Katra’s relaxed vibe fool you; this East
Village hookah lounge is more than a place to
chill on the cushions. Its bartenders boast
that the two-story, resto-bar “goes off
on the weekends,” and judging from my
first visit, I agree.
I had been invited to check out Katra to see
a live show and to listen to my favorite NYC
deejay (DJ Emz) spin. My first impression of
the club was positive. Moroccan lamps give the
bar an elegant, ethnic feel while the candles
that adorn the floors and walls create a romantic
mood. There was no cover charge; I learned that
Katra never charges at the door. My martini
was delectable and I noticed there are nine
Hookah flavors to choose from. The menu seems
to be a contemporary take on the Moroccan cuisine
and the food smelled delicious.
DJ Emz played music at intervals during a Burlesque
show put on by Shocolate Lounge. The five lovely
ladies of Shocolate Lounge take burlesque to
the next level. They danced to hip-hop and rock
and during the show they pulled some random
(but lucky) male audience member onto the "stage"
where they then performed gymnastic acts on
his body. At one point there was one dancer
under the guy’s chair, a second woman
doing a handstand on the guy’s leg and
another tousling his hair.
The performance completely complimented the
setting; the temperature went from chill to
hot in two seconds flat. Katra is conveniently
located on Bowery and Rivington. Check out this
spot when you want a sultry night out.
For more information on Katra, log onto: katranyc.com
For more information on Schocolate Lounge,
lot onto: myspace.com/shocolate_lounge