The Cloister Cafe

The Cloister Cafe

East Village, New York
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    Andrew T.
    "I have been to many hookah bars, this is bar far one of my favorite!"(57 Tips)
    "The pride and joy of CC though is the outdoor garden."(3 Tips)
    Frank L.
    "Outdoor cafe with hookahs available completes the experience."(2 Tips)
    Eliana R.
    "Great place to just chill at the end of your night"(4 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon113 Tips and reviews
  • hookah
  • gardens
  • outdoor seating
  • casual
  • great value
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  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CAugust 14, 2014
    Grape vines line the ceilings and walls of this authentic hookah bar/restaurant/lounge. Our group had a lot of fun. The food was delicious. Definitely try their zucchini fries with the special aioli!
  • Emma H.heart icon on user image
    Emma HansAugust 28, 2015
    My favorite hookah bar in nyc! Fair prices, a huge selection of flavors, and they're open late. I've always had good service and the garden is really nice to sit in during the summer.
  • Karinheart icon on user image
    KarinSeptember 4, 2015
    Charming place. The hostess and bartender were so sweet. The hookah was good. My crew of friends had mint, peach, watermelon and some crazy thing they recommended. The mint was my fave fyi.
  • Ynesheart icon on user image
    YnesAugust 4, 2015
    Went to see Stomp and just picked this restaurant by chance. What a great find! The food was very good, service great and a cool place insde! We will definatly go back! Enjoy!
  • Mariana Y.heart icon on user image
    Mariana YelliniSeptember 29, 2015
    It has character, it has good hookah ($20 per hookah) and a nice vibe. The music is upbeat and their hookah flavor list is extensive. You can even mix flavors!
  • E. G.heart icon on user image
    E. GearJanuary 11, 2016
    Restful music and relaxing atmosphere. Good food. It had been many years since we were here and did not realize the outside garden was now a hookah lounge.
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Went on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. Nice outdoor seating and hookah. Try the grape+mint. So smooth! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mereheart icon on user image
    MereNovember 24, 2015
    The pleasantly sacrilegious ambiance for smoking hookah and drinking fine wine adds to your inebriating experience. The pride and joy of CC though is the outdoor garden.
  • Frank L.
    Frank LopiccoloOctober 9, 2010
    Malaysian flat bread is amazing. Ocean mussels in white wine are light and flavorful pair them with the Brie and avocado quesdillas. Outdoor cafe with hookahs available completes the experience.
  • N@fisA C.heart icon on user image
    N@fisA ChowdhuryNovember 14, 2016
    The outer space made me remember New Orleans 😍
  • Jona L.heart icon on user image
    Jona LaggeNovember 16, 2015
    I have been to many hookah bars, this is bar far one of my favorite! Attentive staff, good price, great atmosphere, and fair priced drinks
  • Merletoro9heart icon on user image
    Merletoro9September 15, 2015
    Oh, Cloister. I discovered this place a few years ago with some friends. Chocolate mint is the BEST hookah flavor. I come mainly for the hookah and the atmosphere
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TobelNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I have been to many hookah bars, this is bar far one of my favorite! Attentive staff, good price, great atmosphere, and fair priced drinks
  • Sami R.heart icon on user image
    Sami RJuly 8, 2016
    Amazing patio outside under vines and beautiful stained glass windows inside.
  • Ollieheart icon on user image
    OllieSeptember 22, 2015
    Pretty decent place for hookah, or just to grab a couple of drinks. The outdoor garden is pretty awesome, and they have Pilsner Urquell on tap.
  • E L.heart icon on user image
    E LukaFebruary 11, 2016
    This place is amazing! Great vibes, good food and drink, pleasantly surprised.
  • B D.
    B DAugust 31, 2014
    Had a great time here! The bathroom facilities are progressive.
  • Normanh490heart icon on user image
    Normanh490January 29, 2016
    Love sitting outside in the pretty garden. Servers are always friendly and attentive.
  • Brook F.heart icon on user image
    Brook FrazierAugust 12, 2014
    Beautiful hookah bar... Makes you feel like you're in a castle garden and not in a smokey hole (like other hookah places)
  • Amit C.
    Amit ChaudhariJanuary 19, 2014
    One thing I love about this place that cracks me up ;p
  • Lauren W.
    Lauren WeberAugust 25, 2018
    If you're looking to potty with your BFF, this is the spot.
  • Seline J.heart icon on user image
    Seline JungApril 14, 2015
    Brunch special: $11.95 for an entree and two drinks, including one alcoholic. Must try their omelettes.
  • Etienne P.
    Etienne PvstMarch 4, 2017
    Cloister Cafe is a nice and comfy place. With a good staff always here to help. You can enjoy food drinks and hookah.
  • Jakecheart icon on user image
    JakecAugust 11, 2015
    Cute place with lots of outdoor space. It's a nice place to chill on a summer night. The scent of hookah smoke wafted throughout the area.
  • Kevork K.
    Kevork KazanjianDecember 29, 2013
    This place uses insta light charcoal, it's a no no for real smokers, specially from LA. Good vibe though and better than being in a "club" hookah atmosphere.
  • Elisaheart icon on user image
    ElisaSeptember 10, 2015
    We had a good time in the backyard garden and the waiters did not rush us or anything. It was very relaxing.
  • Breezy C.heart icon on user image
    Breezy CNovember 4, 2015
    I like Cloister because I am so confused by what it is but I love the fact it has hookah and cakes! What an interesting combination.
  • Erman D.heart icon on user image
    Erman DioDecember 17, 2015
    I love this place! It is always so fun and it is a great place to bring friends.
  • Shengyu C.
    Shengyu ChenApril 12, 2012
    It could be a real nice place for lounging with friends and just hanging out when it's not too crowded. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansJune 20, 2014
    Shisha is pretty good for the City. Food is decent, and has a really chilled vibe. Great for pre-drinks
  • Laurieheart icon on user image
    LaurieDecember 23, 2015
    This place is wonderful!! The atmosphere is awesome and the hookah lounge is so much fun.
  • Andres W.
    Andres WeberJuly 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite hookah places. Pay a ton of attention to your hookah and it has a garden that is the prettiest! And the food isn't too shabby.
  • Dan M.heart icon on user image
    Dan MarottaJuly 15, 2012
    Get the Blue Martini if you want to get messed up - strongest martini you will ever get! Also greattttttt hookah!
  • Jenn S.heart icon on user image
    Jenn SchwartzSeptember 13, 2015
    Outdoor hookah in their charming garden. There's a covered portion too, in case of crappy weather.
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KellyJanuary 20, 2013
    Love the garden area in the summer. Great place to pregame before going next door to Solas.
  • Manny
    MannyJuly 6, 2014
    Good food and reasonable prices. BEWARE for the automatic gratuity on all checks and they still leave an open tip line on your credit card receipt.
  • Badma I.
    Badma IWncSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    salmon salad is the bomb; and of course if you are smoking hookah try the New York.
  • JoAnne H.
    JoAnne HoffmanJuly 23, 2010
    This cafe in the center of Fort Try on Park and just minutes from the Cloisters is absolutely magical and wonderful quiet escape from a wonderful but noisy city. Read more
  • Eunie C.
    Eunie COctober 21, 2012
    Cafe russe and bloody Mary's are great Sunday afternoon drinks. Tiramisu is yummy too.
  • Melissa /.
    Melissa / ZubiSeptember 22, 2013
    This place is a true getaway. Gorgeous food, gorgeous atmosphere on a sunny day.
  • Fred T.
    Fred TenzerMarch 1, 2019
    Please read my article on bathrooms at the following link;
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KantorOctober 21, 2012
    Cute environment and good hookah. The wait staff was NOT nice and tacked an automatic 20 percent tip onto our check (party of 2) and we didn't even eat. Didn't appreciate that.
  • PZevinv998heart icon on user image
    PZevinv998January 4, 2016
    Beautiful courtyard. Very romantic.
  • Korayheart icon on user image
    KorayAugust 24, 2014
    Cloister has a new rule: you can smoke your $20 hookah only for 1 hour, then you pay $5 for each extra coal. Go somewhere else. A lot of other hookah places in the East Village!
  • Mark Z.
    Mark ZJanuary 1, 2012
    Awesome hookah lounge! Relaxing music, Apple Mint hookah, and try the Nutty Monk martini.
  • Tara R.
    Tara ReedMay 27, 2013
    Each bathroom stall has two toilets.... What more do you need?
  • Rozi L.
    Rozi LeviOctober 2, 2011
    Nice music and hood earl grey! Also try east village hookah (w honey and coffee)
  • Ellis H.heart icon on user image
    Ellis HamburgerJune 7, 2012
    Favorite outdoor patio hooka bar. Tons of ivy and often not too crowded.
  • Andrew O.
    Andrew OstranderJune 1, 2013
    Pretty key spot. Get a place in the middle for some good vibes and strange times.
  • Michel A.heart icon on user image
    Outdoor garden and crispy calamari
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