Kratom & New York City: Top Places to Buy in NYC & Legality

September 08, 2018 Articles, Kava, Kratom Research, Kratom Strains

The Big Apple is a place where you can find just about anything you could possibly want. If you take a walk through the city, you will find everything from bondage pants and band T-shirts to record-breaking glass and Oriental rugs.

The city is one giant bazaar filled with bootleg movies, bad ass swag, knock-off Coach bags and some truly awesome street food from every country you can think of. Everything that makes the world cool is represented here, from halal trucks and the Great White Way to ivory statuettes and hookah bars.

Kratom is also represented here in the smoke shops and headshops that dot the congested landscape. There are more places to buy kratom in NYC than just about anywhere else I’ve visited and today we’ll talk about the top spots where you can find premo kratom brands.

But first, let’s talk about the legality of the whole thing.


As a progressive metropolis, New York City has always prided itself on being lenient when it comes to decriminalization and consumer access. New York City was the site of the first clinic where heroin addicts were administered Ibogaine.

New York City has also been the site of the Marijuana March with activists from all over the country coming together to advocate for legalizing marijuana.

As such, many New York City politicians have supported kratom legality. Kratom is currently legal in the state, although some legislation is pending. Senate Bill 6924 was introduced in the New York Senate in October of 2017. This bill would set an age restriction on kratom to prevent persons under the age of 18 from purchasing kratom.

Additional bills have been sent to the Senate Health Committee and the Economic Development Committee. Unfortunately the latter, a partisan assembly bill, seeks to prohibit the sale or distribution of kratom which could threaten the future of kratom availability in NYC.

Needless to say, now is the time to get while the gettin’s good. With that in mind, let’s explore the best joints for the best kratom.



This East Village kava bar not only offers the finest Kava in Vanuatu, but they also sell the strongest kratom tea in NYC. Kavasutra has a pleasant, chilled out atmosphere and a terrific staff of really cool bartenders and servers.


This joint stocks everything from e-liquids and adult novelties to glass and, yes, pure kratom brands. Their bestseller is the ever-popular O.P.M.S. You can call ahead to see what they’ve got in stock and get pricing on their products.


Customers really dig this place because the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Their product line speaks for itself. Check them out when you’re in the Village as they are easily the best in the area.

These are the top three places in the greater New York City area for purchasing quality kratom powder, but kratom brands can be found at just about any smoke shop across the city. Brooklyn also has a number of spots for kratom including the Brooklyn Kava Bar.


As we’ve discussed in the past, you can use handy tools like Kratom Maps or even Craigslist to locate people selling kratom locally. You can also access Google Maps on your Smartphone to track down a nearby smoke shop that stocks your favorite kratom brand.


One of the best online New York kratom vendors is Red Devil Kratom. Red Devil has some rave reviews on Reddit and social media. The owner is a pretty awesome guy too. You can check out here.


Despite the prevalence of kratom across the city, you may be shocked to discover just how expensive it is at most shops. In fact, our number one brick-and-mortar location for kratom—Kavasutra—charges a staggering $15 for a 10 gram packet of green vein kratom.

This is why it always makes more sense to order your kratom from a reputable online vendor. You may have to wait a couple of days for your order to arrive, but at least you’ll know you’re getting a fair price and a solid product.

The other problem with store bought kratom is the matter of adulteration. Many smoke shop kratom brands are cut with synthetic additives which can be life-threatening. For this reason alone, it makes sense to do a bit of research and find an online vendor who tells you where their kratom powder comes from and whether or not it has been properly lab-tested to ensure purity and potency.

Here is a short list of the top kratom vendors online:

  • Coastline Kratom
  • Gaia Ethnobotanical
  • Phytoextractum
  • Kraken Kratom
  • Purkratom

Each of these vendors practices transparency, quality control and commitment to customer service. Some offer money back guarantees while others offer free shipping on all orders. Each has an array of kratom products that are well worth the wait.


While there is a plethora of places in the greater NYC area where one can procure kratom capsules and kratom powder, the internet is still your number one source for quality kratom at great prices. It’s also the best place to buy bulk kratom.

Bob Freville
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