was my birthday weekend and Merchants was the BEST place to celebrate 🎉 the food was simply amazing‼️ The customer service impeccable the vibe inviting… always a win here!

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  29. TiffanieG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy myself at this location. It was my first time having food there and I highly recommend the deviled eggs. They were soooo good. Will come back soon

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You guys made my husband’s birthday a memorable one. We will be repeat customers. Anyone looking for a chill upscale spot with amazing vibes this is the place

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  31. TKJuhline

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Merchants cigar bar!!!! We come every year for the amazing food, drinks, and of course the Cigars!!!! And the amazing service. The steak is to die for, absolutely my favorite

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  32. Crystall

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice environment , very chill would definitely come back but I would eat before I go.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is excellent, service was great, we only wish ventilation was better, been to other cigar bars with better ventilation.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Merchant’s Cigar Bar is an experience! The bartender curated a cocktail and cigar pairing for us that was mouthwatering. He really knows his stuff! We also got the sliders and truffle fries which were incredible. All around incredible ambiance, service, food, cocktails and cigars. Highly recommend!

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  35. SheronB

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Good space, well ventilated and very good drinks. There was no cigar service, but a good selection of cigars to choose from.

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  36. SandiT

    New York City

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time visiting Merchants Cigar Bar since the location re-opened/renovated (visited many years ago). Had a 5PM reservation, so first to arrive and was able to sit at the bar. Jared K was our server/bartender. Very nice, personable and can hear every word you say over the music (I asked my friend if he wanted to order the candied bacon). Jared gave us some history of the bar, as it was converted into a cigarette lounge a few years ago. Nice place to go after work for Happy Hour and smoke cigars. My friend and I had our own cigars ($15 cutting fee), but enjoyed the Old Fashion and candied bacon. My friend asked for beer on tap, but Merchants does not offer that; my friend decided on a IPA instead. Definitely will return in the future.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible Ran out of three bourbons We ordered numerous drinks food and cigars but they told us they have a 4 hour limit so we couldn’t stay While they had empty tables DONT GO

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  38. PatriciaD

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the full tasting experience- 3 custom cocktails dinner and a cigar picked for our specific tastes! Really enjoyed it all!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice drink and cigar selection, the food was very good. Overall we had a fantastic time and will definitely come again.

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  40. jamesB

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time here. Great selection and amazing service. Best food and cocktail selection I have seen at a cigar lounge.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Merchants Cigar Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Merchants Cigar Bar

1125 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065-8301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    62nd street and 1st Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Lounge, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    F, N, Q, to Lexington Ave./63rd St.N, R, W to Lexington Ave./59th St.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Women
  • Executive chef
    Antemlo Ambrosio
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 832-4610
  • Private party facilities
    For Private Events, please visit: https://www.merchantscigarbar.com/private-events/
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