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Now stressed-out millennial New Yorkers are kissing goodbye to alcohol and gulping down a mildly narcotic drink to ease the pain of long hours, bottleneck commutes and Donald Trump.While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in 2002 of a "rare" but potential risk of severe liver injury associated with kava-containing products, kava is again seeing another boom, and exports from Fiji alone more than doubled from 2012-16 .There is a well-established scene in Florida, yet kava has been relatively slow to take root in America's most populous city, where there are only three kava lounges but 10,000 bars, with drinks after work and happy hours part of daily life.Trump effect The House of Kava has a string of theme nights to keep people hooked: open-mic nights that bring in rappers, poets and stand-up comics and while most people are in their mid-20s, recently people in their mid-60s have started stopping by."As opposed to a normal bar, I haven't had anyone threaten to burn the bar down or start a fight," jokes House of Kava manager Ryan Lloyd.Business is taking off, he says – and it's the same vibe over at Stowe's rival Brooklyn Kava.
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