Cigar smokers in NY have fewer and fewer places to indulge. Hudson Bar and Books, one of several owned by the Bar and Books chain, is one of the better ones, small but sophisticated. It's a return to the type of oak-and-leather lounge that has all but disappeared from the city, at least where smokers are concerned. It has a variety of interesting cocktails, whiskeys, other alcoholic beverages and a small snacking menu. It's on the steep side - a glass of wine can run $13 to $17, and you can easily get a bottle of same for the same price at a liquor store. But you're paying for the ambiance and a place to smoke. This branch is not particularly well-ventilated; your clothes will probably come out smelling like smoke. But the atmosphere is worth it: low-key; jazz and gentle, older pop standards on the speakers; James Bond movies playing with the sound off on the TV. (You can actually get a Vesper here, his signature cocktail. Not many bartenders today have even heard of it.) Outdoor tables in the warmer weather, enclosed when it's cooler. Well worth it, a great way to while away an afternoon.
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