Think Middle East, hookahs and musica Latina! Tantra Lounge has managed to bring all these elements together in a classy setting in Astoria, Queens. When you enter the lounge, sari-like flowing fabric obstructs your view. In front of you lays the most eclectic room this side of the Red Sea. Middle eastern decorations, bar attendants wearing belly dancing hip scarfs, exquisite hookahs and Latinos getting down to rock en espanol, cumbia, salsa, merengue, bachata and hip hop. A one-man band pounds away on percussions to the beat of the music. The hookahs are $25 per round and include mixed fruit, apple and peach flavors.
We went on a Friday, 2/11/06, and staff lauded that Saturday is even better! As we celebrated my brother's bday word got around and staff was beyond welcoming, offering a round of shots courtesy of the house. The beautiful mostly Colombian crowd and the ambiance is electric. It all makes the trek out to Tantra worthwhile!