HARLEM — Blowing smoke is encouraged at Harlem Hookah.
The new lounge opened earlier this month at 387 Lenox Ave. as the brainchild of former New York Jets player Stephen Bowen.
Bowen, who also played professional football for teams in Washington, D.C. and Dallas, said he opened the lounge with his wife Tiffany to add more to the hookah scene uptown.
“Even as a professional athlete, I always had a vision of bringing a place like this to Harlem,” he said. “We repeatedly saw many Harlemites at hookah locations downtown."
“Finally, after a decade playing professional football I knew I was ready for something new.”
The chic lounge is billed as a “social oasis” offering tobacco-free shisha, which is smoked in the hookah, along with cocktails and tapas.
During its inaugural month, the lounge is also having specials including daily happy hours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cocktails and wines will be $8, bottled beers will be $5 and $20 for traditional hookah flavors.
The lounge officially opened on Oct. 1. It's open daily from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.