Cuban Cigars Within Reach – in Upper Manhattan

“I think it is good for the neighborhood,” said Cab Cabernet. “Location is everything.” (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

“I think it is good for the neighborhood,” said Cab Cabernet. “Location is everything.” (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

The restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States may finally, after 50 years, have put the famed Cuban cigars within easy reach of American aficionados, but people in Upper Manhattan haven’t had to wait or leave home to get similarly fine cigars. Erik Cuello reports for Manhattan Times:

Inwood’s Q Cigars on Broadway remains a go-to destination for the heady and aromatic cigars, made from rich tobacco harvested straight from family-owned plantations in the Dominican Republic, among other places.

This past Fri., Jan. 16th, the company opened its second shop in Northern Manhattan, on Columbus Avenue, celebrating with a festive inaugural reception.

According to owner Karina Portes, the site was chosen based on research and customer feedback. “We realized that many [of our clients] live around this neighborhood.”

The family business is a long-held tradition that dates back over a century.

Founded in 1891, the company is still run by various generations of Portes kin involved in its day-to-day operations.

Customers lauded the store – which also has a location in Newark, New Jersey – for the camaraderie it builds and for the the quality of the cigars, which are rolled with blends from countries across Latin America and as far as Indonesia.

Find out what they had to say at Manhattan Times.

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