New York! New York!

The weather in New York has been glorious,crisp in the mornings and mild in the afternoons with clear blue skies,perfect weather for a walk in Central Park with a good cigar 🙂

 

Picked up Davidoff Platinum at the Davidoff shop on Madison avenue and smoked it whilst window shopping on 5th avenue.In was very pleasantly surprised at this cigar.

 

Lunch was al fresco in Little Italy at Sofias ristorante Italiano on Mulberry Street,no complaints about me smoking a cigar,in fact two other diners were smoking cigars! Excellent food,wine and service.

 

Herfed at the Carnegie Club with friends last night and enjoyed some excellent custom blended cigars whilst “Frank Sinatra” crooned and his orchestra played in the background.The place was packed with cigar smokers…a delight!

 

My London office reports that Por Larranaga Magnificos are due to be released tomorrow and Montecristo Reserva in 10 days time….should be some nice smokes to come home to:-))

 

OK…I’m off to Kosher Delight on Broadway for a mountain of lunch (!) then a cigar at Davidoff on Columbus Circle…tough job and all that 🙂

 

Peaceful puffing

 

Mitchell

Club Macanudo in New York…..

I enjoyed a very chilled out Saturday night at Club Macanudo in New York with some dear friends. The ambience and the service can only be described as …perfect.

 

Dinner was accompanied by some very tasty Château Lafitte 98 which worked very well with some custom blended robustos we smoked.

 

Club Macanudo reminded me of the Churchill Cigar Bar and Divan in Londons Portman square….RIP, how sad.I think I should spend more time in the Big Apple 🙂

 

The weather is beautiful, clear blue skies and crisp early morning air so Sunday was time for sightseeing and we met up with old friends Jenn and Craig at Battery Park to take the ferry over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island followed by a very entertaining dinner at Jekyll & Hyde www.eerie.com …now that was a good laugh:-)

 

….have to dash for a smoke:-)

 

Peaceful puffing from New York

 

Mitchell

Gone herfin’ ..herfin ‘USA (with apologies to the Beach Boys!)

Tired of searching for new locations to enjoy a cigar in London so I’m in the Big Apple herfing my way through Manhattan for a few days:-)

 

Don’t believe that it’s not cigar friendly in New York as I’ve had no problem smoking my stogies…so far:-)

 

The only problem is finding a taxi driver who speaks English which has so far eluded me completely.

 

Davidoff shops are cigar friendly and the shop on Columbus Centre has a cigar lounge which was crammed full of cigar smokers when I went.The staff at the Davidoff store on Madison avenue were very helpful and welcoming.My thanks to them.

 

The Carnegie Club  at 156 West 56th is an excellent cigar lounge with incredibly attentive service,an excellent selection of Scotch,comfortable furniture and great music 10/10 a must visit for cigar smokers.

 

Club Macanudo 26 East 63rd street is also in the first class league,reasonable food and good ambience

 

The Peninsula Hotel  55 and 5th I am told has a roof top smoking area so I’ll be checking that out in the next day or two.

 

Azucar Cuban restaurant 495 Washington Blvd in Jersey City is a must for cigar aficionados.I went there with my pals for dinner ( fabulous vegetarian menu) whilst listening to live Cuban music.Service was impeccable as was the atmosphere in this very busy restaurant.The first floor cigar lounge was perfect for our after dinner cigars.Looking forward to returning soon.

 

No smoking in Chinatown …at least not yet but a quick mention for the Buddha Bodai restaurant at 5 Mott street.Vegetarian as well as kosher Chinese cuisine…now that really has the bases covered for me! Great value and excellent food.

 

Woodberry Common outlet centre in New Jersey : 220 shops with quite a few bargains to be had.the shops are all outside with benches outside most of them.I spotted at least 3 chaps ( plus me!) sitting outside shops smoking good cigars whilst wives were no doubt shopping:-)

 

Well it’s early morning and I’m looking out from my hotel suite over Times Square and it’s still buzzing,the City definitely never sleeps,the weathers mild and it’s time to head out for some coffee and my morning cigar:-)

 

Peaceful puffing

 

SmokeyMo

The Last Gasp Movie!

The Last Gasp came about through an idea discussed over a Mojito in Cathedral Square, Havana in February this year. Jim Biddle and his family were on vacation with my wife and me and some other friends and we were talking about the ease of smoking in Cuba compared to the prospect of the ban coming into force in the UK. Click here to read the full story and watch the movie!  http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/document.php?id=thelastgasp.htm

Vive la France!

Took the squeezy jet to Paris for our annual Paris herf with the No More Scots Cigar Group last weekend 🙂

 

As always we met at the cigar friendly bar at the Hotel Du Louvre for champagne on Friday afternoon accompanied by regional French edition Bolivar Libertadors and Juan Lopez Obus…both first rate Havanas.

 

Dinner at cigar friendly Cafe Ruc  ( 159 Rue Saint HonorĂ© Paris75001) accompanied with some splendid 1998 Pomerol and first ate Romeo short churchills.

 

Saturday evening we enjoyed dinner at Chateaubriand http://www.123cacher.com/en/kosher_restaurant/chateaubriand.html superb kosher restaurant where the owner very kindly allowed us to smoke our cigars:-)

 

After dinner we headed to the late show at the Crazy Horse http://www.lecrazyhorseparis.com/ ….has to be seen to be believed….fantastic show…but no smoking allowed )-:

 

Sunday we mooched round the antiques market smoking our P2’s and nobody batted an eyelid in fact we spotted quite a few cigars smokers.

 

Off to CDG airport for one final BBF in the outdoor smoking area…..vive la France !

 

……….and we won the rugby:-)…what a perfect weekend.

 

Thanks to my herf buddies Christoph, Zaff, Harvey, Craig, Gordon and Tillman for the excellent company and all the laughs:-)

 

Best

 

Mitch