The Polynesian

New York, NY
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400 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
Opened in May 2018
Mon-Wed 4pm-1am
Thu-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat noon-2am
Sun noon-1am
(212) 254-3000

Critiki ratings

The Polynesian

6.7

Overall

by 52 people

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Decor 6.7
Drink Quality 9.2
Drink Selection 8.2
Food Quality 7.9
Food Selection 5.9
Mood 5.8
Music 3.2
Service 8.7
Tikiness 5.2
Tilt 6.4
Vibe 6.1

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Humuhumu’s description

The Polynesian is an upscale modern restaurant in midtown Manhattan, near Times Square. It is located on the third floor of The Pod Hotel 42, and opened in May 2018. The space is sleek and airy, with more subtle nods to Polynesian art and culture. Seating dividers are made from sticks, clearly inspired by traditional Oceanic sailing maps; graphic repeating patterns on the floor and behind the bar appear to be very-abstracted echoes of tapa or quilt designs of the Pacific. The dominant colors in the space are warm wood and ocean blue, and select pieces of Oceanic art are on display.
The restaurant has been created by New York's Major Food Group, with help from bartender Brian Miller, who had been hosting regular tiki drink nights around New York for several years. Miller's menu includes not just nods to drinks from the history of tiki bars, but incorporates nods to actual Polynesian history. The food menu is limited and tends toward the snack end, with some classic fare like Crab Rangoon.

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JimNeumayer
JimNeumayer has visited The Polynesian.
October 12, 2018, 2:16 PM
Like its name, The Polynesian whisks you to a tropical
oasis complete with authentic oceanic arts for decor!
While it may not be the typical tiki bar, rest assured you
are in for a real treat, Brian Millerís concept really hits
the mark. While some will complain about the cost of
the drinks, be prepared for some of the best and creative
drinks you have ever tried! All of the staff were outstanding
and very knowledgeable about tiki drinks/history.
We tried over seven drinks on a Friday night seating,
and not one disappointed. Yes it was crowded, but it is
Manhattan after all. If you are visiting from out of town,
would suggest you stay at the Pod Hotel where the bar
is located, makes for an easy exit to your room later.
Would highly recommend The Polynesian!
DixonAlibi
DixonAlibi is a semi-regular at The Polynesian.
September 23, 2018, 11:17 AM
I have been here eight times now, and every time the service has been amazing. The staff is friendly and talkative (when it isn't crazy busy). The music varies, and the last time I was there was a mix of reggae and old school sounding covers of songs. The drinks on the menu are all great. I asked for a Man Tai, and was slightly disappointed; it wasn't bad, but it wasn't outstanding. Overall, I really like this place for a drink or two!
DesertTiki
DesertTiki has visited The Polynesian.
September 18, 2018, 12:09 PM
We went to the Polynesian twice while visiting NYC, and are glad we did. As other reviews have mentioned, food and drink are off the hook. But I ask myself: if something isnít a ďpureĒ tiki bar, in the historical sense, should it be penalized or not considered tiki at all? Hereís where I think intent comes in. Weíve been to many places that try to be, for example, both a college bar and a tiki bar. You canít have a tiki bar with more beers than cocktails, sports on TV, etc. But is the spirit of tiki there? The Polynesian knows what itís doing with drinks and food. The decor is a contemporary take on classic tikiÖeven the tikis are contemporary. Yes, they have an outdoor area, and they play a variety of music, but they include exotica and surf. These people arenít ignorant; they are interpreting tiki for our time and place. We had the same experience we have at the best tiki bars: immersive, fun, with authentic flavors and knowledgeable, friendly bartenders and staff. They are not deserving of such a low overall rating. We would encourage anything that brings tiki into the mainstream more, as long as it stays true to the spirit of tiki, and in this the Polynesian clearly succeeds.
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