Midtown

Davidoff of Geneva, Madison Avenue

 

In the cigar world, there’s probably no name more synonymous with “luxury” than Davidoff’s. Davidoff of Geneva’s Madison Avenue store is a nationwide flagship for the brand, and it offers all the “good life” you’d expect from this brand and this location. The shop, which has been in its current location for less than three years, just celebrated its 25th anniversary — in part — with the release of a special 25th Anniversary Davidoff cigar. 
“What makes it different is it’s made from seven different aged tobaccos. It’s a toro size and it’s just an exceptionally different blend from any other blends that we’ve made. Any time we make an anniversary or a limited edition, it’s a tobacco that’s totally different from any of the standard ones that we have in our shop,” said assistant general manager Robert Seise. 
The shop also has what Seise calls a “boutique within the boutique,” which offers high-end accessories (this is a Dupont distributor for the New York area) and men’s gifts.

Davidoff of Geneva

515 Madison Ave ( Midtown )
www.davidoffmadison.com

 
 

Nat Sherman Townhouse

 

Cigar culture is dominated by Latin American roots and classic European elegance. Nat Sherman, though, is a patently American brand. And the Nat Sherman Townhouse — on 42nd Street just off Madison Avenue — is as good a place as any to get to the roots of the New York cigar scene. 
The first Nat Sherman retail experience was a retail store on Broadway in 1930. Today, the Townhouse is a smoking landmark that feels welcoming to the white and blue collar crowds alike — a fitting vibe for this monument to the American herf. Of course, the humidor here is stocked with all the Nat Sherman products you could want, but you’ll find plenty of other brands and accessories. 
“It’s something at a level and quality that we believe stands up to Nat Sherman levels,” said Michael Herklots. “There’s always been this very authentic, true New York spirit in the Nat Sherman brand and the Nat Sherman retail store. It’s meant to be something that’s accessible and something that’s approachable, but certainly something that they’re not gonna forget once they leave.
” The neon and plush leather make this place relatable and luxurious, familiar and extraordinary all at the same time. And the fact that you can sometimes come here not only for cigars, but to indulge in other experiences like manicures or fittings for custom shirts, means that the Nat Sherman Townhouse is a hub for indulgence.

Nat Sherman Townhouse

12 E 42nd St ( Midtown )
www.natsherman.com

 
 

Carnegie Club

 

While the name might give the impression that it’s members only, this time warp of a smoking lounge is open to the public. They welcome all comers, so long as you show up dressed appropriately, collared shirts and slacks for men. 
There’s a small humidor with a limited selection of smokes to choose from but what really sets the club apart are the vibe (a throwback to the days of Sinatra, whose music is performed here sometimes) and the Scotch selection. “We try to cover every region, sometimes a few from each. We also have other whiskeys, bourbons, rye. But Scotch is our main thing,” said manager Scott Asbury, adding that there’s also aged rum and tequila.

Carnegie Club

156 W 56th St ( Midtown )
www.hospitalityholdings.com

 
 

Davidoff of Geneva, 6th Avenue

 

Three blocks from Central Park, this shop has a storied history and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in August 2014. The space recently underwent renovations (lighting, flooring, and two new lounge areas) to make their service-focused experience even more enjoyable. The cigar, pipe, and high-end accessories selection is excellent and the level of customer service is beyond compare in the city. 
The store’s location and lounge setup offer the best views of the foot traffic on Ave of the Americas. “Being in midtown, you always get celebrities in here,” said general manager Ron Melendi. “Joe Torre, who was the manager of the Yankees. We also have Rudy Giuliani, who comes in from time to time. We’ve had Alec Baldwin in here, we’ve had Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

Davidoff of Geneva, 6th Avenue

1390 6th Ave ( Midtown )
www.davidoff.com

 
 

Barclay Rex

 

Barclay Rex’s two locations serve both pipe and cigar smokers. With over a hundred years in the industry, few places have as much institutional knowledge. You’ll find all the big names here, along with harder-to-find boutique brands. “Anything from Pepín García is a hit,” added Barclay Rex’s James Richards.
The Midtown location is just steps from Grand Central Station, making it a cigar destination for a diverse crowd that’s drawn here not only by cigars and pipe products, but also other products, like the store’s high-end hats. You’ll find plenty of fine dining nearby as well. James recommends La Fonda Del Sol, Madison & Vine, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, and Cipriani Dolci.

Barclay Rex

70 East 42nd Street ( Midtown )
www.barclayrex.com

 
 

Midtown Cigars

 

Especially by New York City standards, this place is big. Huge. There’s no lounge, but if you’re looking for the best prices on the largest offering of cigars, the two-level store is your kind of place. The staff is helpful and you’ll also find a nice array of gifts, like cigar store Indians and humidors.
If you’re looking for some bundled cigars, make sure you head down to the basement level, where you’ll find more sticks than you can shake a … well … you know.
This isn’t exactly the place to come for a full-blown “finer things” experience, but it’s tough to beat the value you’ll find. And couldn’t we all use a bit of that while in New York City?

Midtown Cigars
562 5th Ave ( Midtown )

www.midtowncigar.com