March 18, 2013 By Christian Murray
A Hookah Lounge opened at 39-11 Queens Blvd last Thursday and its manager touts it as a place where people of all backgrounds can gather and socialize.
The lounge, called Dragon Puffz, offers its patrons flavored tobacco from a communal hookah that is placed at each table. Such flavors include mango, peach, mint and pineapple.
The lounge also offers Egyptian and Moroccan teas, smoothies, coffee and soft drinks. It does not serve alcohol.
Hookah lounges have a long history in India, Pakistan and the Middle East. They are now starting to gain popularity among college students in many Western countries. Many of the new lounges, like Dragon Puffz, have modern elements such as glass tables, wifi and nightclub-like seating.
The manager, whose first name is Zeeshan, is from Pakistan and said the lounge was established near 39th Street since the street leads to Steinway Street where they are many Hookah lounges and parking is difficult.
Patrons must be 18 years of age to be allowed onto the premises.