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Hookah and hummus in an exotic basement tea room

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alk down the steps to the basement of an innocent-looking convenient store and find yourself transported to the Middle East. Habibi’s Hookah Lounge offers 33 tobacco flavors, including cocktail, licorice, bubble gum and café latte. Not up for hookah? Habibi’s also serves delicious snacks like hummus, grape leaves and sweets such as baklava and dates. Almost all of the employees speak Arabic, adding to the exotic feel. Sit back on the comfy authentic Moroccan cushions under the red lights, drink some tea and enjoy the hookah. Hamedy

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Fifty hookah bars per year are opening in the United States, many in cities with large number of Middle Eastern immigrants or targeted at college students.

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