A Conversation with STATUS

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Fine Cigar and Hookah Lounge in Newark

Happy July everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying the summer weather as much as I am, whether it be going to the beach, or just enjoying some overdue time with friends. This season I’m happy to say I’ve discovered some well known travel destinations, as well as some hidden gems right around the corner from me. Since moving, I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to meet and greet with the finest Newark has to offer, but recently I came across a new spot you may not have had the pleasure of trying yet,
that place is Status Fine Cigar and Hookah Lounge in Newark.

Formally known as Leo Choice Fine Cigars, new owner Allen Smith has taken Status Lounge to new heights! He has combined his love of boutique cigars from his grandfather with the popular hookah trend — making it a unique find for Newark and out of town travelers. Traveling to Status is quite simple! All you need to do is enter the address in your GPS, and it’s a simple trip for both commuters and drivers. It’s a clear location off of Ferry Street, and if you are close by like me, opt for the walk. You can enjoy the sun before taking a left onto Congress St. and finding your destination. Status comes complete with outdoor seating and patio, and Allen and his staff will be there to greet you at the door with open arms.

Now let’s talk about what make Status Lounge different from all the rest— When I walked in through the door the first thing I
noticed was the cozy, at home feel. You’ll see an array of photos of cigar lovers, as well as a lovely view of the New York skyline, all the while making a new friend in the Indian statue at the top of the stairs. Don’t forget to check out Status’ hall of fame, ask Allen and the girls for details! Unlike most cigar lounges, Status offers its patrons a private, one-of-a-kind experience. One special way it does this is a clean air facility. You can rest on one of the comfortable couches, enjoy a cigar or hookah, and not leave with the smell of it lingering in your hair and clothing. This for me was a big plus, making it not only enjoyable for the boys, but ladies now can have a “mancave” type of hangout as well! The crowd at Status is quite eclectic, and you will leave with a variety of new friends you didn’t have in the start. Everyone who comes can enjoy an awesome conversation, and even an array of tunes/entertainment on the big screen TVs provided.

Now let’s talk product:
Status Lounge offers fresh daily, imported hand-rolled cigars—these include: Corona (Light), Skinny Maduro (Bold), Status Torpedo (Blend), Status Tiger (Blend), Status Al Capone (Blend), Torpedo (Mild), Maduro Al Capone (Bold). Want to try something new? Ask a Status hostess today about one of Status’ specialty blends. I won’t give away any trade secrets, but these flavors are not only bold, but unique and will definitely keep you coming back for more.

Looking for a date night idea? No problem! Status Lounge offers a cool ambience for any event or occasion. Besides offering choice cigars, they also have hookah that comes in a variety of flavors including pineapple, grapefruit, and more. You can also combine the flavors! My personal favorite is Watermelon Mint, but feel free to ask for recommendations from one of the Status girls. One thing you will notice if you are hookah connoisseur is that Status uses a rectangle shaped hookah coal. This not only keeps the natural slower burn, but ensures a quality hookah experience everytime. Currently Status is BYOB, but the bartenders do have some liquor available to pair with your favorite cigar/hookah for the evening. I recommend the Devil’s Poison: a spin on the margarita, with a red wine upper layer. Being the wine girl I am, I couldn’t resist on giving this one a try. The presentation
was beautiful, and the taste sort of reminded me of a Tequila Sunrise. For you ladies looking to be a little more rebellious in your drink selection for the evening, give it a go, you might just find your new drink of choice! Status Lounge also offers memberships to its patrons, ensuring members the best deals daily or monthly. The choice is up to you, call today for more information.

Some events you can look forward to for Status Lounge would be the hand rolling events partnered with Rosario Cigars, coming complete with its Puff Away contest. If you’ve seen the Status logo, you’ll know the signature smoke coming from the lovely lady on the flyer. Do you have what it takes to be Status Lounge’s next contest winner? Stay tuned and up-to-date on future events, as
well as cool lounge deals by following on Instagram and Facebook. You’ll never miss a beat, and you will be the first to know when entertainment, as well as new product comes in.

It’s no secret Newark is rapidly becoming known for its food and dining destinations, and Status Fine Cigar and Hookah Lounge is so much more than that. It is the new “hot spot” combining a love of hookah and quality cigars, awesome customer service, a clean environment, and entertainment fit for all. You’ll come a stranger and leave with a family, and I promise you’ll keep on coming back all summer long.

Thanks for the fun experience, Status Lounge—save me a seat and some watermelon mint hookah for my next
visit! Until then, cheers and happy dining to you all!

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