When one door closes another opens, or so it seems in the world of cigars. Earlier this year we reported that Renaissance Cigar Emporium had closed their doors for good after a brief two year run.
We pretty much chalked it up as a general downsizing of the desire for luxury products in Harlem. We have witnessed the closure of a cavier bar, a cigar lounge, a semi-private club, a high-end children’s shoe store,and a luxury car dealership. So it was quite a surprise to be contacted this week about the pending grand opening of yet another cigar lounge in the same location as the old one. Madison Cigar Lounge (MCL) is located at 1825 Madison Avenue near 118 and 119th Streets.
The Madison Cigar and Lounge management team consists of five partners; Thomas Attonito, Anthony Fontanello, James Ng (pronounced ing), Tony McFadden and Walter Palma. The one thing that brings these men together is their passion and love for a good cigar. Each of them has their very own nostalgic love-marks with smoking. Anthony Fontanello began smoking with neighborhood pals and is a 20 year veteran. Smoking reminds Walter Palma of when his family members bonded over a round of cigars. Tony McFadden, used to look up to his grandfather who enjoyed original hand-rolled Cuban cigars regularly; this is why Tony enjoys smoking as an elite pleasure. With their distinctive memories of smoking, this passion strengthens their vision and determination to run a successful tobacco establishment.
Thomas Attonito states, “This venue will be a place to come and smoke in peace, and will allow you to casually mix and mingle.” James Ng states “MCL will be a place where anonymous people can feel comfortable.” James enjoys the communal activity and the social atmosphere of cigars.
The majority of the cigars being retailed at MCL are Spanish tobacco blends from Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and our very own Miami. MCL’s tailored humidor houses over 100 different brands imported from various regions. The most anticipated top sellers are the C.A.O. of Dominican Republic, Camacho of the Honduras, Don Pepin Garcia Line of Nicaragua, Nestor Miranda Cigars of Miami, USA, Spanish Galleon of Dominican Republic and Rocky Patel, which is a blend of Brazilian, Dominican and Honduran tobacco. MCL is highly excited about their exclusive house blend known as “The Madison,” a custom designed hand rolled cigar that is mixed with premium tobacco.
Madison Cigar Lounge
1825 Madison Avenue
Phone # 212.828.1MCL