New Year’s Eve can be quite a challenge for any club or restaurant at Bayside. Already a lively spot on the weekends, people will be filling in any spot to walk through the famed downtown location. Every cash bar and eatery will be at maximum capacity before the orange drops and the fireworks illuminate the cloudless night. Off the Hookah stepped forward and rose up to the challenge of the first 2012 party destination.
Stepping into ‘Hookah’ is quite an entertaining experience. The doors are guarded by imposing looking, but well mannered and friendly doormen. Unlike regular club attendants, these men are here to allow the public access to the great hotspot behind them. An enthusiastic family will be allowed in for dinner as easily as a dressed up young woman with her club-going friends. This is not an exclusive restaurant, it’s an exclusive experience and reservations are respected to the fullest degree by management; everyone will have fun.
Once inside, the restaurant begins to take on an exotic golden hue. It’s the combination of music and Egyptian styling that will draw any visitor’s attention: hieroglyphics, pyramids, statues, the very comfortable looking beds to lounge on. When the club seems to reach its apex of energy and celebration, the lights will go dim and on the center stage, an enthralling belly dancer will emerge, ready to juggle fire between her hands and body. All these sights become so overwhelming that the lovely hostesses are almost ignored. Almost.
On this special occasion, a very enthusiastic server by the name of Molly is doing her best at a moments notice. She greets all her customers with a great smile, takes the time to make them feel comfortable with their surroundings, and doesn’t hesitate to joke and laugh with her guests. Time is ticking however and January 1st is in twenty minutes, but it’s at this moment where the service shines at ‘Hookah’. Any other restaurant can give a warm smile and gesture, but Molly is fearless and is willing to jump a velvet rope in four inch heels just to give her customers a desert on time. No amount of tip can ever compensate for that commitment, and it makes all her guests feel as if they were invited to the VIP area.
With only a few minutes left to midnight, Off the Hookah is not letting the energy go anywhere. A percussion player is now on stage ready to add some needed beats to the DJ’s play list. New Year’s hats and Tiaras are everywhere and it seems as the entire restaurant has enjoyed their meals, holding their drinks and awaiting the inevitable countdown. Corks will fly open and hugs and kisses will soon be a part of this already glamorous showcase of music, food and lights. It’s good to know that even when the New Years celebration has passed, Off the Hookah will remain partying at Bayside all year long.