We’re very happy to announce that we’ll be re-opening this week after some much-needed repairs. The shop is officially open for business on Thursday, and we’ll celebrate with some festivities on Friday night (starting around 7:00 pm). If there’s enough interest, we’ll get a poker game started during the night. Please come out to support one of the few Seaport businesses that survived Sandy. Hope to see you all…
Cigar Landing’s Andy Oh announced today via email the Cigar Landing holiday party. Cigar Landing was hit earlier this year by Hurricane Sandy, but was quick back to its feet thanks to the hard work of its owners.
Below is the email:
Come join us on Friday (12/21) as we celebrate the holidays (or the end of the world). Decorations, light refreshments, entertainment, etc.
Andy Oh of Cigar Landing downtown at the South Street Seaport sent this email out yesterday. The shop is now open after Hurricane Sandy swept through and caused a lot of destruction.
First, we’re back in business and hosting a poker night this Friday (starting 5:00 pm). Second, we’d like to express our extreme gratitude to everyone who’s come by to support us in recent days, as we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy. It’s going to be a long hard struggle, especially since most of the other businesses in the area will not be operational for a while.
If you’d like to help out one of the local Seaport establishments, I’ve set up a funding page for Fishmarket restaurant, which as many of you know is affiliated with Cigar Landing. Please consider making a donation at this link: http://www.gofundme.com/1h3hqc.
150 Beekman Street (between South and Front Streets, one block north of Pier 17 @ the Seaport).
Cigar Landing recently moved downtown to South Street Seaport in New York City’s Financial District. The website launch party and casino night featured a “pop-up” casino with poker and craps along with cigars and drinks (they have a BYOB policy). As part of casino night, customers could join in the games with $20, which included one cigar, and $1,000 in play chips. About thirty people attended the event filled with conversation and games.
The Cigar Landing is a great cigar lounge to stop and relax. The lounge is off the main walkway of South Street Seaport (located at 150 Beekman Street). Three people are responsible for Cigar Landing. Adam Lim and Andy Oh are the owners of the lounge. Hiram Ramirez is one of Cigar Landing’s managers, and was responsible for creating the lounge’s website. You can check out the website here.
The event was a success, so be sure to stop by Cigar Landing when you are near South Street Seaport.
Today was my 22nd birthday. I spent my day (9am – 11:00pm) busy with classes, work, and then debate practice. As I was heading back to my apartment from the Fulton St. subway stop, I decided to drop by Cyber Coffee and Cigar Bar. After taking a look at the available sticks, I decided to go with a “Cigar Landing” house blend (the cafe has loose ties to the cigar maker’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan). I didn’t have much else to do, so I decided to do a quick review of the stick.
The bar carry a variety of the bar’s house blend, and I went with the medium-full bodied Maduro. The stick turned out to be more of a medium bodied smoke – heavy smoke, but not harsh, abrasive, or heavy at all. Below are my notes:
Prelight: The wrapper on this cigar is a very attractive dark brown. There are, however, a few minor imperfections, enough to be immediately noticeable. The stick smells earthy and sweet. Not many distinctive flavors on the prelight draw, but the draw itself is perfect. I’m not a huge fan of the label – it is attractive, but only moderately so. The fact that New York is mentioned though is a plus in my mind.
Smoking Characteristics and Flavor: The first thing that I notice is that this is not a medium-full bodied smoke as I heard described. It is a very solid medium. There was no discernable spice on this cigar, which surprised me considering the presence of Nicaraguan tobacco (probably just a presumption born of ignorance on my part). As far as taste goes, this cigar opened with a very earthy, sweet, but slightly bitter taste (not to be confused with harshness). Throughout the first third, the bitterness continually picked up, which brought the bitterness from a nice complimentary flavor to a minor annoyance. As the cigar progressed into 2/3, some nuttiness emerged and the sweetness becomes a distinctive mocha. The ash is still white, and the construction remains solid in terms of the burn. Unfortunately, this cigar was difficult to get smoke out of in the last half, which meant that the smoke became way hotter than it needed to be. I wasn’t exactly sad when I finished the cigar, which isn’t really the best indication of quality – the smoke was simply too hot and smoking had become a chore.
Overall Impression: This cigar started pretty well, and I enjoyed the flavors, but I really can’t stand cigars that become chores to smoke. The second half of the cigar was so difficult to get smoke from that I had to overheat the tobacco, causing it to lose flavor value. Overall, it wasn’t a bad smoke, but for $9 I probably won’t be trying the maduro again. This cigar reminded me a lot of the Quintero Maduro – except the Quintero was more solid in terms of taste and construction, and about the same price. If I’m looking for the same kind of smoke in the future (and I will) – I’ll probably go with the Quintero.
Final Score: 7.5/10
Disclaimer: I’ve only had one cigar from this brand, so my experience may not be characteristic of the brand – I did notice though looking at the other sticks that construction was a bit shoddy in general.